Five Enjoyable Indian Recipes For Vegans

Many think that veganism – the practise of abstaining from the use of animal and dairy products, particularly in terms of dietary decisions – can lead to an extremely restricted choice of meals. Although Indian cuisine caters well to vegetarians (there is reported to be around 500 million vegetarians living in India, more than anywhere else in the world), the use of animal-based oils, milk, ghee or curd in many meals means that it can often be difficult for a vegan to enjoy Indian food.
However, that is not to say that Indian food cannot be accommodating to a vegan diet and there is a wide range of delicious recipe choices that can be enjoyed, mainly by swapping to vegetable, olive or coconut oils, or by using soya milk instead of dairy milk.Take a look at some of these recipes that can be enjoyed by anyone but particularly savoured by vegans.


Vegan roti

This unleavened flat bread is traditionally made with butter but can easily become vegan-friendly by replacing the butter with vegetable oil. Dry fried flat breads are known as rotis, using whole wheat will make a chapatti, frying the dough with oil to make it puff up into a ball will make what is called a puri.

Make your dough by mixing the flour, salt, water and oil into a firm dough. Knead the dough, then leave to stand in a bowl to rise for at least an hour.
Roll out the dough into balls and then flatten into small pancake shapes. Cook in a skillet with our without oil, depending on what sort of bread you want to make.

Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi

This delicious potato and cauliflower-based main meal features a tasty blend of spices and can be enjoyed with a variety of breads.

The recipe is made by making a paste with shredded ginger, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, turmeric and water. This paste is then added to the vegan-friendly oil (such as olive oil), which has been heated with cumin seeds, bay leaves and green chillies.
You can then add cauliflower florets and potatoes to the mixture, which is flavoured more with mango powder and green coriander.


Rajma Masala

This recipe is a variation of a popular Punjabi meal, featuring lots of kidney beans for protein in a thick curry sauce. It will require you to have soaked the kidney beans in water overnight, which are then pressure cooked until soft.

Heat the oil in a cooking vessel, adding cumin seeds, bay leaves, ground onion paste, chilli powder, turmeric, coriander, asafoetida and salt. Continue to cook with tomato puree until it separates.

Add the kidney beans with the water to the mixture, add garam masala and simmer until the Rajma Masala has a gravy like consistency. Ideal served with bread or rice.


Baingan Bharta

Another popular dish in Punjab, this mashed aubergine and tomato curry is normally served with a roti.
Bake (or microwave) a large aubergine until it is tender, then peel and chop it. With this to one side, blend together tomatoes, ginger and green chilli.
Heat cumin seeds, tomato puree, coriander powder, turmeric, red chilli in oil until the puree separates from the oil. Stir in the aubergine to the mixture, mashing it as it cooks. Then, add a stir-fried red bell pepper, fresh coriander and garam masala. Serve hot with chapattis or rotis.


Palak Pakoda

These north Indian spinach fritter snacks are easy to make with a great crispy texture that can be prepped and cooked in around half an hour.
Make a batter from a mixture of chick pea flour, rice flour, chilli powder, cumin powder, chopped green chillies, ginger paste, finely chopped mint and coriander leaves. Using a small amount of water and hot oil should make a stiff batter that is enough to just coat the spinach leaves.

In a pan heated with some oil, deep fry the pakodas by dropping in the batter mixture and cooking until golden brown. Alternatively, you can bake the fritters in the oven.
If you are vegan and want to enjoy authentic and tasty cuisine, some of London’s many fine-dining Indian restaurants may be able to cater to your needs with something from the freshly-prepared menu.

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Find a Home Away from Home – 5 Star Hotels Near Taj Mahal

Agra is also known as the “Tourists’ Paradise” not just because it houses the famous Taj Mahal that beckons tourists from across the globe but also because it is a cluster of various other historical monuments and places that have always remained a delight for the tourists visiting the place. It is because of this reason that there are many lavish hotels, mainly 5 star hotels near Taj Mahal that are always welcoming the guests of Agra and offering excellent service in terms of hospitality.

The best 5 star hotels near Taj Mahal

Hotel Clarks Shiraz – Situated very close to the famous Sadar Bazar, Hotel Clarks Shiraz is a favorite of many of the rich tourists visiting Agra. People who come to see the Taj Mahal as well as the other edifices of Agra, check in this hotel as it is one place that offers impeccable hospitality. Spread over an area of 8 acres, Hotel Clarks Shiraz offers the best cuisines and beverages. It is the business class of people mainly that prefer to stay here owing to its high class service.

ITC Mughal, Agra – Well, the most noteworthy thing about ITC Mughal, Agra is that it has won the celebrated Aga Khan Award for the near seamless illustration of the Mughal architecture. With a flawless service up on offer at this hotel, the guests are surely in for a very special treatment that will make them feel very much “at home”. A single glimpse at this posh hotel will illustrates grandeur and panache. ITC Mughal, Agra, is one of the most lavish 5 star hotels near Taj Mahal. The complex houses various facilities such as Business Centre, Shopping Arcade, Royal Spa, Jogging Path, Sauna Room and many more.

The Oberoi Amarvilas – This grand resort is situated at a distance of about 600 meters from the admirable Taj Mahal that is always on the top list of tourist destinations of every tourist and backpacker visiting India.  The design of The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra is such that is certain to take your breath away. From its top towers and rooms you can easily catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal at any part of the day. Add to it the flawless service offered by the thoroughly professional yet hospitable staff of the hotel. The interiors are richly detailed and you can enjoy the scrumptious Indian and International cuisines served here. The rooms are extremely cozy with facilities of DVD Player, LCD TV, Wireless Internet Connection and others.

Radisson Blu Hotel Taj East Gate Road – Over the decades, the name of the posh and perfect Radisson Blu Hotel Taj East Gate Road has been synonymous with immaculate hospitality as it is one of the most illustrious 5 star hotels near Taj Mahal. With plush rooms and extraordinary suites, this hotel with its striking interiors, brilliant service and delicious cuisines remains a favorite of the tourists. The high class prefers to check in at this hotel as it is in close vicinity to the major tourist attractions of Agra such as Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Itmad-ud-Daulah and others.

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