You may have heard about Indian vegetarian food from friends or family or from those who practice yoga, meditation or follow a holistic way of life.
Here on VegetarianFromIndia.com, the aim is to help you understand the vegetarian way of life and the Indian vegetarian diet. My name is Ram and I've been veggie for over 25 years. My beautiful parents are Indian and vegetarian so I've pretty much grown up with vegetarian food from India.
On the site I will share…
India has a large variety when it comes to vegetarian food. About thirty percent of the population is estimated to be vegetarian and many Indians who do consume meat, are part vegetarian, abstaining from doing so on certain days of the week or for certain months in the year, mainly for religious reasons.
It is not certain when vegetarianism originated in India. Some historians claim that vegetarianism emerged in the 7th or 8th century BC. Others date it back to the time of the Buddha, some to Vedic times. Others believe it goes right back to the beginning of human existence and that man's original diet was plant based.
There are an estimated 350 million vegetarians living in India today. Many Indian Christian and Muslim families also practice vegetarianism as a way of life. Non-religious people who follow a spiritual path also believe in abstaining from the use of animal products for their living.
Dairy products including milk, yoghurt, ghee butter and paneer cheese are an accepted part of the Indian vegetarian diet as vegetarianism in India considers the taking of animal life as harmful to health and nature.
This website has been developed with this view in mind. So Vegetarianism in these pages will look at foods free from all meat, fish, poultry, eggs and their derivatives. For our vegan visitors, please feel free to use the site and adjust ingredients as you see fit.
Indian Vegetarian Food includes a wide range of cuisines from different parts of the country. India's a big place and its farming heritage has led to a large variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses being cultivated across the land with every region enjoying its own version of dishes and cuisines.
There are also common ingredients. Some popular spices in Indian cuisine such as cardamom, cloves, pepper, cumin, coriander and aniseed are used across the country. Common herbs used throughout India are coriander, fenugreek, curry leaves and mint.
Most first-time visitors are stunned by the rich and wide variety of vegetarian food that is available in India. From the Punjab to Goa, Delhi and Mumbai, Rajasthan and Kerala. You have to see and experience it to really believe it.
I hope you will enjoy this website and all its recipes and if you're not familiar with Indian vegetarian food, feel free to try it. Preparing most dishes is not as difficult as you may think.
This site is a work in progress, meaning I will add new recipes and background information regularly.
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