When you pick up your takeout at Mata G Vegetarian Kitchen in Albuquerque’s historic Nob Hill, you know you’re supporting the hungry of New Mexico, too. The underlying mission of Mata G (Sanskrit for “Holy Mother”) is to feed those New Mexicans who cannot support themselves.
The restaurant’s owners, Gurubachan Khalsa and his wife Gurubachan Kaur Khalsa, who goes by the name of “Mata G”, have always been committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle. Both practice and teach Kundalini Yoga mainly in Asia, South America and on a free YouTube channel called Breathe Global, started by Mata G himself. When it comes to the food they sell at Mata G, they believe that the person preparing it is adding the food from their own heart, from their own love, from their own spirit, and that makes the food good. When food nourishes your body, mind and spirit, you know it’s good food.
A tradition of service
An underlying tenet of Sikhism is langarto encourage the practice of preparing and serving a free meal seva – render selfless service to the community. During the Pandemic, as COVID hunger spread across the US, Sikhs mobilized their gurdwara, places of worship to feed the needy. Anyone, Sikh or not, can visit and participate in a Sikh Gurdwara kitchen langar. The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, with its large kitchens, serves more than 100,000 people daily.
“In Sikh tradition around the world we have langars where we serve free food to people. It doesn’t matter who you are, feeding people is a very big deal. We decided to start a for-profit company that would fund a free kitchen,” said Gurubachan Khalsa The paper. in a recent interview.
They first drove out in a food truck and served food to the people; However, the pandemic shifted the focus of their way of offering food to feeding the hungry.
“Before COVID, our way of serving the free kitchen was that we had food trucks and we would go out and deliver 500 or 1,000 burritos to the rural areas. COVID made that impossible so we switched to donating food. We are now ready to donate £4,000 to £5,000 of free groceries to various organizations and various groups in New Mexico.”
They are donating to two locations in the Española area and Casa Barelas in Albuquerque. They also donated food to a few groups in Las Vegas, NM because of the fires. “Mainly we are in rural areas because that’s where we find children who don’t have anything to eat from Friday night to Monday afternoon,” Gurubachan said.
To support funding langar When the pandemic hit, they decided to start the for-profit “Grab and Go” Mata G Vegetarian Kitchen at 105 Amherst Dr SE. The restaurant presents Mata G’s own recipes and those of her mother and grandmother. Their refrigerated display cases are stocked with a variety of ethnic vegetarian and vegan dishes made from time-honored family recipes. The dishes are freshly prepared and packaged daily.
Mexican fusion from the middle east
You’ll find Moroccan, Lebanese, and Mexican dishes, including vegetarian and vegan soups, burritos, salads, sandwiches, hummus, tofu salad, and other side dishes. Some are perfect for desk dining; others are good for warming up at home after a long day at work.
Mata G’s food has been well received and the prepackaged meals are available at 24 different locations in New Mexico. They are in supermarkets, hospitals, National Laboratories, La Montañita Co-op and various other stores.
“We don’t serve anything that had a mother or eyes; it’s vegetarian – no meat, fish or eggs. Our vegan dishes contain no dairy products,” Gurubchan explained. “All we do is pack and go. At Mata G, on the mother ship so to speak, we have an outside patio where people can come and sit outside and eat.” Just ask if you’d like your food warmed up.
Mata G started with five employees when it opened and has grown to twenty-seven employees. “When people realize that what Mata G offers is very unique in its vibration, healing aspects and everything else, we will see that interest in fabulous vegetarian and vegan food will continue to grow,” Gurubachan claimed.
“We’re not trying to turn people into vegetarians. People should do what they want. We simply offer them great food. Our food is not just food without meat. Our food is just great food with no meat, fish or eggs. I just want to remind you that your breath is your source of everything you need within yourself. And with that understanding, that’s the awareness and awareness that we’re putting into Mata G.”
Mata G will be participating in the Albuquerque Vegan Challenge. In July, various restaurants offer special vegan menu options that are not usually on their menus. Guests have the opportunity to go out, enjoy meals, vote, comment and post photos of the delicious vegan dishes they have ordered.
The family also has two other shops next to Mata G in Nob Hill run by their son, Sat Gurumukh Singh Khalsa. Their furniture shop Sukhmani Home next door offers historical, vintage, antique and repurposed furniture from India, Tibet and China. Her jewelry shop Sukhmani Designs across from Mata G offers jewelry designed by family members. They also have a Sukhmani house in Santa Fe.
Mata G Vegetarian Kitchen serves a hot dish of the day from a variety of international cuisines including Italian, Indian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. The grab and go menu offers meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Price range: $6 – $14. 505-266-6374. facebook.com/MataGVegetarianKitchen