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Diary alternatives

Before we begin, I would recommend you go through My Journey Towards Veganism to understand better why we are looking for alternate sources for diary products. Though we understood the benefits of not using diary products and stopped buying milk in our house about 2 years ago, I should admit we still had the craving to have ghee and curd and we used to buy ghee and curd on and off.

Also, when I talk about the benefits of veganism, people immediately tell me –

  • ‘Oh I understand that, but i can’t miss my tea or coffee’
  • ‘Oh I understand that, but i can’t finish my meal without curd’ Here I am recording my :

So it was about a couple of weeks ago that I suddenly felt the urge to seriously look for non-diary alternatives to these and am slowly working on trying each of these.

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Vegan or Non-Diary Milk

Before we begin, I would recommend you go through My Journey Towards Veganism to understand better why we are looking for alternate sources for diary products.

Types Of Non – Diary Milk

  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Peanut Milk
  • Rice Milk

Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk is an amazing alternative to regular diary/cow’s milk and as per Nature Cure, coconut milk is more nutritious than cow’s milk in the sense that the since its a plant based milk, the nutrients are better absorbed by the human body. It tastes very similar to diary milk, more nutritious than diary milk and totally home made without any processing like pasteurization, etc.,

As per NC, Coconut is to be consumed raw (never to be heated) and is best absorbed by the body when it is consumed within half an hour of being cut open. As a traditional practise, coconut which is offered to God (during an archanai) and brought back home as a prasadam is never cooked and always eaten raw.

How To Extract Coconut Milk

  • Step 1: Break open a coconut
  • Step 2: Scrape into pieces
  • Step 3: Dry grind in a jar
  • Step 4: Then grind it by adding water slowly – i can’t tell the exact quantity here since it varies based on:
    • the size of the coconut
    • the consistency or thickness of the milk you want
  • Step 5: Using a soft cotton cloth, extract the milk
  • Step 6: Enjoy fresh

Coconut milk can be consumed raw (combined with any sweetener like dates or jaggery). It can be added to milk shakes (instead of diary milk) or can be added to cooked dishes (but make sure you add it after you switch off the stove).

Step By Step Photos

Almond/Peanut Milk

How To Extract Almond/Peanut Milk

  • Step 1: Wash the almonds/peanuts in water
  • Step 2: Soak the almonds/peanuts in water (anywhere between 4 to 8 hours) so that they are covered well – please note they absorb the water and swell in size, so add water accordingly
  • Step 3: Drain the excess water and rinse if required
  • Step 3: Dry grind in a jar
  • Step 4: Then grind it by adding water slowly – i can’t tell the exact quantity here since it varies based on:
    • the consistency or thickness of the milk you want
  • Step 5: Using a soft cotton cloth, extract the milk
  • Step 6: It can be used (in dishes, desserts, etc) just as you would use diary milk

Step By Step Photos

In the below demonstration, I have mixed peanuts and almonds but you can extract milk either from peanuts or almonds separately as well

Nature Cure

Ragi Roti/Ragi Adai

Ragi is another healthy, delicious millet and we have a couple of recipes with ragi like idli, dosa, kanji, dessert – but this particular ragi roti recipe is an all-time favourite for our family.

Please watch the video for the detailed recipe – in this video I have just added onion with the four, but grated veggies, spinach can also be mixed with the flour so make a more healthy dish.

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Kavuni Arisi Puttu

Kavuni Arisi (Black variety) is one of the aromatic rice varieties (like seeraga samba) and also one of the nutritious varieties.

The first time we tasted this recipe was at Prems Grama Bhojanam, Adyar, Chennai – it was super delicious and we then tried it home and it came out really well and here is the detailed recipe:

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The Ice Story

We stopped using a refrigerator at home since 2017 and we were managing fine with little disturbances once in a while. A friend of ours shared a Nature Cure style kulfi recipe and suddenly we missed our refrigerator. So i went on to find out if its possible to refrigerate without an electric refrigerator and these are the really interesting links I followed: