Vegan butters are obtained from plants such as olive, avocado, coconut or a combination of oils.(Photo: Instagram)
Vegan butters are obtained from plants such as olive, avocado, coconut or a combination of oils.(Photo: Instagram)

This season, make a butter choice with vegan

Vegan butter can also be easily made at home with flavourings such as garlic, kasuri methi, coriander and many more herbs and spices.
By Etti Bali | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:10 PM IST

Starting the new year with a whole new health plan? Vegan butter is something worth considering. A healthier alternative to regular butter, vegan or plant-based, dairy-free butter is often derived from olive, avocado, coconut, palm kernel oil, or a combination of oils. The plant oil is then combined with water with the help of emulsifiers. Salt is added to enhance the flavour, as are other flavouring agents. “It has less saturated fats compared to regular butter. It carries less risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. This is a perfect substitute for baking as well as cooking that helps to stay fit and healthy,” says Amit Kumar, culinary head, L’Opera.

Why vegan

“Most people probably made an educated and conscious choice to swear off meat and dairy altogether. Health, weight management, food allergies are some reasons why people are turning to veganism,” says Sanjay Kumar, executive pastry chef, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel.

Eat it right

Chef Hitein Puri of Café Staywoke, encourages playing with commonly available herbs and spices. “Get as creative as you like with flavourings like fried garlic, parsley, coriander, kasuri methi. Best way to try it would be over a parantha or a sourdough toast,” he suggests.

Be advised

Although going vegan is considered a healthier lifestyle alternative, nutritionist Shikha Mahajan, cautions, “Plant butters are often higher in monosaturated fats, lower in cholesterol and can add interesting flavours to your meals. However, they are often high in Omega-6 which can cause inflammation and for many people this is less than ideal as most of us get way too much Omega-6 and not enough Omega-3 in the diet. Moreover, while better for the environment, the plant-based alternatives are almost always highly processed so not the healthiest option. There is also often the chance of allergens like nuts or gluten mixing in so anyone with allergies should better make their own or avoid it.”

 

RECIPES:

Almond flour and cashew milk butter by chef Deepankar Arora

Whisk 125ml cashew milk and 2tsp lemon juice in a bowl and allow to sit for 5 minutes or until it thickens and starts curdling. Blend this liquid in a blender with 300ml deodorized coconut oil, 80ml avocado or canola oil, 80g almond flour, 2tsp nutritional yeast, salt to taste and a pinch of turmeric. Put it in a container and refrigerate until use. Can be used for upto 3 weeks if refrigerated.

Coconut-turmeric vegan butter by chef Hitein Puri

Heat 108gm coconut to smoking point and let it smoke for not more than 1 minute or until the coconut aroma mellows down and a sweet flowery aroma takes over. Set aside to cool. Mix 54g vegetable oil, 30g almond milk, 2g salt and 05.g turmeric and keep in the fridge for a few minutes until it firms up a bit. Once set, whip with an electric whisk for 2 minutes until fluffy. Store in a container. You can also deep freeze it or store in the fridge for upto 2 weeks.

Interact with Etti Bali @TheBalinian

Follow @htlifeandstyle for more

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Aditi Rao Hydari in a knotted ensemble by designer Aniket Satam (Photo: Instagram/PinkPorcupine)
Aditi Rao Hydari in a knotted ensemble by designer Aniket Satam (Photo: Instagram/PinkPorcupine)

Bollywood’s knotty affair 

By Manish Mishra
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:45 PM IST
Bralettes with knot accents have been seen on the likes of Aditi Rao Hydari, Jacqueline Fernandez and Alaya F of late. 
Close
Shraddha Kapoor in the Maldives(Instagram)
Shraddha Kapoor in the Maldives(Instagram)

Shraddha Kapoor shows right way to do beach wedding looks in custom made lehenga

By Nishtha Grover, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:07 PM IST
  • For her cousin's haldi ceremony in the Maldives, the Ek Villain actor Shraddha Kapoor opted to wear a white and sea blue lehenga choli set and look absolutely breathtaking.
Close
Tara Sutaria, Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday(Instagram)
Tara Sutaria, Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday(Instagram)

Manish Malhotra shares glam SOTY 2 shoot with Tara, Ananya for Tiger's birthday

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Alfea Jamal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:45 AM IST
For Tiger Shroff's birthday, Bollywood's ace designer, Manish Malhotra decided to take fans on a trip down memory lane with a sexy photoshoot taken with Tiger and his SOTY2 co-stars Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday. See pics...
Close
A shine-on ensemble by Alessandro Michele from Gucci Ouverture (Photo: Instagram/Gucci)
A shine-on ensemble by Alessandro Michele from Gucci Ouverture (Photo: Instagram/Gucci)

A sparkling summer of 2021 

By Manish Mishra
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 01:15 PM IST
The conversations about Work-From-Home wardrobe and comfort dressing have eclipsed our last one year and not surprisingly, a section of designers are itching to embark on an edgier and statement sartorial track
Close
Bella Hadid in a Givenchy SS 21 look with cutout details (Photo: Instagram/Givenchy)
Bella Hadid in a Givenchy SS 21 look with cutout details (Photo: Instagram/Givenchy)

