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Vegan Indian Cooking - The Cookbook Way

Lazy-ass vegans sit around eating white bread and mustard all day. But not you my friend, you can be a vegan Olympian. Say this out loud, "Indian food." (OK, wipe that gross vegan spittle from your chin). You can make it at home. You can learn to cook Indian food so well The Raj will cry. It's super easy with a tad of motivation.

Find a cookbook and get started. (Danger: many traditional Indian recipes use ghee (clarified butter) as an ingredient.) Thank the Lawdess above, ghee is easy to veganize. Use oil instead, or try soy margarine, vegetable shortening, or vegetable ghee (from an Indian grocery store, but it's probably the same as shortening).

You can even substitute firm tofu in recipes that call for paneer (homemade brayed cheese) although it won't fool anyone. My advice: skip the cheese recipes, O.G. There's plenty more out there that tastes effing terrific. Experiment and practice and you won't be disappointed. You don't want anyone to call you a titty baby, do you?

Why not revisit your friendly local library? Unless you live in the sticks, good Indian vegetarian cookbooks await you there. Or, go the DIY route and start your own damn library. Here's twelve fine books to consider (the ones with *'s are tried and true).

  1. * Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking
    By Julie Sahni
  2. * Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine From South India
    By Chandra Padmanabhan
  3. Flavors of India: Vegetarian Indian Cuisine
    By Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff
  4. * The Indian Vegetarian
    By Neelam Batra
  5. Indian Vegetarian Cooking at Your House
    By Sunetra Humbad and Amy Schafer Boger
  6. Indian Vegetarian Cooking
    By Michael Pandya
  7. Indian Vegetarian Cooking from an American Kitchen
    By Vasantha Prasad
  8. Indian Vegetarian Cooking: A Step-By-Step Guide
    (In a Nutshell, Vegetarian Cooking Series)
    By Anne Johnson
  9. * Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking
    By Yamuna Devi
  10. * Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking
    By Madhur Jaffrey
  11. * The Spice Box: A Vegetarian Indian Cookbook
    By Manju Shivraj
  12. * World Vegetarian
    By Madhur Jaffrey

Vegan Indian Cooking by kittee:   
kittee@pakupaku.info