What is a typical traditional Vegetarian daily menu in India?
Vegetarian daily menu consist of flat breads, seasonal vegetable curries, lentil soups, seasonal fruits,
milk dairy products, sweets, and condiments
Main breakfastIt consists of fried bread, and dry vegetable curry and yogurt. Examples follow
- Aloo Paratha, and Dahi (Griddle fried potato stuffed wheat bread, and yogurt), Achar
- Poori, and Aloo Gobhi (Deep fried wheat bread, and potato and cauliflower curry), Achar
BeveragesAdults drink Garam Chai (Sweetened hot tea Latte), or Sweetened warm milk. School age adults may drink Almond Milk (Sweetened warm milk cooked with ground almonds). Some teens may drink Haldi Milk (Sweetened milk with turmeric powder) in the hopes of lightening their complexion.
In South India, coffee is a popular beverage.
Lunch is a light meal. In 'Indian English' it is called Tiffin.
Main LunchIt is a light meal. consisting of plain flat bread (Roti) and curries, or Rice and beans. Examples follow:
- Roti (Plain wheat bread), Vegetable curry, Dal
- Rajmah, and Jeera Chawal (Red kidney beans, and Cumin Rice)
- Pakora Kadhi, and Jeera Chawal (Chickpea flour dumplings in yogurt chickpea flour curry, and Cumin Rice)
- Popular seasonal lunch in Punjab is Makki Roti (Flat corn bread), and Sarson Saag (Mustard greens)
- Popular Lunch in South India is Idli (Rice and bean dumpling) and Sambar (Pigeon pea soup)
BeveragesLunch is the time for seasonal beverages such as Kanji (fermented carrots), and Sugar cane juice. During summer, Shikanjami (Limeade), and Sharbat are common. Routine beverages include: - Lassi (whipped sweetened yogurt) - Chaach (salted or sweetened skimmed buttermilk)
Snack BreakThis is the time to consume fresh fruits in season, nuts, and street foods. Examples are:
- Fresh fruits in season include: Mangoes, Papaya, Cantaloupes, Jamun, Phalsa, Sugar cane juice
- Year around fruits and nuts include: Fresh Bananas and Guava, Roasted peanuts in shell
- Popular street foods include: Aloo Tikki (Griddle fried Potato Patty), Dahi Bhalla (Urad dumplings is yogurt), Papri, Chaat, and Goal Gappa
Tea-timeTea-time was introduced as a formal break by British during Raj. It has become an integral part of Indian culture. Snacks and Mithai (sweets) are consumed along with Garam Chai (Sweetened Hot tea Latte). Most popular snack is Samosa. Most popular Mithai is Pista Burfee (Milk and Pistachio cake)
DinnerThis is the main meal of the day. It should be a 'complete meal' consisting of all the six tastes according to Ayurveda (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent). The foods should have varying texture from dry to soupy. Dinner is a 'Thali' consisting of wide variety of foods.
- Roti (plain flat bread)
- Dal (bean soup)
- Dry Vegetable Curry (Example Palak Paneer)
- Soupy Vegetable curry (Rasedar Aloo Matar)
- Raita (cold yogurt and grated cucumber soup)
- Achar (Indian pickles)
- Papad (Large roasted bean cracker)
- Chutney (Fresh Cilantro, onions, garlic ginger ground with lime juice salt cayenne pepper)
- Salad plate: Thin slices of onions tomatoes and cucumbers with lime wedges, and fresh Hari Mirch (hot green chili peppers)
- Mithai (sweets) such as Carrot Halwa, or Rice pudding
Routine night cap consists of warm sweetened glass of milk, and a piece of Mithai. Mithai may be Laddu, ort a Burfee. The high sugar content in Mithai helps the Tryptophan from milk to enter brain in helping to relax and sleep
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