Nothing excites us more than discovering homegrown brands that are sourcing ingredients within India and respecting them by maintaining their purity while developing food products. These lesser known brands are taking the world by a storm and we want you to be a part of the wave! Let’s have a look at what has got us so excited!
Kodai Cheese | Buy Now
You guessed it right, Kodai Cheese is a product birthed in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. It started with a bank loan of Rs. 5,000 and is now a 7 crore full fledged business. It’s been an integral part of economic growth in and around their city. The brand offers over 40 kinds of cheese flavours. We love their parmesan the most. It is priced at Rs. 350 for 200 grams. But you must try as many of them as you can!
Good Mylk | Buy Now
If you are a health nut, then chances are that you have heard about Good Mylk. It’s founded by an engineering student, who quit college to make plant-based products a household habit in 2017. And boy, has he taken it places? Good Mylk has raised about 8,00,000 US dollars worth of funding! We have tried each and every product of Good Mylk ourselves and can assure you that the flavours, texture, and consistency of these delicious goods are as close to their dairy counterparts as possible. The Oat and Cashew milk is a total winner but shouldn’t give their vegan butter, chocolate milk, or peanut curd a miss either.
AinMane Chocolate | Buy Now
Ainmane has a focus on chocolates made using cocoa sourced from South India. They are headquartered in Madikeri, Coorg and offer other local pure delicacies like coffee, honey, spreads, spices, pickles, jam, and concentrates as well. Our two favourites are their milk cocoa chocolate with fig and jackfruit chips! Such a novel concept of including indigenous fruits in chocolate, isn’t it? Have a look at their entire range and let us know which one you would try.
Beyond the Bean Tofu | Learn More
We discovered Beyond the Bean tofu while traveling in Goa and were beyond happy to know that now there’s a cool new Goan brand giving a tough fight to imported silken tofu. The softness of their tofu is unparalleled, making it perfect for marination. Plus, its freshness is something we can vouch for. They have a very short shelf life, 11 days, and that’s why they make sure that their shelves are being restocked regularly. Next time you are in Goa, you must buy a pack to cook up something nice.
We are glad we got to experience these scrumptious homegrown delights and hope the same for you. Go get your hands on some and let us know how much you enjoyed them!
Now that Diwali is behind us and our days of gluttony are over, it’s time to turn to cleaner food. And if you are vegan, then you are in for a treat as we have rounded up four quintessential elements in one's diet and suggested awesome plant-based alternatives for them. Let’s begin:
Live Yum Premium Ghee | Buy Now
You can fry, roast, saute and everything else in the Live Yum Premium Ghee. You can even add it to your favourite Indian sweets just like regular ghee! It lasts for 6 months and is free of fillers, additives, GMOs etc. It’s even free from allergens like soy, sesame, nuts, gluten, and lactose. What’s best about this plant-based ghee is that it’s made from fair-trade ingredients to protect the interest of workers far and wide. It’s priced at Rs. 599 for 450ml.
Bombay Cheese Company Cheddar Cheese | Buy Now
Regular cheese may taste well but it comes with its own perils. But not the Bombay Cheese Company Cheddar cheese. It’s not only delicious but has zero cholesterol. It’s made of potatoes and rice bran oil. This cheese block melts, layers, and tastes exactly like dairy cheese without the added fat! It costs Rs. 199 per tub.
Strive Protein Shake | Buy Now
Strive is India’s first on-the-go dairy-free protein shake. It’s made of real almonds and flax oil, which makes it a perfect hunger fighter as well as a guilt free snack. You can even put it in smoothies and fruit shakes to build up the already-awesome taste. It is priced at Rs. 479 for a pack of 4.
Epigamia Almond Milk | Buy Now
This one is for the purists. The ones who like their drinks unsweetened or like to add sugar to them on their own accord. Epigamia almond milk is composed of 4% almonds without any sugar. It is loaded with calcium and has two times the vitamin A and D as compared to toned milk. It costs Rs. 300 for one box.
All our vegan readers must try all of these soon! Let us know which one you are going to begin with. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Move over Haldiram’s and Bikanerwala this festive season and hop on the eco-friendly gifting wagon. We have curated 3 amazing hampers for you at three different price points. These hampers are going to blow your socks off as they offer so much goodness at such great prices! Let’s take a look at what we have to delight your loved ones:
I Say Organic Nut-Khat Sehat Pack | Buy Now
Won’t you love being gifted a pack of sweet and savoury nuts with a side of besan ladoos? We would! So imagine, how much your family, friends and relatives would fancy it? This hamper by I Say Organic is totally devoid of refined oils and sugar. It consists of salted peanuts, roasted cashews, spiced nutty jaggery, raisins, jaggery walnuts with 2 handcrafted diyas!
