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Review: Sadhana Forest is a vegan volunteering community that follows its ideals to every extent possible.  All of the food is organic from the legumes, and grains to the fruits and vegetables.  The greens and tapioca, and some of the papaya are grown on the grounds as well.  Food is cooked using rocket-stoves which is the most highly efficient wood-burning stove possible.  All kitchen power is provided by solar energy too!  Breakfast is my favorite with lots of fresh fruit: pomegranate, papaya, sweet lime, and pineapple, with a porridge sweetened with bananas and jaggery sauce.  Lunch is often red rice, dahl, a flavorful subji, and a tangy shredded cabbage salad.  Coconut curries and lemon rice are popular starring dishes as well. Dinner varies a lot but my favorite is Wednesday since it's hummus night!  Sometimes we have sweets made from tahini, date syrup, coconut flakes, and peanuts, or laddu, an Indian ragi and coconut cookie. Every Friday night is a free tour of Sadhana Forest, a screening of a film for Eco-Film Club, and a free vegan dinner for all visitors.  You can get a ride to Sadhana Forest by meeting at Solar Kitchen in the center of Auroville.   I've been volunteering here for the past two weeks and have felt extremely grateful for the quality and taste of the food.  If you've traveled in India as a vegan you know that it can be hard to communicate about getting dishes without ghee or curd, or even fresh sanitary salads.  Sadhana Forest is seriously a vegan oasis in India and even the world. Where else is there completely vegan community like this?  Let me know if you find one... In any case, I highly recommend travelers to spend some time here and enjoy the home-cooked meals three times a day but at least come for Friday's dinner if you can!  

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