As soon as you tell someone you’re a vegan, your bound to be met by one very frustrating question: “so, what can you actually eat, then?”
There’s always been a certain level of fascination surrounding a vegan diet, since many of us just couldn’t imagine cutting so much from our own diets. But the idea that vegans have a boring, limited diet is nothing short of a complete misconception, and earlier this month World Vegan Day proved to be another huge success.
Indian cuisine has always been fantastic for vegan diners, since there’s such a wide range of curries, biryanis and side dishes containing no animal product whatsoever. In fact, we’d argue that an Indian restaurant is the perfect place for a vegan to eat with their meat-eating friends, since there’s always going to be something for everyone.
So, what’s the best Indian vegan food to put on your Royal Nawaab plate?
*please note, you should always check dishes have been cooked in vegetable oil rather than ghee, which is not suitable for vegans.
You just can’t go wrong with a good onion bhaji. These tasty fritters are crispy on the outside and deliciously hot on the inside, and they’re right up there with the poppadom as the UK’s favourite Indian starter. Be careful, though- they’re unbelievably addictive!
Typically made up of a filling containing peas, potatoes and onions, the vegetable samosa is another popular Indian starter which is completely vegan-friendly. Of course, there are plenty of meat options available as well, but these triangular pastry pockets are always a hit with vegan and vegetarian diners.
Made with delicious chunks of potato and cauliflower, aloo gobi utilises a truly mouth-watering blend of Indian spices. The use of turmeric provides it with a distinctive yellow colour, while garlic, ginger and cumin are used to create a fantastic taste. Without question, this is one of the most popular Indian side dishes in the UK.
This delicious chickpea dish has always been really popular across India and Pakistan, with the use of larger chickpeas helping to create a stronger flavour. Typically cooked with chopped tomatoes, onions, chili and garlic, chana masala is a great example of just how delicious vegan food can be. In fact, we guarantee you’ll be coming back for seconds.
The ideal dish for anyone with a real craving for rice, vegetable biryani is perhaps the most popular vegan Indian main. This rice-based curry is always absolutely packed with flavour, while the sheer range of vegetables, nuts and spices involved makes it one of the most exciting things on the menu. An essential dish for vegans.
If you want to try a range of delicious vegan dishes, then visit Royal Nawaab today- the best Indian restaurant Manchester has to offer!