Vegan Biryani And A Story

Vegan Biryani

I talked about making vegan biryani on my Quote Of The Day post on Monday and some people asked to share pictures. Originally, I was going to do a WIEIAD post but decided not to since I ate the biryani both times. I also wanted to share the recipe. It wasn’t my own and was actually something I saw online. However, she used vegan chicken and I chose to use tofu and veggies instead. We do get vegan chicken in Kenya but I was too lazy to go to the store. Plus, I don’t think vegan meat substitutes are healthy so I try to avoid them. I used eggplant, green beans, peas, cauliflower, broccoli and spinach instead. Along with about half a tofu.

Everyone loved the biryani so much. My dad said to make it like once a week. Even my sister who is so picky ate it. My mum didn’t have any. But everyone else loved it. I also tried to make a healthy version so I didn’t use any fried onions which is a popular biryani topping. And, I just used very little oil to stir fry anything.

I used coconut yogurt which I made at home as a replacement for the dairy yogurt used in biryani. And, I would 10/10 recommend using coconut yogurt even if you are not vegan. And use the home-made one. The store bought one will taste weird in this.

Edit: I realised I forgot to add the link lol! I’m such a pro at blogging… Anyway, feel free to check out the vegan biryani recipe I used by clicking here.

Here is what it looked like when I put it to cook (I definitely used too much garnish):

Vegan Biryani Veg Biryani

And this is what it looked like when it was done:

Vegan Biryani Veg Biryani

Vegan Biryani Veg Biryani

Vegan Biryani Veg Biryani

Sorry for the crappy quality I was just too hungry to take good pictures lol!

The Story

Recently, my uncle threw a dinner party since it was his birthday. It was a really big party and lots of my relatives were there including ones I would rather not talk to (which is honestly most of them). There are some “aunties” (my mothers cousin sisters I think) who are absolute gossips. Like they literally have nothing else going on in their life.

Well, they came to talk to us and low-key already fatshamed me but I let that pass. For dinner, I sat with my sister and her friend and after dinner we had the cake cutting. During the cake cutting my sisters friend overheard these aunties say “why is Pooja getting fatter when her sister is the one who eats so much?”

Lol can you believe the audacity of some people. And mind you, these women are FAR from skinny themselves. Now, with where I am in life I don’t let things like these effect me. It’s just a funny story that gave me content for my blog. However, when I was younger things like this did bother me. It really used to hurt my feelings. And back then I was fatshamed like every 3-5 business days lol. Things like this are what give women eating disorders.

Now, when people say stuff like this and make it their life mission to gossip about others, it says more about them than anyone else. If anyone has ever been gossiped about, just know it’s not you. It’s them and their sad pathetic lives. They hate themselves so they have to gossip to make themselves feel better.

And to the aunties, I would just like to say:๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿฝ.

Im Curvy And I Like It Episode 5 GIF by Friends

Oh and here’s are some cute pictures of me and my fat self! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I went to an art gallery in Village Market and loved it. The art was incredible. African artists are really outdoing themselves these days. Anyway, I loved the outfit, had a great day and ate two burgers for dinner because who gives a damn about my weight. I would much rather be happy, something they will never be. Anyway, here are the pictures:

Art Gallery Village Market

Art Gallery Village Market

Have you ever been fatshamed? And have you ever been gossiped about? Have you tried vegan biryani before? Let me know in the comments below!

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91 thoughts on “Vegan Biryani And A Story

  1. I love this, and I love your pics. And yes, that has totally happened to me and I used to have an eating disorder. I like your confidence here, and the “I’m curvy and I like it” just totally makes me smile. Go you! Thanks for this post!

    1. Thanks so much! I’m sorry to hear that. Eating disorders are very tough to deal with. Yeah, I have been fat shamed my whole life so I’m pretty over it now and have just accepted how I look. And I love it!

      1. Thanks, Pooja. I appreciate that. Doing much better with my body esteem now. And glad you are pretty over it because you and your blog rock and you have a lot of skill, knowledge, honesty and compassion. just keep bringing it to the world. (And technology permitting, Iceland will come around….that post was hilarious, btw. Awesome job)

  2. You look amazing, Pooja! Love those pants as well. Nice outfit. ๐Ÿฅฐ
    I’ve been gossiped about all the time. I just laugh and keep moving on.

    1. Thank you, this was my first time wearing those pants and I really liked them! Plus, they are very comfy.
      Yeah, that’s the best thing to do. Don’t pay attention to the gossips.

  3. Fatshamed? Yes, half of my life. I am currently still loosing weight.

    Btw, I adore Briyani! I dont know if you know the Briyani Gam Recipe. If you do its great! If you only knew the normal briyani recipe then try googling Briyani Gam! It is delicious!

