The Jain Vegans cooking club
What is Jain Vegans?
Jain Vegans was set up by a group of individuals who were either exploring or following Jainism or Veganism or both.
They created a group on Yahoo, which has created a community for members who live all over the world. The members, just like the organisers, are either exploring or following Jainism, veganism or both.
What does Jain Vegans do?
- The group provides a forum to discuss topics related to Jainism or veganism or both
- It is a way to share information about events
- The group organised an event where we watched Forks Over Knives
- They held a demonstration showing us how to make the 3 vegan desserts shown below
- More recently, the group has begun to facilitate a cooking club
The first time we got together as a cooking club
The first cooking club was held in June 2014.
During this event, Rehma made Khichdi and Kadhi, Rena made Halwa, Nishma made Khandvi and I made Dhokra.
Cooking club meets again
The second time we met was yesterday.
Rehma made Pilau Rice and coconut Raitu.
Jigna made Tagliatelle with mixed vegetables in a white sauce.
Chandan created her own dessert, so I've called it 'Chandan's Creation.'
I made Magaj.
What's so good about the cooking club?
It is a way for us to come together and learn from each other.
- I use it as an opportunity to make a new Jain Vegan dish
- I am confident that it doesn't matter if it doesn't work out because we'll learn from it and hopefully, try again
- We gain from sharing the recipes that we try out
- We try it out ourselves, so we're able to discuss whether the recipe was easy to follow, if it worked well or whether it needed amending
- If we're stuck about what to do, we try and figure out how to improve it together
- We get to taste a variety of dishes
We hope to meet again in November, which may mean that we have some new creations to make just in time for Christmas!
How to find Jain Vegans
"The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift."
- Laurie Colwin