Haute hide and seek   

By Manish Mishra
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:31 AM IST
Peekaboo cut-outs on the bust, back and waist exposing generous flashes of skin have been around for a while now
Close
Taapsee Pannu(Instagram)
Taapsee Pannu(Instagram)

'Let's talk periods': Taapsee Pannu addresses 'the elephant in the room'

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Alfea Jamal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:44 AM IST
On Monday, Taapsee Pannu hopped on to her Instagram and shared a ruminative video that sees her addressing the taboo surrounding menstruation, which she referred to as 'the elephant in the room'.
Close
Vaani Kapoor looks drop-dead gorgeous in emerald sleeveless velvet kurta-sharara(Instagram/_vaanikapoor_)
Vaani Kapoor looks drop-dead gorgeous in emerald sleeveless velvet kurta-sharara(Instagram/_vaanikapoor_)

Vaani Kapoor looks drop-dead gorgeous in emerald sleeveless velvet kurta-sharara

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 11:07 AM IST
  • Vaani Kapoor raises the bar of ethnic fashion this season by stunning in a 1.5 lakh olive green sleeveless velvet kurta and sharara from Anita Dongre and we are bookmarking this opulent look for the next wedding
Close
Esha Gupta shares new fitness post(Instagram/egupta)
Esha Gupta shares new fitness post(Instagram/egupta)

Esha Gupta's extreme stretch amazes everyone, Masaba's comment wins the day

By Nishtha Grover, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 10:27 AM IST
  • Esha Gupta recently shared a fitness post nailing an extreme stretch and left her audience speechless. We are in awe of the actor too.
Close
Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for USD 11.5M(Reuters)
Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for USD 11.5M(Reuters)

Landscape painted by Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sells for USD 11.5M

AP, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 09:15 AM IST
A painting of a Moroccan landscape which was made by Britain's World War II leader Winston Churchill and gifted to US President Franklin D Roosevelt was bought by Angelina Jolie in 2011. She recently sold the painting for a whooping amount of USD 11.5 million.
Close
Janhvi Kapoor slays in black dress(Instagram/ janhvikapoor)
Janhvi Kapoor slays in black dress(Instagram/ janhvikapoor)

Janhvi Kapoor slays in spaghetti strap thigh-slit dress at Roohi promotions

By Nishtha Grover, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 08:39 AM IST
  • For a promotional event of her upcoming film, Roohi, Janhvi Kapoor opted to wear a gorgeous floor-sweeping black dress and looked absolutely fantastic.
Close
Climate extremes seen harming unborn babies in Brazil's Amazon(Pexels)
Climate extremes seen harming unborn babies in Brazil's Amazon(Pexels)

Climate change is harming unborn babies in Brazil, says research

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:46 AM IST
The findings of a new research show a connection between extreme rains and lower birth weights and even premature births in Brazil's Amazon region.
Close
Austria plans to let cafe and restaurant terraces reopen this month(Pexels)
Austria plans to let cafe and restaurant terraces reopen this month(Pexels)

Cafe and restaurant terraces to reopen this month in Austria

Reuters, Vienna
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:22 AM IST
On Monday, the government officials announced that coronavirus lockdown restrictions will become less stringent in Austria and as a result, the cafe and restaurant terraces can reopen this month.
Close
What’s in store for Aries, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and other zodiac signs.
What’s in store for Aries, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and other zodiac signs.

Horoscope Today: Astrological prediction for March 2

By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma, Manisha Koushik, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:10 AM IST
Daily horoscope: Are the stars lined up in your favour? Find out the astrological prediction for Aries, Leo, Virgo, Libra and other zodiac signs for March 2.
Close
Recipe: Confused about dinner tonight? Whip up some Tempeh Spicy Mexican Tacos(Instagram/vegandemocracy)
Recipe: Confused about dinner tonight? Whip up some Tempeh Spicy Mexican Tacos(Instagram/vegandemocracy)

Recipe: Confused about dinner tonight? Whip up some Tempeh Spicy Mexican Tacos

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:13 PM IST
  • If Monday blues have already bogged you down, atleast we got your dinner menu sorted with this scrumptious recipe of Tempeh Spicy Mexican Tacos
Close
Valdes’s comments come amid optimism in the European tourism industry sparked by the announcement last week of the U.K.’s plan to lift all coronavirus related restrictions by June 21. (Unsplash)
Valdes’s comments come amid optimism in the European tourism industry sparked by the announcement last week of the U.K.’s plan to lift all coronavirus related restrictions by June 21. (Unsplash)

Spain to consider bilateral deals and travel corridors

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 07:53 PM IST
Spain is ready to consider bilateral deals and corridors “with third countries” if a solution on vaccine certificates cannot be reached at the European Union level, according to Tourism Secretary Fernando Valdes.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP