Hello there! Thanks for stopping by my site. I am Nupur, the writer, photographer and face behind this Site. I live in the UK with my family and work full time as a Marketing person turned QA analyst (long story!). Apart from this ‘fun’ job, I like to do a lot of things simultaneously. I am an avid reader, and I love reading Psychological Thrillers and sometimes chick-lits too. I love to dance, and learn Indian classical dance here, with some Zumba and Salsa if I can squeeze some extra time in. These days, I am also studying Nutrition sciences and very soon should be rewarded as a certified Nutritionist.
I love food. And I love to eat healthy. My goal on “The Veggie Indian” is to give you the inspiration, recipes, tips, and tricks that you need to be able to eat incredibly every day. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen or lots of money on fancy ingredients to make quality meals. Usually, with a little know-how, the simplest ingredients make the best food.
Why do I blog?
Honestly, I started this blog to get away from my monotonous job. And also in an advent to get rid of the boredom that had gripped me after I came into the UK. The weather was unpredictable, I was trying to mingle with the new people around and desperately trying to cope up with the new adventures of life. Gradually, I discovered my keen interest in cooking and more so, exploring new cuisines. And there started this journey which certainly changed my life and has made me what I like to call myself – A Food Blogger.
Food Blogging has reared some new interests within me which I never knew existed before, like Baking, Photography and travelling to remote places for the sole purpose of exploring local flavours. I am now constantly looking forward to meet new Bloggers, learn from them and improvise on my Photographs. What started off as a way to explore my creativity, this has gradually morphed into something more than a food and photo journal for me.
I write about food, what inspires me and my cooking, and my travel tales revolving around Food. Most of my recipes draw inspiration from the rich flavors of Indian cuisine and I try and give some of the traditional recipes a modern yet healthier twist whenever possible. Since I have had the fortunate experience of growing up in a loud North Indian Punjabi family with my Mum trying to keep her “Jain-y” roots alive, I often try to represent their styles in my cooking. You will find recipes here that hold fond memories for me and some that I make regularly.
Why the name “The Veggie Indian” ?
Previously, this Blog was named as UK Rasoi which means my Kitchen in the UK. And though I still love that name, I felt that it wasn’t representing me clearly and also not everyone was able to decipher the meaning unless I promptly enlightened them. So I changed the name while moving the content to this new site. Well, I would be lying if I say that I didn’t think of some catchy and peppy names. But ultimately, I realized the recipes I will post on the blog will mostly be inclined towards Indian cuisine since that’s what I cook and eat in my daily life. And although I do love and yearn for Thai, Mexican, Vietnamese and Italian from time to time, Indian is what I still adore the most. And of course, goes without saying – I am a Vegetarian. Hence the name!
What recipes can you expect from here?
This blog is a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian site. Sounds very fancy – but it just means that all recipes will be based on a diet consisting of Vegetables, Grains, Dairy including Eggs. So it would contain mainly of
- Traditional and authentic Indian recipes from various regions
- Healthy Vegetarian Recipes from across the world
- Vegan Recipes (You are gonna see many more of these since that’s my preferred way of diet)
- Baked Goodies
- Eggless Baking
What I try NOT to do:
Agonize over calories, points, or fat grams in foods or avoid and cut out certain foods altogether (like sugar or carbs).
I don’t believe that living on processed diet foods leads to a long-term healthy (or happy!) lifestyle.
I also try to avoid packaged and processed items as much as possible because these foods tend to be very lacking in healthy nutrients. Besides, homemade always tastes so much better and more satisfying!
In my experience, these strategies and diet foods leave you feeling deprived in the long run. What does it matter if your meal was extremely low-calorie and low-fat if you’re heading back to the fridge two hours later because you’re starving and completely unsatisfied?
So instead, I focus on:
Cooking easy homemade dishes with fresh, whole foods and I try to buy foods that are in season, local, and organic when they’re available.
I do believe in:
Trying to keep packaged and processed foods to a minimum,
Creating tasty recipes that (though not necessary super low-fat or low-calorie) keep me feeling so full and satisfied I’m not constantly tempted to snack,
Cooking with tons of high-nutrition fresh produce to allow for generous portions for my meals,
And, most importantly, keeping everyday recipes as easy, simple, and approachable as possible.
That’s all about Me and my little blog. To brag a little – I have around 100,000+ unique visitors a month from around the world, and that number’s growing fast. So if you are still at this page and reading, please accept my heartiest thanks and warm wishes.
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