    1. Sorry to hear that. Fat shaming has become so normalised most people deal with it.

      I have never heard of biryani gam so I’ll definitely look that up. Thanks for telling me about it!

  4. OMG! You are NOT fat! Years ago I was talking to my mother on the telephone and I told her I needed to lose weight, because I was getting fat. She said โ€œYou are not getting fat. You know who is? Barbara. She is really fat!โ€ I answered โ€œMom, do you know who this is?โ€ She answered โ€œBetty Jo.โ€ I said โ€œno, this is Barbara!!!!!โ€ We both laughed so hard! She was so embarrassed! I just laughed it off. Thank you for sharing your story. You have a great attitude. But again, you are NOT fat!

    1. Omg that’s crazy! But you had a very positive reaction so that’s good. I think it’s best just not to take these things personally and laugh it off as you did!

  5. You have a very nice body shape (not to sound creepy), and it definitely doesnโ€™t make you look fat. You have nice clothing too!
    Iโ€™ve been fatshamed, but itโ€™s rare that itโ€™s in my face because I look very intimidating to people and most people think I want to fight and I donโ€™t talk to people. I still had and have a terrible relationship with myself and my body.๐Ÿ˜ฉ

    As for the Biryani, it looked fantastic. Iโ€™d definitely eat that. Iโ€™m not vegan, but I always adore vegan foods. Do you post pictures of your food often? Pretty.

    1. Thanks so much!

      I’m so sorry to hear about that and I know how you feel. I spent so many years just hating how I looked and loathing my body. But with therapy and some other stuff I was able to rebuild my relationship with my body and feel much better now.

      Yeah I think non-vegans would like it too. My whole family is non-vegan and they loved it. Yes, I try to post food pictures or do a What I Eat In A Day post every once in a while. I love food and want to share my experiences with others.

    1. Glad you’ve never been fat shamed and hopefully you don’t do that to yourself anymore. Biryani is so delicious I would highly recommend it. I’ve added a link to the recipe I used as well (forgot to add it earlier lol) so feel free to use that. It’s the best one I’ve found so far.

  6. You look beautiful, Pooja.

    I’ve never been fat shamed.
    As for the biryani.. I love it.. And after seeing these pictures i definitely want to have some๐Ÿ˜‹

  7. Never got fat shamed and I don’t think people ever gossip about me as I’m really uninteresting. Nope never tried vegan biryani before, will try someday.

    1. I think most people are more interesting than they think but I am glad no one has gossiped about you. Vegan biryani is great, I would definitely recommend it.

  8. The nerve! You are not fat! Yes, I have been fat-shamed before. I have PCOS, so weight gain is inevitable.

    I’m curious because I eat them. Why are meat substitutes unhealthy? Should I avoid them?

    1. Thanks and that sucks sorry you went through that too. I think people should just not say anything about peoples bodies because you have no idea what they are going through. And of course, what someone looks like is no one else’s concern.

      I just personally don’t like meat substitutes because a lot of them are very processed and also have high levels of sodium etc. And blood pressure runs on both sides of my family so I try to avoid stuff with a lot of sodium. I think it’s not the most unhealthy thing but I also would not eat them regularly.

        1. Yeah I think once in a while is fine. Eating it daily or every other day is when it becomes unhealthy.
          True. I have a friend who also gained weight and lost some hair due to PCOS and some people made really awful comments without knowing what was going on with her.

          1. I have gained weight, but no hair loss. In fact, I have really long, thick curly hair. I think that’s just my genes. One of my friends, who has PCOS as well, is jealous of my hair.

            1. Wow that’s great. I’m jealous too I always wanted thick curly hair lol. But yeah you do have really pretty hair and I’m glad the PCOS didn’t cause any issues with it.

  9. I swear I forgot about the biryani, after reading this blog, haha.
    Okay, let me give you my honest opinion.
    My present diet won’t allow me to have much of it, but still I will see if I can have some of it. However, It’s hard to find coconut yogurt here. My city is big, but these things are still impossible to find.
    I swear on god, You are so pretty my blogging buddy!! I really love your clothing style, the choice of colours and the way you carry it. You are ravishing.
    I don’t understand, how you are fat, haha. Even if you were fat, it’s your body, own it and slay.
    These pics are a little old I think, as you are not in your new hairstyle. ๐Ÿ˜›
    But, you look so pretty ALWAYS.
    Yes, I have been body shammed/bullied a lot. People still judge me at gym. But, I get good response from many people at the gym about my hard work, and that makes me happy.
    I am sorry, this blog was about biryani, but I would love to see more pics of you in future. Keep shining.
    And those who call you fat, can have eggplant emoji.

    1. If you can find coconut milk you can make it into yogurt like you make dahi. That’s what we did and it turned out really good.

