Vegetarian Cooking

Join a group of like-minded people in the East Village to explore the art of cooking incredibly tasty and healthy food! In these classes, you will learn a variety of dishes, flavors, utensils, smells, textures, and colors to make your life better. And you'll most certainly walk away finding your kitchen a more comfortable, useful, and inspiring place, no matter who you are! This approach is based on Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old tradition of holistic medicine that comes from India. It applies to practically any style of cooking, culture, or circumstance.


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Intro Class

These are one-session classes that introduce you to the art of making delicious easy-to-make vegetarian meals based on Ayurveda. You will gain a basic understanding of:

  • Principles of what makes food healthy or not for you.
  • An overview of how to use spices and make spice mixtures.
  • An introduction into making entrées, soups, desserts, teas, and grain dishes.
  • The secrets of making sure your food is easy to digest and assimilate.
  • Tips on applying Ayurvedic principles to any type of cuisine.
  • Resources to support you in accessing optimal food choices in the grocery store or at restaurants

Each class will combine discussion, participatory cooking demonstrations, and ends with a delicious meal for everyone! As Ayurveda aligns health with the rhythm of the seasons, our intro cooking classes change focus seasonally.

Intro Class – Summer Menu

1) Cooling Summer Drink
2) Almond Rose Delight
3) Sauteed Broccoli, Golden Squash & Carrots w/ Freshly Made Paneer
    *How to Make Paneer
5) Dilled Basmati Rice
6) Farmers Market Salad w/ Sunflower Seed Dressing 
7) Stewed Apple for Morning Detox 
* Classes are vegan and gluten-free friendly. Please notify us upon registering if you have this need.


Classes are generally available Monday & Wednesday from 6-9pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11am-2pm, 3-6pm or 4-7pm. Three hours is indicated because there is a meal afterwards and people tend to stay over that long. Classes are subject to availability. You must RSVP ahead of time. We recommend registering 1-3 weeks in advance. If someone cancels their registration within 24 hours, they may reschedule or apply the purchase value to another Bhagavat Life event or service. Bhagavat Life does not offer refunds.

All classes take place at our location: 25 1st Ave 5th Floor. Enter the building through the Bhakti Center main doors.

One Person: $100
Two People: $160 instead of $200 (20% off)
If you aleady have a voucher to attend one of our Intro To Vegetarian Cooking simply email us at to register.

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Seasonal Cooking Classes

2015 Raw Summer Cooking

People often ask me, what about raw food diet? Isn’t it better because the nutrients get lost when we cook the food? As everything with Ayurveda, the answer is, “It depends…” on your constitution and imbalance, on the power of your digestion, on the season, on the geographical location you live in, or the type of work you do. In general 100% raw food is not recommended even by the devout raw food “gurus,” and for someone with particular digestive issues, raw food is to be avoided completely. So how do you determine how much raw is good for you?


We will discuss this and other raw food related topics in our upcoming 2-part summer series of cooking classes. I few years ago, I worked as the raw chef of the Bhakti Café and I have these amazing recipes that are perfect for the summer—light, cooling, hydrating, nourishing, and so satisfying. All gluten-, dairy- and soy-free!

  • Breakfasts: raw cereal
  • Juices & Smoothies: therapeutic juices that your digestion can handle
  • Desserts: vegan/raw strawberry cheesecake and vegan/raw chocolate mousse
  • Soups: cucumber soup and carrot avocado soup
  • Appetizers: almond hummus w/ nut falafel
  • Raw Pasta: vegetable noodles w/ parsley-basil pesto
  • Dips & Sauces: olive tapenade & cashew sour cream, guacamole, not tuna salad, etc
In the process of cooking, you will also learn the basics of how to make fresh almond milk, coconut milk (and open a coconut!), sprouting, soaking, different tricks you can do with a food dehydrator, etc. 

Of course included are complete meals and pleasant eating with fellow New Yorkers! We will add to each menu a warm, cooked grain dish and tea to balance and ground the raw forces.  
Sundays, 3-6pm July 12th & 26th 
Tuesdays, 6-9pm July 21st & 28th

$125 for one session, $225 for both.

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