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Published on March 31st, 2024 | by Madhudvisa dasa


The Hare Krishna Cookbook — 1972 — PDF Download

This is the first Hare Krishna cookbook ever published. It contains the recipes used by ISKCON cooks for preparing both the devotees daily prasadam and for the famous Sunday Love Feast. It is a practical and historically valid book for devotees who would like to cook and offer food to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna in the same way as the original Hare Krishna devotees were doing it in the 1970’s. Included below is the Foreword to the book. Click the link below to download the Hare Krishna Cookbook in PDF format:

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Almost six years ago, I published the first article on Krishna cooking, entitled “Krishna Prasadam: Food for the Body, Food for the Soul and Food for God.” Since I had just begun my life as a devotee, the article revealed my intrigue with the idea of cooking for God. Perhaps I was still rebelling against my puritan background, in which God had been depicted as a stuffy old man who certainly needed nothing like food. Actually I still wonder at the idea of His eating–but a little differently. Today I think of how great God must be. On the one hand, He is sustaining all the planetary systems, men, animals and whatever might be, and on the other, He becomes “hungry” for the loving offering of a pure devotee: “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Bhagavad-gita 9.26) Within this simple promise to His friend Arjuna, Krishna has given the rarest gem in all three worlds–loving reciprocation with Godhead. Where I not an individual, were God not an individual, and were there not the possibility of a loving exchange, what would be the possibility of Absolute Pleasure? Pleasure can not exist in a void or vacuum, for it is a product of activity; and the supreme activity is the exchange of love between persons. Everyone hankers for a lover. Then why should we settle for anyone less than the Supreme Lover, Krishna?
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Srila Prabhupada has given us the formula of how to attract Krishna. Krishna, being God, is not in need of anything.
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He is atmarama, or self-contained. But He is also the highest Pleasure Absolute, and for the purpose of pleasure He expands Himself by His pleasure potency into millions and billions of living beings who are all meant for His enjoyment. In the spiritual world such spiritual sparks of the Lord are eternally enjoying with the Lord and their existence is called sat-cit-ananda–eternal, full of knowledge and blissful. The living beings in the material world are also part of that pleasure potency, but due to forgetfulness of their relationship with Krishna they are living independently, trying to lord it over the resources of material nature for their own pleasure. Such pleasure is only illusory, but the eternal pleasure resulting from loving communion with Krishna can at once be revived by the simple Krishna conscious process of dedicating one’s activities to the enjoyment of the Lord.

This transcendental cookbook is designed to help you transform one of the most important daily chores into a spiritual reservoir of bliss. You may follow it all or in part. The idea is to completely engage your in service to Krishna, and it is promised that if you agree to be thus engaged, you will also enjoy unlimitedly.
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If you cannot follow all the rules and regulations, follow what you can. At least one can prepare pure vegetarian foods with all care for cleanliness and then offer them simply with love and devotion. Even offering such foods with only the repetition of:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

is sufficient to render the highest benefit. The main point is to begin. Offer something nice to Krishna with love and devotion and see for yourself what happens. That is the miracle of prasadam!

The Yoga Diet

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-gita that yoga is not from him he eats too much or for him who eats too little. Rather, one who is actually practicing yoga sees the body as a valuable boat which has to be maintained very nicely in order to get across this ocean of material existence which is full of birth, old age, disease and death. Therefore, the yoga diet is designed to supply the body with all necessary nutrients, without pandering to the whims of our changing senses. The principal of regulation is strictly adhered to, and the daily fare is almost unchanging. This is very important for a brahmacari, or celibate student, for if the tongue is agitated for sense enjoyment, all the other senses follow. We do not suggest that you have to follow this diet, but it is included for those who desire to know it. The Sunday feast is an opportunity for everyone to participate in the opulence of Krishna. Again the principle is regulation, and the particular feast menu included here is chosen for its authentic quality, all of the preparations being great favorites of our beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Morning prasadam: raw chick-peas, ginger, fruit, cereal and milk.
Noon prasadam: dhal, rice, chapatis and curried vegetable
Bedtime prasadam: milk

The Sunday love feast: rice and peas, wet cauliflower and potatoes, puris, samosa, halavah, sweet rice, sweet balls, pineapple chutney (sweet and hot), rhubarb chutney (salty and hot) and dahi.

