Monday, December 21, 2009

Dr. Neal's Presentation

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Here is the video presentation of some the slides that were used by Dr. Neal Barnard during the ' Reversing Diabetes' workshops here in Mumbai or Bangalore.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Greens in green smoothie

Mustard Leaves
Bathua leaves( Pigweed)Other greens are Spinach( Palak), Chawli ni bhaji or Tandaljo or Amaranth, Ambadi chi bhaji, Mayalu bhaji (Poi)( basella Rubra), Suva ni bhaji (Dill), Methi ni Bhaji ( Fenugreek), Khatti Bhaji( Green sorrel), Lal Bhaji ( Amaranthus tricolour), Mint, Coriander,
Basil or Tulsi leaves, Drumstick leaves ( Shenga chi bhaji) etc. use all these different varieties as available in season. Methi is bitter and ambadi is sour so also dill so use less quantity.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Reversing Diabetes Workshop 29Nove2009

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Dr. Neal Barnard visited Mumbai City with 5 lectures for doctors at various hospitals and a one day workshop on Reversing Diabetes. The workshop was fully booked well in advance. The participants were very eager to learn. The questions coming from the participants were all answered well and we wish to see all of them putting into practise all diet changes and reversing diabetes. Dr. Neal was very inspiring, gentle and clear in his presentation. A very new way of eating and living for diabetics! In future we will surely have more such events. Next weekend is 3 day event by Dr. Neal in Bangalore. Its worth it!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mumbai Mirror writes on Mumbai Vegans

This is the photo taken from the newspaper Mumbai Mirror. They carried a story on Mumbai Vegans Harshad Parekh and wife Nayana Parekh. Vegans for last 20 years. They are often present at the Mumbai Vegans potluck lunch meetings. They are very inspiring to all of us here. To read full story about their vegan life, click here. They both make very good vegan food!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Potluck Lunch Nove2009

So, here is the video of the pictures taken at this inspiring afternoon!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Puppy rescued from Mumbai roads

Meghna was just returning home from work in a rickshaw. At the signal, she saw something black moving on the side of the roads. Crows were eating something, black looking. She wondered what it was. The rickshaw went ahead. She asked Rickshaw driver, what it was? He said, crows were actually eating puppies who were just born. She was so shocked by this. She asked the Rickshaw driver to turn back and take her to the spot. There were probably three puppies. But of two , only body parts remained. The third one was also in the process of being eaten, with tail part already gone, bleeding, almost dead! She picked up this one and brought her home. She took her to the Vet doctor...full nurturing & tender loving care.... and puppy opened her eyes after many days! She was so tiny, fitted in Meghna's palms!

Now....the attachment is too strong....here is the picture! Puppy is alive, full of joy and life!

Meghna is a Mumbai Vegan who is very actively involved in helping organic farmers and making efforts to bring organic food to city dwellers.

Being Vegan means being sensitive to animals....as living beings who have the same right to live as us. Do not participate in any activities that hurts an animal.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Green 'Red' Smoothie

Pomegranate
Red Amaranthus or also called as Lal Bhaji.
Everything in Mixture

Green smoothie but in red colour. Nice taste. For a change, we got red colour drink instead of the usual green colour! Enjoy!
Rupa Shah.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ground nut yogurt

I am able to make very nice, thick ground nut milk yogurt at home. For this we need to soak ground nuts for about 8 hours in water. After this, throw away the water used for soaking. Now take fresh water. For a fist full of ground nuts, about a glass of water (300ml) is sufficient. Now, use the electric mixture to make milk. Strain it. Boil this milk while stirring often for about 5 to 6 minutes. Cool almost. Use the yogurt starter. Thick yogurt will be ready in 6 to 12 hours depending on the climatic conditions.
This yogurt can be used for making tasty curd rice, buttermilk, curry ( Kadhi) or raita or salad dressing. I also use it for fermentation of Dhokla or Handvo. You can also use it in making dough for Parathas or Naan for softer outcome.
Recipe by Dr. Rupa Shah

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy, Healthy Diwali!