Price- Rs. 1,500
Blue Tokai’s Keep Cup Gift Set | Buy Now
This one is for serious coffee lovers who want to take their coffee with them on the go without creating more paper and plastic landfill waste. The hamper comes with a BPA-free Keep Cup and a box of Easy Pour Sachets. They offer adding a personalised note in the gift box as well as gift wrapping on request!
Price- Rs. 1,850
Farmers Story and Two Brothers Organic’s Sustainable Gift Hamper | Buy Now
This hamper might seem like it's on the pricey side but for what it offers, it’s supremely value for money! Starting with a basket woven from grass and bamboo by craftswomen of Orissa and Jharkhand to a bottle of desi cow cultured ghee, moringa powder, jaggery block, jaggery powder, khapli wheat flour, turmeric powder, and last but not the least jaggery peanut butter! Two Brother Organic Farm is certified by Ecocert (a French multinational certifying body.) Gift this to someone you know really well and would really appreciate this back to roots gift.
Price- Rs. 2,999
Which of these hampers is good for your needs and budget? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
On turning vegan, one misses many things but butter doesn’t have to be one of them. So many wonderful companies have come out with their variants of vegan butter that vegans are spoilt for options now. Let’s take a look at some of them below:
Good Mylk’s Vegan Butter | Shop Now
If you want a butter that’s more butter and less of a spread, then Good Mylk’s Vegan Butter is your answer. It works like wonder with all your favourite dishes like pav bhaji, dosa, toast, etc. This one is unsalted and primarily made of vegetable oil. You definitely have to get your hands on this one!
Butters & More Vegan Butter Combo | Buy Now
The plain one in this combo pack is much like coconut oil. But the other two are bombs! One is made of coconut oil, vanilla, and jaggery. While, the other one has blueberries in it! So if you have been looking for flavoured vegan butters, then this should be your pick!
Mason & Co. Cacao Butter | Buy Now
This is an unrefined butter extracted straight from the cacao bean! It’s non-deodorised; hence, it retains the original aroma. It’s great for roasting chocolate, preparing chocolate, or just spreading on toast!
Happy Jars Cashew Butter | Buy Now
What if we told you that there’s a butter that tastes like your favourite kaju ki barfi? Happy Jars Cashew Butter is just that sans the sugar and oil. It’s great for adding to gravy dishes like dal makhni! Give it a try.
So, which of these yummy vegan butter variants are you going to go for? Let us know in the comments. Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
Snacking has to be healthy otherwise it is not wholesome. Finding healthy snacks is difficult, when we all are so accustomed to reaching out for cheese and bread. We want to eat fruits and nuts, but who are we kidding, that’s not going to happen. So here, we’ve found a way to make you consume fruits and nuts while keeping your palette submerged in deliciousness. Let’s have a look at what we’ve got in store:
Spread It’s Gourmet Spreads | Buy Now
Spread It offers spreads and preserves that are made of locally sourced seasonal ingredients, which are also fair trade. Their offerings are 100% natural and made in small batches. They come in flavors like fig, cherry and nectarine, rose, strawberry, plum chilli, etc. Clearly, you are spoilt for choice.
Pure and Sure’s Jams | Buy Now
Pure and Sure offers many amazing products but today, we are focusing on their jams and spreads alone. If you are going to gorge on that cookie or loaf of bread, then you might as well add a dollop of lip smacking goodness to it with Pure and Sure jams and spreads ranging from strawberry, apricot, red fruits, orange, and chocolate. They are 100% organic and spreadable!
Jus’ Amazin’ Nut Butters | Buy Now
Last but not least, Jus’ Amazon’ has come out with a peculiar range of butters made from nuts and seeds! They are bursting with antioxidants, which are supposed to boost your immunity. These plant-based butters in flavours like ‘punchy pepper’ and ‘dark choco’ are 100% natural and soy-free.
Dig into these amazing vegan butters, spreads, and jams to delight your taste buds. Trust us, you will thank us later! Till then, shop sustainable, stay home, and be safe.
If you grew food at your own place or your rooftop, the earth would be a better place. Let’s get to know why you should have an urban farming spot in your house, backyard, rooftop or community:
1. You can grow what you want, how you want, and where you want it.
2. Certain types of plants purify the air of your home and provide you with breathing benefits.
3. Hydroponic method of growing can lead to 2/3rd less use of water in urban agriculture than regular agriculture. It causes less greenhouse emissions.
4. It’s aesthetically pleasing, improves focus, and can delay the onset of illness.
5. Since you grow your own food, there is no disconnect between you and your produce. Hence, you can save food from getting wasted.
