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#1 Old 06-17-2013, 07:52 AM
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Hi all,

 

As an introduction my name is as my ID states, I'm a 28 year old man from India. Hopefully I'm welcome here to help others with their desire to make this planet a better home. I'm a vegetarian (semi-vegan with exception to milk) in the true sense since birth, not having tasted anything else at any point of time. Luckily while I was made to do so initially due to religious/traditional reasons, I stand by it as a personal choice today. I can guide anyone here in any manner possible and also give out recipes of different foods varying from mild to spicy. I don't cook much by myself but I'm learning. As I'm here for a different reason altogether I hope you do not hesitate in asking me any question so that you can become a proud vegetarian as well.

 

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#2 Old 06-17-2013, 08:59 AM
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Hi Varun, welcome to the forum :)

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Hi Varun, welcome! I love Indian food and would love if you would post some (easy) recipes. grin.gif
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#4 Old 06-21-2013, 01:01 PM
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Hello Mate, Your neighbor here. From Bangladesh. Lets enjoy this.

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Welcome. smiley.gif

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Hi Varun, welcome! I love Indian food and would love if you would post some (easy) recipes. grin.gif

Would be happy to. I'm not much of a foodie but I like mine with flavor and not the bland variety which most people assume vegetarian/vegan food to be. Which dishes have you tried? Any favorites?

 

The food chains like McDonalds/Pizza Hut/Taco Bell etc must surely introduce their vegan menu all over the world and not just in India, it could atleast give people a healthier alternative and a chance to see the other side.


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Hi, welcome to VB. I am a vegetarian since birth too.

 

Is there anyway to learn more about vegetarianism in India? 


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Hi, welcome to VB. I am a vegetarian since birth too.

 

Is there anyway to learn more about vegetarianism in India? 

 

Sure, what do you want to know about vegetarianism/veganism in India? I can answer most of the questions. A few quick facts for anyone who's interested - vegetarianism in India means only fruits and vegetables are to be eaten (no egg whatsoever). Milk/yoghurt are accepted to be part of vegetarianism, although certain religious groups do avoid it. Some groups do not take root based vegetables for the fact that the whole plant has to be uprooted for them to be consumed, but that concept is non-existent today. Overall it's basically a guideline for the best of health with minimal ecological demand. 


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Hello! I've always wondered what the indian version of the food pyramid(basically govt nutrition for a healthy diet) looks like? What are the recommended servings of what daily?

Also, welcome to vb! I'm new here as well :)

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Welcome varun. Awesome to get people on here from all round the world!
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#11 Old 06-28-2013, 02:15 PM
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Is vegetarianism growing in India? Or do the meat eaters take over?


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#12 Old 06-28-2013, 08:34 PM
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Hello! I've always wondered what the indian version of the food pyramid(basically govt nutrition for a healthy diet) looks like? What are the recommended servings of what daily?

Also, welcome to vb! I'm new here as well :)

 

Thanks & hello! I'm assuming you are asking the food pyramid of only vegetarians. Lots of wheat & rice based preparations (boiled rice, pancakes, flour/wheat based dry tortillas & tortillas stuffed with potatoes/spinach etc) and mixed vegetables cooked & seasoned. Milk & legumes serve as the main sources of protein. Fruits are essential too. The recommended servings vary with each region due to seasonal/agricultural differences. The variety is quite large due to the unique way each region prepares its meals so I'm not sure you want all the details in one go :-) Of late cornflakes/muesli have caught up fast. When bored of food at home we also have American fast food chains who serve vegetarian (some even have separate kitchens to prepare them)


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Welcome varun. Awesome to get people on here from all round the world!

 

Thanks, feels great to be here too. We all have one purpose here ultimately.


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Is vegetarianism growing in India? Or do the meat eaters take over?

 

I hope it is growing but it is very hard to say. Those who do it for religious reasons (Jains & certain Aryan Brahmans) also ensure the future generation does the same. Those who change to vegetarianism by personal choice may be few. Overall vegetarians here are about 35% of the population which is high when compared globally. An additional point to be noted is that even amongst meat eaters, the average consumption of meat per capita is under 20% of the global rate. Reasons for this are the tropical climate and high agricultural nature of the country. As is the case everywhere, vegetarians are still the minority here too.


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Thank you for the information. Maybe it is better to make a new thread to collect this kind of information.

I have a lot of discussions about vegetarianism on the Internet. Sometimes I refer to India as an example.

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I'm here to serve this community in any way possible for a cause close to all of us. If anyone would like me to be involved in a discussion in any thread I will be there.


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#17 Old 06-30-2013, 03:23 AM
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Hi Varun and welcome from me too. thumbsup.gif

 

It's over 40 years since I was in India and I should have gone back because I had a really happy time there.

 

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You'd find a completely different country this time around


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You'd find a completely different country this time around

 

I'm sure the people are still just as friendly. Not sure the same would apply in Iraq and Afghanistan though...huh.gif

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I'm sure the people are still just as friendly. Not sure the same would apply in Iraq and Afghanistan though...huh.gif

 

Heh, definetly unlike Iraq or Afghanistan I'd think. You're welcome to take one more trip if you feel like it.


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Oh, late reply here, Welcome to the forums anyway! grin.gif
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