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VEGAN DIET, VEGAN FOOD, VEGAN RECIPES
A vegan diet contains only plants – such as vegetables, grains, nuts, fruits and other foods made from plants. It excludes foods that come from animals which includes meat, chicken, fish, shellfish, dairy products, eggs, honey and other animal agriculture products. This type of diet is usually low in calories and saturated fats and high in fiber and vitamin C.
Vegans use products which are cruelty free i.e. products that do not involve animal labor.
1) Milk and milk products like curds, cheese, paneer, buttermilk, ghee, mawa, Chocolates, creams, ice creams etc.
2) All meat and meat products – chicken, fish, mutton, beef, prawns, shellfish etc.
3) Animal products like honey and food coloring derived from insects like cochineal.
Can be eaten:
1) All cereals like wheat, rice, jowar, bajra, ragi, corn, breakfast cereals etc.
2) Pulses and legumes – chana dal, chick pea, soy and soy products, lentils etc.
3) Vegetables – all vegetables
4) Fruits – all fruits
5) Yeast and mushrooms - because they are fungi and not animals.
It is really important to read the food product labels as some products are prepared using hidden materials or in the same factory where non-vegan products are used such as milk, milk powder and eggs are made.
Meeting the protein needs become a challenge and so it is really important to include vegan sources of protein like beans, legumes and pulses in the diet. A combination of cereal and pulses will be good as it enhances the protein quality like Rice and Moong Dal Idli
Calcium intake should be monitored as vegan diet usually lacks calcium. Vegan sources of calcium are green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, ragi, broccoli, soya products like tofu, fortified juices, dried figs and apricots, chia seeds, sesame seeds etc. Try our tasty recipe for Radish Nachni Roti
Vegan diet is vitamin B12 deficient as there are only few vegan sources for Vitamin B12. The symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include tiredness, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, nerve problems and depression. Hence including vitamin B12 fortified foods becomes a must. Some of the vitamin B12 fortified foods are breakfast cereals and some plant based milk like almond milk, coconut milk and soy milk. Try our recipe for Healthy Peanut Butter Blueberry
Almond Milk Smoothie
Vegan diets tend to become iron deficient as a lot of good sources of iron are non-vegetarian. Good vegan iron sources includes legumes, sunflower seeds, dried raisins, and dark green leafy vegetables. Vitamin C-rich foods like orange, lemon, guava, strawberries, and broccoli should be included in the diet as they enhance iron absorption. Try Vitamin C rich Orange Tabbouleh
Try or wide range of vegan recipes and overcome the notion that vegan diets have less culinary creativity.
23 Nov 15
Cabbage Salad by Tarla Dalal
This salad is cabbage through and through, with dark green speckles of green chillies and coriander here and there. Yet, this crunchy high fibre Cabbage Salad is so tasty, you will see people reach for more helpings of it. We will let you in on the little secret. A tangy dressing with black salt, le ....
25 Jun 14
Lemon and Coriander Soup ( Vitamin C Rich) by Tarla Dalal
The best way to live a fit and happy life despite this daily inconvenience, is to boost your natural immunity, and including vitamin C rich foods in your diet is one way of achieving this. That’s all the more reason to enjoy this delicious Lemon and Coriander Soup made with vitamin C rich ingredient ....
14 Oct 17
Chocolate Almond Milk, Healthy Vegan Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
While everybody is convinced about the health benefits of almond milk, especially for vegans and those on a heavy training/ workout regime, the price of most commercial brands puts us off!
Plus, some people do not like the bland taste of plain almond milk. Here is an easy-to-make but cost-effect ....
20 Aug 09
Nourishing Moong Soup ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy ) by Tarla Dalal
Moong soup, subtly flavoured with curry leaves and lemon juice, this moong soup is easily digestible and high on energy. Carrots and paneer increase the protein and vitamin a content making this soup a great starter to meals.
14 Aug 17
One Meal Soup, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
A nourishing soup that does wonders for the heart! The One Meal Soup brims with the goodness of vegetables and moong dal, and provides you with a good amount of fibre and protein.
It is also a wonderful source of vitamin C
, a ....
18 Nov 17
Oatmeal Green Apples Vegan Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Kick-start your day with this healthy, filling and super tasty dish, which can be fixed in a jiffy if you have all the ingredients ready in your fridge.
The combination of oats, peanut butter and almond milk, perked up with tangy and filling green apples, makes a delightful breakfast, which has ....
19 Apr 15
Masala Chawli by Tarla Dalal
The perfect recipe to awaken your senses on a lazy winter’s day! Masala Chawli is packed with flavour and radiates an irresistible aroma! While the tomato pulp and fenugreek leaves impart a rich taste to the cooked cow peas, an aromatic mint paste carries the recipe to an unsurpassed level of gastro ....
02 Nov 17
Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe, Eggless and Dairy Free by Tarla Dalal
Everybody loves chocolate cakes, but the moment somebody mentions it, we think not just of the intense taste of cocoa but also the indulgent richness of dairy products like butter, cream and condensed milk, which put it out of the reach of vegans.
Here is a completely Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe ....
16 Nov 17
Vegan Healthy Lunch Salad, Office Salad by Tarla Dalal
Break away from carrying conventional lunches to work, and go for some healthy salads instead! A lunch salad is not only crunchy and tasty but also very satiating – to be a meal by itself.
You can carry the salad and dressing separately and toss them together just before eating your lunch. This ....
05 Nov 15
Mixed Vegetable Clear Soup by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes cold and cough can get into your head and make you so drowsy, you do not feel like doing or even eating anything!
At times like that, try out this hot and spicy Mixed Vegetable Clear Soup that is sure to satiate you, meet your nutrient requirements with a horde of veggies, and refres ....
14 Oct 17
Saffron Cardamom Almond Milk, Healthy Vegan Breakfast Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Almond milk is healthy, no doubt, and several commercial brands are available, but none will be as tasty as this! Easy to make and much more cost-efficient than commercial brands, this Saffron Cardamom Almond Milk has a heavenly flavour, thanks to the use of perfect desi spices like cardamom and saf ....
19 Apr 16
Bajra, Carrot and Onion Uttapa by Tarla Dalal
With humble origins as a simple, homely breakfast in South India, the uttappa has now become famous all over the world, because it lends itself to so much innovation. Here is yet another variant, made with whole bajra and its flour. Vegetables like carrots and onions lend a nice crunch to this sumpt ....
02 Nov 17
Grilled Broccoli Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This is surely one of the yummiest ways to enjoy fresh and crisp broccoli! Marinated with lemon juice and black pepper, and then grilled to perfection, the Grilled Broccoli has a nice texture and fabulous flavour, with spicy and tangy tones.
This delicious treat is also equally healthy, being ri ....
02 Nov 17
Grilled Cauliflower Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Ever thought of cooking cauliflower on a griller pan? Well, the outcome is extraordinary! We tried grilling cauliflower, marinated with garlic, spices and herbs, and really loved the taste and texture of the product.
Ideal to serve as a
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