"We have to practice remembering the Lord always, twenty-four hours a day, by chanting His names and molding our life’s activities in such a way that we can remember Him always.

"How is this possible? The ācāryas give the following example. If a married woman is attached to another man, or if a man has an attachment for a woman other than his wife, then the attachment is to be considered very strong. One with such an attachment is always thinking of the loved one. The wife who is thinking of her lover is always thinking of meeting him, even while she is carrying out her household chores. In fact, she carries out her household work even more carefully so her husband will not suspect her attachment. Similarly, we should always remember the supreme lover, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and at the same time perform our material duties very nicely. A strong sense of love is required here. If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love. " - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita As Is Is, Introduction

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kheer


Another name for sweetened condensed milk.

INGREDIENTS:
3 1/2 liters of milk
1 cup mishri or sugar
1 t cardamon powder

PREPARATION:
1. Mix all ingredients together and bring to a boil.
2. Simmer and leave it to cook down, stirring occasionally.
3. Cook until a desired thickness. The thinner the kheer the more drinkable. Also push it through a strainer so there are no lumps when serving. Children like to eat the milk skin and so on left after straining, so there is no waste.

VARIATION: A popular variation of kheer (aka "sweet rice") is to add rice (preferably Jasmine) to the cooking. Cook until thick and the rice floats to the top. At least 20 minutes after coming to a rolling boil.