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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
It’s Easy to Eat Vegetarian at Indian Restaurants!
Indian lunch:Starting at 12:00 and
going clockwise:Potato Curry with Peas
& Carrots, Lentil Daal, zucchini, Saag Paneer (Spinach with Cheese), chickpeas,
and in the center, cabbage.
Indian restaurants may be the absolute easiest international
cuisine of which to eat vegetarian.Many
Indians are vegetarians, as part of their Hindu faith.I went to my favorite Indian restaurant this
week.It has a relatively small lunch
buffet daily.I like this restaurant
because the food is not too hot-spicy, as is often the case with Indian
food.I’m just a light-weight when it
comes to hot-spicy food.Anyway, this
visit I made a special point to pay attention to the vegetarian
selections.The majority of the food was
vegetable or bean dishes.To my
recollection, there were four selections that were meat or contained meat.I’ve listed below some of the many vegetarian
menu or buffet offerings common at Indian restaurants.
Saag Paneer:Hands down my
favorite Indian dish is saag paneer, or spinach with cheese.It’s like creamed spinach, with Indian spices
such as coriander, cumin, ginger, and turmeric.The Indian cheese looks like cubes of tofu.
Potato Curry with Peas and Carrots:My
second favorite vegetarian Indian dish is potato curry.Usually it’s prepared with peas and carrots, but
sometimes other vegetables are substituted.
Channa Masala is a dish featuring chickpeas in a rich, thick sauce.
is a thick stew made with lentils, tomatoes, and Indian spices like cumin,
paprika, and ginger.It often includes
Cabbage:Indian cabbage is another of my favorite
vegetarian options when I eat Indian food.When I cook it at home I often add peas.Spices include mustard seed, turmeric, garam masala, ginger, and
Vegetable Pakoras:Pakoras are deep
fried vegetable balls, made of chopped vegetables such as spinach, zucchini, or
cauliflower, dipped in a spicy flour batter.
Malai Koftas are vegetable dumplings resembling meatballs, made of
potatoes and cheese.They are served in
a thick, rich sauce.
Vegetable Samosas are small fried pastries filled with vegetables, such as a potatoes,
peas, and onions.
Bengan Bharta is a dish made of roasted and mashed eggplant, with onions,
tomatoes, and garlic.
VegetableBiryani is a rice dish made with mixed vegetables such as
cauliflower, peas, and carrots, with mint leaves and saffron.