Alex Raichev

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 8 deglet nour dates, pits removed
  • 2 C almonds
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C shredded coconut
  • 1/4–1/2 C dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 Celcius.
  2. In a food processor, grind the dates, almonds, baking soda, salt, and vanilla into a fine mix.
  3. Add the coconut oil and egg, and blend for a few more seconds until mixed.
  4. Transfer the mix to a bowl, and stir in the shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Shape the mix into roughly 12 cookies and place them on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake until golden brown, roughly 15 minutes.


Makes roughly 12 cookies. C = cup, T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-12
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Chickpea Curry

My favorite Hare Krishna recipe.


  • 1 C chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 T fennel seeds
  • 1/8 C curry leaves
  • 1/2 T asafetida
  • 400 mL coconut cream
  • 400 mL chopped tomato
  • 1 golden kumara, chopped
  • 1/2 T ground fennel seeds
  • 3/4 T ground coriander seeds
  • 3/4 T ground fenugreek
  • 1/2 T turmeric
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/4 T garam masala
  • 1 T channa masala
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 1 t tamarind concentrate
  • 1 t salt or to taste
  • chopped coriander for garnish


  1. Boil the chickpeas until tender, reserve liquid, and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute cinnamon, unground fennel seeds, curry leaves, and asafetida in coconut oil until fragrant.
  3. Add coconut cream, chopped tomato, and sweet potato and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down the heat to a simmer and add the remaining spices.
  5. Cook for until the potato is just short of tender (about 13 minutes).
  6. Add the broccoli and tamarind and cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Add the cooked chickpeas and enough chickpea liquid to reach your desired consistency.
  8. Garnish with coriander and serve.


Makes about 5 servings. C = cup, T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-05
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The Economics of Happiness

The failure of globalization and how small, slow, and local is the way to go.

Watch it on Thought Maybe

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-05
Tags: video
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There Is No Light


By Wildbirds and Peacedrums from their 2008 album The Snake.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-07-29
Tags: video, drums
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Short and Straight

A devout, elderly village lady from a nearby province came on a pilgrimage to Wat Ba Pong. She told Achaan Chah she could stay only a short time, as she had to return to take care of her great grandchildren, and since she was an old lady, she asked if he could please give her a brief Dharma talk.

He replied with great force, "Hey, listen. There's no one here, just this. No owner, no one to be old, to be young, to be good or bad, weak or strong. Just this, that's all; various elements of nature playing themselves out, all empty. No one born and no one to die. Those who speak of death are speaking the language of ignorant children. In the language of the heart, of Dharma, there's no such thing.

"When we carry a burden, it's heavy. When there's no one to carry it, there's not a problem in the world. Do not look for good or bad or for anything at all. Do not be anything. There's nothing more; just this."

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-07-21
Tags: nonduality
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