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Friday, November 19, 2010

‘Namdhari’s Fresh’ Vegan-friendly Store, Bangalore

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The “All Veg. Always” Namdhari’s Fresh is a chain of very successful all-vegetarian stores in Bangalore set up under the aegis of Shri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, the spiritual Guru of the Namdharis, a sect of Sikhism. Translated, “Namdhari” means “one who beholds God's name”. Vegetarianism, righteousness in character, and a quest to free society from social evils are some among the prominent teachings of the Namdhari Gurus. You can read in detail about their vegetarian position by clicking this link on the Namdhari Sikh Foundation website.

Namdhari’s Fresh stores are the public face of its parent company, Namdhari Seeds Pvt. Ltd.

Products available at Namdhari’s Fresh

You can find many organic and vegan products at Namdhari’s Fresh. These are the following.

Organically grown: Grains, pulses, jaggery, pickles, spices, snacks, dry fruits, sweets, and other edibles from organic food producers such as 24 Letter Mantra, Navadarshanam, ProNature, The Organic Lifestyle, and some from Namdhari Seeds themselves.

Fruits and vegetables: Desi and western fruits and vegetables from the Namdhari farms at Bidadi near Bangalore. Besides the commonly found Indian fruits and vegetables, the exclusive greens include the following: baby cucumber, lettuce, asparagus, kiwi, baby corn, parsley, zucchini, broccoli, cherry tomato, red cabbage, leek, colored capsicum, parsley, sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme, lemon grass, basil, dill, physalis, passion fruit, brussels sprout, and so on. All of these are grown in the farmlands of our own country and therefore they return more value for your money when you compare them with the imported ones. Please note that while some of these fruits and vegetables are organically grown, all are not. You may want to consult the support staff for more information.

Processed vegan edibles: Vegan chocolates from Choco Bon Bon, Bournville, and Cacao; delicious plant-based frozen foods from Fry’s Vegetarian; vegan breakfast cereals from Good Earth, Pristine Organics, and Bagrry’s; vegan muffins, cakes, and breads from Bagels and Bakes, fruit bars from Naturo; vegan biscuits from Parle (Hide & Seek and Bourbon); soy milk from Staeta; coconut milk from Dabur; Crumpy Belgian Hazelnut Cocoa Spread; green teas; and so on.

Namdhari’s Fresh outlets in Bangalore

1. Banashankari – Address: Banagiri Nagar, Kathriguppe Main Road, Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bangalore – 560070; Landmark: Near Devegowda Petrol Pump; Telephone: 080-26794033

2. Brigade Metropolis – Address: The Arcade, No. 113/G01 & G02, Mahadevapura Village, Krishnarajapura (Hobli), Bangalore South Taluk, Banglaore – 110036; Telephone: 080-22650444

3. Brigade Millenium – Address: Brigade Millenium Campus, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bangalore – 560078; Telephone: 080-41650428

4. BTM Layout – Address: 774, 7th Cross, 16th Main Road, BTM 2nd Stage, Bangalore – 560070; Landmark: Opposite Swadisth Hotel; Telephone: 080-41572605

5. Frazer Town – Address: 133, MM Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore – 560005; Landmark: Near Richie Rich Restaurant; Telephone: 080-41487135

6. Indiranagar (1) – Address: 134, 60ft Domlur Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore – 100038; Landmark: Near Nandini Hotel: Telephone: 080-41152909

7. Indiranagar (2) – Address: 789, 12th A Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Bangalore – 560038; Landmark: Near Sony Service Centre; Telephone: 080-43442105

8. Jayanagar – Address: 529, 36th Cross, 10th Main, Jayanagar 5th Block, Bangalore – 560011; Landmark: Opposite Shanthi Nursing Home; Telephone: 080-41502443

9. Koramangala – Address: 611, 8th Block, 80ft Road, Koramangala, Bangalore; Telephone: 080-41103778

10. Langford Town Road – Address: 14/1, Langford Road, Bangalore – 560025; Landmark: Beside State Bank of Mysore; Telephone: 080-40953424

11. Mantri Elegance – Address: Basement Mantri Elegance Apartments, Next to Shopper’s Stop, Banneraghatta Road, Bangalore; Telephone: 080-41105139

12. RR Nagar – Address: No. 110, 12th Cross, Ideal Homes Township, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore – 560098; Telephone: 080-28608125

13. RT Nagar – Address: 573, 2nd Main, 2nd Block, RT Nagar, Bangalore – 560032; Landmark: Near FM Silks; Telephone: 080-41524782

14. Sadashiv Nagar – Address: 13/1, Shree Complex, 2nd Main, Vyalikaval, Bangalore – 560003; Landmark: Near Canara Bank; Telephone: 080-41236134/35

15. Sahakar Nagar – Address: 849/7, A-Block, Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore – 560092; Landmark: Near Canara Bank; Telephone: 080-41735363

16. Sarjapur – Address: 17/2, Sarjapur Ring Road, Bangalore – 560034; Landmark: Near ICICI Bank; Telephone: 080-41688568

17. Whitefield (Kundanahalli) – Address: 1, Arvind Avenue, Whitefield Main Road, Bangalore – 560050; Landmark: Near Silver Line Bakery; Telephone: 080-41641285

18. Whitefield (Main Road) – Address: Anmol Carlson Court, New No. 613 (Old No. 1), Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore – 560065; Telephone: 080-41260519

