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Hi, I’m Sara! I like to veganize my favorite Pakistani recipes from my childhood, as well as my other favorite foods, and I wanted to share with you all how easy it really is! I’m also a mom of two kids and am always looking for ways to make quick and easy nutritious foods.

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  • We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

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  • Hi friends! I’m super excited to share that I am part of the Vegan for Everyone eBook cookbook, which released today! This eBook cookbook includes two new recipes from me (aloo keema samosas and tandoori pulled mushroom sandwich), as well as more than 40 amazing recipes by some amazing plant-based creators, including @dorastable  and @plant_basedpersian !! 

And it’s only available until Monday, September 25 at 9pm PT/midnight ET so grab it while it’s still available! Link to the ebook is in my bio.

This cookbook is truly for everyone, to inspire to cook more plant-based food from a variety of cultures. Can’t wait to see what you make and share from it! 

#vegan #veganebook #plantbasedcookbook #veganforeveryone #ebook #alookeemasamosas #tandooripulledsandwich #veganpakistani #pakistanivegan #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganrecipes
  • Vegan Peshawari chapli kababs! These are a delicacy I grew up having and was feeling nostalgic for! I originally posted this in 2021, but a few folks recently told me they tried it and loved it and I wanted to share again for those who may have missed it! Chapli kababs are minced meat patties that originated in Peshawar, Pakistan.  The name chapli is said to be derived from chappal, the local word for sandals, because it’s supposed to be made thin like the sole of a sandal and about the same size of the chappal sole as well! 

Just completely vegan!! Even if it doesn’t look like it 🙃 You can use either impossible burger meat or Beyond burger beef as the meat substitute. Or soy mince if you don’t have those available (you can combine tofu/walnuts/mushrooms/spices in food processor to make your own vegan mince)

We ended up deep frying the kababs to keep with how they’re traditionally made, and it resulted in so much deliciousness! A meat-eating friend honestly could not tell the difference!

The traditional Pakistani way it to also press a tomato into them right before frying, and it really brought the authentic look and taste! 

Recipe below! 

Ingredients (makes 6 kababs):

1 pack/pound of vegan minced meat (Beyond beef or impossible burger - impossible tastes a bit better FYI)

1/2 onion chopped 

1 tbsp cilantro chopped

1 green chili chopped

1-2 tomatoes sliced

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp or more coriander seeds

3/4 tsp turmeric 

1 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cumin

2.5 tbsp besan

1 tsp anar dana (crushed pomegranate seed) 

1 vegan egg (flax egg) or 2 tbsp just egg 

3/4 tsp salt or to taste

Method:
Mix all ingredients until smooth (excluding chopped tomato). Form into patties, press sliced tomato on top and deep fry or pan fry.

Your Chapli kababs are ready! Let me know if you try it! 

#vegan #whatveganseat #pakistanirecipes #chaplikabab #veganchaplikabab #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #pakistanifood #pakistan #veganpakistan #pakistanivegan #india #indianfood #vegankabab #kabab #indianvegan 
#peshawar #vegankabab
  • My Ode to Pakistani Mangoes! On a recent trip to Canada I became obsessed with the incredibly delicious Pakistani mango. It had been a very long time since I’d had one (from my childhood!) since my subsequent trips to Pakistan were always NOT during mango season! Toronto has plenty of them, while the U.S. is caught up in logistical issues and aren’t able to easily import them. I always hear that they are available locally in Georgia, but every time I try to call to get them, I’m always told “call back tomorrow” LOL. Knowing all this, my partner and I took full advantage of the easy access to Pakistani mangoes in Toronto and went all in. We tried Chaunsa, Sindhri, and Anwar Ratol. Anwar Ratol stood out to us the most because of its strong fragrance and unique flavor. Totally out of this world! This video just captures a few of my feelings about the experience!

Has a mango or other fruit ever made you feel this way? Drop your best tasting fruit recs in the comments! 

#mangoes #pakistanimangoes #pakistani #mango #mangoes #vegan #plantbased #plantbasedpakistani #pakistanivegan #mangoseason #toronto #torontomangoes #chaunsa #sindhri #anwarratol #iykyk
  • That multitasking mom life! My baby is now more than three months old, and multitasking is how I get stuff done most of the time! So I cook, eat, and clean all while wearing baby. Sometimes the food falls on him, but usually he doesn’t notice lol. Baby wearing really is a game changer and really helps busy moms like myself! And when he falls asleep, is when I really celebrate! 👌🏽🎉🥳 

So far, everything has been going really well with Zain! He sleeps great, and is a super happy and healthy vegan baby 🧿 Right now he’s exclusively breastfed, and soon he’ll be starting to eat solids! I’ll share tips on that too! 

In this picture I’m pan frying up an onion - the start to many a great dish! 

What are your favorite hacks to get the most done with a new baby? 
#vegan #veganmom #multitaskingmom #whatveganseat #veganbaby #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #plantbased #veganatlanta #atlantavegan #momlife #veganmomlifestyle
  • Looking for a good side for Memorial Day weekend? What’s better than bhutta?! One of my favorite street foods in Pakistan has always been the bhutta, or corn. You can get the corn either boiled or dry roasted in a sand/salt mixture and usually served in the husks spiced up with salt/red pepper and a splash of lemon…chef’s kiss! 🤌🏽🤌🏽

I actually prefer to have roasted/charred ones but I made it two popular ways - boiled and charred. The fun part is applying the spices from the lemon slice - make sure you squeeze the lemon as you’re applying the spices! Some also like to add chaat masala and kaala namak (black salt), so adjust according to your spice preferences. I’m actually a big fan of the OG version of just salt and red pepper. Can’t go wrong! How do you like your bhutta? Lemme know in the comments!

