Kerala - The best destination for Vegan and Vegetarian Foodies

Kerala’s ethnic cuisine has a variety of options that are vegan by default. This makes Kerala a must try for vegan and vegetarian foodies. You get to try: ·Breakfasts such as: oNadan Idlis served with Kerala style sambar and chammanthi (chutney)
Both the sambhar and chutney is different from those found in Shanthi Sagars,Udupi restaurants, Arya bhavans, Sarvanna bhavans, and similar hotels.
The sambhar is thicker with has more veggies and the chutney is mostly coconut chutney.

oYou can mix and match main dishes such as Puttu , Appam, orIdiyappam with gravies such as veg stew, Kadala (Black Chicpeas) curry, or Cherupayar (Green gram) curry.  

oPuzhukku -Cooked Tapioca with brown lentils and ground coconut

oKappa and spicy Ulli Chammanthi (Cooked Tapioca served with mixture of mashed onions, green chillies and tamarind)

oKozhakkatta (Sweet steamed rice dumplings)

·For lunch there are so many options. You can decide on whether you would like to: oTry all the options at one go with an elaborat…

Idyllic Beach Holiday at Varkhala

A holiday in Varkhala came true after a long time. We drove to Varkhala and arrived there by late afternoon. We checked in to a nice stay along the cliff. I had lemon tea and then went off to explore the place. The sun started setting as I stood on the cliff. The beach, the sunset, and the cliff – the place is amazing. My husband joined me. Our initial plan was to spend a day or two here. After seeing the views here, we decided to spend 2 days here.
The cliff is lined with shops, cafes, and stays. As we walked, I saw Vegan Buffet on a restaurant’s menu board. It was an eco-resort namedPucciniLa La eco-resort’s menu board. We inquired about the food and stay. They did not have a vegan buffet but they had mango flavored vegan cheesecake. The price of the room seemed unbelievable too. Independent rooms in a stay with an ‘eco-resort’ tag costing just...Guess! Guess! It costed just 900 and the price included free breakfast and free yoga classes. The staff were extremely polite and obliged…

Healthier ways to manage monthly periods

My first step towards being cruelty free was to turn vegetarian. After 6 months of turning vegrtarian, I noticed that I was more energetic during my periods and my cramps started reducing.

Around the same time I took another step towards minimalism by trying cloth made reusable sanitary pads and biodegradable sanitary pads.  I also want to reduce is the use of regular sanitary napkins. Though the regular sanitary napkins are affordable they added up to a lot of hazardous waste.

As usual I first looked up online for the various options. I found the least expensive cloth sanitary pads  on Aliexpress. So, I ordered one and it was comfortable. It did not give me any rashes. So, I ordered more and still use them. They have a shelf life of 3 years. Spending around 100 on a few of these pads equaled the amount I would anyways spend in 3 years. The only disadvantages were washing them immediately after use and washing twice after every use.

Now these were good enough for my home and work rou…

Cruelty free products are Affordable and Available at All Stores

I switched to cruelty free personal care products after I realized that there was cruelty involved in every product I used. This was the easiest step I took towards reducing my cruelty towards innocent animals. There are two different ways of cruelty involved in making almost every personal care product. ·The first is the barbaric practice of testing products on animals. ·The second is the usage of products derived using extremely cruel means such as: oMilk and milk cream derived by raping cows and killing baby calves. oBeeswax and Honey made by raping, mutilating, and killing bees The good newsis that both these cruel practices are unnecessary. The bad newsis that most people are unaware of this good news. When I wanted to switch over to cruelty free products, I googled for an easily available list. I found some articles with a list of exorbitantly priced products. So, was being cruelty free not for me and other frugal people? I decided to check the supermarket aisles in my neighbor…