Video and Audio

Nayaswami Diksha
September 10, 2020

Learn how to accomodate special diet recipes and begin cooking vegetarian. This video covers recipes including Coconut Rice, Red Lentils, and Herbed Peas. These are the perfect summer meals for an aspiring vegan chef, or for those looking for tips on how to cook these kinds of delicious meals for friends and family.

You can see more vegetarian recipes by Diksha here.

Learn more about the Online with Ananda vegetarian cooking course, made especially for beginners, those looking for fresh recipe ideas, or those interested in the science of ayurveda for cooking along with the seasons.

Get the recipe here.

Diksha McCord was the head chef at The Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat for seven years, where she taught vegetarian cooking classes. (Available online at She now teaches meditation, yoga, and spiritual living classes.

She grew up in Israel where she learned healthy ways of cooking. She graduated from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bezalel National Academy of The Arts.

She studied art in Japan at Kyoto Art University. While living in Kyoto she studied Buddhist Temple cooking. She also studied Ayurvedic, macrobiotic and Indian cooking from premier California chefs.

Diksha has been part of the Teaching staff at The Expanding Light Retreat, The Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation for over 26 years.


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