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10 Mouth-Watering Indian Vegan Recipes

10 Mouth-Watering Indian Vegan Recipes

It’s one of those days where you’re craving for something Indian that has bold flavors and is preferably vegan. But which meals are truly vegan and tasty? No worries–you are not alone. There are many people who are in the mood for Indian foods and need ideas to match their vegan diets. Here is a compilation of ideas that you will enjoy.

1. Dosa

Dosas are crispy, stuffed paper-thin Indian crepes. Masala Dosas are traditionally stuffed with seasoned potatoes and served with coconut chutney, but they are made with many variations including fillings of chicken, cheese and veggies. Ask for the potatoes as your filling and it will be as Indian vegan as it can get!

Dosa 2

    2. Pani Puri

    Pani puris are bite-sized, deep-fried puff pastry balls filled with seasoned mashed potato and sauces. How are they eaten? It has to be eaten immediately after the sauces are poured into the puri – simply take the puri and stuff the whole thing inside your mouth! Your mouth will be filled with a sweet and tangy flavor of the sauces and the crunchy texture of the puri. They are simply delicious! You can even have an eating competition with these with your friends – see how many you can chow down at once!

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    Pani-Puri

      3. Bhel Puri

      Bhel Puri is almost like a “taco” salad bowl with a mixture of ingredients. It has mini deep fried crunchy puris which are topped with many ingredients including minced tomatoes, onions, potato, and sev. Then it’s drizzled with several different flavors of chutneys, making it a sweet and tangy treat that is bursting with flavor.

      Bhel Puri

        4. Vada Pav

        Can you imagine eating a ball within a bun? Well, that’s essentially what they are. The “ball” part of it is a stuffed fritter, usually made with potato, vegetables, and spices. It is served in a bun spread with tasty chutneys. This is common street food in India and most popular with those who are on-the-go. If you’re in a hurry, this can be the perfect meal option.

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        Vada Pav

          5. Dabeli

          Dabeli is a softer version of a burger. The filling is made out of a spicy potato mixture with toppings like sev, onions, peanuts and more – all served on a hot bun. This treat is best eaten warm.

          Dabeli

            6. Aloo Tiki

            “Aloo” means potato and “tiki” means a small cutlet. These are fried potato patties served with chutneys and sauces. Aloo tiki is served with a variation of dips though the standard accompaniment is cilantro chutney.

            Aloo Tiki

              7. Samosa

              Samosas are a deep fried, triangular savory pastry containing spiced vegetables (usually potatoes and peas) or meat. They are eaten hot while dipped in a spicy green or sweet red chutney–or both! Simple tomato ketchup makes a great dip for samosas too.

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              Samosa

                8. Puri

                A type of deep fried whole wheat bread that balloons up when frying and then deflates as it cools. Puris are usually served with stews and curries. The ingredients are simple – made from wheat flour, oil, salt, and water – yet the taste is blissful. These can be eaten alone as a snack or for a main meal. Puri with potato bhaji is a popular breakfast option in India.

                Puri

                  9. Spinach Pakora

                  These deep fried spinach fritters made from chickpea flour and a medley of spices. When they are well done they are crunchy in texture and served with chutney (a cilantro based sauce). Pakoras are can be eaten as an appetizer before a meal or snack during the afternoon.

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                  Spinach Pakora

                    10. Pav Bhaji

                    This is a vegetarian main course made from onion, peas and potatoes. This is a very popular Indian street food. Originally, pav bhaji is made by sautéing the ingredients in butter. When pav bhaji is made with loads of butter, it brings out the flavors better. However, when you go out, you can request the meal to be made in oil instead. It is eaten with soft bread rolls or hamburger buns, garnished with cilantro, onion, and lime juice. The flavors are both spicy and tangy. It can be eaten for lunch or dinner.

                    Pav Bhaji

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                      Last Updated on August 12, 2019

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                      Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                      But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                      I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                      Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                      1. Nuts

                      The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                      Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                      Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                      Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                      2. Blueberries

                      Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                      When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                      3. Tomatoes

                      Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                      4. Broccoli

                      While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                      Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                      Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                      5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                      Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                      The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                      Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                      6. Soy

                      Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                      Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                      Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                      7. Dark Chocolate

                      When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                      Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                      8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                      Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                      B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                      Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                      Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                      To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                      9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                      Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                      Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                      Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                      10. Gingko Biloba

                      This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                      It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                      However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                      11. Green and Black Tea

                      Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                      Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                      Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                      12. Sage and Rosemary

                      Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                      Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                      When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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