#corn #bhutta #pakistan #pakistanifood #pakistanistreetfood #pakistanibhutta #desi #indian #indianfood #vegan #whatveganseat #streetcorn #roastedcorn #memorialday #veganbbq #bbq #veganfoodshare #veganrecipes #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes
  • That moment when you’re anxiously awaiting for your guests to arrive for an all plant-based Eid celebration! Everything’s set up, you’re all dressed up, and you can’t help but sip on some chai and steal a kabab cause you forgot to eat! I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try out the Wes Anderson trend that’s making the rounds. Hints at the food in this video, but the full list is below if anyone’s interested:
kababs made of seitan, potato, and chaana daal
spring rolls stuffed with cabbage, veggies, and tofu 
mini biscoff cheesecake 
onion samosas
pani puri fountain 
charcuterie board
chocolate covered dates
dahi baray (yogurt with lentil balls) 

#wesanderson #wesandersoninspired #vegan #veganfood #veganeid #pakistanivegan #veganpakistani #dinnerparty #eidlunch #happyeid #eidmubarak #pakistan #pakistanifood #veganparty #eidlunch #dahibaray #kababs #samosas #panipurifountain #foodphotography
  • Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims. And is a time for increased community engagement, as Muslims come together for Iftari, or the breaking of their fasts, and share meals with one another.
Ramadan is coming to a close soon, and we’ve been busy with our new baby, but we were able to host an Iftar for our friends and family and of course we did an all vegan Iftar! We didn’t share that everything was vegan until after we ate, and everyone was surprised and some couldn’t believe it! It goes to show that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor and traditional foods to ensure that you eat with empathy by sparing animals from ending up on your plate. 

Below is a list of our menu for this Iftar. Let me know which recipe you’d want me to share and are there any traditional Iftar foods that you would like to try veganized let me know in the comments! 

Jalebi (deep fried sweet snack) 
Fruit chaat (fruit mixed with juice and chaat masala) 
Samosas
Pakoras
Dahi baray (vegan yogurt with lentil dumplings) 
Veggie chow mein noodles 
Seitan chkn korma (vegan chicken korma) 
Aloo (potato) kababs
Keema piaz (vegan ground beef with onions) 
Channay (chickpea dish) 
Trifle 
Roohafza (rose syrup infused drink)

#vegan #pakistanivegan #veganiftar #whatveganseat #veganramadan #trifle #seitanchickenkorma #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #iftari #ramadan #pakistaniiftari #iftar #pakistan #vegandahibaray #keemapiaz #pakistanifood #veganfoodshare
  • Today is my birthday but my greatest present came a little early last week! Meet our newest family member - born on international women’s day! I had this onesie from when Z was a baby and couldn’t wait to have the new kiddo wear it too and how appropriate! Today is also Zarine’s bday so it was a big Pisces party! I’ll likely take a bit of a break from posting since I’m pretty busy with newborn activities but will be back sometime soon! #radicalveganfeministagenda 
#newbaby #newborn #vegan #veganfamily #internationalwomensday #piday #itsmybirthday #veganpregnancy #customonesie  #veganparenting #plantbased #veganbaby
  • Desi Moms be like…IYKYK!!

My ammi is here so I thought I’d have a little fun with her! This was definitely how our conversations went while I was living away from home and in my 20s. 😆 She was a great sport making the video! Should I have her do more videos?? Let me know in the comments! Also share with someone who can relate! 

#desimoms #desimom #desimomsbelike #pakistanimoms #pakistani #immigrant #immigrantmamas #immigrantstories #beforemarriage #beforemarriageaftermarriage #indian #pakistanivideos #pakistanivegan #funny #desifunny #funnyreel
  • Panjiri Ladoo - a nutrition-packed snack perfect for expecting/new mothers! 

My mama is here visiting me to help once baby arrives (any day now!), and with her she brought a large quantity of panjiri ladoos - a traditional food rooted in both Indian and Pakistani Punjab, but has spread to other parts of both countries. It is a super healthy and nourishing sweet snack loaded with nuts, seeds, flour, and other nutritious ingredients said to help new mothers heal, regain strength post delivery, as well as stimulate breast milk flow. The process for making Panjiri is simple albeit a little time-consuming, but worth it for expecting/new mothers or anyone looking for a nutrition packed snack! It does contain some ingredients that can only be found at the asian/desi grocery store, included phool makhana (puffed lotus seeds), which is an excellent source of several nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus, as well as char magaz, a blend of 4 brain-boosting seeds mainly of the melon family (usually watermelon, melon, cantaloupe seeds, and cucumber seeds) that are full of vitamins and minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. In literal terms, "char" means four and magaz is "brains". The other ingredient that is likely only available at the Indian/desi grocery store is edible gondh, or edible gum, sourced from the plant acacia. It is widely used in Ayurvedic foods and is great for boosting immunity, stamina, and health. I’m adding the recipe in the comments - made and shared by my mama's cousin's friend. Traditionally it is made with ghee but she used coconut oil instead! 

#vegan #postpartum #postpartumrecovery #veganrecipes #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganindian #pakistanivegan #panjiri #panjiriladoo #ladoo #veganladoo #veganpanjiri #panjeeri
  • I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. 

These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding.
And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 

📸 by @4cornersphoto ! 

#vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama 
#veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
  • Crispy Smashed Masala Potatoes! 

