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    Default Vegan in India!!

    I've recently moved to India, and was wondering if there are any vegans here who are from, have lived in, or have traveled India who would have some tips on how to survive as a vegan.

    When I cook on my own, it's fine- I can't use many packaged products because almost everything has "milk solid" even if it would be vegan otherwise (though I prefer fresh ingredients anyways). This leads me to wonder if normally vegan food will have dairy randomly added in, even if that's not traditionally how it's made- for example, I know veg samosa is usually vegan, but do I have to ask every time or are there certain foods that are safe to assume with?

    What about ordering out and requesting pure veg without dairy? Is there a Hindi word for dairy that will cover everything, or do I have to go through and list every single possible dairy that could be used (if so, what are the names for dairy items possibly found in food here? Not many people speak English where I am, so I would probably have to ask in Hindi)


    I also worry about what to do when at someone's house and they offer me food. I know Indian hospitality is really big over here, and I always appreciate it, but should I explain my veganism ahead of time, when they invite me in? Is it really rude to not eat food that someone offers? Will I risk offending people if I don't explain? (and if I do have to explain, what's the best way to go about it, especially if there is a language barrier?)

    Another issue is going to temples. I'm not religious myself, but I do sometimes go with others who are. I know it's not appropriate to reject the prasat that's offered to you, but how do you know if there's dairy in it or not, and if there is (and you're not with someone who's willing to eat your prasat for you), how do you turn it down without being offensive?

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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    Default Re: Vegan in India!!

    There's a good thread on India here http://www.veganforum.com/forums/sho...in-India/page3

    I've been in India twice and I found it challenging. Ghee and paneer are the main culprits. I wouldn't worry too much about causing offence - just tell a white lie and claim that you avoid certain foods for religious reasons and most Indians will accept that.

    I was able to find plenty of supermarket food that was vegan, where exactly are you?
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    Default Re: Vegan in India!!

    Thanks for the link- I'll check that out.

    I'm in Pune right now, and I've mostly been cooking at home, replacing ghee with oil, and paneer with tofu (our local grocery has tofu!) in what my lacto-veg partner cooked before I came. I haven't really eaten out since going vegan, so I don't know how the restaurant experience will be in this part of the country. This is my first time being vegan in India (I've been here quite a few times as a vegetarian, which was easy). I heard that South Indian veg food is almost all vegan, and I'm kind of in between North & South so maybe I'll find some around here.

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    You should definitely visit Rajdhani Thali Restaurants. It is one of the best places to have Veg Cuisine. They serve authentic Rajasthani and Gujarati food. If in India, you should surely try out this place. They have various outlets across the country. You can locate the outlet here: http://rajdhani.co.in/Rajdhani_outlets.html

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