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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you have a question regarding Ayurvedic foods or Annapurna's World Vegetarian Cafe?

We took the time to lay out the most common questions for your convenience and we hope you can find the answer to your question here. If you do not see your question below please contact us and if we do not know the answer we will find you someone that can. Simply click on the questions shown below to view the answer.


Your paneer looks different from other paneer I have seen at other restaurants, why is that?

Our paneer (homemade cheese) is made in our kitchens with whole milk and not bought from an outside source.

Which of the dipping sauces is vegan?

All of dipping sauces, salad dressings, and gravy will always be vegan and gluten free except for yogurt and raita.

What type of sweeteners do you have available?

We use natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, molasses, agave nectar, fruit purees, juices, brown rice syrup and organic raw cane sugar.

What type of oil do you use in your cooking?

We use rice bran oil which is cholesterol free, trans fat free, non hydrogenated and is not genetically modified. We also use extra virgin olive oil in a few items.

What type of noodles do you use?

All noodles we use are rice based which makes them gluten-free.

What type of cookware do you use?

We cook our food in 18/10 stainless steel cookware using filtered, softened or purified water.

What is the pizza dough made from?

It is made of chapati dough.

What is raita?

Raita consist of yogurt, carrots, jalepeno, and turmeric. Raita is not vegan.

What is Ghee?

Clarified oil made from unsalted butter that has been gently cooked & the milk solids removed.

What is a chapati?

A flatbread that is made in our kitchen daily, which is used for our pizza, wraps, and served on the side. Chapati is not gluten free (made of atta flour) but is vegan.

Is your milk organic?

Our milk is organic, so it is without pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.

Is your coffee organic?

Yes, our coffee is from organic and certified fair trade.

Is your bread vegan?

Our breads are always vegan.

Is there any rennet in your cheese?

We are a vegetarian restaurant and make sure that our cheese is rennet free.

Is the menu always the same?

We practice Ayurveda at Annapurna's and only use produce and ingredients that are in season. Because of this, not all menu items are available all year long. We also offer a weekly Green Plate (always vegan and gluten free), Chef's Plate, Pasta Special & Quiche Special.

Is the chocolate you use in your food vegan?

The chocolate we use is vegan.

Does Annapurna have any sugar free baked goods?

No, however we use natural sweeteners.

Do you use yeast in your chapatti (flatbread)?

We do not use yeast in our chapatti or pizza dough and it is cooked to order.

Do you use wheat in any of your products?

We use alternate wheat flours (such as spelt and atta) in place of the standard Amercian wheat flours.

Do you use Styrofoam to go containers?

We are a green restaurant, therefore we won't ever use Styrofoam in our restaurant. We use paper to go containers instead.

Do you use peanuts at all in your kitchen?

We have never had, nor will we ever have peanuts or honey in our kitchens. We do not use peanuts in our kitchens.  Although we can not guarantee that our distributors  may or may not process peanuts in their facilities.

Do you use MSG in any of your food?

We do not us any MSG in anything we serve.

Do you use microwaves in your kitchens?

We believe in having everything fresh, so we do not use microwaves or heating lamps. Please allow ample time to partake of this food cooking in the natural way.

Do you use eggs?

We are totally vegetarian and do not use any meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. Our food is made by hand in our kitchens from vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

Do you use any onions, garlic or eggplant in any of your Indian fare?

We do not use any onions, garlic or eggplant in our Ayurvedic menu.

Do you use any dyes or artificial coloring in your cooking?

We don't use any dyes or artificial coloring in our foods.

Do you use a syrup or powder to make your chai?

Our chai is made from scratch every morning using whole spices and black tea.

Do you sweeten any of your entrees?

Our entrees and soups are not sweetened.

Do you offer soy sauce at your restaurant?

We offer Braggs amino amino acids which is a natural soy-based alternative.

Do you have many Vegan or Gluten-Free options?

We specialize in gluten free foods. Most of our items are vegan and/or gluten free. Also many of our items can be made vegan or gluten free.

Do you have many soy products in your menu?

We try to use as little soy products and tofu as possible.

Do you have any vegan or gluten free bake goods available?

We have many vegan and/or gluten free bake goods available, and we also do special order pies and cakes.

Do you get your dressings from an outside source?

All of our dressings and sauces are made in fresh in our kitchen.

Do you buy your ketchup or is it homemade?

Our ketchup is homemade and not bought from an outside source.

Are your teas pre-bagged or do you bag them yourselves?

We bag our teas our self in unbleached, chlorine-free tea bags.

Are your soups vegan and/or gluten-free?

All of the soups we make are vegan and gluten-free and will always be vegan and gluten free.

Are your chilled drinks sweetened?

All of our chilled drinks (excluding our chilled chai) are sweetened with Agave.

What is Ayurveda

Annapurna has become known as the “place for healing cuisine.”

What exactly is this healing cuisine? Food is the very essence of our bodies. The mind is affected by the conditions of the body. So ultimately food affects our state of consciousness. As pointed out in the Hindu spiritual scripts, vegetarian food ensures good health and longevity.

People are realizing that a natural vegetarian diet is conducive to long life and that food should be taken “as your medicine” as Hippocrates stated. Ayurveda vegan organic food helps us identify ourselves as vata, pitta and kapha, thus relating our bodies to the elements of the universe. The forces of the elements are present inside and outside of us, therefore caring for and respecting your own body begins at home. Ayurveda is a living ideal with worldly principles that include all cultures. Ayurvedic cooking is certainly not modern Indian cooking as you would have gathered from visits to our Albuquerque Restaurant or Santa Fe Restaurant. The menu at our restaurants is unique, thus making customers even more curious about ayurvedic food.

  • Agni -The biological fire of digestion and metabolism providing energy for the body to function.
  • Ayurvedic Diet -"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." - Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb 
  • Body - It is no secret that we are literally made of what we eat, drink and breathe. 
  • Digestion - Digestion starts outside the body; eat with your right hand. 
  • Health - Health is order; disease is disorder.
  • Medicine - "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."  - Hippocrates 
  • Prana - The life force, the vital energy that activates body and mind. 
  • Rasa - The first experience of a taste of food in the mouth. There are six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. 
  • Seasons - Eating seasonal and local food has been dictated by nature forever, not by the latest economic phenomena. 
  • Spices - Saffron, world's most expensive spice, Vanilla, world's second most expensive spice, Cardamom, world's third most expensive spice
  • Tastes - Let ayurveda's six tastes tickle your five senses.