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Potent Potatoes

Food is the medicine which creates essential energy in the body and creates essential rest in the body to bring equilibrium. That is the beauty of food. All food was considered as human medicine to begin with.
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Yogi Bhajan

Out of his Ayurvedic roots, Yogi Bhajan gave us many healing diets and recipes. Here is one he gave especially for men.

Potent Potatoes

In the tradition of yogic cooking, this spicy, hearty recipe is very tasty and health-promoting. The spices help to purify the blood, stimulate digestion, and increase energy. You may decrease the amounts of pepper and cayenne to suit your taste.

4 large baking potatoes

1/4—1/2 cup (65-125 ml) ghee or vegetable oil

2-3 onions, chopped

1/4—1/2cup (65-125 ml) ginger root, minced

1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds

1-2 Tablespoons (20-40 ml) garlic, minced

1 teaspoon black pepper

3/4-1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon cayenne or crushed red chilies

8 whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2-4 Tablespoons (40-80 ml) soy sauce or salt to taste

1/2 pint (500 ml) cottage cheese

Optional:

1/2 pound (225 gram) cheese, grated

1 red or green bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped pineapple, drained

Scrub potatoes, rub with small amount of oil and bake at 400° F (200° C), until well done.

Heat ghee or oil in large skillet. Sauté onions and ginger until they begin to brown, then add garlic and spices and cook 4-5 minutes longer. Add a little water if necessary. Add soy sauce (optional). Stir and remove from heat.

Cut baked potatoes in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the insides and combine with onion mixture. Add cottage cheese. Mix well and refill potato shells, covering each with grated cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. For a nice touch, garnish with bell pepper and pineapple. Serves four.