Diwali is festival of Lights, sounds, sweets and fun! We vegans choose to eat sweets which are dairy free of course. Nandita discovered a sweet shop in Mumbai selling only diary free sweets! Free from any artificial flavour and colour and of course, white sugar! It is called as Natural Sweets. Call them on 26195075-3890 at Vile Parle. Make sure you tell them that you don't want any sliver foil covering on any of your sweets. They deliver at home also.
Enjoy Diwali! And stay healthy!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Potluck Lunch October 2009

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The lunch meeting was well attended. The demonstration of pasta in white vegan sauce was perfect! For those who l0ve peanut butter, Dr. Nandita showed how to make it at home in just few minutes, tasting fresh! Dr. Rupa Shah showed one more variety of green smoothie, inspiring everyone to include greens in their diet! Lunch items brought by everyone was superb! Words cannot describe it, pictures can only tell some. I will be updating some of the recipes here soon! Do join us again in the next potluck lunch!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Green For Life


I just finished reading this very inspiring book by Victoria Boutenko. She has written this book in a very simple English, very easy to understand. The book covers her journey to search for a healthy raw vegan diet that is very easy & tasty. She has written about chlorophyll, acid balance in the stomach, what is the diet of chimpanzee, what is missing in our diet, how to prepare green smoothies etc. The book is in our library. 'Green smoothie addicts', this is a must read! I have been personally very much benefit ted by drinking daily green smoothie daily. Victoria does not insist now on just raw diet, but more on the benefits of green smoothies in our diet. The book contains very inspiring testimonials also. It is a small book, you can finish in two days or so. But, you may take time to digest the info contained in the book!
Contributed by Rupa Shah

Friday, September 18, 2009

Picture video September 2009 workshop

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This was a very successful workshop here in Mumbai. A life changing experience for all. As usual, very tasty food, all vegan of course!

Video clip of last workshop in Mumbai

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

STHITAprajna- Vegan Life Centre

STHITAprajna, is a vegan community located close to the Western Coast of South India in the state of Karnataka, on the footsteps of Western Ghats, a world hot spot of bio-diversity. STHITAprajna is spread over about 3 acres of vibrant nature along a seasonal natural stream. Nearest airport is Mangalore (140 kms) and the Railway Station is Byndoor (10 kms). STHITAprajna is an associate of Indian Vegan Society and International Vegetarian Union (www.ivu.org) and slated to open on World Vegan Day on 1st November, 2009. An International Vegan Centre for Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation and Rejuvenation.
P.O.Box-17, BYNDOOR, Kundapur Taluk, Udupi Dist., Karnataka, India.
Ph: 93411 28767 Email: indianvegansociety@rediffmail.com

INAUGURATION PROGRAM
1st November, 2009 – World Vegan Day.
A 5 day event is planned to mark the opening from Oct.30 to Nov.3, 2009.
Cheers!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Red Rice Poha Salad

Red Rice Poha Salad
Wash the red rice poha. Add small chopped vegetables of your choice – I used tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, capsicum, purple cabbage, finely chopped corriander, grated fresh coconut.Flavour with salt (or black salt), lemon juice, grated ginger, minced chillies.If desired temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing (asafoetida)Mix, taste and adjust the ingredients and serve.
Recipe by Dr. Nandita Shah

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dr. Lorraine Day's ten rules for health

Dr. Lorraine Day is an orthopaedic surgeon. Ten rules are the essence of Dr Lorraine Day’s technique of reversing her breast cancer with no medicines or surgery.Our body is meant to heal according to nature and all the necessities for healing are free except food.
Here are the ten rules to follow in our life.
1.Eat organic vegan diet
2.Exercise
3.Drink plenty of water
4.Outdoor air
5.Direct sunshine
6.Rest
7.Forgiveness and no Resentment
8.Trust in God
9.Attitude of gratitude
10.Benevolence
Her website is http://www.drday.com/. Here you will be able to read more about her life, books and videos.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Update on Potluck lunch July2009

Another very inspiring meeting for all the participants! Dr. Nandita Shah was present for this meeting. The meeting started with a cooking demo by Mrs. Lakshmi Giriraj. She showed us the entire procedure for the Coconut Kheer. She showed us the exact measurements for all the ingredients, cooking time and also the way to make almond milk and coconut milk. This was followed by the demo of how to make Green smoothie by Dr. Rupa Shah. This was a very simple but tasty and healthy raw recipe. Everyone got to taste the green smoothie made from Banana, Papaya, coriander and spinach leaves. Sure it was all dark green colour, full of fibre and very tasty. This was followed by lunch. All the participants brought very yummy dishes. After lunch, Dr. Nandita showed Dr. Lorraine Day's video. The video was so inspiring that many people were just in awe of the whole presentation! This was followed by a small talk by Vishal Bhardwaj, who is eating a lot of raw food and has helped himself of ill health. There were many interesting questions Vishal had to answer....a good inspiration for many of us who are thinking of increasing raw food in diet. Library project is taking off soon. We will keep you updated on this. Here are some pictures of the food....in small video film. I could not take all the pictures, as I was busy with the Green Smoothie demo.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tofu made at home!

