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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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                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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