Category Archives: India

Hello from India!

I’ve been in India for about 2.5 months now.  I am still having an awful time trying to explain the concept of vegan to people.  Often, it isn’t their fault.  I only speak English, and they sometimes speak very little English.  Being in India, I don’t expect everyone to speak my language, nor should they.  However this situation makes eating often difficult.  I have found a couple of restaurants that have been able to accommodate me.

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I also got to take a cooking class! We made masala dosas, chutney and some curries.

Here are some things I’ve been eating:

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Amazing fruit salad and spirulina shake at Anokhi Garden, Mysore.

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Dosas!

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Vegan shake. Way too much caffeine.

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A sizzler from Green Theory, a vegetarian restaurant.

Still can’t wait to get back to my kitchen!

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India Update

I’ve been in India for a few weeks now, and living without a kitchen has been difficult (which is why I haven’t been updating as much). I am also taking very few risks on this trip, so that means very little food that isn’t cooked. What I would give for a salad or smoothie right now….

More traditional food is pretty inexpensive, at around 1 to 3 dollars, although I am not used to eating white rice at every meal and spicy, heavy foods. I’m moving to a new place that has a fridge I can steal a spot in, so I anticipate making lots of cold bean and grain salads. I also have a rice cooker, so I’ve used it to make rice and lentils, quinoa and pasta. I’m here another 10 weeks which means 10 weeks without the foods that I love. Although it also means 10 weeks of mangoes!

It has been very easy to find gluten-free food as I am in South India. It is also very easy to find vegetarian food, but it is very difficult to find vegan food, because there seems to be ghee, cream or paneer in a lot of the dishes. I’ve been successful so far by sticking to the couple of items on a menu I recognize.

Anyway, I thought I would post some pictures of some things I’ve been eating:


Ten more weeks left!

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India!

I made it to India, safe and sound after 24 hours of travel.

I was a bit worried about the flight as my travel time was about 24 hours and I wasn’t able to indicate that I was both vegan and gluten free for my meal requirements. I went with vegan, and luckily I was able to eat about half of the meals. I ended up sleeping off and on, so I wasn’t too hungry by the end. I also brought some dehydrated backpacker meals in pouches as I have had some success in the past bringing those on flights, but luckily I didn’t need them. I couldn’t get a good picture of any of the airplane food, but here is a picture anyway:

I am staying in Bangalore and so far I am really enjoying it. I have another blog that talks about what we are doing while we are there called Out of the Stacks, and we also have a Flickr account set up where we will be posting pictures.

So far, as I expected, it has been incredibly easy to find vegetarian meals, but it may be very difficult to find 100% vegan meals. Unfortunately the people who work in the restaurants do not speak english, or only a little, so it would be difficult to ask about the ingredients in the food, let alone ask if something was vegan. This is also the longest time I will have gone without a kitchen. I have found myself with a lot of extra time, as I used to spend a lot of my spare time cooking and baking. I miss making smoothies and eating raw and lighter foods. Right now it feels kind of difficult living without a kitchen, but hopefully I will get to appreciate having more free time to explore India. Meals here are very cheap. I bought some idli and sambaar the other day for about 35 cents Canadian. Large meals, like a curry and rice can be had for about 1-2 dollars Canadian.

From my understanding, South India uses mostly rice, while North India relies more on wheat. Fortunately I am in the south, so almost everything is gluten free. I am not sure how I’ll fare in the North when we do some travelling. I haven’t been able to find any gluten free or health food yet, but so far eating typical Indian food seems to be working out.

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