6 Vegetarian Indian Dishes You Need To Try
As most vegetarians will be well aware of, Indian cooking is one of the best cuisines to find tasty and meat-free dishes with ease. Indian food tends to be far more focussed in flavor and spice than it is on the presence of meat like in many cultures around the World. Whilst the tandoori oven is well used for various spiced meats in Indian cooking, it is about far more than just this and even the wide range of meat dishes can be replaced with vegetable to make it vegetarian in an instant. Let’s take a look at 6 awesome vegetarian dishes which you need to try if you haven’t already.
Aloo Gobi is a beautiful dish that is made using cauliflower and potatoes with spices of garam masala, turmeric and curry leaves. The vegetables are gently sautéed which give them a soft texture and the cooking process really helps the vegetables to absorb all of the flavor of those tasty spices.
Saag is a beautiful dishes which uses fresh green leaves like spinach and mustard leaves that have been slowly cooked in a blend of beautiful spices. Usually the dish is eaten with some paratha or naan bread and you can also have variations of the dish such as Aloo Saag which introduces potatoes to the meal.
Almost all of the curries that are made in Indian cuisine do not come from meat stock which means that they can be easily converted to vegetarian dishes. The meat is usually added to the curries towards the end of the cooking process and as such you can avoid putting it in altogether. Korma is my favorite of the curries, a creamy and mild curry which is about flavor, not spice.
Dalis a beautiful dish which focusses on various types of lentils that have been soaked and cooked in a watery and flavorsome sauce. Picture a kind of soup that is packed with flavor and thick lentils. A beautiful dish which is the perfect way to start any Indian meal.
This beautiful main course features chana masala which are spicy chickpeas, with fried bread. The Chole part of the dish is the white chickpeas which are soaked in flavored water and then cooked quickly under a sea of spicy sauce, the bhature is the leavened bread which is fried in hot oil until crispy on th outside and soft in the center. This one is not for the faint of heart and those chick peas really pack a punch.
Desserts in Indian cuisine aren’t massively popular but this one is a showstopper. Chefs will slowly cook rice in milk until it reaches a thick texture and then fresh fruits are sprinkled into the mix and cooked for a little more time. Cinnamon and cardamon are added to the Kheer for better flavor and then hey presto, a beautiful rice pudding to finish off your vegetarian meal.