India is one of the most amazing places in the world for vegetarians. If you are travelling in India, you just need to go through this list of some of the most impressive vegetarian dishes available through this country that will make your plate look colourful and your tummy happy.
A South Indian speciality, masala dosas are quite like a type of thin crepe but is made of black lentils and fermented rice batter to give the dosa its characteristic soft and crispy texture. Masala dosas are often stuffed with potatoes, spices, sambar and other vegetables. It is usually served with various dips such as coconut chutney or sambar (a lentil stew) and can be eaten throughout the day, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. You can also find lots of creative flavours of masala dosas around India that can be filled with paneer or even chow mein.
MASALA BHAT – A TRADITIONAL STAPLE IN INDIA
Masala Bhat, which means spiced rice, is one of the most traditional rice dishes from Maharashtra in India. This scrumptious dish is mixed with different vegetables, spices, nuts and flavourful sauces. There are many types of Masala Bhat from the north to the south, for instance, pulao (a type of pilaf), atar paneer (peas and paneer cheese in a tomato sauce), Tahri (potato and spicy rice), jeera (cumin) rice, tamarind rice, curd rice or Bisi bele bath (hot lentil rice dish). If you are a foodie who is looking for the best vegan food, get your tastebuds ready for a spicy adventure through India.
As you are strolling around the bazaars in northern Indian cities, you will find cooks pulling deep-fried puffy bread out of the wok. The puris are commonly served hot and spicy to make puri-bhaji and can often be eaten for breakfast or lunch. Aside from being the most common vegan street food in India, the puris served with Ghughni (chickpea curry) or sweet suji halwa (a dessert made of semolina) are well-known on any religious occasion or festival in India, making it an inspiring impression on Indian culture and cuisine.
STUFFED PARATHAS – THE BEST VEGAN FOOD IN INDIA
Your trip to India would be not complete without trying stuffed parathas that are unleavened flatbreads made with wheat flour and it often comes stuffed with an amazing variety of vegetarian options. Vegetarian fillings include paneer, cauliflower, radish, onion, mint, fenugreek, split chickpea and ground roasted chickpea. This dish is perfectly eaten on its own as a snack, a filling breakfast paired with pickles and plain yogurt or makes a great side accompaniment to various dishes like curries for lunch and dinner.
SAMOSA CHAAT – A POPULAR STREET FOOD OF INDIA
If there is a savoury Indian street food that you can eat at any time of the day, it will be Samosa Chaat, a layered snack made with samosas (a fried pastry filled with potato), chutney, yogurt and fried potato. Each bite of this delicious chaat is a burst of incredible flavours with something crunchy, tangy and spicy. To get a taste of how different vegetarian chatts can be, make sure to try aloo tikki (pan-fried potato), dahi vada (made with fried balls of flour) and tomato chaats. As a popular street food in North India, you will find people enjoying this delicious snack on the streets around India.
When it comes to vegan food in India, idli sambar is always a must to add to your culinary journey. As a popular breakfast dish from South India, this dish has foodies falling head over heels in love with its tangy flavours. Idlis are a type of savoury rice cake made with steamed rice and gram batter while sambar is a vegetable curry with lentils, pigeon peas and a seasoning made with black mustard, asafoetida, curry leaves and tamarind pulp. The perfect combination of idlis and sambar never goes out of style, making it one of the best vegan food in India.
KHEER – A VEGAN TREAT FOR YOUR TASTEBUDS
Kheer, also called payasam in the South India, is basically a sweet rice pudding made with milk and sugar and infused with aromatic cardamom, saffron, nuts and raisins to make it rich and delicious. This creamy rice kheer can be made for any wedding, festival or celebration like Diwali or also as a sweet dessert which you can serve after meals. In many places, babies are given kheer as their first weaning food. If you are in India, make sure to try a delectable bowl of kheer.