Here is the picture of Tofu I made at home from Soy Milk. I wanted to see, how easy it is to make at home. First I made soy milk as usual at home. I boiled it for 20 minutes. Towards the end, I added 1 cup of Soy Yogurt to the milk, and let it continue to boil. Soon, in just two minutes, Tofu separated from the milk. I strained it. Only clear water was left behind. To this strained Tofu, I put weight on the top for 30 minutes. Now it is a bit firm and ready to make pieces. I can refrigerate the pieces like any other Tofu that we get in the market. or I can make Tofu Paratha or may be Tofu cutlet! Tofu is a very good replacement for Paneer made from dairy.
Contributed by Rupa Shah

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Healthy Juices - Book

I purchased this nice, little book on Healthy juices by Tarla Dalal. It contains very good juice recipes. All juices are totally sugar, salt free. And of course, dairy-free. I like to keep making new juices every now & then. The book costs only Rs. 89. It is available at many stores across India. Also on her website called as www.tarladalal.com It says ' Drink your ways to good health'. Juices are divided into various sections like Power juices, Cleansing juices,Vitality juices, Healing juices and Fresh & fruity. Nice pictures tempt us to try making juices at home. It doesn't cost much. It is so fast to make some. The presentation is very good, appealing to mind and taste buds. A glassful of health! This book is a great gift for Birthdays...what do you say friends?

The China Study - Book

THE CHINA STUDY is written by T. Colin Campbell & Thomas Campbell. I read this very ground breaking book on Nutrition. Nandita gave me this book during her last visit to the city. I read few pages every night. Took awhile to complete the book. But each page has something to think & 'digest'! Each such book does change out mindset forever. For all those who want to know more about what Dr. Nandita teaches about diet & health, this book will be worth reading. I got the copy. It will be added to our library here in Mumbai. I recommend all of you to take out time to read this book.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Peanut-Dates balls ( laddus)

Here is a very simple recipe of Laddus.
Ingredients: Peanuts, lightly roasted. Dates ( remove seeds). Proportion of peanuts to dates is 1:2.
Method: In a dry grinder jar of mixture / food processor, first crush peanuts. Do not crust very fine. Leave it coarse. Now add dates, once again mix in the the jar. The mixture will look like, as shown in the picture. Now make balls with hand. You laddus are ready to eat. Not need to refrigerate.. Eat anytime you have sweet craving. This is sugar free.
Recipe by Rupa Shah



Thursday, April 30, 2009

Green Smoothies - My daily dose!


I love to drink at least one green smoothy every day. Here is what I made today for myself.
I had one frozen banana, few pieces of frozen papaya and five leaves of Chinese cabbage. You can see all these in the picture here. At the bottom - banana pieces, then papaya, and finally leaves chopped. I made the smoothy out of this. It tastes so good, particularly in the summer time when it is so hot outside. Very easy to make, takes just few minutes, looks great, tastes divine and is very healthy food! The proportion of fruit to green leaves is 60:40 for best results. Keep combination simple. Take just one type of green leaves and one or two fruits. Everyone loves this, particularly children just freak out on this.Enjoy.
Written by Rupa Shah

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Oat Biryani


Oats Biryani:
By Saroj Choudhury
Ingredients:
Organic Cracked Oats
6 Cloves Garlic
1 Spring Onion
2 Deseeded Large Tomatoes
1 Small Cavliflower's Florets
3 Carrots Chopped Med
100 gm beans chopped med
1/2 bunch of corriander leaves finely chopped
Salt, Turmeric Powder
Method:
Soak Oat for 2 hrs.
Cook in pressure cooker with 1/2 ltr water.
In cold pressed or olive oil saute all above mentioned veggies.
Add salt, turmeric powder.
Add semi cooked cracked oat.
Cook for 20 mintutes on low flame.