I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, and those potato cravings are so real! I’ve seen this done before, but I wanted to put my own spin on it to add some spiciness and additional flavor! Recipe below: 

Potatoes:
1.5 lb bite size potatoes (red or yukon)
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1½ teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
2 teaspoons salt

Preheat the oven to 450ºF/232ºC.
Add the potatoes to a large saucepan. Cover with cold water and season with a generous amount of sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 13-15 minutes until just fork tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and pat dry.
Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet. Use the bottom of a glass, measuring cup, or mug to firmly smash down on the potatoes (don’t smash too hard though, the potatoes can and will fall apart with too much force!) 
Combine all the spices above in a small bowl. Drizzle some of the olive oil on top of the potatoes and coat each potato with approximately half of the spice mix, and add more oil on top of the spices. Then roast the potatoes in the oven at 450 for 30 minutes. 

Tikka Sauce
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup onion 1 medium onion coarsely chopped/sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup diced tomatoes
⅓ cup raw cashews (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes) 
½ cup water
1 teaspoon agave

Spices
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1½ teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder

Toppings
Cilantro
Chopped green chili 

Heat a pan on medium-high heat, add coconut oil and chopped onions - cook for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic, ginger and saute until onions are translucent/brown. Add diced tomatoes, spices listed above (as well as leftover spices from the potatoes), and water and cook for 2 minutes. Using a blender, add soaked cashews, onion/tomato mix, and agave and puree the sauce to a smooth consistency. Top the warm roasted potatoes with the tikka sauce, chopped cilantro, and green chili, and serve hot. So delicious!  #vegan #plantbased #veganrecipes #vegansofig #plantbasedrecipes #whatveganseat
  • What I eat in a day as a pregnant vegan mom!  I want to give a disclaimer that I’m not a nutritionist and you should always consult your dr. about your diet while pregnant. I eat what works for me and only after consulting my dr. on what nutrients I should focus on.
In this post I have 1. oatmeal with blueberries, flax seeds, almond butter, topped with hemp seeds. 2. snack - simple avocado toast topped with chaat masala for some spice and @traderjoes everything bagel seasoning on Dave’s Killer whole grain bread . 3. Lunch is a simple masoor daal with tarka (sauteed spices) with cumin rice and kate sauteed with olive oil.  4. dinner - a spicy peanut sauce with pan fried tofu and whole wheat ramen noodles. I combined the following ingredients in a blender to make the peanut sauce: 1/2 cup water, 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter, 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (chile paste), chili garlic sauce, or sriracha, 2 teaspoons agave syrup or maple syrup. (Recipe adapted from Hot for Food). Add more chili paste if you like it spicier! 5. dessert - mango nice cream! made with 1 frozen banana (peeled), 10 oz of frozen mangoes, and 2/3 cup plant milk (I used oat but any other nut milk will likely work well too). You can add some agave as a sweetener if you prefer. This is just one day and I try to add some different variety to the types of foods every day. I also drink at least 64 oz. of water a day, take my prenatal vitamins (I take Ritual, which includes an Omega 3 supplement), as well as an occasional Choline supplement. #vegan #veganpregnancy #pregnancy #whatieatinaday #veganwhatieatinaday #plantbased #plantbasedmeals #plantbasedpregnancy #veganmom #whatveganseat #mangonicecream #daal #peanutsauce #veganpeanutsauce #pregnantvegan #daalchawal
  • Happy 2023! ‎Z is wearing a shirt that says بڑی بہن Bari behan, which means big sister in Urdu! Surprise! She is going to be the coolest big sis to our baby due to arrive in March! Our 2023 is going to be getting off to a great start! 

I’m so thankful for the past year where I experienced a few new personal achievements, some lessons learned, and set intentions quarterly, and for the new year. 
The biggest blessing we could have thought of is this little person growing inside of me and I can’t wait for our family to expand and navigate this crazy zindagi (world) together! The world needs more radical desi vegan babies! 

I’m also so grateful for this community as well! Thank you all for following along with me on this journey. Looking forward to sharing more on raising a vegan baby and family in the coming new year! 

P.S. - Bari behan shirt custom made by us! 

#vegan #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #baribehan #urdu #thrasherfont #veganpregnancyandparenting #desibacha #desivegan #vegandesi #pakistanivegan #veganbaby  #newbaby #2023 #baribehan
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

🇵🇸💚
We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom.  She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. 

You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. 

Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form.  Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 

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We protest because we have to speak out in any way we can against injustice, and to create community with those who feel the same and share our hope for freedom and solidarity with the Palestinian people and an end to the genocide. I share with my daughter what is happening in Gaza and we pray together for the Palestinians every night, that all living beings be protected there and for their freedom. She knows they are hurting and she wanted to make her signs and join us for a protest. She knows that when any living being is hurt or hurting, we have to stand up for them, especially when she sees that children just like her are suffering. You may be scrolling through all the posts and reports from the ground and feel despair. I know I’ve cried every single day since watching the footage. Seeing a genocide and ethnic cleansing happen in real time and with my U.S. tax dollars funding it. Currently I’m trying to be actionable and doing what I think will help in any little form. Don’t be afraid to speak up when that’s exactly what people in Gaza are asking us to do. Contact representatives for a ceasefire (if you’re in the U.S., text CEASEFIRE to 51905), learn about the history and the years of occupation/oppression and apartheid, share resources, protest, donate. 🇵🇸💚
4 months ago
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1/15
Hi friends! I’m super excited to share that I am part of the Vegan for Everyone eBook cookbook, which released today! This eBook cookbook includes two new recipes from me (aloo keema samosas and tandoori pulled mushroom sandwich), as well as more than 40 amazing recipes by some amazing plant-based creators, including @dorastable  and @plant_basedpersian !! 

