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The Healing Power of Food—Yam Curry

By Bibiji Inderjit Kaur

This is a story commonly told in Indian households that shows how our vibrations—our thoughts and feelings—affect the food we prepare. The story is about a sick man with a chronic illness that was, according to the doctors, impossible to eradicate and cure. So the wife of this sick man cooks food for her husband on a daily basis but feels helpless and hopeless about finding a cure for him. These vibrations permeate the food she prepares and make a negative impact on her husband’s psyche: the man remains in a dreadfully sick state. However, one day this wife simply decides to let go of these feelings of helplessness from her soul. She realizes they are not only depressing; they are also not serving any useful purpose. So, she begins to chant Sat Nam* as she prepares food for her sick husband. Then, to his doctor's surprise, her husband begins to regain his health and recovers from the sickness that was ailing him.

The reason behind this apparently miraculous transformation in her husband’s health was connected with the food he was eating. This man continued to eat the same food that his wife had been preparing previously, made with the same ingredients. The true reason behind the healing was the transformation in the wife’s vibratory frequency emanating from her thoughts and feelings and being infused into the food she prepared for him. She had made a conscious choice to change her psyche and elevate her mental and emotional attitude. This created an impact in the oscillations of her brain waves.

Vibrations are a subtle form of energy, but these subtle vibratory frequencies projecting from our thoughts and feelings are extremely powerful. The more we consciously project thoughts that are elevating, uplifting, and kind, the more we impact our entire surroundings with positive energy. Try singing, playing your favorite music, or reciting prayers or poetry when preparing a dish, and experience the difference for yourself. The ingredients you use will become a dish with the most delicious aroma, and taste utterly divine, when you add the most important ingredients of all: your own unique vibrations, your light, your prayers, and your love.

Yam Curry (Arbee Bhujiaa)

Yams with a distinctly Indian flavor and featuring mango powder, or amchur, traditionally known as a digestive aid and rich source of vitamin C.

2 medium-sized yams

1/2 + 1/3 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) (You will be using each measurement of the ghee at a different time in the recipe)

2 tablespoons oregano seeds

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

5 teaspoons mango powder (available in Indian spice shops-we don’t have one nearby but found it at an Indian restaurant)

1 teaspoon garam masala (available in Indian spice shops)

2 or 3 small fresh green chilies, mild or hot to taste, chopped fine

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1 small tomato, chopped

2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped


Bake or peel and steam the yams until tender but not mushy. Then peel (if baking) and mash. Sprinkle the yams with oregano seeds. In a large frying pan, heat 1/2 tablespoon of ghee until sizzling and sauté the yams until they are golden brown. Add another 1/3 tablespoon of ghee and mix in the turmeric, cumin, garam masala, ginger, green chilies, salt, and black pepper. Sauté for a few minutes.

Add the mango powder and cook for another minute or two.

Garnish with chopped tomato and cilantro leaves.

Yield: 2 Cups

As well as a gourmet cook, Bibiji Inderjit Kaur has taught cooking classes all over the country. She is a clinical therapist, writer, speaker, and serves as Bhai Sahiba of Sikh Dharma of the West. She was married to Yogi Bhajan for 41 years. This recipe can be found in her cookbook, A Taste of India.