Vegan on the Menu

Published: 17th March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2015 12:56 AM   |  A+A-

Hyderabad may not have a place in the list of healthiest cities in the country, but the number of people adopting a healthy lifestyle is rising by the day. While the many -- womanathon, pinkathon, harithon, rockathon show how much we value physical fitness, organic bazaars, talks and meets on alternate lifestyles by increasing number of people show how much care about what we eat.

Vegan 1.jpgAfter operating as an online bakery for nine months, Poets and Oats, the online vegan cum organic bakery is now open at Goethe Zentrum as Terassen Cafe.

“Amita Desai, director of Goethe Zentrum is a vegan herself and she asked me if I could open a cafe for students in their premises and I agreed,” shares Dhanesh, the founder baker of Poets and Oats.

With two other members in the team, Dhanesh who has been a vegan for two years now shares that the priority right now is to serve a menu where everything is plant based. Breads, sandwiches, salads and beverages like ragi malt that are not necessarily organic.”There are certain products like vinegar and soya sauce that are used in making sandwiches and salada not completely organic yet,” he explains.

He also adds that keeping them reasonably priced is important. “It has to be pocket friendly for students,” points out Dhanesh who worked as a teacher at Centre for Learning.

Vegan.jpgA foodie who likes to explore and experiment, thought he would end up opening a ‘bandi’. He laughs and says, “I was very interested in sandwiches and when I started making them, I realised they have to be healthy. I then started researching about breads and started looking at healthy ways of baking.”

He eventually started Poets and Oats. This process also led him to meet those few farmers around the city who haev adopted organic ways. “All my ingredients are procured from these farmers. I wanted to make my bakery ultra-local,” he explains further.

This city’s first plant-based cafe opens today.

It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 1 pm and 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

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