RAW SPROUT SALAD

RAW SPROUT SALAD
By Diana Mahimwala
Mix together raw moong sprouts, chopped capsicum, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber, chopped coriander leaves, raw mango chopped, (or lime juice) and add either sesame seed powder or flax seed powder or raw grated coconut for flavouring.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mango-Coconut Salad Dressing/Chutney:

Mango-Coconut Salad Dressing/Chutney:
(Dressing shown in the white bowl next to the salad bowl.)
By Nayana Parekh
1 - Ripe Mango - Skinned and Cubed
1/2 - Raw Green Mango (Small) - Skinned and Shredded
1/2 cup - Fresh chopped Coriander Leaves (Dhania Leaves)
2 Tbs - JalapeƱo Peppers with vinegar (Or Substitute with green chili and lemon juice)
1/2 cup - Fresh shredded Coconut
1/2 cup - Coconut Milk/Cream
Sea Salt - As per taste

Mix first all 5 ingredients and blend it thoroughly till smooth. Add appropriate quantity coconut milk and stir well to achieve desired consistency for salad dressing or chutney. And add sea salt to taste.

Coconut - Beet - Carrot Sweet:

Coconut - Beet - Carrot Sweet:
By Nayana Parekh

1 cup - Finely minced fresh Coconut
1 cup - Finely minced fresh Beet
1 cup - Finely minced fresh Carrots
1 1/2 - Broun Sugar (Evaporated Cane Juice)
1/4 cup - Golden Raisin
1/4 tsp - Cardamom Powder
1 Tbs - Slivered Almonds and Pistachio for garnishing

Heat the pan and add finely minced Coconut and stir medium heat for 5 minutes. Add finely minced Beet and finely minced Carrots and mixed well by stirring continuously for 5 minutes or till cooked. Add raisin and brown sugar (Or any other sweetener) and cooked thoroughly. After sugar dissolves add cardamom powder and mixed well. Take pan away from heat and spread in a pan to let it cool. Cut in to small square pieces. Garnish with Slivered Almonds and Pistachio before serving. Store in refrigerator.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Corn Bhel

Corn Bhel: Recipe by Diana Mahimwala
Raw vegan salad

Mix together yellow corn, chopped capsicum, chopped tomatoes, chopped coriander, with a dash of lime juice and salt & sprinkle some roasted & powdered flax seeds on it and enjoy its delicious taste.
You could also add soy tofu pieces if desired.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Potluck Lunch 19th April, 2009

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One more potluck lunch with very tasty food. The sharing session was very inspiring to new comers to give vegan lifestyle a try. Recipes of the food items will be posted soon! Enjoy watching the video.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Baked Vegetables

Baked Vegetables with cashew paste

contributed by Saroj Choudhury


2 steamed mashed potatoes with pinch of salt & pepper.

40 cashews soaked for 6 hours, then ground to paste.

Broccoli chopped & sauted in cold pressed or olive oil

Zucchini chopped & sauted in cold pressed or olive oil

Carrot chopped & sauted in cold pressed or olive oil

Beans chopped & sauted in cold pressed or olive oil

4 Baked deseeded tomatoes pureed with 2 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, jaggery and few basil leaves.

White sauce to prepare with cashew paste, soya milk and a pinch of oat flour,

Potato mixed with 2 tea spoon cashew paste & water,salt, pepper in a mixture to make a cream.

In a transparent bowl, spread one layer of mashed potatoes.

Vegetables mixed with white sauce as second layer.

Third layer will of of tomoto puree.

Fourth layer will be of cashew potato cream.

Bake for about 5 to 7 minutes.

garnish with tomato & capsicum.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Potato & Sweet Potato Vegetables

Slow cooked potatoes and sweet potatoes:
Contributed by Nandita Shah
Cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes without peeling into small cubes about 1 cm square or a little more. Put a tiny bit of olive oil in a thick bottomed pan and put the potatoes and sweet potatoes to cook. Cover and put on a slow flame. Open and stir occasionally. When the vegetables are almost done, add salt and rosemarine (dry or fresh) and stir once again. Allow it to cook for a few more minutes and serve. Drizzle with olive oil just before serving if desired.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Nachani Sweet

Everyone was very surprised to see a very tasty sweet made from Nachani. Atul Sukhthankar brought this. He made this at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe here for all of us.

Here is the recipe for the "Nachani Sweet".

Ingredients:
250 gms nachani (whole)
250 gms jaggery
half fresh coconut
half a cup of dry fruits, such as walnuts, cashew and almonds, cut into small bits.
2-3 cardamom
pinch of salt (optional)

Method:
Soak nachani in water for 6-7 hrs
Grind the soaked nachani in mixer.
Squeeze the nachani in a sieve after grinding
(Repeat grinding and squeezing the nachani 6-7 times, each time adding a little water to the nachani before grinding in the mixer. Allow the collected milk of nachani to settle down for an hour and a half for the milk and the water contents to separate.)
Drain the contents of water ( which is the transparent layer on the top)
Grind the coconut and cardamom in the mixer and squeeze, sieve the milk

