Susmitha Veganosaurus is a vegan chef, podcaster, meditation guide, artist, vegan transition expert, holistic business coach and multi-passionate entrepreneur.
She hosts The Feel Good Factor, a podcast about making happiness your highest priority. And she’s a co-founder of Carrots, India’s first vegan restaurant, bakery, and culinary academy.
Susmitha is passionate about teaching people to lead frictionless, joyful vegan lives through her talks, classes and courses. She also mentors and coaches vegan women entrepreneurs and helps them grow their business in a conscious way, with a focus on self-care and a mindset of abundance.
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Contact Information and Important Links
Reasons to Contact
- Request an interview (print, tv, podcast, radio, blog)
- Get help to connect with other vegans and vegan businesses in Bangalore and India
- Request a speaking appearance
- Request to quote any content/media from this website, podcast or blog
Areas of Authority for Speaking
- Dairy alternatives
- Vegan cooking and baking
- Veganism as a joyful way of life and how to be vegan
- Abundance mindset and manifestation
- Conscious entrepreneurship
- Collaboration over competition
- Strategies for women entrepreneurs
- Spirituality and veganism
- Prioritising joyfulness and fun
- Spiritual tools for activists of all causes
- Whole foods plant based and raw foods
- Creating and running a Podcast
Suggested Interview Questions
- Talk about your vegan journey – how did you begin, how has it impacted your life?
- Is it easy to be vegan in India? What is the trend you’ve seen for veganism in India over the past decade?
- Talk about your vegan cooking classes. How long have you been teaching and what made you start? What are the different kinds of classes and consultations you offer?
- How do veganism and spirituality intersect?
- What other causes and movements go hand in hand with veganism (feminism, sustainability, world peace, etc.)?
- Does becoming vegan limit the variety of foods you can enjoy? Is it expensive to be vegan?
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to go vegan?
- What other healthy diets go hand in hand with being vegan? Share your thoughts about Whole Foods Plant Based and Raw Foods.
- Talk about Carrots Restaurant’s philosophy and journey as India’s first vegan restaurant (Feb 2013 to Jan 2021).
- What are the different services and initiatives you ran as a part of your business?
- Was it easy to run a vegan restaurant? How easy was it to source vegan ingredients locally?
- What are the kinds of dishes you served? What were the most popular items on your menu?
- Who were your customers? Did non vegans also eat at your restaurant?
- What were some of the conscious business practices you followed? Share some details about your work environment and team culture.
- Why did you conduct cooking classes and offer vegan menu consultation services? Did that create more competition for your business?
- Carrots was known to be the heart of the vegan community in Bangalore. In all your years of existence, how did you support other vegan businesses and the vegan movement?
- Why did you close your business in January 2021? What are your future plans for the brand and personally too?
Spirituality, Wellness and Podcast
- What are some of the self-care and wellbeing practices you recommend to entrepreneurs?
- What does abundance mindset mean, in business and in life?
- How is meditation helpful? What kind of meditation practices do you recommend for beginners?
- What spiritual practices are beneficial for activists?
- Talk about your podcast, The Feel Good Factor. What is its purpose? What topics do you cover on it?
- Why create a podcast when you could blog or make youtube videos?
Detailed Long Bio
Susmitha Subbaraju, more popularly known as Susmitha Veganosaurus is a vegan chef, podcaster, meditation guide, artist, holistic business coach, joyful vegan transition expert, healer, lover, light worker, and multi-passionate entrepreneur.
Having growing up on a vegetarian diet, her vegan journey began in 2003 when she became aware of the cruel practices in the dairy industry. After that, there was no looking back! She started out as an ethical vegan and later learned about the health, environment and spiritual benefits of the lifestyle.
Susmitha has been exploring spirituality and energy work since she was a teenager. Her passion for veganism and connection to spirituality are the biggest influences in every aspect of her life. She often brings the two together into her classes, speaking engagements, cooking, mentoring and activism.
The Feel Good Factor Podcast
The Feel Good Factor Podcast was launched by Susmitha in December 2019. It’s all about making happiness your highest priority. The podcast features contemplative talks, interviews and meditations, covering a wide range of topics.
Some of these are compassion, self-love, wellness, abundance, conscious entrepreneurship, being plant powered, prioritising yourself, self-worth, productivity, and women supporting women.
Over time many more nuanced subjects have been emerging as a part of the conversations.
Thanks to her show, Susmitha has had the privilege to interview various interesting and inspiring people from across the globe and build meaningful connections.
Chef Susmitha Veganosaurus is a co-founder of Carrots, India’s first 100% vegan restaurant (with in-house bakery, and culinary academy). Their tagline is Food That Loves You Back!
The restaurant was started in February 2013 by Krishna Shastry in Bangalore with the vision to bring a conscious dining experience to the world. The team at the restaurant has successfully broken all myths about vegan food through creative, delicious dishes, and plenty of informative, educational content/events.
Unable to sustain through the pandemic, the restaurant closed its doors in January 2021, much to the heartbreak of the vegan community across India. The iconic institution was more than just a place to dine at for a lot of people. It acted as a beacon of hope and inspiration for vegan businesses across the country.
Through the eight years of its existence, the Carrots menu was famous for its wide range of food, dessert and specialty product choices. With plenty of allergy friendly (gluten free, soy free, etc.) options, there was something to cater to all taste buds and food preferences.
Everything – mylks, curds, cheeses, cakes, breads, dips, sauces, etc., was prepared in-house, in small batches, using fresh, locally available ingredients. Priority was given to healthy preparation techniques and all dishes on the dine-in menu were marked with a health level indicator.