And it’s only available until Monday, September 25 at 9pm PT/midnight ET so grab it while it’s still available! Link to the ebook is in my bio.

This cookbook is truly for everyone, to inspire to cook more plant-based food from a variety of cultures. Can’t wait to see what you make and share from it! 

#vegan #veganebook #plantbasedcookbook #veganforeveryone #ebook #alookeemasamosas #tandooripulledsandwich #veganpakistani #pakistanivegan #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganrecipes
Hi friends! I’m super excited to share that I am part of the Vegan for Everyone eBook cookbook, which released today! This eBook cookbook includes two new recipes from me (aloo keema samosas and tandoori pulled mushroom sandwich), as well as more than 40 amazing recipes by some amazing plant-based creators, including @dorastable  and @plant_basedpersian !! 

And it’s only available until Monday, September 25 at 9pm PT/midnight ET so grab it while it’s still available! Link to the ebook is in my bio.

This cookbook is truly for everyone, to inspire to cook more plant-based food from a variety of cultures. Can’t wait to see what you make and share from it! 

#vegan #veganebook #plantbasedcookbook #veganforeveryone #ebook #alookeemasamosas #tandooripulledsandwich #veganpakistani #pakistanivegan #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganrecipes
Hi friends! I’m super excited to share that I am part of the Vegan for Everyone eBook cookbook, which released today! This eBook cookbook includes two new recipes from me (aloo keema samosas and tandoori pulled mushroom sandwich), as well as more than 40 amazing recipes by some amazing plant-based creators, including @dorastable  and @plant_basedpersian !! 

And it’s only available until Monday, September 25 at 9pm PT/midnight ET so grab it while it’s still available! Link to the ebook is in my bio.

This cookbook is truly for everyone, to inspire to cook more plant-based food from a variety of cultures. Can’t wait to see what you make and share from it! 

#vegan #veganebook #plantbasedcookbook #veganforeveryone #ebook #alookeemasamosas #tandooripulledsandwich #veganpakistani #pakistanivegan #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganrecipes
Hi friends! I’m super excited to share that I am part of the Vegan for Everyone eBook cookbook, which released today! This eBook cookbook includes two new recipes from me (aloo keema samosas and tandoori pulled mushroom sandwich), as well as more than 40 amazing recipes by some amazing plant-based creators, including @dorastable and @plant_basedpersian !! And it’s only available until Monday, September 25 at 9pm PT/midnight ET so grab it while it’s still available! Link to the ebook is in my bio. This cookbook is truly for everyone, to inspire to cook more plant-based food from a variety of cultures. Can’t wait to see what you make and share from it! #vegan #veganebook #plantbasedcookbook #veganforeveryone #ebook #alookeemasamosas #tandooripulledsandwich #veganpakistani #pakistanivegan #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganrecipes
5 months ago
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2/15
Vegan Peshawari chapli kababs! These are a delicacy I grew up having and was feeling nostalgic for! I originally posted this in 2021, but a few folks recently told me they tried it and loved it and I wanted to share again for those who may have missed it! Chapli kababs are minced meat patties that originated in Peshawar, Pakistan.  The name chapli is said to be derived from chappal, the local word for sandals, because it’s supposed to be made thin like the sole of a sandal and about the same size of the chappal sole as well! 

Just completely vegan!! Even if it doesn’t look like it 🙃 You can use either impossible burger meat or Beyond burger beef as the meat substitute. Or soy mince if you don’t have those available (you can combine tofu/walnuts/mushrooms/spices in food processor to make your own vegan mince)

We ended up deep frying the kababs to keep with how they’re traditionally made, and it resulted in so much deliciousness! A meat-eating friend honestly could not tell the difference!

The traditional Pakistani way it to also press a tomato into them right before frying, and it really brought the authentic look and taste! 

Recipe below! 

Ingredients (makes 6 kababs):

1 pack/pound of vegan minced meat (Beyond beef or impossible burger - impossible tastes a bit better FYI)

1/2 onion chopped 

1 tbsp cilantro chopped

1 green chili chopped

1-2 tomatoes sliced

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp or more coriander seeds

3/4 tsp turmeric 

1 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cumin

2.5 tbsp besan

1 tsp anar dana (crushed pomegranate seed) 

1 vegan egg (flax egg) or 2 tbsp just egg 

3/4 tsp salt or to taste

Method:
Mix all ingredients until smooth (excluding chopped tomato). Form into patties, press sliced tomato on top and deep fry or pan fry.

Your Chapli kababs are ready! Let me know if you try it! 

