Annapoorna Holistic Nutrition is a fully plant based, health promoting plan that follows the Food for Life program set by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). 

We provide an innovative approach to preventing and reversing chronic diseases that are very much dependent on the foods we eat. Shobha Swamy, founder of Annapoorna Holistic Nutrition has the vision of bettering people’s lives by maximizing their health through a plant based diet.

Being born and raised a vegetarian in India, Shobha Swamy was well established in consuming lots of vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains from a very young age. However her diet included dairy and small amount of eggs as popular with most vegetarians.

When her daughters watched the movie Food Inc. in High School and decided to give up all animal products, she set forth to do her own research about the pros and cons of removing animal products from their diet. Her pursuit led her to evidence based scientific research and published peer reviewed articles in major medical journals about the power of plants to reverse and reduce your risk of chronic lifestyle illnesses, like Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Auto-Immune Diseases, and many more.

She switched her diet to a Plant Based Nutrition plan and found that her energy and vigor as well as mental focus and concentration was greatly improved. Her family reaped the same benefits. Her husband and 75 year old mother too saw their pain from arthritis diminish, small aches and pains in the joints disappear, energy levels improve, and began to live more vibrant, active, productive lives.

She then decided to help others reap similar benefits and was certified in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University through the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She is also certified to teach cooking classes with emphasis on nutritive value of food through the FOOD for LIFE Program offered by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. 

She offers monthly classes to showcase adopting this Way of Eating. She is currently offering cooking demonstrations, informational nutrition classes, public speaking, and private and family consultations. We educate, and help people regain their health through food. Please contact her for a speaking engagements or a series of classes for your organization or group.


I have added recipes here which are our family favorites, tried and tested on kids and adults. Many of the recipes are derived from my ethnic background of being a South Indian from Karnataka. You will find a greater emphasis on Indian food as it lends itself naturally to a well balanced Whole Foods, Plant Based Nutrition Plan. We have such a pletora of lentils, beans, legumes and grains from the Indian sub continent that you may never need to repeat a dish all through the year! I will be adding dishes from all the other world cusines as well. Enjoy these dishes, Share with friends and family, join my cooking classes & rejoice in vibrant health! Healthy Eating!

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Karnataka Saagu or kurma recipe or Mixed Vegetable South Indian Stew - Your choice of mixed vegetables in season cut into bite sized chunks.Choice of Veggies:1 Chayote squash 1 handful of fresh Green beans cut into bite sized pieces2 Carrots cut into bite sized pieces1C Peas2-3 Tomatoes chopped 1/4 head of Cabbage red or green1 Bell pepper1 C Edamame or black eyed peas cooked1 Potato, cubed1 Sweet… Continue Reading

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Spicy Eggplant & Potatoes - No oil, One Pot Method of making a side of veggies in the Instant Pot. Layer in an Instant Pot in the order mentioned below: 1/4 C water, 1/2 a large Red onion cut into thin long strips, 2 Potatoes Cubed, 1 Big Italian Eggplant cubed IP Setting: High Pr., STEAM & More for 0… Continue Reading


Karnataka Gojju or Gotsu or Sweet & Sour Chutney or Relish Recipe - Option of vegetables: Bittergourd, Okra, Eggplant, Pineapple, Organic Clementine Peel, Butternut squash, Pumpkin, Raisins etc. In an Instant Pot or pressure cooker layer:1. 1/4 C tamarind deseeded and strings removed2. 4 chopped dates seeds removed3. 3/4 C water In an inner stainless steel dish or a steamer basket keep the veggies with no water. Your… Continue Reading


Grits Handvo – an Indian savory cake - Ingredients • 2 C Yellow Corn Grits/Polenta (Bobs Red Mill brand) or Millet Rawa or Raagi Rawa • 1-2 TBS Cream of Wheat (Sooji Optional) • 1 TBS Chick pea flour or besan as thickening agent (optional) Or Handva Flour in place of Sooji + Besan • 2 TBS Flax Meal • 5 small or… Continue Reading


Healthy Banana Nut Bread Recipe - 3/4 C Whole Wheat Flour 3/4 C Unbleached All purpose flouror any combo or GF flour3/4 C sugar or dates or sweetener of your choice3/4 tsp Baking Soda3/4 tsp Baking Powder2 TBS flax meal (optional)1/2 - 3/4 C chopped walnuts4 mashed very ripe bananas1 raw apple sauce of 1 apple1 tsp vanilla orpowdered cardamom or… Continue Reading

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