Wednesday, 16 November 2016

VEGAN Grocery Haul - INDIA

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What do you do when you have to grocery shop? Specially if you're a new vegan or trying to make the transition. It's infuriating when you've no idea at all from where to start. All the ice-creams, chocolates, snacks are out of the window, that's what you feel. So what should you buy? what are you going to eat when you're famished? what will you hog on at mid-night? How will you find comfort food in the midst of all the chaos to calm you down?

Whoa! This is over-whelming, isn't it? I feel ya! C ause I know exactly what you're going through. :D 
So I thought how about making a list of all the vegan things that's easily available at all locales. Tried only listing things which are available anywhere and not restricted to any particular city/state.

Here you go!


Vegan Biscuits

Britannia Tiger Kreemz - Elaichi/Strawberry/Orange/Pineapple

Britannia - Good Day - Choco Chip

Britannia - NUTRI CHOICE - HEAVENS - Cranberries and Oats

Cadbury Oreo - Regular/Chocolate/Strawberry/Orange

McVitie's - Digestive - Original

Parle Hide & Seek - Regular/Cafe Mocha

Parle Hide & Seek - Bourbon - Regular/Vanilla/Choco

Parle - Coconut

Parle Hide & Seek - Fab - Vanilla/Chocolate/orange/Strawberry

Parle Golden ARCS - Apple/Orange/Chocolate/Strawberry

Parle - SIXER Salted

Parle - Happy Happy - Chocolatey Sandwich Fun/Choco - Chip Cookies/Twin Flavoured Fun

Premium PickWick - Vanilla/MixedFruit/Raspberry/Orange/Pineapple/Strawberry/Chocolate

UNIBIC - Ginger Nut Cookies ONLY

Britannia - 50-50.

Vegan Desserts

Amore -  Sorbets -  Flavours: Fruits/Chocolate

WhiteCub Ice Creams - Choco Heaven/Mango Moments/Butter Scotch/Sinful Chocolate?Stawberry Crust/Coffee Vanilla/Vanilla Mist/Buddha's Fig

Kwality Wall's - Paddle Pop - Cola Blast/Apple Grape Blast/Lemon Blast/Fun Orange


Amul - Tropical Orange/Dark Chocolate/Mystic Mocha

Schmitten - Dark Chocolate Sprinkled with Raisins/Dark Chocolate with Rich Roasted Almonds/Intense Dark Chocolate

Morde - Dark Compound

Fun Foods - Choco Syrup

Hershey's - Choco Syrup

Cadbury - Coco Powder


Maggi - Masala Noodles/Veg Atta Noodles/Oats Noodles Masala

Kellogg's - Chocos Duets/Chocos Crunchy Bites/Chocos Moon & Stars/Kellogg's Special K

Gits - Sandwich Dhokla/Khaman Dhokla/Nylon Khaman/Rava Idli/Rice Idli/Dahi Wada/Dosai/Rava Dosai/Khatta Dhokla/Dhoka/Dal Vada/Handvo/Vadai/Methi Gota/Onion


McCain - Veggie Fingers/Aloo Tikki/Chilli Garlic Potato Bites/French Fries/Smiles/Super Wedges/Veggie Burger

Vegit - Aloo Mash/Aloo Bonda/Falafel/Pav Bhaji/Hara Bhara Kebab/Shammi Kebab/Sabudana Vada/Veg Cutlet

Fitness - All over India and the US

Nutritional Supplements - Unived Sports/Unived Health.

Also an extensive list by SARV here: List of off the shelf vegan products in India

I only came up with this post to make things easier and added some which I found vegan in the stores near me.

P.S A lot of items listed here may or may not be available in your localities. Some products may have changed their names and also the ingredients. It's safest to take seconds to go through the ingredients. 

You don't have anything to worry about going vegan, you only gotta worry about the lives that suffer behind this Big Ol' Food Industry. 


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Pune Vegan Explore!

Sometimes it feels surreal when we dream about adventures and it finally comes true! Well, That's what happened when my dream, my "FIRST EVER ROAD TRIP" came true!!!  Travelling gives you a sense of freedom to explore yourself in ways you never thought of doing so ever before. It always used to fascinate me when I used to see people travelling around, having the time of their life. Even if it's work related, you still need to get out there and wander around. That's the beauty of it! it's not predictable, it's mysterious in more than one way, it's adventurous, it's a breath of fresh air! <3

Here's a Question for my readers out there: Have you traveled before? If yes, how was it? what does it make you feel? Let's share some anecdotes. Inspire the ones who haven't yet. :D

Please comment down. it will make this blog all the more interesting! <3 :D

P.S. This blog is in Collaboration with "Indian Vegan Recipes". It's an amazing channel with vegan recipe videos and also a new segment added in, as IVR Explore ! Where this Youtuber wanders around new cities and explores the vegan food that it has to offer! "Pune Vegan Explore" video will be coming up soon, So don't forget to check out this space. (Will share the link here too once its up!) <3 And as usual, no reviews, only explore! :P