#vegan #whatveganseat #pakistanirecipes #chaplikabab #veganchaplikabab #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #pakistanifood #pakistan #veganpakistan #pakistanivegan #india #indianfood #vegankabab #kabab #indianvegan 
#peshawar #vegankabab
Vegan Peshawari chapli kababs! These are a delicacy I grew up having and was feeling nostalgic for! I originally posted this in 2021, but a few folks recently told me they tried it and loved it and I wanted to share again for those who may have missed it! Chapli kababs are minced meat patties that originated in Peshawar, Pakistan. The name chapli is said to be derived from chappal, the local word for sandals, because it’s supposed to be made thin like the sole of a sandal and about the same size of the chappal sole as well! Just completely vegan!! Even if it doesn’t look like it 🙃 You can use either impossible burger meat or Beyond burger beef as the meat substitute. Or soy mince if you don’t have those available (you can combine tofu/walnuts/mushrooms/spices in food processor to make your own vegan mince) We ended up deep frying the kababs to keep with how they’re traditionally made, and it resulted in so much deliciousness! A meat-eating friend honestly could not tell the difference! The traditional Pakistani way it to also press a tomato into them right before frying, and it really brought the authentic look and taste! Recipe below! Ingredients (makes 6 kababs): 1 pack/pound of vegan minced meat (Beyond beef or impossible burger - impossible tastes a bit better FYI) 1/2 onion chopped 1 tbsp cilantro chopped 1 green chili chopped 1-2 tomatoes sliced 1 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tbsp or more coriander seeds 3/4 tsp turmeric 1 tsp allspice 1/2 tsp cumin 2.5 tbsp besan 1 tsp anar dana (crushed pomegranate seed) 1 vegan egg (flax egg) or 2 tbsp just egg 3/4 tsp salt or to taste Method: Mix all ingredients until smooth (excluding chopped tomato). Form into patties, press sliced tomato on top and deep fry or pan fry. Your Chapli kababs are ready! Let me know if you try it! #vegan #whatveganseat #pakistanirecipes #chaplikabab #veganchaplikabab #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #pakistanifood #pakistan #veganpakistan #pakistanivegan #india #indianfood #vegankabab #kabab #indianvegan #peshawar #vegankabab
6 months ago
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3/15
My Ode to Pakistani Mangoes! On a recent trip to Canada I became obsessed with the incredibly delicious Pakistani mango. It had been a very long time since I’d had one (from my childhood!) since my subsequent trips to Pakistan were always NOT during mango season! Toronto has plenty of them, while the U.S. is caught up in logistical issues and aren’t able to easily import them. I always hear that they are available locally in Georgia, but every time I try to call to get them, I’m always told “call back tomorrow” LOL. Knowing all this, my partner and I took full advantage of the easy access to Pakistani mangoes in Toronto and went all in. We tried Chaunsa, Sindhri, and Anwar Ratol. Anwar Ratol stood out to us the most because of its strong fragrance and unique flavor. Totally out of this world! This video just captures a few of my feelings about the experience! Has a mango or other fruit ever made you feel this way? Drop your best tasting fruit recs in the comments! #mangoes #pakistanimangoes #pakistani #mango #mangoes #vegan #plantbased #plantbasedpakistani #pakistanivegan #mangoseason #toronto #torontomangoes #chaunsa #sindhri #anwarratol #iykyk
7 months ago
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4/15
That multitasking mom life! My baby is now more than three months old, and multitasking is how I get stuff done most of the time! So I cook, eat, and clean all while wearing baby. Sometimes the food falls on him, but usually he doesn’t notice lol. Baby wearing really is a game changer and really helps busy moms like myself! And when he falls asleep, is when I really celebrate! 👌🏽🎉🥳 

So far, everything has been going really well with Zain! He sleeps great, and is a super happy and healthy vegan baby 🧿 Right now he’s exclusively breastfed, and soon he’ll be starting to eat solids! I’ll share tips on that too! 

In this picture I’m pan frying up an onion - the start to many a great dish! 

What are your favorite hacks to get the most done with a new baby? 
#vegan #veganmom #multitaskingmom #whatveganseat #veganbaby #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #plantbased #veganatlanta #atlantavegan #momlife #veganmomlifestyle
That multitasking mom life! My baby is now more than three months old, and multitasking is how I get stuff done most of the time! So I cook, eat, and clean all while wearing baby. Sometimes the food falls on him, but usually he doesn’t notice lol. Baby wearing really is a game changer and really helps busy moms like myself! And when he falls asleep, is when I really celebrate! 👌🏽🎉🥳 

So far, everything has been going really well with Zain! He sleeps great, and is a super happy and healthy vegan baby 🧿 Right now he’s exclusively breastfed, and soon he’ll be starting to eat solids! I’ll share tips on that too! 

In this picture I’m pan frying up an onion - the start to many a great dish! 

