Leaving Onion and Garlic

I have reduced outside food to minimum, outside food, mostly I eat from Govindas in ISKCON.

I have take my ISKCON Disciple Course (IDC) exam and aspiring for initiation.

I have my mother, brother, his wife and my wife in family. All ladies are of the opinion that food can not be tasty without onion and garlic. 

Although all offer food to Lord before eating. 

I have left onion and garlic from my side. How to proceed now?



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  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,


    Very happy to note your sincerity. Please leave onion garlic and try to convince your wife that you will not eat. If she starts preparing for  you satvik food, then things will work out. Tell her taste is not important for you, what matters is food should be nourishing. 

    If you are unable to convince her, simply leave onion garlic food for a month. Dont eat. 

    If the ladies are offering food prepared with onion garlic to the lord, then tell them that is a sin. Its not pleasing to Krsna. Would they like it if they are offered something they dont like to eat. 

    Try and introduce your wife to another devotee couple who stay nearby. Association is the most powerful tool in these cases.

    Best of luck and please be in touch.


    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

  • Depends if you know how to use the spices correcly. If you know how to combine well you wont really miss the onion and garlic. Of course some foods are heavy on these spices like certain curries'. You have to experiment. I usually use hing and kalonji seeds and use fresh herbs. Simplicity is better. For example bhataka vara (spiced potato frtiters (with besan or chickpea flour) usually contain a lof of garlic in the potato mixture. If you add more corrainder and hing and cook it more it tastes better then the garlic version. You have to be experimemtal. Garlic and onions eater are lazy because they dont know how to properly cook.

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