Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vegan Almond Cookies

My son likes cookies, and I try to bake cookies once in a while. I always have almonds in my pantry, and I'm always looking for ways to use it.

Two days ago there was 3-4 inches of snowfall in Atlanta. Schools and offices were closed for two days. My son loved watching the snow, and he wanted to eat cookies and cupcakes. Well, I baked some almond cookies, and my son loved them! I'm sure I will be baking these cookies often for my family.

I baked Saffron-almond flavored cookies from Aayis blog. I used Earth Balance natural shortening instead of butter. I used rice milk and  vegan sugar( sugar in the raw). The taste was really very good. My husband said it tasted like "Kobbari biscuit" , which is popular in Bangalore bakeries.

If the link does not work , go to google, and type "Saffron-almond flavored cookies" for the recipe in Aayis blog.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vegetarians and Vegans in Pakistan

I grew up in Bangalore, India . While going to school in the morning, my friend Faiza Sultana often told me stories about Pakistan. She told me that are forefathers were from Pakistan. Faiza wished to visit Pakistan to see her distant relatives. Pakistan is India's neighboring country. I also want to visit Pakistan sometime, as I want to see some ancient Hindu temples near Karachi and Lahore.

My friend has not yet visited Pakistan, but she keeps track of everything from cricket to Lollywood and politics to fashion , of Pakistan. Faiza recently sent me the facebook link to Vegan and Vegetarian Pakistan

I was so happy to see the facebook link to Vegan and Vegetarian Pakistan . I grew up with the notion that Pakistani food is synonymous with non-vegetarian food.

Recently, I read another article in outlook India, which reports that the demand for vegetarian food is growing rapidly in Pakistan. I'm so happy that educated Pakistanis are exploring plant-based diet, good for health and our environment.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Number of Vegans Are Increasing Every Day

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated - Mahatma Gandhi

According to many reports many people across the world are trying vegan diet for few days. Some people are trying vegan fare to lose weight, and some people are trying vegan fare, as they are concerned about environment. Some people are trying vegan food, after seeing the horrible conditions of cows, pigs, veals and chickens in factory farms.

Thanks to Peta and Youtube. The sufferings endured by innocent animals is exposed. Many people are watching very sad videos of dairy cows in India and United States, and have made up their mind to go vegan.

I'm in United States and it is really easy to thrive on a vegan diet with some planning. Super markets from coast to coast carry variety of non-dairy milk, seitan, tofu , non-dairy icecream and vegan chocolates. Popular stores such as Costco, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are awash with numerous vegan food items.