WARNING: Check the images at your own risk, You might drool yourself and I am not responsible for it! :D :P 

As we reached Pune around 10ish on 24th October'16, we started our way to the "Granny's Bowl"  a 100% Vegan Restaurant/Takeaway Service. Their varieties of food includes Burgers, Wraps, Rice Bowls, Breakfast Bowls, Desserts & Drinks. The uniqueness lies in their Menu, for each day they have designed different cuisines from starters, main course, desserts and drinks. Everything that we tried was wholesome, healthy and delicioussss!! The cafe is completely Eco-Friendly and Sustainable. They have everything recycled. You don't get to see this kind of responsible restaurants nowadays. You Cannot miss out on this, I'm telling you! Granny's Bowl we love you! <3 :D 

Zomato: Granny's Bowl ( my review )


Granny's Bowl

Herbal Tea
Fruit Bowl
Cilantro Lime Rice
Smoky Mexican Meaty Stew Balls
Soy Veg Dum Briyani
Red Thai Curry with Sticky Rice
Tofu Satay
The next stop was made to "Kompassion" yet again a 100% Vegan Restaurant and as recent as 2 weeks back (16th October'16 Perhaps). Their Specialty lies in healthier version of fast foods like Rolls, Briyanis, Kebabs. The interesting part about their location is that they are situated in a commercial area and where there's huge lane of small restaurants and cafes. All non-vegan of course and this one Stands out! I'm sure it will attract a lot of curiosity and it will be surprised by the taste that they have to offer. :D


Masala Chaas
Paneer Kebab (Dairy Free/Tofu)
Tofu Burji Roll
Burji Pav

We stepped into "The Real Green Cafe" It's Pune's first ever 100% Vegan Cafe. I completely fell in love with their space. It's located in a building on the first floor and ambiance is well-lit yet cosy and spacious, I was in complete "awe" the way they've organised the cafe. The Menu is hand written on a black board with colorful chalks, attractive and very different than what we regularly see in restaurants. There's a pillar that's got a lot of pretty things drawn and written on it. The windows over look towards the main road of the cafe and it's so pretty to just be their by yourself and be comfortable in your zone. You can go by, do your work with their finger-lickin' food and have your own sweet time. They've bunch of books lined up for people walking in and wanting to spend time there. It's a perfect example of how a cafe should be! It's Animal (cruelty-free) and Human Friendly! <3 :D 

The Real Green cafe

Cheesy Spinach Mushroom Sandwich
BBQ Veggie Pizza

Tofu Love Pizza
Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake
An Instant Ice cream Shop called "Creamist" where it's end to your sweet tooth and indulge all you want in their vast flavors of ice creams. All you gotta do is take along coconut/soy milk pack with you and they'll make a vegan version of it! Though I'm not sure if their chocolate syrups are vegan, the fruit syrups that they have are indeed vegan! :D <3

Facebook: Creamist - JM Road

BlueBerry Ice cream with coconut milk
This one is especially for all the dessert lovers and yet who like to look after their health. Your search ends here! Back to the basics  is all vegan kitchen which provides wholegrain meals, Juices, Snacks and Desserts that can be home delivered in Pune. Their cookies is to DIE for!! . :D 

Facebook: Back to the Basics


Wholegrain Breads
Cashew Choco Chip Cookies
yumminess in one picture! :D

This is the first in the Country to be a complete "Dairy Free" brand. Chetran's Food proves that everything that you can make with cow's milk, they can make it with soy milk and even better and healthier and cruelty free! :D After completely being surprised with their "Herbal Tofu" I knew this the best for paneer replacer. I have struggled with finding even a decent one and after this I do not have to look any further. :D It's available everywhere in the market in Pune!
Must try: Soy milk, Soykhand, Soy Dahi, Herbal Tofu, Soy Tikki) <3 :D

Facebook: Chetran's Soy Foods


Soya Tikki.. Tastes super delicious! :D 
Orrganic Elemennt - India's 1st all Vegan, Organic and Cruelty Free Spalon! (Salon/Spa)  <3 :D Visit them for a complete natural experience cause you don't need to put in animal's life and a lot of chemicals to look and feel beautiful. 

Facebook: Orrganic Elemennt

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(All Image Sources: Indian Vegan Recipes ) You cannot afford to miss out on this Youtube Channel!! <3 :D

Pune Vegan Explored! Another City Awaits...  <3 :D

I hope this helps a lot of people out there. As I could not find any "Vegan-Friendly" Restaurants, This was all listed as 100%  Vegan. I hope more and more restaurants start adding "Vegan" options in their menu. After all It's not difficult to find the restaurants with accidentally Vegan  options too. :D

There's no excuse for you to not go vegan now! :P

Enjoy Vegan Hogging!! <3 :D