      Haha thanks so much, I spent a long time hating my body so now I am going to love it no matter what I look like. No one is perfect and I’m okay with my imperfections.

      Sorry to hear you’ve been body shamed too. That sucks. But now you’re working on yourself and trying to be healthier so that’s awesome.

      1. Coconut milk is also hard to find. Such things are less accepted here. Maybe, I can make coconut milk on own. I will try.
        You should not hate, you are a lovely person from inside out. I hope such things doesn’t bother you much. You are perfect btw, you are phenomenal dear friend.
        Keep shining ๐ŸŒŸ

  10. Love the art, the pics, and the story! And yes, the one thing you should do to body shamers is ignore them. In my first high school, I was kind of the only one among my classmates who was tall and a big weighty, which, apparently, was “fat”. I didn’t really listen to them though. I don’t know, but I think I was born with a sort of immunity to people that body shame. When I got to my second high school, was when I realized that being weighty was normal, cause I met a lot of girls like me. So yeah, being curvy is a normal thing.

    Keep slaying, Pooja!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you’re immune to that sort of thing. I have gotten tougher since I was young and don’t really care now either. If people think I’m fat that’s their problem not mine lol.

  11. Many people especially relatives have a tendency of gossiping and ill talking about others. It’s better to ignore them. It’s your life, live it the way you want.

  12. Oh my gosh gossiping aunties can be so annoying sometimes! But, vegan biryani – Iโ€™ve never actually heard of it! When my mum makes biryani, itโ€™s usually got chicken in it so the idea of vegan biryani never crossed my mind – but I love that concept and that you like it too!!

    1. Lol they always have something to say so it’s best to ignore them!
      Yeah most people make biryani with some sort of meat or egg but I don’t eat any of that so I just substituted it and I was happy with how it turned out. And I was happy it was cholesterol free lol!

  13. Wow, the vegan biryani looks delicious! The gossiping aunties are awful! And I’m glad this doesn’t affect you anymore because as you said, it says more about them than it says about the person they’re gossiping about…

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, they’re just awful people being awful lol. I don’t read into it too much these days because they are not worth it!

  14. I have never had a regular or vegan biryani before, but it looks super deli!! Is it a Kenyan dish? I will look for the recipe, and give it a try !!
    I also used to be fat-shamed a lot as a kid! As a quick story! In my early teenage years, I joined a dance academy. The teacher didn’t care if I did the move right or wrong, she use to tell me “any movement will make me lose weight so it is fine”. Plus one day, we had an event and the dance crew was performing. The instructor placed me at the back during the rehearsals. A couple of days before the performance, she approached me saying: “you know what! I might not find a costume that fits you and matches with the crew. I am not sure if you will be performing with us”. That was the last day for me in this academy.
    When you grow older, you don’t care about those things anymore! As you said, gossip and shaming give a bad impression on the person saying them not us! PS; You are not fat and you look gorgeous in your pictures, so who cares about their opinion.

    1. Biryani is absolutely delicious. No, it’s actually a popular Indian dish which I believe originated in the Middle East.
      Wow, that’s awful but I have experienced similar things at school too. Teachers can be so awful sometimes. My PE teachers were particularly horrible to me because I was larger. I am so glad you left that academy, it sounds quite toxic.
      Thanks so much and yes it’s definitely not about you it’s about the gossips being awful people.

  15. First of all that dinner looks delicious! And most important, you are great just the way you are! You are right, when people make comments like that it’s a reflection on themselves. I think this is the case now more than ever. Still, hard to brush off and totally unacceptable. Have a good week ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much. Yes, those comments can still be hurtful sometimes but I am finally at a point where I love how I look so I’m not going to bother with comments like this. Have a great week too.

  16. The only person who fat shamed me is my mom, and I’ve been a size zero my whole life. I stopped listening to her years ago. By the way, love vegan biryani and yours looks awesome!

  17. I am looking forward to seeing your biriyani recipe. So cool that you cook and make it your own with substitutions. I have been bothered by a fat-shaming comment I heard weeks ago and haven’t mentioned to anyone but I will tell you. A walked up to a long time friend who was sitting with his wife and the first thing he said (after not seeing me for six months plus was) What a time to be caught without a harpoon.

    I ignored it and said it was great to see him and glad to hear he is doing well. I think he is feeling good and going to the gym and I know it was a slip of the tongue trying to be funny.

    1. Thanks so much. I am so sorry to hear you were fat shamed as well. That’s a really insensitive thing to say. Although I am sure your friend didn’t say it to hurt your feelings, it can be hurtful to receive comments like that.

