Vegan Tofu Pudding ~ Soy Paneer Kheer with Pramoda Chitrabhanu

by on March 15, 2016

This is a delicious and sattvik kheer with soy milk from Pramodaji Chitrabhanu’s cookbook, Rainbow Food for the Vegan Palate. A believer in a plant-based diet as a compassionate way of life, she constantly innovates to create recipes that are vegan, wholesome and tasty.
 
Tofu Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 4½ cups soy milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 4-5 tsp cornflour
  • ½ cup firm tofu (grated)
  • 2-3 drops kewra (essence)
  • 7-8 pistachios (slivered)
  • 8-10 almonds (slivered)

Method:

  1. Boil milk and let it simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Dissolve cornflour in ¼ cup of water and add it to milk, stirring continuously.
  3. Keep stirring for a few minutes until thick.
  4. Remove from fire. Mix sugar with ½ cup of water and cook until the sugar melts.
  5. Add grated tofu to the sugar and mix.
  6. Add this mixture to the milk.
  7. When cool, add kewra essence.
  8. Decorate with slivered nuts.
  9. Chill before serving.

During the interview I asked her to explain what she meant by saying, “Non-Violence is not a concept, but a conviction of the consciousness.” This is from the foreword of her cookbook
Pramodaji says: “When we see life in all living beings, we become aware of the sacredness of life. We then begin to minimise violence of any kind — thought, word or action. Our attitude becomes one of gratitude. Think for yourself, whatever we eat is not just a reward of our own merit, but a consequence of collective blessing. The sacred text states, ‘Parasparopagraho Jivanam’ which can be translated as: All life is bound together by mutual support and interdependence.
 

That is why I speak of veganism, for I truly believe that a vegan diet is a non-violent diet. It is a diet that promotes a compassionate way of living where all life is considered sacred and precious. I ask people: If you think it is difficult to be vegan, imagine how difficult it is for the animals when you are not vegan!”
 

Photo Courtesy: Harmony Magazine

 

Read Part-1 of this post, an interview with Pramoda Chitrabhanu, who propagates the philosophy of Jainism and Vegan diet to the masses.
First published in ‘Heart to Hearth’ – a column in Harmony Celebrate Age, a magazine about silvers.

 

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