“Vegetarianism now has a future ahead. On [a] vegetarian diet, five to six times the number of people living on [the] Earth can be fed. A time might come when all human beings will have to depend, by compulsion, upon vegetarianism to subsist… God has created the man as pioneer of all living beings. It is immoral, unethical and sinful on his part to kill and eat them. It pollutes the body, mind and soul.” ~Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji at the 33rd World Vegetarian Congress~

Saturday, November 13, 2010

‘Sagar Ratna’ Vegetarian Restaurant, NCR

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The Sagar Ratna chain of vegetarian restaurants is the preferred choice of many Delhites when it comes to having authentic South Indian vegetarian and vegan food. The food is always fresh and the service is excellent. The Defense Colony branch of Sagar Ratna in Delhi especially, is a favorite haunt for people of all ages and from all sections of the society. At any time of the day you can find people sitting in the restaurant relishing the soft idlis, flavorful dosas, juicy uttappams, special South Indian rice items, and thalis (meal platters) to name a few. Sagar Ratna’s coconut milk dip served with some dishes is awesome. Food is primarily cooked in oil, unless specifically mentioned in the menu card that ghee (clarified butter) will been used. You can also put in a word to the staff while placing your order to ensure that your food is free of cow’s milk and its derivatives.

North Indian vegetarian and vegan food is also available at Sagar Ratna restaurant.

Sagar Ratna menu:
You can click this link for a glimpse into the Sagar Ratna menu.

Branches and address: Sagar Ratna has many branches spread out in the National Capital Region. You can get the address of each branch by clicking this link in the Delhi Helpline website.

Cost factor: Very reasonable

“So, what is my prescription for good health? In short, it is about the multiple health benefits of consuming plant-based foods, and the largely unappreciated health dangers of consuming animal-based foods, including all types of meat, dairy and eggs.” ~Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University & Author of 'The China Study'~

Sunday, November 7, 2010

‘Sattvik’ Vegetarian Restaurant, Delhi

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‘Sattvik’ is a Sanskrit word that means ‘pure’. In the context of food, ‘sattvik’ refers to a vegetarian diet.

The stylish ‘Sattvik’ restaurant located on the second floor at Select City Walk mall in Delhi lives up to its name. Not only does it offer a pure vegetarian North Indian fare, it is vegan-friendly as well. The staff understands what ‘vegan’ implies; the menu even has one dish that calls out it is vegan: the Vegan Dragon Roll. This dish consists of succulent steamed rolls stuffed with exotic vegetables. The staff helps you veganize your dishes with appreciable patience.

However, be cautious if you are ordering any of the fruit drinks. Most of them are made from preserved fruits. The only juice that is made from fresh ingredients is Om Fizz, a refreshing concoction of crushed cucumber and lime. Another aspect on the flip side is that there are no vegan desserts on the menu. However, if you yearn for a vegan dessert after a meal at Sattvik, you can stroll across to the Gelato Italiano stall round the corner on the same floor for vegan sorbets. These sorbets are available in two flavors: mango and lime. 

Sattvik menu: You can click this link for the online link to the menu.

Address: Select City Walk Mall, S-5 2nd Floor, A-3 District Centre, Saket, New Delhi – 110017

Telephone: 011-40599911-13

Timings: Between 12:00noon to 4:15pm for lunch and 7:00pm to 11:15pm for dinner

Cost factor: A meal for two costs anywhere from Rs.600/- upwards.

“I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.” ~Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D., Author of ‘Eat More, Weigh Less’~

Monday, November 1, 2010

Organic-Vegan Fruit Jams from ‘24 Letter Mantra’

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All jams in the market carry the ‘green’ vegetarian symbol; however, the question we may ask is, are these jams healthy? If you check the ingredients list, you will find they contain a host of food additives such as artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Many contain processed white sugar as well. These jams do not claim to use organically grown fruits either. Under such circumstances, the question really is (repeat), are these jams healthy?

In an earlier post, we had reported about the organic-vegan fruit jams from Plantrich; the good news is that here’s another range of fruit jams to add to the list of healthy organic-vegan jams. These are the jams from the well-known organic food brand, 24 Letter Mantra.

Flavors and ingredients

The organic-vegan jams from 24 Letter Mantra are available in three flavors: mango, mixed fruit, and strawberry. The primary ingredient in the jams—the fruits—are 100% organically grown, that is, cultivated without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and chemicals. Additionally, the jams come with the assurance of not containing artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives either.

Availability of 24 Letter Mantra jams

Here is a brief on where you can purchase jams from 24 Letter Mantra in the following cities.

Bangalore: @ Spencer’s and Mother Earth stores.
Chennai: @ Heritage, Nilgiris, Spencer’s, Brown Tree, and TESCO stores.
Delhi: @ Anand Stores, Khan Market; Star Bazzar, Kailash Colony; and Malik Brothers, Defense Colony.
Gurgaon: @ Spencer’s; Easy Day (Walmart); Garg Dastak, Sector 31; DT Mall near Sikandarpur Metro Station; and Kitu Health.
Hyderabad: @ the 24 Letter Mantra flagship store where you can call at 040-23300404 and get the address.
Kolkata: @ all big Spencer’s stores.
Mumbai: @ Big Bazzar, Hyper City, More, and Nature Basket stores.

For more information, you can contact the brand’s headquarters at 040-27893028/729.

Note: 24 Letter Mantra offers a host of other organic-vegan products as well. To learn more about the different products, you can click this link.

“Many organic practices simply make sense, regardless of what overall agricultural system is used. Far from being a quaint throwback to an earlier time, organic agriculture is proving to be a serious contender in modern farming and a more environmentally sustainable system over the long term.” ~David Suzuki, Environmentalist~