It is one of the fastest grown food trends in the world, but for a predominantly vegetarian country like ours, being vegan is no big deal. We tell you about everything that you need to know if you plan to make a simple switch, adapt and love the vegan way of life!
Why go vegan?
Will I get enough protein?
This is the foremost worry for vegans or people planning to make the conversion into one. While milk, its products, eggs and meat are very good sources of protein, substituting them with vegan ingredients will still meet your daily protein requirement easily. Ideally every person’s protein requirement is different and is based on their weight. 1 gram of protein / per kilogram of body weight – so for example if a person weighs 60 kg’s, their protein intake should be around 60 grams. This need can easily be filled with 3-4 well thought of meals distributed though out the day.
What can vegans eat?
Vegans can eat anything that is not derived from animals, which does include plenty of delicious and healthy food ingredients. While it may be slightly tough for you to make a switch if you are a non-vegetarian, vegetarians have it much easier.
How tough is it?
Veganism is not just a diet – it is a lifestyle choice too. While it might be tough for you to forgo the meat and cheeses in the beginning, but it will be a breeze once you get conditioned to it. If you are a veregtarian it is a job already half done. Including only plant derived ingredients in your food - meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and even honey are a strict no-no.
What you'll realize is that as long as you eat a balanced diet with lots of different veggies, fruits, beans, grains, soy foods and nuts you will squeeze out the pre-packaged and overly processed foods out of your life. Start slow and go steady – eating a 100 per cent vegetarian diet can be easy delicious and fun!
These recipes are our top three picks – just so you get an idea of the large variety of yummy recipes you can dish up the vegan way!
For more exciting recipes that prove vegan doesn’t have to mean boring browse through SanjeevKapoor.com
Mushroom Quinoa Rissotto, Ragi Roti, Corn Mushroom on Toast, Asparagus and Quinoa Salad, Stir Fried Brinjals and Mushrooms, Mushroom Soya Yakhni, Low Fat Mushroom Burger, Green Beans Stir Fry, Asparagus and Quinoa Salad, Warm Quinoa Salad with Grilled Paneer
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.