The city of Mumbai is all set to embrace non-violence on Republic Day with it’s Ahimsa Fest 2020. The event aims to educate people about the many benefits of veganism. By Tanvi Jain

Vegan delights by over 150 exhibitors, health and fitness talks, cooking demos, and parenting sessions — the Ahimsa Fest 2020 is here to promote veganism in the country. This initiative organised by Mumbai’s Ahimsa Parmo Dharma Group, aims to bring under one roof the who’s who of the vegan world. 

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Vegan Crunchwraps by @plantifullybased 🤤These look mouthwateringly good! Follow us @vegspirationfeed for daily vegan recipes🌱 Recipe 12 oz vegan "ground beef" 1 tbsp taco seasoning 1/2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup chopped white onion 1 1/2 cups potato (chopped) 1/2 cup cashews 1 carrot (chopped) 1 tbsp nutritional yeast 1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste) 1/2 cup vegan cheddar shreds (optional) 1/2 cup non-dairy milk, unflavored and unsweetened 1/2 cup lettuce (chopped or shredded) 1 small tomato (chopped) Tortilla chips or 4 tostada shells 4 12 inch tortillas 4 small street taco style tortillas 1/2 cup vegan sour cream Olive oil for pan frying the crunchwraps. METHOD Boil the potatoes, cashews and carrots for 20 minutes or until everything is soft. In a pan add 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and the onions. Cook on a medium heat until onions are translucent. Then add in the vegan ground beef and taco seasoning. Cook for another 5 minutes. Once the potatoes, cashews and carrots are done cooking strain them if there is any water left. Place it into a blender along with the nutritional yeast, salt, vegan cheddar shreds and non-dairy milk. Blend until smooth. You may need to add more non-dairy milk to get it very smooth. Taste it and make sure there is enough salt. Now you are ready to assemble the crunchwraps. Start off with a 12 inch tortilla. Place a few scoops of the vegan ground beef and place it in the center of the tortilla.The circle should be about the size of the small street tortilla. Now you can build the rest of the filling on top of that. Place a little bit of the cheese sauce on top. Then add the tostadas or a few tortilla chips on top of the cheese sauce. Next spread about 1-2 tbsp of vegan sour cream over top the tortilla chips. Sprinkle some lettuce and tomatoes on top. Finally, top it all off with more vegan cheese sauce. Then take the small tortilla and place it on top of the pile of filling. Fold the edges of the larger tortilla up onto the smaller tortilla. It may help to watch the video for this step.The result will be a pleated hexagon type shape. Flip it upside down and then place it in a lightly oiled pan. Cook on each side for 3/4 minutes on a medium heat

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At the event you will get to attend a talk session on animal rights by Varda MehrotraExecutive Director, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) India, a speech by Canada-based Dr Tushar Mehta on the impacts of animal breeding on climate change, demo fitness sessions by athletes like Sandeep Kumar, Abhishek Thevar and Gunjan Sharma, and more

The idea of the festival is not just to simply put up vegan delicacies on display, but to inform people about the importance of embracing a vegan lifestyle. Here you will get to taste some lip-smacking delicacies that’ll surely put an end to the myth that vegan food can’t be delicious. The event will showcase vegan alternatives to various products like leather, cosmetics, and etc.

After taking in all possible knowledge about the concept of veganism, you can shop from zero-waste stalls, and take home your own vegan kit to kick-start a cruelty-free life.  

The event will take place on January 26 from 10 am to 10 pm, at Holy Family Grounds, Andheri East, Mumbai. You can register at ahimsafest.org. 

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