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Shojin Ryori: A Food Style by Zen Buddhists of Japan

Culinary experts across the globe are quite enthusiastic when it comes to “Shojin Ryori”.

Shijon Ryori, a typical meal P.C.: https://goo.gl/B1cV1N

Shojin Ryori, a typical meal
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Shojin Ryori, mostly implies their vegetarian cooking style. It’s the abundant availability of both wild and cultivated vegetables in Japan that led to the emergence of such a culinary style. It started during the 13th century, when Zen Buddhism, a kind of Buddhist practice started in Japan.

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Zen Buddhist nuns
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A typical Shojin Ryori meal consists of a soup, and three dishes, together called as ichi ju san sai. Soy, tofu, kozu – are common ingredients in a Shojin Ryori meal, usually complimented with pickles of various kinds.

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Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup
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During the training span of a Buddhist monk in Japan, experting in Shojin Ryori culinary form is important. Some of its dishes require elaborate preparation time with dedicated efforts. One example would be sesame paste, a popular dish that needs long hours of grinding in a pestle and mortar.

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Seasame paste
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Speciality of Shojin Ryori cuisine includes, there happens to be no waste during production of this food. Every spread necessarily has a balance of five flavours and colours that completes its composition.  Use of garlic, onion, meat, fish, insects and other pungent flavours is completely abstained in Shojin Ryori.

Shojin Ryori menu is also very much based on nature. Buddhists consider seasonal agricultural products as flow of nature and thus, incorporate them in their plates. During spring, emphasis is led on new sprouts that come up; in summer it’s the green leaves that are preferable; during autumn, it’s more of fruits and nuts while in winter, root veggies and fruits are the main ingredients.

Before the consumption of a Shojin Ryori spread in a Zen Temple, five principles or prayers are chanted which includes:  Reflect on the effort that brings us this food; Reflect on our imperfections as we receive the meal; Reflect on mindfulness to be free from attachment, anger and ignorance; Reflect on taking this food as a medicine to sustain good health and Reflect on the fulfilment of our practice as we accept the offerings.

Buddhists monks during feast P.C.: https://goo.gl/lEN6Qw

Buddhists monks during feast
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Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine
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Authors and bloggers have already made ample research on this culinary style and produced elaborate thesis on it. Among them, “Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine” by Danny Chu is one of the best work to know more about this special culinary style developed by Zen Buddhist monks of Japan.

Animal vs Plant Protein

Before even beginning to talk about which protein is better suited for the human body, let us re-run the old concepts about Protein, just once more…

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What is ‘protein’?

The term ‘Protein’ refers to a molecular constitution in the food that we consume that can be broken down to form amino acids. The human body requires about twenty different types of amino acids, out of which only 9 the body is incapable of producing and needs to extract from the food eaten.

Hair to Nails... P.C.: http://goo.gl/1UY3xB

Hair to Nails…
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But why is ‘protein’ important?

Proteins are the body’s basic building blocks and everything in our body are made up of proteins, right from our hair, skin to our nails. Thus the body requires a basic amount of daily protein intake to meet up the maintainance of the body. But the production of amino acids are require the influence of other elements like vitamins and mineral salts. Together, they pump up our system to function to the best of the physical abilities.

Plant protein - Legumes and Cereals P.C.: http://goo.gl/JUVe3e

Plant protein – Legumes and Cereals
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Now comes the question on food and how to maintain the intake of protein and which one is better, animal protein (non-vegetarian food) or plant protein (vegan food)?

It is a proven fact that animal protein comes with additions like saturated fat and cholesterol that contribute relentlessly to heart-diseases where as in plants, almost all plants have proteins which come with the gifts of antioxidants, fibers, mineral salts, vitamins and ‘photochemicals’. Needless to say, there are absolutely no side-effects for not consuming animal protein but for every ounce of animal protein you’d eat, there have to be a variety of vegetables to ‘balance’ out the effects!

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Quinoa Summer Salad
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Foods like lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, kale, peans, beans, all sorts of nuts, soy, chick peas and many such foods are more than sufficient for the human body to thrive and live healthy. Plant protein is known and acknowledged to have almost no side-effects at all!

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Chinese Restaurants – Bund Garden Road, Pune

Chinese cuisine has found an important place in India and is quite popular in every metro cities of the country. Here are some popular Chinese Restaurants – Bund Garden Road, Pune. In the content below, a few Chinese restaurants have been picked by BookyourTable from in and around Bund garden Road, Pune. These restaurants not only specialize in Chinese cuisines, but popular Thai and Japanese dishes are also found.


Soy is a Chinese restaurant at Le Royce Hotel, 261, Bund Garden Road, Pune. The decor is contemporary yet cozy that lets you enjoy Chinese food in a classy ambience.

Burnt Garlic rice with butterfly prawns


The menu of Soy is predominantly Chinese with some Thai and Japanese specialities. The special dishes include Gin Chicken Ball, Pomfret in Black Bean Sauce, Oyster Chilli, Stewed Rice, Green Chicken, Burnt Garlic Pot Rice, Mill fried rice and Chinese Vegetables. Sushi, that is a Japanese delicacy and is gradually entering the Oriental restaurants of Pune, Soy being one.

Flag’s Restaurant

Flag’s Restaurant at G 2, Metropole, Near Inox Multiplex, Bund Garden Road, Pune is a World cuisine restaurant that also serves Chinese and Asian cuisine. With a cool and classy ambience, Flag’s Restaurant is quite a crowd-puller for the delicious food that they offer.

claypot chicken

Shanghai crab

Vegetable Thai Green Curry, Manchow soup, Tsing Hoi Chicken, Claypot Chicken, Shanghai Crab, Khuswe, Burnt garlic spinach fried rice, dumplings, crackling spinach, and a variety of desserts are available. Fresh seafood like crabs and lobsters are also available. They also have a bar churning out the best cocktails and mocktails along with many imported liquors.