Preparation:
Now add the sieved cardamom-flavoured coconut milk, jaggery, dry fruits and salt to the nachani milk and stir in a kadhai for all the ingredients to mix thoroughly. Also keep a plate or vessel ready in which you wish to pour the mixture. Oil this plate or vessel with some compressed oil etc, so that the ingredients do not stick once poured into it.
Keep the mixture on the stove, keep stirring till the mixture thickens
Pour the hot, thickened mixture in the oiled plate or vessel.
Quickly pat it in shape with a katori or plate oiled from outside.
Allow the mixture to cool in room temperature before stashing it in the fridge.
After cooling in fridge for an hour and half, cut the sweet in the shapes of your choice.
Eat it...and enjoy that blissful feeling!!

(N.B. Nachani is very cooling and, as such, ideal for consumption during summers. Nachani also has a high nutri-value...as it has a high percentages of iron and calcium.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CAULIFLOWER IN COCONUT MILK


Recipe Contributed by Daina Mahimwala

Ingredients:

½ kg cauliflower cut into large florets

2 onions cut long

1 tsp ginger & garlic paste

1 tsp dhania powder

½ tsp jeera powder

Bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick

1 dried red chilly

1 cup coconut milk

Salt to taste

Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

* Put the onions in a pan on slow fire.

* Cover the pan for a while and allow onions to soften by adding a tbs of water at

a time.

* Then add ginger garlic paste & continue to cook in water.

* Add the rest of the ingredients except dhania & jeera and cook on slow fire till

florets are semi cooked. (While doing this cover the pan & put water on top of

pan so that the ingredients don’t stick to the pan).

* Add dhania & jeera and cook till ready.

* Garnish with coriander leaves.



Saturday, March 28, 2009

RICE COCONUT PAYASAM (Kheer)

RECIPE OF RICE COCONUT PAYASAM(Kheer): (Lakshmi Giriraj)
Ingredients:
- 125 grams rice (rice used was brown, organic, ambe mor variety.
- Half a litre water
-three cups coconut milk
-two tablespoons of grated coconut
-Hundred grams jaggery (or as per desired sweetness)
-1/2 cardomom, powdered
-half cup almond milk
Method:
Soak rice for two hours. Drain rice and grind with half cup water. Ground rice should be as coarse as suji and not be a paste. Then add grated coconut to rice while grinding.
Add half a litre of cold water to the ground rice. Place it in a vessel and cook on a slow flame, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Keep it for about half an hour or till the rice is cooked. Add jaggery after rice is cooked and is of porridge consistency. Turn off the flame. Add coconut milk, cardomon and almond milk. Stir for uniform mixture. Add a few chopped cashewnuts if desired.
Serves: 6-8 people

Monday, March 23, 2009

Potluck Lunch 22nd March, 2009

One more potluck lunch with more mouth watering food, inspiring DVD and sharing session. About 40 people participated in this event. Dr. Nandita Shah showed the DVD of the talk by Raw food practitioner, Victoria Boutenko. Every one loved her style of talking to the audience. Her website is http://www.rawfamily.com. She wrote the famous book, Green For Life. The food brought by every one was very tasty. We are sure that new comers will be very inspired to start eating healthy! Here are the pictures of the event. Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Workshop on 15th March, 2009


The Peas vs Pills workshop in Mumbai on 15th March. Participants were very interested in all the information for healthy diet. The food was very nice. Questions & answers session was also interesting. Inspiration to start following the new ways of eating was very much visible. Looks like we will see many of them be part of Mumbai Vegans.

Doctors Listen in Mumbai



City Doctors listen to Dr. Nandita Shah. The talk was at the Nanavati Hospital and one more at the HN Hospital. Doctors did get into thinking about what is healthy diet? Can the diseases that they are treating on daily basis be reversed just by changing one's diet, was the big question in their mind. Some of them were very alarmed by the facts of dairy in diet. Can we help our patients this simply? We always thought milk was good for health...etc.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Inner Wheel lecture

Dr. Nandita Shah did a free talk at the Times of India Building, CST in Mumbai. More than 80 people attended this talk. 'Eat more, Weigh less' was the topic of the talk. The questions & answer session after the talk was very exciting as that talk stimulated every one's mind about the concept of healthy diet and reversal of obesity. There are two more such talks she is doing this month at various hospitals for doctors in the city.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Calcium Info

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Listen to Dr. Nandita Shah at the Peas vs Pills workshop on Calcium.The next workshop in Mumbai is on 15th March, 2009.