The working environment and team culture at Carrots was focused on loving communication, growth and support. All staff members felt a sense of ownership and pride for the business and considered each other, as well as regular guests, as family. This translated to a joyful, positive ambience and dining experience.
Over the years, Carrots evolved into a warm, welcoming space at the heart of the vegan community in Bangalore. The restaurant was also very well known and loved among vegans from across India and globally.
As an organisation, Carrots embodied the spirit of collaboration over competition and this sentiment lives on. The restaurant was a platform to launch and promote many small businesses. And now Susmitha mentors budding conscious/vegan entrepreneurs, especially women, to help grow their business.
The restaurant’s team was involved in various CSR initiatives over the years, the most well known ones being – The Good Karma Meal Project (replaced by the Let’s Fight Hunger Campaign in mid-2020) and their very unique Vegan Activists Reward Program.
Carrots built a beautiful ecosystem of healthy business collaboration, vegan activism, cozy atmosphere and delicious food. When the restaurant closed, the team was inundated with messages of heartfelt support and stories of personal impact. One of the regular patrons wrote, “even though Carrots the restaurant has closed, Carrots the movement will live on.”
Vegan Culinary Workshops and Consultation
The people of Carrots believe that empowering everyone to make their own vegan foods is one of the most effective ways to take the movement forward. The immersive culinary courses, YouTube videos (in English and Kannada), vegan menu consultations and online master classes, continue to be a significant part of the Carrots legacy even now.
Chef Susmitha and Chef Ram (Head Chef at Carrots) have conducted culinary training sessions at hospitality schools and institutions in association with animal welfare organisations such as Humane Society International and Mercy for Animals.
Susmitha’s private online dairy alternatives workshop has garnered appreciation from people from different parts of the world.
Vegan Recipe Blog
Susmitha’s plant based cooking and baking experiments in the early years of her veganism led her to publish her recipe blog, Veganosaurus in the beginning of 2008. For several years she filled it with many easy to prepare recipes to help others on their journey into veganism.
As a food blogger, she has also curated vegan pop-up events and cooking demonstrations in association with various food businesses (eg: Graze – Vivanta By Taj, Soul Khadi). The last recipe on the blog was posted in 2014. Someday soon, Susmitha plans to revive it again. Meanwhile, she continues to post new recipes on her Instagram account.
Business Coaching for Vegan Entrepreneurs
Susmitha coaches vegan women entrepreneurs to build and grow their business in a joyful way, with a focus on self-care and a mindset of abundance. She uses her personal experience and knowledge to help people generate revenue doing what they love while making a positive impact on the world.
Her approach to coaching is holistic, combining business strategies and spiritual techniques that have served her in her own entrepreneurial journey.
Susmitha uses her naturally soothing voice to conduct meditation sessions and record personalised meditation recordings. Her favourite form of meditation involves guided imagery. This style of meditating is suitable for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. It stokes the listener’s imagination and keeps them involved in the meditation process.
Her intention is to help people bring more peace and joy into their lives through her free meditation recordings on insight timer and her podcast. Her cooking classes, online courses, business workshops and speaking appearances usually include some form of meditation in them.
She conducted meditation sessions regularly for her own team members at Carrots Restaurant, and in the more recent times, she’s developed meditation practices specifically designed to help vegan activists.
Art and other Interests
Some of the ways in which Susmitha gets her creativity fix is through making jewellery, miniature clay sculptures, doodling and photography.
She used to sell her handmade jewellery, mini animals and monsters, and art photography prints through her Etsy stores – Art by Susmitha and Veganosaurus for many years. But for the past few years, she hasn’t found the time to pursue these creative interests as a business anymore. You can explore the Art by Susmitha and Veganosaurus Facebook albums for archives of her creations.
Susmitha’s other interests include reading (mostly fiction), collecting magical healing crystals, reading Goddess and Tarot Cards, journaling and affirmation writing.
Her latest obsession (in early 2021) is spending time on Clubhouse, making connections and having meaningful conversations with people from across the world.
Susmitha is a typical Bangalorean who speaks many languages. But the two closest to her heart are Kannada and English.
Thanks to her desire to communicate meaningfully and clearly, she has the tendency to pick up phrases and words from new languages when she’s around people who are speaking them.
Susmitha is particular about the way her name is spelled and pronounced. There is only one ‘h’ in her name, and it’s after the ‘t’.
Often when people mispronounce her name, she points out the correct pronunciation once. But after that she leaves it up to them to remember to say it right, resigned to the fact that many people might not.
When people make the effort to remember the correct pronunciation after she’s told them, she really appreciates it. And of course she feels a surge of affection towards anyone who pronounces her name right the very first time they say it, without having to be told how to do so!
- Private Online Dairy Alternatives Classes
- Personalised Meditations
- Group Meditations and Speaking Appearances
- Sponsorships and Affiliations
- Coaching for Vegan Entrepreneurs
In collaboration with Chef Ram
- Cooking and Baking Classes
- Immersive Vegan and WFPB Culinary Training Programs
- Vegan Menu Consultation for Food Businesses
Susmitha’s Media Features
Susmitha has been featured on TV, Radio, Podcasts, Magazines, Newspapers and Digital Media.
Print and Digital Media Features:
Susmitha has been featured, interviewed and quoted in various news papers, magazines, websites and blogs. These include – Deccan Herald Metro Life, Bangalore Mirror, Deccan Chronicle, Femina, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur India, VegPlanet Magazine, LBB, Asian Age, and many more.
Below are just a handful of the many print and digital publications which have interviewed and featured Susmitha. You can find more links on the media sections of Carrots Restaurant and Veganosaurus Blog.