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Special Recipes from Yogi Bhajan

By Guruatma Kaur Khalsa

I'm excited for the opportunity to share these recipes and I'm thinking they have never been published, as Yogi Bhajan gave them out back in the 'olden days of 3HO' to individuals challenged by a particular circumstance and when they were in need of a cleansing diet for drug detoxification.

Eggplant Pakoras, Papayas and Cream Cheese

He gave me this recipe in February of 1999 when I was very sick and taking a cocktail of so many prescription drugs that I ended up in critical condition in the hospital.

All the drugs were bouncing off each other and at one point, I was actually hallucinating—a BAD SCENE and terribly frightening! When called for, prescription drugs are valuable tools, but when they're not under control, they can be very dangerous.

So, we put in a call for help to Yogi Bhajan and this email response, sent by one of his staff, was his offering:

“1. You need to eat Pakoras with A LOT of black pepper and ghee, and with cream cheese.

Pakoras are fried eggplant. You bake the eggplant a little before-hand, then cut it in half and slice into 1/4" pieces. Sauté them in ghee with lots of pepper. Then dip them in a batter of garbanzo flour, black pepper, cinnamon and chili flakes and fry them up.

2. Eat papayas, also.

3. Problem is with your spleen.”

We spread cream cheese on big lettuce leaves and rolled them into tacos—yum!

My husband and caregivers prepared it for me every day and I remember thinking it was just the greatest food I ever tasted in my whole life; in other words, whatever the formula was, my body needed it real bad.

It turned out to be the perfect formula and eating that diet turned the whole mess upside down and put me back on my feet, cleansing my blood and restoring my immune system—THANK GOD!

Sweet Potato Masala for Drug Damage

Now, here's another life-altering, cleansing and restorative, 40-day mono-diet he gave to a man in our ashram in 1994 "to flush drugs from the system." This recipe is really involved—shopping, baking the potatoes, prepping and cooking a huge masala and cleanup took up so much of his time and energy—and that helped him get through the initial stage of abstinence. An all-encompassing, self-healing discipline to focus on was part of the formula for his success—how wise of Yogi Bhajan! The masala is colorFULL, real tasty and totally satisfying:

Bake 8 lbs of sweet potatoes for 1 hour at 350 degrees and peel before they cool.

Brown in 1/2 cup ghee (or more - whatever it takes to keep it from sticking):

7 medium onions sliced

15 ounces of peeled ginger, sliced and pulverized in the food processor

Then add and sauté:

2 TSP salt (optional)

2 TBSP pepper

3 TBSP basil

1 TBSP cayenne

3 TBSP tarragon

3 TBSP fenugreek (ground into a powder)

6 TBSP turmeric

4 ounces garlic (or more) - you can leave the cloves whole

Add 6 cups of water and let the whole thing cook down for up to 3 hours, the longer the better, using a Flame Spreader to prevent sticking and burning.

You can pressure cook it at this point.

Mix it all together and serve with yogurt.

The process of self-healing is the privilege of every being. Self-healing is not a miracle. Self-healing is the genuine process of relationship between the physical and the infinite power of the soul.

© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan 10-7-74

Guruatma K Khalsa is the Director of Yogic-Tools and supports clients around the world who are challenged by chronic and critical illness. She has studied and taught yoga for over 35 years, and specializes in Chair Yoga modifications for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one consulting session with her, got to

[Note: Many of these yogic recipes come from ancient yogic tradition and some contain potent herbs, botanicals and naturally occurring ingredients which have traditionally been used to support the structure and function of the human body. Nothing in this text should be construed as medical advice. Always check with your personal physician or licensed health care practitioner before making any significant modification in your diet, and before using any of these recipes, to insure that the recipes and ingredients are appropriate for your personal health condition and consistent with any medication you may be taking.]