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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.
25 Jun 14
Green Peas, Carrot and Cauliflower Soup by Tarla Dalal
A crunchy and satiating option, the Green Peas, Carrot and Cauliflower Soup is a wholesome and tasteful soup that retains the natural flavours of the veggies to the hilt. It makes use of fibre-rich ingredients like green peas, cauliflower, cabbage and carrots. Avoid straining to retain the fibre con ....
11 Sep 14
Rice and Moong Dal Idli by Tarla Dalal
Rice and Moong Dal Idli is a variant of the most popular South Indian snack, Idli, which is traditionally made with rice and urad dal. The well-tested proportions of rice and green moong dal used in this recipe result in a pleasant texture, taste and colour, which will be loved by all your family me ....
25 Jun 14
Lettuce, Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Basil Dressing by Tarla Dalal
Vitamin C rich veggies like lettuce, capsicum,tomatoes and cucumber tossed together with an Italian basil dressing. But dress this salad just before serving to prevent the loss of vitamin C due to exposure of air.
26 Nov 13
Sprouts Dhokla by Tarla Dalal
Once a gujarati staple, steamed and low cal dhoklas are universally popular these days! they make a particularly wholesome and light breakfast. Add sprouted moong and spinach to add colour and make them more nourishing.
06 Oct 16
11 Aug 17
Black Bean Quinoa Veg Salad by Tarla Dalal
This Black Bean Quinoa Veg Salad is a super tasty and exciting way to consume power-packed ingredients like quinoa, beans and veggies.
It has ingredients of various textures, which gives you a wonderful mouth-feel. The Orange Vinaigrette Dressing, which combines orange juice with honey, herbs an ....
11 Sep 14
Stuffed Moong Sprouts Dosa by Tarla Dalal
If you love tacos, wraps and just veggie-loaded snacks, you will love this stuffed dosa too! The Stuffed Moong Sprouts Dosa is a filling breakfast that provides a good wallop of protein (for healthy cells), calcium (for healthy bones) and iron (for haemoglobin). It is also an innovative and tasty wa ....
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 ....
27 Aug 15
Oats Upma ( Breakfast Recipes) by Tarla Dalal
This recipe is one that will make oats a much-loved ingredient in your house! Here, fibre-rich oats is cooked along with a traditional, flavourful tempering and scrumptious, colourful veggies like carrots and peas, which add to the flavour and visual appeal of the dish. Take care to roast the oats w ....
12 Apr 15
Oats and Vegetable Broth by Tarla Dalal
A toothsome broth of sautéed vegetables and oats cooked simply with water, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Comforting and sumptuous, this Oats and Vegetable Broth is very nutritious too. The vegetables provide an abundant supply of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that reduces free-radical damag ....
14 Mar 15
Oats and Poha Sukha Bhel by Tarla Dalal
Sukha Bhel is now a world famous snack, as it is not only tasty but convenient too, for both serving at parties and for carrying along in a picnic basket! You can make the sukha chutney is advance, keep the dry ingredients also ready, and toss it up any time you feel like. Here is a healthier versio ....
20 Aug 13
Sambhar ( How To Make Sambhar, South Indian Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This is one South Indian dish that needs no introduction, and probably the most versatile of them all. Each family uses the ingredients in various proportions. You can also try varying the quantities depending on your preference. The vegetables added to sambhar (or any kuzhambu) are referred to as ‘ ....
21 Mar 17
Homemade Almond Butter, for Weight Loss and Athletes by Tarla Dalal
Homemade Almond Butter is totally awesome, a tantalising treat with a very unique flavour and interesting mouth-feel! Actually, it is something that must be experienced and not described! When you think almonds, you expect a nutty flavour, but this Homemade Almond Butter gives you a better flavour t ....
15 Apr 16
Sprouts Tikki, Healthy- Starter Sprouts Tikki Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Let’s give a healthy twist to the evergreen Aloo Tikki! Using sprouted moong increases the nutrient-value by at least 15 per cent, while coriander and mint give an aromatic spin to the tale. Serve these fibre-rich Sprouts Tikkis hot and crisp, as soon as you prepare them.
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