What are your favorite hacks to get the most done with a new baby? 
#vegan #veganmom #multitaskingmom #whatveganseat #veganbaby #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #plantbased #veganatlanta #atlantavegan #momlife #veganmomlifestyle
That multitasking mom life! My baby is now more than three months old, and multitasking is how I get stuff done most of the time! So I cook, eat, and clean all while wearing baby. Sometimes the food falls on him, but usually he doesn’t notice lol. Baby wearing really is a game changer and really helps busy moms like myself! And when he falls asleep, is when I really celebrate! 👌🏽🎉🥳 So far, everything has been going really well with Zain! He sleeps great, and is a super happy and healthy vegan baby 🧿 Right now he’s exclusively breastfed, and soon he’ll be starting to eat solids! I’ll share tips on that too! In this picture I’m pan frying up an onion - the start to many a great dish! What are your favorite hacks to get the most done with a new baby? #vegan #veganmom #multitaskingmom #whatveganseat #veganbaby #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #plantbased #veganatlanta #atlantavegan #momlife #veganmomlifestyle
8 months ago
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5/15
Looking for a good side for Memorial Day weekend? What’s better than bhutta?! One of my favorite street foods in Pakistan has always been the bhutta, or corn. You can get the corn either boiled or dry roasted in a sand/salt mixture and usually served in the husks spiced up with salt/red pepper and a splash of lemon…chef’s kiss! 🤌🏽🤌🏽 
I actually prefer to have roasted/charred ones but I made it two popular ways - boiled and charred. The fun part is applying the spices from the lemon slice - make sure you squeeze the lemon as you’re applying the spices! Some also like to add chaat masala and kaala namak (black salt), so adjust according to your spice preferences. I’m actually a big fan of the OG version of just salt and red pepper. Can’t go wrong! How do you like your bhutta? Lemme know in the comments! #corn #bhutta #pakistan #pakistanifood #pakistanistreetfood #pakistanibhutta #desi #indian #indianfood #vegan #whatveganseat #streetcorn #roastedcorn #memorialday #veganbbq #bbq #veganfoodshare #veganrecipes #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes
9 months ago
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6/15
That moment when you’re anxiously awaiting for your guests to arrive for an all plant-based Eid celebration! Everything’s set up, you’re all dressed up, and you can’t help but sip on some chai and steal a kabab cause you forgot to eat! I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try out the Wes Anderson trend that’s making the rounds. Hints at the food in this video, but the full list is below if anyone’s interested: kababs made of seitan, potato, and chaana daal spring rolls stuffed with cabbage, veggies, and tofu mini biscoff cheesecake onion samosas pani puri fountain charcuterie board chocolate covered dates dahi baray (yogurt with lentil balls) #wesanderson #wesandersoninspired #vegan #veganfood #veganeid #pakistanivegan #veganpakistani #dinnerparty #eidlunch #happyeid #eidmubarak #pakistan #pakistanifood #veganparty #eidlunch #dahibaray #kababs #samosas #panipurifountain #foodphotography
10 months ago
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7/15
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims. And is a time for increased community engagement, as Muslims come together for Iftari, or the breaking of their fasts, and share meals with one another. Ramadan is coming to a close soon, and we’ve been busy with our new baby, but we were able to host an Iftar for our friends and family and of course we did an all vegan Iftar! We didn’t share that everything was vegan until after we ate, and everyone was surprised and some couldn’t believe it! It goes to show that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor and traditional foods to ensure that you eat with empathy by sparing animals from ending up on your plate. Below is a list of our menu for this Iftar. Let me know which recipe you’d want me to share and are there any traditional Iftar foods that you would like to try veganized let me know in the comments! Jalebi (deep fried sweet snack) Fruit chaat (fruit mixed with juice and chaat masala) Samosas Pakoras Dahi baray (vegan yogurt with lentil dumplings) Veggie chow mein noodles Seitan chkn korma (vegan chicken korma) Aloo (potato) kababs Keema piaz (vegan ground beef with onions) Channay (chickpea dish) Trifle Roohafza (rose syrup infused drink) #vegan #pakistanivegan #veganiftar #whatveganseat #veganramadan #trifle #seitanchickenkorma #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #iftari #ramadan #pakistaniiftari #iftar #pakistan #vegandahibaray #keemapiaz #pakistanifood #veganfoodshare
10 months ago
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8/15
Today is my birthday but my greatest present came a little early last week! Meet our newest family member - born on international women’s day! I had this onesie from when Z was a baby and couldn’t wait to have the new kiddo wear it too and how appropriate! Today is also Zarine’s bday so it was a big Pisces party! I’ll likely take a bit of a break from posting since I’m pretty busy with newborn activities but will be back sometime soon! #radicalveganfeministagenda 
#newbaby #newborn #vegan #veganfamily #internationalwomensday #piday #itsmybirthday #veganpregnancy #customonesie  #veganparenting #plantbased #veganbaby
Today is my birthday but my greatest present came a little early last week! Meet our newest family member - born on international women’s day! I had this onesie from when Z was a baby and couldn’t wait to have the new kiddo wear it too and how appropriate! Today is also Zarine’s bday so it was a big Pisces party! I’ll likely take a bit of a break from posting since I’m pretty busy with newborn activities but will be back sometime soon! #radicalveganfeministagenda #newbaby #newborn #vegan #veganfamily #internationalwomensday #piday #itsmybirthday #veganpregnancy #customonesie #veganparenting #plantbased #veganbaby
12 months ago
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9/15
Desi Moms be like…IYKYK!! My ammi is here so I thought I’d have a little fun with her! This was definitely how our conversations went while I was living away from home and in my 20s. 😆 She was a great sport making the video! Should I have her do more videos?? Let me know in the comments! Also share with someone who can relate! #desimoms #desimom #desimomsbelike #pakistanimoms #pakistani #immigrant #immigrantmamas #immigrantstories #beforemarriage #beforemarriageaftermarriage #indian #pakistanivideos #pakistanivegan #funny #desifunny #funnyreel
12 months ago
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10/15
Panjiri Ladoo - a nutrition-packed snack perfect for expecting/new mothers! 

My mama is here visiting me to help once baby arrives (any day now!), and with her she brought a large quantity of panjiri ladoos - a traditional food rooted in both Indian and Pakistani Punjab, but has spread to other parts of both countries. It is a super healthy and nourishing sweet snack loaded with nuts, seeds, flour, and other nutritious ingredients said to help new mothers heal, regain strength post delivery, as well as stimulate breast milk flow. The process for making Panjiri is simple albeit a little time-consuming, but worth it for expecting/new mothers or anyone looking for a nutrition packed snack! It does contain some ingredients that can only be found at the asian/desi grocery store, included phool makhana (puffed lotus seeds), which is an excellent source of several nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus, as well as char magaz, a blend of 4 brain-boosting seeds mainly of the melon family (usually watermelon, melon, cantaloupe seeds, and cucumber seeds) that are full of vitamins and minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. In literal terms, "char" means four and magaz is "brains". The other ingredient that is likely only available at the Indian/desi grocery store is edible gondh, or edible gum, sourced from the plant acacia. It is widely used in Ayurvedic foods and is great for boosting immunity, stamina, and health. I’m adding the recipe in the comments - made and shared by my mama's cousin's friend. Traditionally it is made with ghee but she used coconut oil instead! 