6. As you have control over the food you make, your food is higher quality.
7. You avoid so much unnecessary packaging used while transporting the food.
8. You can create a small business from your home of supplying fruits and veggies to nearby localities.
Today, we are covering restaurants with a variety of vegan options that deliver food without creating plastic waste in four metro cities. As people are becoming more aware of what’s in their food, where it’s grown, and how, veganism is finding more takers as it is a practice rooted in sustainable use of plant power and avoidance of animal resources. If you are vegan or vegetarian, then this blog post is for you. Let's get started:
1. Greenr, Delhi
Arguably the best vegan restaurant in India, Greenr does everything from loaded vegan nachos to pizza. Our favourite is their community mezze platter, which has different types of housemade sauces and dips. Their carry bags and food containers are all biodegradable and some of it is made from bagasse. They are currently open for dine-in and practicing social distancing. If you are not up for a dine-in experience yet, then order in from Greenr without breaking a sweat about the environment. They are as green as it can get.
2. GoodDo, Mumbai
GoodDo is an awesome kiosk/restaurant in Mumbai (plus, a total of 9 outlets) that makes the most plant powerful meals. They use mock meats like soy, pea protein, and wheat gluten to create the meetiest burgers and pavs. If you are a non-vegetarian turned vegan, then this definitely is the place for you. Order from here in their bagasse containers and enjoy a meaty experience.
3. Fab Cafe, Hyderabad
Fab cafe is a household name for many now as Fabindia opened a chain of immaculately done restaurants across India. Their food is packed in paper boxes to avoid the use of plastic. Their speciality is to serve the speciality cuisine of as many states as possible. They have at least one dish from almost all states of India. Plus, they have some refreshing smoothies and ice creams too. Don't wait Hyderabad, order from Fab Cafe now!
4. Go Native, Bengaluru
Go Native is what would be called the child of a temple and a restaurant. They have some similarities with Fab Cafe when it comes to the state speciality concept but the menus are completely different. They also send their delivery in bagasse containers so you don't have to worry about landfill pollution. Eat away!
Have you been to any of these restaurants in your city (or otherwise) or have more city recommendations? Let us know in the comments. Eat sustainable, stay home and be safe.
Who doesn’t like sweets? Don’t wee all love them! But what about the calories and fat that come with them? None of us do. That’s why, we have curated a small list of vegan dessert companies around India that offer guilt-free sinful desserts. Let’s have a look at these somewhat sustainable treat makers:
Bien Manger, Delhi | Order Now
Their motto is “working towards a world where taste and health go hand in hand.” That’s exactly what they do! From their popular bundt cakes, pies, focaccias to their madeleines and babka, you have to try them all. You can’t miss any of their refined sugar free, gluten free, and vegan offerings.
An Ode to Gaia, Mumbai | Order Now
Always eggless, An Ode To Gaia offers a host of desserts that you will only find at the finest patisseries. And if as a vegan you thought you can’t have macarons, then you were wrong. An Ode to Gaia makes the most delicious and varied flavours of this french delicacy. Apart from that they also have in store some technically sound cakes, cupcakes, tarts and cookies.
Crave by Leena, Bangalore | Order Now
Who would have thought there exists vegan fondant cakes? Crave by Leena, which is a PETA awarded vegan bakery makes it possible. You will be confused what to choose from their oatmeal cookies, elaborate cakes, or the (not so) humble pie.
We know we haven’t covered all the major cities in India here. But we promise, we are on the lookout for cool vegan bakeries you can get home deliveries from. Till then, try baking vegan desserts at home. For starters, An Ode to Gaia has plenty of baking tricks in their Instagram story highlights!
Vegans rejoice! Urban Platter and Epigamia have launched one new vegan product each. It is not often that this happens as vegans face lack of options amongst various dairy alternatives. So, when one milk alternative and one yogurt alternative hit the town, it’s time for some celebration.
Urban Platter Oat Milk | Buy Now
It was introduced a week ago. Urban Platter Oat Milk comes in a 1 litre pack. It’s made from premium quality oats. It is low in saturated fats and an excellent source of calcium & vitamins as well as gluten-free, lactose-free, also nuts & soy-free. It has a naturally sweet taste and a creamy texture making it easier to add in your smoothies, coffee, cereal, protein shake.
Epigamia Coconut Milk Yogurt | Buy Now
This one was introduced over two months ago. But it took many more months in the Epigamia kitchen to make the 100% plant based yogurt. Made from coconut milk, these zero preservative, dairy free yogurts are rich in probiotics, and available in unsweetened and coconut jaggery. The first batch was shipped on 12th June. It is sold in boxes of 6.
What we love about these products is that they are affordable, when compared to other vegan products. Try them both and let us know how you liked them.
What are Mock Meats?
With movies like Okja and The Game Changers gaining popularity, 2020 has become the year we care not only about how delicious our meat is but also where it comes from. Hence, products that look and taste like meat but have 100% plant based origins called mock meats are trending even in celebrities’ diets! They can be made of wheat gluten, soya, tofu, jackfruit, etc.
What are the benefits of Mock Meat?