What is the best vegetarian Indian food?
What is the best vegetarian Indian food? Now here is a tricky question to answer as no one does vegetarian food better than the Indian people. In this post, you will find all you need to know about what to order and what to look out for. There is a lot to say about this subject as I am a huge fan, but I will try and keep it brief.
The Indian people have thought of an insane number of ways to serve vegetables and each dish seems better than the next. Even if you are not vegetarian yourself, it is so worth you trying some of these gems for yourself.
I am writing this post as this food is truly special and travelling your tastebuds has to be one of the greatest joys of travel, after all. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing it. With that said, let’s get started.
Is Indian food usually vegetarian?
What is the best Vegetarian Indian food?
Now I am going to directly answer the question what is the best vegetarian Indian food? Of course, it is a matter of opinion, but my recommendations are based on what seems to be the most popular with the masses, so read on and please give me the feedback. As I said before, there are far, far too many to even list all of the best, so I will go through what seems to be the best five based on the reviews I get and my own personal opinion.
At the top of my list is most definitely the humble chana masala. It is simply curried chickpeas, but oh my god, it is incredible. There are many varieties of it, but I have seldom tried one I didn’t like. It goes so well with bread such as bhatura, puri or roti. Order any of these and get ready to go to gastronomic paradise.
Aloo Gobi is simply a cauliflower and potato curry yet delicious in the extreme. This curry can be made very wrong, so you will have to be selective about where you buy it. I can confidently say that it seems to be a firm favourite with a lot of tourists, so please do not neglect to try this yourself.
Bhindi masala is a curry made with ladyfingers. Bhindi means you guessed it, okra and masala mean spice blend. Bhindi fry is a little different in that it lacks the decedent rich curry sauce. That is not to say either is not impressive. I just prefer it with gravy. Take it from me that bhindi masala, pickle and roti may well be a creation made in heaven.
Dhal makhani is curried black lentils. This simple yet delectably sumptuous dish originated in Punjab. The rich texture and flavour come from the mountains of butter used in its preparation. Dhal makhani is an iconic dish and it should be one of the first vegetarian dishes on your list of must-tries.
Saag aloo is another of my personal favourites. Saag means spinach and aloo mean’s potato. This curry is yet another vibrant curry that holds a special place in my heart. It is lightly spiced and it is full-bodied. Try this one with tandoori roti or a fluffy naan. Saag aloo is one curry I can honestly say I wholeheartedly recommend.
Where to get the best vegetarian Indian food from?
Now I have answered what are some of the very best dishes to look out for. I will now answer where to get the best vegetarian Indian food from. I think the best place to start is to say precisely where it is not and that is tourist restaurants. In my experience, these places serve up some of the worst curries imaginable. Apparently, if you have a restaurant geared towards foreigners you have to serve food with no spice, flavour or even salt, for that matter. Save these places for when you need a Nutella pancake fix, as they do that so well.
A much safer bet are the Dhabas you can find everywhere. These places cater mainly for locals and that is already an excellent sign. However, as delicious and affordable as the food is, they tend to lack any kind of thought for cleanliness. Don’t get me wrong, it does not deter me from eating in them one bit, but I do tend to keep it primarily vegetarian as it is much lower risk. As I mentioned just now, the food is incredible, and to me, it is worth the risk, but do at least try and watch food handling practices.
Highend restaurants also obviously cater for vegetarians, but I have found them far more hit and miss. You hopefully pay for a higher standard of cleanliness, so there is a definite upside. However, you will be spending a good deal more than you would otherwise pay in a Dhaba.
In summary of my blog on what is the best vegetarian Indian food?
Now we have discovered together that there is no better place to be a herbivore. I hope you indulge in this beautiful cuisine while you are on your travels. I would go as far as to say that no other nation knows better what to do with a vegetable better than India. Before I go, I would like to emphasise that by no means is that list exhaustive. No no! In fact, the ideas seem endless and quite frankly put many countries’ vegetarian food to shame!
Well, here ends my blog on what good food is Northeast India known for? If you enjoyed this content and I do hope you did, there is a good chance you will enjoy more in my food travel series. Why dont you check out my posts on the cuisines of South India, Rajasthan, Goa, West Bengal, Northeast Indian or New Dehli when you get the chance? There is also an In-depth insight into both the world-famous Mughlai cuisine and its sweets that are well worth the read for those who want to get a little more from their Indian gastronomic experience.
If you are planning one epic trip across the subcontinent, then please feel free to check out my blog on where to get the very best food in India. This post is a conglomeration of the very best places I have discovered with almost half a decade travelling here, so you may well find it to be of use to you.
Well, there ends my blog on what is the best vegetarian food in India. I think that’s enough said as I want to keep my blog digestible. If you have any questions, then feel free to ask away. Simply leave your questions in the comments section below. With that said, I am off, so I will see you in the next post. 😀Follow me on social media 🙂