#vegan #postpartum #postpartumrecovery #veganrecipes #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganindian #pakistanivegan #panjiri #panjiriladoo #ladoo #veganladoo #veganpanjiri #panjeeri
Panjiri Ladoo - a nutrition-packed snack perfect for expecting/new mothers! 

My mama is here visiting me to help once baby arrives (any day now!), and with her she brought a large quantity of panjiri ladoos - a traditional food rooted in both Indian and Pakistani Punjab, but has spread to other parts of both countries. It is a super healthy and nourishing sweet snack loaded with nuts, seeds, flour, and other nutritious ingredients said to help new mothers heal, regain strength post delivery, as well as stimulate breast milk flow. The process for making Panjiri is simple albeit a little time-consuming, but worth it for expecting/new mothers or anyone looking for a nutrition packed snack! It does contain some ingredients that can only be found at the asian/desi grocery store, included phool makhana (puffed lotus seeds), which is an excellent source of several nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus, as well as char magaz, a blend of 4 brain-boosting seeds mainly of the melon family (usually watermelon, melon, cantaloupe seeds, and cucumber seeds) that are full of vitamins and minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. In literal terms, "char" means four and magaz is "brains". The other ingredient that is likely only available at the Indian/desi grocery store is edible gondh, or edible gum, sourced from the plant acacia. It is widely used in Ayurvedic foods and is great for boosting immunity, stamina, and health. I’m adding the recipe in the comments - made and shared by my mama's cousin's friend. Traditionally it is made with ghee but she used coconut oil instead! 

#vegan #postpartum #postpartumrecovery #veganrecipes #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganindian #pakistanivegan #panjiri #panjiriladoo #ladoo #veganladoo #veganpanjiri #panjeeri
Panjiri Ladoo - a nutrition-packed snack perfect for expecting/new mothers! My mama is here visiting me to help once baby arrives (any day now!), and with her she brought a large quantity of panjiri ladoos - a traditional food rooted in both Indian and Pakistani Punjab, but has spread to other parts of both countries. It is a super healthy and nourishing sweet snack loaded with nuts, seeds, flour, and other nutritious ingredients said to help new mothers heal, regain strength post delivery, as well as stimulate breast milk flow. The process for making Panjiri is simple albeit a little time-consuming, but worth it for expecting/new mothers or anyone looking for a nutrition packed snack! It does contain some ingredients that can only be found at the asian/desi grocery store, included phool makhana (puffed lotus seeds), which is an excellent source of several nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus, as well as char magaz, a blend of 4 brain-boosting seeds mainly of the melon family (usually watermelon, melon, cantaloupe seeds, and cucumber seeds) that are full of vitamins and minerals, proteins, and fatty acids. In literal terms, "char" means four and magaz is "brains". The other ingredient that is likely only available at the Indian/desi grocery store is edible gondh, or edible gum, sourced from the plant acacia. It is widely used in Ayurvedic foods and is great for boosting immunity, stamina, and health. I’m adding the recipe in the comments - made and shared by my mama's cousin's friend. Traditionally it is made with ghee but she used coconut oil instead! #vegan #postpartum #postpartumrecovery #veganrecipes #plantbased #plantbasedrecipes #veganindian #pakistanivegan #panjiri #panjiriladoo #ladoo #veganladoo #veganpanjiri #panjeeri
12 months ago
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11/15
I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. 

These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding.
And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 

📸 by @4cornersphoto ! 

#vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama 
#veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. 

These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding.
And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 

📸 by @4cornersphoto ! 

#vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama 
#veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. 

These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding.
And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 

📸 by @4cornersphoto ! 

#vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama 
#veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. 

These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding.
And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 

📸 by @4cornersphoto ! 

#vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama 
#veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. 

These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding.
And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 

📸 by @4cornersphoto ! 

#vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama 
#veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. 

These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding.
And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 

📸 by @4cornersphoto ! 

#vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama 
#veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
I’m so close to the finish line with less than a couple of weeks (or less) to go until baby is here! I’m trying to enjoy the last moments of this wild experience of carrying a life. These photos are from a maternity photoshoot from a few weeks back. The truth is I haven’t felt particularly attractive this pregnancy and I went back and forth on documenting it. My body changed in so many ways that were different from the first pregnancy and even though I see myself as otherwise confident and body positive, I felt/feel inadequate and struggled. But there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body and I am choosing to embrace that and respect the process for providing for this little human. I’m centering myself on the love, beauty, and joy I’ve also experienced and how my family is expanding. And I’m so glad I decided to document because I’m in love with the pictures. I especially love the ones with Z - she is so excited about her sibling and I can’t wait to see her as a bari behan. ❤️ 📸 by @4cornersphoto ! #vegan #pregnancy #veganpregnancy #veganfamily #plantbased #plantbasedmama #veganparenting #veganbaby #pregnancyselflove
12 months ago
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Crispy Smashed Masala Potatoes!  I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, and those potato cravings are so real! I’ve seen this done before, but I wanted to put my own spin on it to add some spiciness and additional flavor! Recipe below:  Potatoes: 1.5 lb bite size potatoes (red or yukon) 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1½ teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder 2 teaspoons salt Preheat the oven to 450ºF/232ºC. Add the potatoes to a large saucepan. Cover with cold water and season with a generous amount of sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 13-15 minutes until just fork tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and pat dry. Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet. Use the bottom of a glass, measuring cup, or mug to firmly smash down on the potatoes (don’t smash too hard though, the potatoes can and will fall apart with too much force!) Combine all the spices above in a small bowl. Drizzle some of the olive oil on top of the potatoes and coat each potato with approximately half of the spice mix, and add more oil on top of the spices. Then roast the potatoes in the oven at 450 for 30 minutes. Tikka Sauce 2 tablespoon coconut oil 1 cup onion 1 medium onion coarsely chopped/sliced 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced ginger 1 cup diced tomatoes ⅓ cup raw cashews (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes)  ½ cup water 1 teaspoon agave Spices 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 2 teaspoons garam masala 1 tablespoon coriander powder 1½ teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder Toppings Cilantro Chopped green chili  Heat a pan on medium-high heat, add coconut oil and chopped onions - cook for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic, ginger and saute until onions are translucent/brown. Add diced tomatoes, spices listed above (as well as leftover spices from the potatoes), and water and cook for 2 minutes. Using a blender, add soaked cashews, onion/tomato mix, and agave and puree the sauce to a smooth consistency. Top the warm roasted potatoes with the tikka sauce, chopped cilantro, and green chili, and serve hot. So delicious!  #vegan #plantbased #veganrecipes #vegansofig #plantbasedrecipes #whatveganseat
1 year ago
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What I eat in a day as a pregnant vegan mom! I want to give a disclaimer that I’m not a nutritionist and you should always consult your dr. about your diet while pregnant. I eat what works for me and only after consulting my dr. on what nutrients I should focus on. In this post I have 1. oatmeal with blueberries, flax seeds, almond butter, topped with hemp seeds. 2. snack - simple avocado toast topped with chaat masala for some spice and @traderjoes everything bagel seasoning on Dave’s Killer whole grain bread . 3. Lunch is a simple masoor daal with tarka (sauteed spices) with cumin rice and kate sauteed with olive oil. 4. dinner - a spicy peanut sauce with pan fried tofu and whole wheat ramen noodles. I combined the following ingredients in a blender to make the peanut sauce: 1/2 cup water, 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter, 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or tamari, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (chile paste), chili garlic sauce, or sriracha, 2 teaspoons agave syrup or maple syrup. (Recipe adapted from Hot for Food). Add more chili paste if you like it spicier! 5. dessert - mango nice cream! made with 1 frozen banana (peeled), 10 oz of frozen mangoes, and 2/3 cup plant milk (I used oat but any other nut milk will likely work well too). You can add some agave as a sweetener if you prefer. This is just one day and I try to add some different variety to the types of foods every day. I also drink at least 64 oz. of water a day, take my prenatal vitamins (I take Ritual, which includes an Omega 3 supplement), as well as an occasional Choline supplement. #vegan #veganpregnancy #pregnancy #whatieatinaday #veganwhatieatinaday #plantbased #plantbasedmeals #plantbasedpregnancy #veganmom #whatveganseat #mangonicecream #daal #peanutsauce #veganpeanutsauce #pregnantvegan #daalchawal
1 year ago
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Happy 2023! ‎Z is wearing a shirt that says بڑی بہن Bari behan, which means big sister in Urdu! Surprise! She is going to be the coolest big sis to our baby due to arrive in March! Our 2023 is going to be getting off to a great start! 

I’m so thankful for the past year where I experienced a few new personal achievements, some lessons learned, and set intentions quarterly, and for the new year. 
The biggest blessing we could have thought of is this little person growing inside of me and I can’t wait for our family to expand and navigate this crazy zindagi (world) together! The world needs more radical desi vegan babies! 

I’m also so grateful for this community as well! Thank you all for following along with me on this journey. Looking forward to sharing more on raising a vegan baby and family in the coming new year! 

P.S. - Bari behan shirt custom made by us! 

#vegan #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #baribehan #urdu #thrasherfont #veganpregnancyandparenting #desibacha #desivegan #vegandesi #pakistanivegan #veganbaby  #newbaby #2023 #baribehan
Happy 2023! ‎Z is wearing a shirt that says بڑی بہن Bari behan, which means big sister in Urdu! Surprise! She is going to be the coolest big sis to our baby due to arrive in March! Our 2023 is going to be getting off to a great start! 

I’m so thankful for the past year where I experienced a few new personal achievements, some lessons learned, and set intentions quarterly, and for the new year. 
The biggest blessing we could have thought of is this little person growing inside of me and I can’t wait for our family to expand and navigate this crazy zindagi (world) together! The world needs more radical desi vegan babies! 

I’m also so grateful for this community as well! Thank you all for following along with me on this journey. Looking forward to sharing more on raising a vegan baby and family in the coming new year! 

P.S. - Bari behan shirt custom made by us! 

#vegan #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #baribehan #urdu #thrasherfont #veganpregnancyandparenting #desibacha #desivegan #vegandesi #pakistanivegan #veganbaby  #newbaby #2023 #baribehan
Happy 2023! ‎Z is wearing a shirt that says بڑی بہن Bari behan, which means big sister in Urdu! Surprise! She is going to be the coolest big sis to our baby due to arrive in March! Our 2023 is going to be getting off to a great start! I’m so thankful for the past year where I experienced a few new personal achievements, some lessons learned, and set intentions quarterly, and for the new year. The biggest blessing we could have thought of is this little person growing inside of me and I can’t wait for our family to expand and navigate this crazy zindagi (world) together! The world needs more radical desi vegan babies! I’m also so grateful for this community as well! Thank you all for following along with me on this journey. Looking forward to sharing more on raising a vegan baby and family in the coming new year! P.S. - Bari behan shirt custom made by us! #vegan #veganfamily #veganpregnancy #baribehan #urdu #thrasherfont #veganpregnancyandparenting #desibacha #desivegan #vegandesi #pakistanivegan #veganbaby #newbaby #2023 #baribehan
1 year ago
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