John Abraham's favourite vegan recipe -- Exotic Vegetables with Almonds

November is World Vegan Month.

We all know Bollywood hunk John Abraham is a fitness buff and follows a healthy lifestyle. Even though he isn't a vegan, he enjoys eating exotic vegetables with almonds. He prepares it by adding a variety of vegetables like broccoli, mushroom, zucchini, making it a complete meal in itself. John Abraham shares his recipe in the book 'The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style! authored by Anuradha Sawhney. Here is the recipe excerpted from the book. This stir-fry is a tasty, healthy and filling dish. You can have this meal just by itself as a snack, or teamed with home-made oat noodles. Also read 10 health reasons which will convince you to go vegan.

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2-3 servings


  • 1 packet (200 gms) mushrooms
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 to 4 leaves of bok choy
  • 6-8 garlic cloves.
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 tsp oil (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tsp light soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash all the vegetables.
  • Cut the mushrooms into quarters.
  • Break or cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets.
  • Do not peel the zucchini. Cut it into 2 lengthwise, then cut into 1 pieces.
  • Break the bok choy into 3 pieces each.
  • Peel the garlic and crush it lightly using a mortar and pestle. .
  • Blanch the almonds, till the skins are wrinkled. Peel and cut them into fine slivers. You should have about 1 tbsp of slivered almonds.
  • Put a non-stick pan over moderate heat and add the oil (optional).
  • When hot, add the garlic and saut for 1 minute.
  • Add the mushrooms, broccoli and zucchini. Raise the heat to high, stir well and cover the pan. Let the vegetables steam for about 2-3 minutes. The mushrooms will release water in which they will cook. Be careful not to overcook the vegetables.
  • Open the pan and continue to cook, till the water starts to evaporate.
  • Add the bok choy, almonds and soy sauce. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and add the pepper.
  • Taste and add salt only if needed as the soy sauce is salty.
  • Serve hot with steamed brown rice

'The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style! is a collection of healthy vegan recipes contributed by top Indian celebrities. It is authored by Anuradha Sawhney and published by Westland Ltd. It can be purchased online on Flipkart. Watch this space for more excerpts from the book.

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