LET’S EAT SOME INDIAN PUDDING!
Traditional Indian pudding plant-based recipe revealed! This is a Deli-inspired pudding recipe that is a healthy Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) vegan, low-fat, SOS (sugar, oil, and salt) free dish. Desi refers to the region of South Asia that comprises India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and Maldives.
Catch this traditional dish made by Dr. Madhuri Pydisetty, a vegan lifestyle medicine doctor, on #LunchBreakLIVE. Let’s take a look at how to make this incredibly simple, tasty, and totally healthy dish.
AN ENERGETIC LEADER IN THE MEDICAL WORLD
Dr. Madhuri Pydisetty is a highly energetic leader with a diverse background in clinical medicine, public health, research methods, and healthcare policy and management. She received her medical degree and worked as a Preventive Medicine Physician for five years before pursuing a Master of Public Health to focus on epidemiology and lifestyle-related disease.
Dr. Pydisetty is an Ethical Vegan and dedicated Animal Liberation Activist. She was honored with PETA with the 2020 Outstanding Activist Award for her work on demonstrations to educate others on ending speciesism and embracing compassion. She leads the Climate Healers chapters in Chicago and DC.
Dr. Pydisetty is a graduate of the Dr. T. Colin Campbell plant-based nutrition certificate and is passionate about Lifestyle Medicine. She is a highly persuasive public speaker with a keen interest in improving population health through evidence-based lifestyle programs that focus on the root cause of diseases rather than conventional symptomatic treatment. She has delivered public presentations on dairy-free and the WFPB lifestyle. Dr. Pydisetty also volunteers and organizes protests and demonstrations for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Chicago Alliance for Animals, Slaughterfree Cities & Free From Harm, Animal Rebellion Chicago, and Direct Action Everywhere. She is an ardent spokesperson for all Earthlings and enjoys influencing others to embrace compassionate choices, meeting with leaders at all levels, talking to the press, and building large, cohesive community networks.
Dr. Pydisetty is also a dance enthusiast. She is certified in South Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, and WERQ dance fitness. She enjoys motivating communities to exercise by leading dance and exercise programs. She is also multilingual and is a staunch advocate for vulnerable populations. She is committed to bridging health disparities and fighting pandemics and chronic illness through plant-based global community programs with ongoing support.
A UNIQUE INDIAN PUDDING DISH TO WOW YOUR FRIENDS
This Indian pudding recipe is packed full of nutrients and healthy spices. Sweet potatoes are a main character in this recipe and sweet potatoes are commonly eaten in many blue zones across the planet- where people live the longest and eat the healthiest. Sweet potatoes contain high levels of vitamin B6 and beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant linked to improved cognitive function later in life. They are not just one of the healthiest and cheapest sources of nutrition; the predominant protein is a type of protease-inhibitor that may have cancer-fighting properties as well. Cardamom, another ingredient in this recipe, regulates digestion, detoxifies, is good for oral health (improves breath), combats cold & flu, controls blood clots, is an anti-oxidant and anti-pathogen, and is anti-inflammatory. There are other ingredients in this dish that also have a list of health benefits, so be sure to read the notes section in the recipe below.
Vegan Indian Pudding / Kheer/ Payasam
- Sweet potatoes can use yellow, white, purple or combine. cut into pieces, boiled, and kept ready (one large or 2 small)
- 1 cup Cooked brown basmati rice Can also use a mix of cooked organic grains like millets, or quinoa
- 2-3 dates pitted – like Medjool or Deglet Noor
- 1 cup Plant milk soy, almond, oat
- 2-3 pods of Cardamom whole (with husk intact)
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla bean powder or extract
- Topping Options for Garnish:
- Saffron – few strands
- Drizzle date syrup
- Sprinkle cinnamon powder
- Sprinkle cacao powder
- Sprinkle grain-based coffee substitutes caffeine free (malt, barley, chicory grain powders)
- Fruits- fresh cut or frozen berries cherries, mangos, dragon fruit cubes, sliced bananas
- Dried fruits raisins, black, golden, goji berries, cranberries, dates, pineapple, hibiscus flowers
- Coconut flakes pieces
- Nuts raw or toast almonds, pistachios, walnuts, brazil nuts
- Seeds hemp, pumpkin, sunflower
- Blend all ingredients together. Chill and serve in bowls
Sweet Potatoes are commonly eaten in many blue zones across the planet- where people live the longest and eat the healthiest.
Blue zones include Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California.
Sweet potatoes contain high levels of vitamin B6 and beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant linked to improved cognitive function later in life.
Sweet potatoes are not just one of the healthiest and cheapest sources of nutrition; the predominant protein is a type of protease-inhibitor that may have cancer-fighting properties Murasaki sweet potatoes have purple skin and soft white flesh. They have a distinctive nutty flavor. They are an excellent source of vitamin A and C, potassium, and dietary fiber. They also contain iron, calcium, protein, and beneficial amino acids.
Purple sweet potatoes:
Native to Americas and were brought to Japan where they grew well (known as Okinawan sweet potato). Also, they flourish in the rich, volcanic soil of the Hawaiian islands (known as Hawaiian sweet potato).
• best source of beta-carotene
• contain anthocyanin- purple pigment high in anti-oxidants found in blueberries, red (purple) cabbage), and red grapes
• the more intense the flavor, the better
• eat the peels to get most of the anti-oxidants
• potential anti-cancer effects against tongue, cervical, and colon cancers
• boiling is the best way to preserve anti-oxidants
• may improve blood sugar regulation
• regulates digestion, detoxifies, oral health (improves breath), combats cold & flu, controls blood clots, anti-oxidants, anti-pathogen, anti-inflammatory
• anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant
• aids in relief of PMS symptoms
• natural antidepressant
• improves digestion
• boosts cardiovascular health
• helps with prevention of anemia
• bone health
• nerve function
• eye sight
• weight loss
• anti-oxidant, cancer fighting
o pain, headaches, arthritis,
o reproductive conditions: PMS, PCOS
• helps in management of diabetes
• favors lowering of LDL- bad cholesterol
• antimicrobial, antifungal
THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR LUNCH!
You must give this Indian pudding Desi-inspired recipe a try. If you do, be sure to take a photo and tag @JaneUnChainedNews on Instagram. Stop by the #LunchBreakLIVE page where we have a ton of other easy vegan recipes for you to try. Until next time…keep cookin’!
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