Kirtanananda Swami

About the Author

My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna." I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can. That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental! That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!

45 Responses to The Hare Krishna Cookbook — 1972 — PDF Download

  1. James says:

    Vegan diet is much better with now cows slaughtered unnecessarily.

    • Cows need to be protected and milked. So the system needs to be corrected. Protect cows, milk them, and use the bulls for ploughing the fields and transporting the goods. That is the natural way. That way land will be protected and not poisoned by Roundup and we will not be poisoned by the pure naturally produced produce.

      Vegan diet does not provide the necessary nutrition your body needs. You need grains and milk products, actually you only need milk. Everything is contained in milk. It is a complete food. The only single complete food that you can live on and be perfectly healthy is milk. Milk is a miracle food. But generally speaking you need grains and milk and vegetables and fruits also, additional.

      So without milk, you can not have a proper vegetarian diet. It is not healthy without milk. 90% of people who become vegans turn back into meat eaters, because a vegan diet is not at all satisfying because it does not contain all the nutrition your body needs. However, devotees, who accept only Krishna prasadam, are completely satisfied because prasadam is the perfect diet: milk products, grains, vegetables and fruits…

  2. sean says:

    please could you tell me where I can get my hands on a cook book and a copy Bhagavad gita

  3. Nagapatni d dasi says:

    Hare Krsna!
    I would love to download this but clicking on the picture just doesn’t work.

  4. Rhada Rakini says:

    Hare Krishna.
    Such an invaluable resource.
    Hare bol.

    Namaste 🙏

    Rhada Rakini

  5. Michael Macdonald says:

    Having been part of the Hare Krishna movement in the early 70’s received the Hare Krishna Cookbook in 1973 and has been with me since 4 days ago when my storage unit was broken into and all my valuable books were stolen.
    This cookbook served me tremendously and being so rare will most likely be impossible to find.

  6. Jenny says:

    With much gratitude and blessing to you
    I appreciate your generosity
    And hope I do the recipes justice
    I first came across this food from a free/ donations cafe in Paddington Australia
    Delightful nourishing and light
    With the beautiful philosophy of sharing and caring for all

  7. Antonio Flores says:

    I visited the Krishna temple in Coconut Grove in the 70’s. I loved eating their food. My favorite was the dahi, I have never found anywhere else this particular soup. Hare Krishna.

  8. yogendra chand says:

    how to obtain a free pdf downloads

  9. Enya says:

    Radhe, Radhe, Jai Jai Shri Radha Krishna…
    Dhanyavad, thank you for this seva, the cookbook. It is truly appreciated.

  10. Hariharan says:

    I am Hare Krishna devotee and I like Hare Krishna foods are tasty and purity.

  11. Vishnu Rathod says:

    Please send me recipe master…soon… I’m in need

  12. jayant M More says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Thank you so much for making this book available online!

  13. Varshketu Jogdand says:

    Very nice book

  14. Willie says:

    Thank you

  15. madan says:

    Plz let me know is Prabhupada books in PDF is available in Kannada Language? Only English pdf are available..Why not in Kannada PDF? Plz help me out…I checked but I didn’t get..plz help me…

  16. Radhe Shyam says:

    Hare krsna,
    Sir i have a doubt , if a non vegetarian food is offered as prasadam to lord krsna can it be consumed .

    • No. Krishna only accepts foods in the mode of goodness. So you can only offer Krishna foods prepared from grains, vegetables, milk products and fruits. Other things can not be offered and will not be accepted by Krishna.

  17. Sophie says:

    Hare Krishna,
    Thank you so much for making this book available online!

  18. Rukmini says:


    Extremely sorry for disturbing. Could you please make Lilamrta and Hare Krishna Explosion and books such as those(about Srila Prabupada’s lilas) available in PDF form Please? I became addicted to the Rameswara interview 1979. We get to know Srila Prabhupada better. I can’t read in book form due to circumstances.

    Its okay if you can’t make them available…shall read in future when independent.Sorry Prabhu….

    • Hare Krishna Rukmini

      Better to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. Prabhupada was not very anxious for these books to be written. When he was asked about the lilamrta he said no, he said if people want to learn about him and his life they should read Srimad-Bhagavatam. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the book Bhagavatam and Srila Prabhupada is the person Bhagavatam and there is no difference between the book Bhagavatam and the person Bhagavatam.

      Even at one time one of the biggest publishers in the world wanted to publish a biography or autobiography of Srila Prabhupada. It was at the time some bogus Indian guru had a very famous book “Autobiography of a Yogi”. But Prabhupada refused this. This was a big publisher wanting to print his biography but he refused. He did not want it.

      So all these books about Prabhupada’s life are not written by pure devotees. They are the view of Srila Prabhupada from some conditioned soul. So they are not very good. Lilamrta is particularly bad. It has some good historical information in it for sure. But Satsvarupa has a very mundane view of Srila Prabhupada and presents him as quite a mundane person. So reading these books can be quite damaging. There are a few exceptions. But generally speaking these books are no good.

      You should concentrate on reading Prabhupada’s books and if you are interested in the things the devotees write about in these books then you can also read Srila Prabhupada’s letters and conversations and you will get all the details correctly and directly from Srila Prabhupada.

      So just read Srila Prabhupada’s books, letters, conversations, etc. You will find everything you are looking for there.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  19. Sharie Moran says:

    I’m trying to figure out, how to download HARE KRISHNA MUSIC & THE HARE HRISHNA COOKBOOK..

  20. sathyaprasad says:

    hare krishna madhudvisa dasa

    my mother is not a follower of prabhupada but she know iam prabhupada follower she is encouraging me more to become follower of prabhupada.i do not know to the art of cooking.has my mother has rights to cook for prabhupada and krsna on the behalf of me.please help me.

    • Hare Krishna Sathya

      You can introduce your mother gradually to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna consciousness. And if she cooks for Prabhupada, Srila Prabhupada is very merciful, so it is up to him. I can not say.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhduvisa dasa

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  22. alberto says:

    I became read Bragavad Gita in 2012 when I was a indigent. Today I have many thinks but I read book all days

  23. Devyanee basu says:

    the cookbook PDF download does not work.

    • The Hare Krishna Cook Book download does work. It is a PDF file. You need to have Adobe PDF reader installed on your computer to read it. But I just checked it and the download is working.

  24. vanshika says:

    Hare Krishna
    all glories to srila prabhupad and gaur nitai
    WAOOOW !!!!
    I have got this the hare Krishna cook book 1972 FREE pdf download, and really it is awesome. Prabhu if you dont mind can I download all the FREE pdf books, actually I am very sure that these are unchanged books and I do not even have the enough pocket money to buy books from your site as they are in us dollars, but I promise that after collecting the pocket money or whenever I get money I will buy the mini books from the nearest iskcon and distribute them as this is what I am doing these days, is it ok to buy mini books from iskcon, I think maybe they’ll not be changed?
    one last question : )
    when we offer food to Krishna we chant the 5 mantras 3 times each but what to do with the liquids like water, lamonde, milk, etc, is om Vishnu 3 times chanted ok or I shall chant the 5 mantras??
    thanks for this pdf and your kind answers.
    deep respect
    Hare Krishna

  25. ni made ayu wulan sari says:

    thank you. I can get a beautiful story of krsna.. I really like about krsna since I was in high school and after it, my life changed.. thanks you 🙂

  26. monica harris says:

    Thank you so much for posting this cookbook. I purchased my copy in Austin Texas in 1974. I lost my copy over 30 years ago and have looked high and low for another copy. Wow, I am so happy to have access to these wonderful recipes again. Thank you again. Many blessings to you.

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