  18. I am actually a plus sized woman. I am learning to be happy in my body as is, but it is hard. Society teaches us that being overweight is wrong and less which is untrue. You are beautiful regardless of size, and your aunts are busy bodies with out dated views.

    1. Yes, society is incredibly harsh towards women who are plus sized. It’s as though they are automatically seen a certain way just because of their weight. However, of course plus sized women are just as beautiful too. Thanks so much. Those aunts are just awful people with nothing better to do than gossip about the world.

  19. I don’t think that you look fat Pooja. I can truthfully say that I am much fluffier than I want to be but it’s hard for me to lose wait when I’m not as active as I used to be. But anyway, I think that you look great and people who gossip evidently don’t have anything better to do with their lives.

  20. Oh my goodness, literally yesterday my Mum fatshamed me. She just does not stop! When I was a size 10 (anorexic, and very unhappy in myself) she said I looked gorgeous, but I had a pimple on my arm a few weeks ago and she said it looked like a diabetic sore! Literally she judges me while sat on the sofa with her had in a bag of crisps lol, she has high blood pressure and she’s not skinny herself. Like you I just try not to let her bother me anymore because I know she’s just jealous of me and Im not going to let her pull me down. She’s trying to date again and isn’t meeting the right one, meanwhile I’m almost fighting them off lol. She gave me some knitted jumpers as well yesterday but she couldn’t help make another comment when I was trying them on. She’s always negative and racist as well, in fact yesterday over dinner I asked her about the flint corn that she has drying on the dining room windowsill just so that she would shut up and talk about something positive for once lol.

    I’ve never tried vegan biryani before, I usually cook for the two of us and I don’t know that I could sell Matt out on the idea lol.

    1. Wow, that’s really awful. I feel like comments like that hurt more when they come from someone close. However, older people tend to make comments like that and not realise their mistake. They don’t even think they are doing something wrong. The best thing to do is just ignore the comments and let them go. And changing the topic helps too lol.

      Yeah biryani is somewhat of an acquired taste so if he isn’t used to very strongly flavoured foods he may not like it. It has quite a few spices (although it isn’t really spicy) and that isn’t for everyone.

  21. Oh MY god I can’t explain how happy I’m after reading your post after so long.. The biriyani looks delicious. Although I have never tried ๐Ÿ˜….

    BTW you look gorgeous๐Ÿ˜.. The outfit was pretty good. Please don’t care about such people.

    I haven’t Fatshamed but i used to have a lot of acne as a teenager and my own cousin used to tell me that my face is getting worse day by day. I used to cry a lot and makes me so uncomfortable whenever I go out. It just makes me so Under confident . But my mom encourages me that it’s just normal in teenage. Also my friend makes me understand that i should not care about people’s opinion. They don’t have anything to do so they just gossip about you and makes you feel bad about yourself. My acne is a lot better now.

    Keep sharing such amazing posts.
    I’m back now and eagerly waits for your post everyday.

    1. Thanks so much, you should definitely try it. Vegan biryani is so delicious. And cholesterol free so it’s healthy.

      Wow, that is really awful. I am glad your acne is better now and your mum was supportive. Acne is very normal and most people do experience it so don’t be too self conscious about it.

      So glad to hear your back and hope everything went well with your exams ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  22. Don’t worry Pooja that how old people are๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. Don’t they know there are young girls these days who would kill for that bootie ๐Ÿคฃ?

    1. Ahaha thank you ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think they were raised at a time when you had to be stick skinny and now it’s all about being curvy. Thankfully I was born in the right generation ๐Ÿ˜œ

  23. I still haven’t tried vegan biryani. Fat-shamed? No, quite the opposite, Slim-shamed! I’m quite skinny so people sometimes make fun of that. Actually, it’s a Gene thing because everyone in my family is somewhat skinny. But as I grow older, I don’t let words get to me . Gossip? What do you expect when you’re so amazing ๐Ÿ˜, ?

    1. Vegan biryani is so good, you should definitely try it. Wow, that’s awful. My sister gets slim-shamed a lot too because she’s extremely skinny but people who do that are just busybodies. Everyone looks beautiful the way they are ๐Ÿฅฐ

  24. Yes, you are a wonderful girl and don’t let those people bother you. I remember my relatives who didn’t care anything about me except talking about my looks. They were obsessed with looks, especially women’s looks. They were miserable under the thumb of my narcissistic grandparents. This is why they had to drag me down with them too so that I could not break free.

    1. Thanks so much. So many people are like that and don’t care about anything except looks. Women are always very much scrutinised by everyone. I keep away from such people since they are not worth my time and energy.

      1. Well, tell me about it. I was trying to write a post about it, but can’t really represent the sinister microaggression weaved into the message of beauty obsession. Haha, I am going to try… It is so bad that every woman is subject to such social criticism no matter what a woman do.

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