Thursday, April 26, 2012

Asian Vegan Food Heaven @Malaka Spice, Pune

Lane # 5 in Koregaon Park of Pune is home to the best vegan food in the city. If the heat is getting to you and the world seems a bit dismal, a meal at Malaka Spice is the best treat you can give your senses. The food looks great, smells better, and tastes like heaven. 

My top vegan picks are: the Indonesian satay with tofu and mushrooms (served with a peanut sauce that will make you want to cry with joy!), the super spicy Penang Curry with crunchy veggies and the portobello mushrooms and bok choy in black bean sauce. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fair Trade Vegan Chocolate!

This Easter you can enjoy chocolate that makes you feel as good as it tastes! 

Exploitation on cocoa farms is very common. Cocoa farmers are often forced to sell their harvest to middlemen who rig scales or misrepresent prices, and child slavery is still prevalent. There is a stark contrast between the delicious treat and the difficult conditions of the people who produce it. So buy Fair Trade! A Fair Trade certification ensures that farmers receive a fair price, allows farmers to invest in techniques that bring out the flavors of the region, and strictly prohibits slave and child labor.

These vegan dark chocolate bars are available in most Indian stores that sell chocolates like Lindt or other imported goods. Look for the Fair Trade label. Happy Easter! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sexy Stripes! Cruelty-free Fashion by SoFake!

A love of all beings spotted and striped draws me to geometrical patterns in clothes! Stripes are always a great idea for summer and this jumpsuit has all the femininity of a simple drape matched with the boldness of graduating black and white lines! Check out one of India's newest and coolest cruelty-free fashion brands- SoFake- designed by my lovely animal rights activist friend Sapna Bhavnani and her partner Sukriti Grover. Watch this space for more great finds from SoFake!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes from Xocolat!

More great news for vegans in Mumbai- we have more vegan dessert!!!!! My vegan friend Natasha recently introduced me to Xocolat! Xocolat is a home confectionery on Pedder Road run by Yashita. Yashita makes eggless, dairy-free cupcakes on request. Her vegan chocolate cupcakes will melt in your mouth and the smooth icing will leave you craving for more! (I swear I ate like 4 cupcakes in one day!)

Call her on 98202 24887 for a box of fabulous vegan dessert! 
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Vegan Stir Fry in a Ginger Soy Sauce!

This is a super simple vegan recipe. Just buy your favorite vegetables from the supermarket- I got broccoli, pok choy, red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. Throw some soy nuggets or tofu in for protein if you like. Heat a little sesame oil with whole garlic, throw in some chopped ginger, a few spoonfuls of dark soy sauce and whole dried red chillies. Add in the veggies and stir like mad till the veggies are cooked but still crunchy. Goes best with brown rice. I recommend the brown rice from Conscious Foods.