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The painted message on the wall when you first walk in to Bhojan  bids you to "Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate and Realise". This message
struck a chord deep in me (and here I thought I was just at another dining review). Well I was wrong, very wrong.

Bhojan, located in a neighborhood that has a few different nicknames such as Curry Hill, Murray Hill - the correct name--and of course Little India, is an
experience in vegetarian culinary excellence. (Yikes, Vegetarian! To be honest the word itself has always frightened me being the meat and potatoes
loving carnivore that I am). Now that I am getting older and more mature, I can't help but begin to heed the messages that surround me. Stop Smoking.
Drink less alcohol. Try not to eat as much meat. Eat more vegetables. That's not to say I don't love vegetables because I do: broccoli, brussel sprouts,
corn on the cob, carrots, peas, medleys of greens and other rambunctious ruffage to tantalize the taste buds. Bhojan Indian restaurant takes the art of
preparing vegetarian Indian cuisine to its highest form.

Our host Sanjeet, a lovely, kind and gracious Indian man who brings service back to the service business, brought us to our table. He said "Mr. John,
not to worry, we have taken the opportunity to order for you." For appetizers we started with Dhokla steamed lentil cakes with green chilies and mustard
seeds, an extremely interesting dish; Indeed the texture of these little wonderful cakes reminded me of ginger bread. The Kahndvi green flower rolls
fresh corriander leaves were fragrantly flavorful. Next Sanjeet brought us Samosa Chloe Chaat chickpeas with two chutnies. Once again, before we
started I thought to myself vegetarian means I will need to figure out where I am going to eat after this salad food is finished; But to my pleasant
surprise, I was very satisfied after these appetizers were served.

Next came our main course,  Maa Ki Punjabi, Thali and Gujarati Thali   )--two large circular platters with small portions of many different vegetables,
dips and spices which came with three types of bread to dip
into the little bowls of yumminess.  Unlike the plether of Indian
restaurants in this area..Bhojan offers a unique offering of flavors from the different regions of India) Paratha a pan grilled multi- layered bread, Puri
puffed fried whole wheat bread and Chapati whole wheat bread cooked on an open fire. The panorama of colors and tastes
were extraordinary and brought about a big smile to my guest and I. These fresh vegetables and ingredients were just what the doctor ordered and
have now turned me into half a vegetarian as I still may need to indulge in a cheesebuger every now and then ;-)

Bhojan is located on 102 Lexington Avenue , NYC between 27th and 28th street # 212-213-9615. Ask for Sanjeet and let him show you the
Love with his wholesome array of delicious and nutritious food--food so good, you may feel purified and with an urge to meditate afterwards.  Bhojan's
dishes help you realize the greatest gifts come from our beautiful earth in the form of vegetables and spices.
Bhojan Vegetarian Indian Cuisine
Swami Sivananda Saraswati (September 8, 1887—July 14, 1963) was a spiritual teacher and modern day Saint who propagated Yoga, Vedanta. and the
unity of all religions. His teachings were simple:
SERVE, LOVE, GIVE, PURIFY, MEDITATE, REALISE. He is the founder of The Divine Life Society (1936),
Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948) and author of over 250 books.

A little known and even less publicized fact is that a majority of the Ashrams worldwide and the various types of Yoga practiced in the world today can trace
their origins and spiritual lineages back to Sivananda.  Among his prominent disciples are Swami Chidananda and Swami Krisnananda, who served at the
Divine Life Society, Rishikesh India, Swami Vishnu-devananda, founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, with Headquarters in Canada,
Swami Satchidananda, founder of the Integral Yoga Institutes, U.S.A, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of Satyananda Yoga movement, Swami
Chinmayananda, founder of the Chinmaya Mission, Swami Sivananda Radha, founder of Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, Canada, and the list goes on
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