Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker
Darshana Thacker is an Indian vegan chef who is well known in the yoga community of Los Angeles. She specializes in contemporary interpretations of the traditional cooking she learned in her mother’s kitchen growing up in India. Her recipes have been published in LA Yoga magazine, and several others appear in Forks Over Knives–The Cookbook. For updates on Darshana, visit her website Vapika Spirit.

My $1.50 a Day Challenge: Eating a Plant-Based Diet on an Austere Budget

My $1.50 a Day Challenge: Eating WFPB on a Budget

I recently took on a personal challenge to eat on $1.50 a day for five days. I was apprehensive and didn’t think I could do it. Here’s my story … 

Aloo Mattar


Aloo Mattar is a very common dish in India. Many households have their own original recipe. This is my mother’s recipe, which is my favorite! Enjoy!

Purple Potato and Kale Salad with Cilantro-Tahini Dressing

Purple Potato and Kale Salad

This is a colorful and richly flavored salad that’s fun to serve—the purple potatoes really give the dish a surprising look.

Black-Eyed Pea Stew

Black-Eyed Pea Stew

I love to share the art of Indian cooking I learned in my mother’s kitchen in India. My food is a fusion of Indian cuisine and other styles of cooking from around the world. Please …