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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

                      Featured photo credit: Photo: Madhuli Ajay via archanaskitchen.com

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                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                      Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                      Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                      If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                      Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                      1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                      Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                      Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                      Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                      2. No Motivation

                      Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                      This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                      If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                      3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                      Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                      A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                      A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                      The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                      4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                      One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                      We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                      Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                      You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                      5. Upward Comparisons

                      Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                      The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                      These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                      Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                      6. No Alternative

                      This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                      Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                      Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                      Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                      7. Stress

                      As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                      When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                      We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                      If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                      8. Sense of Failure

                      People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                      Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                      Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                      If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                      9. The Need to Be All-New

                      People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                      These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                      10. Force of Habit

                      Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                      Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                      These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                      There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                      Reference

                      [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                      [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                      [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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