A diet which excludes eggs, dairy, meat and all animal-derived products is a vegan diet. A vegan diet comprises of beans, cereals, vegetables, and fruits. Veganism is a way of life that steers clear of all forms of mistreatment, misuse, and cruelty to animals for the purpose of food, clothing or any other intention.
Nearly all vegans expand their description of veganism to beyond just food. They also keep away from the use of all personal and household products which have been tested on animals and animal-derived, non-food products too, like - fur, leather and wool.
Trying to eat less meat or are completely cutting out animal products altogether, can seem like a difficult task at first. But there are many traditional Indian meals that are vegan and healthy at the same time. Let’s take a look.
Vegan recipe ideas you’ll love!
From veggie-packed curries, and salads, to brownies, these vegan recipes are super exciting and delicious.
1. Chilla: Chillas are an all-time favourite and are fairly quick to dish up too. Moong dal, besan, semolina, plant-based yogurt and aromatic spices come together beautifully, topped with a liberal sprinkling of sesame seeds. Moong dal and besan take the nutrition quotient to an all-time high and proffer plenty of protein and complex carbs. These pancakes are absolutely yummy and packed with the choicest nutrition and keep you feeling fuller for longer. This savory pancake recipe most definitely proves that indulgence can be healthy! Serve with date chutney and coriander chutney.
2. Misal: Exploding with nutrition, incredibly tasty and so very satisfying! The ideal breakfast recipe, misal works fabulously to squash those afternoon hunger pangs as well. The misal ranks very high up on the inventory of wholesome foods and recipes – given that it comprises exclusively of lentils, beans and pulses. Toss in some diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a heavenly blend of spices; and this recipe is absolutely fail-safe! Squeeze in plenty of lemon juice, garnish with generous amounts of coriander leaves and finely chopped onions and dust some sev. Serve with pav, skip the butter to make this a vegan meal.
3. Punjabi chhole: Get plenty of protein into your vegan diet with chickpeas or chana. Chickpeas provide good quality protein which sustains a slow release of glucose, thus keeping your blood sugar profile normal. Garbanzo beans are perfect for diabetics as well as those who are trying to ensure that their cholesterol levels don’t go through the roof. This dish makes for an easy dinner meal and packs in bags of flavor. Lend the dish a dynamic spin by tossing in some crispy potatoes. A beautiful marriage of legumes and spices; take your dish to the next level with a dollop of chole masala, fresh coriander and grated ginger. Serve hot with paratha or puri. Just make sure this preparation is not made in ghee to stay true to the vegan diet.
4. Coconut vegetable curry: This yummy curry, fashioned in the quaint Goan way is served with rice and lentils and is very popular in the west and the south; variations of this recipe are seen in Bengali cuisine as well. The balance of the creamy coconut milk, the vegetables and the understated heat from the curry powder promises to make the most devoted meat-lover forget he was eating only vegetables! Coconut milk and tamarind are the showstoppers in the recipe and bring out the goodness of carrots, cauliflower and potatoes. This cheerful and colorful plate of goodness is an easy and interesting way to get loads of nutrition into your day.
5. Idli: These tiny, white, spongy dumplings are delicious, filling and super gratifying. Add a cashew to each of the idli to lend it a wonderful new dimension and to provide you with a nutrient boost as well. Serve with steaming, fragrant sambar or rasam. Delicious! This one is the perfect comfort food for the entire family. Made from urad dal and rice, idlis are high in protein, low in calories - just right!
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