Vegan Indian food

As I was thinking of menus to blog for Vegan mofo, I realized couple of things: there are a large number of Indian dishes that are vegan & it is extremely easy to veganize a non-vegan Indian dish.

Most of the curries, dals and rice dishes are vegan if the liberal dose of ghee or cream is either omitted or substituted with vegan counterparts. There are not too many dishes that I know of that call for mock-meat. Vegetarians in India are happy eating chicken tikka masala gravy with just potato or cauliflower; no need for fancy seitan. But seitan tikka masala does sound exotic and I’m sure is going to taste awesome.

The most I’m impressed with vegan cooking is baking, never in my life have I thought that a cake can be baked without eggs and butter. It is so much easier, quicker and “healthier” to make vegan baked goods. No eggs and butter to bring to room temperature, no beating butter and sugar till light and fluffy, no need to add eggs one at a time. Just mix all the ingredients and you are good to go (well!! I know it’s not simple, but you get the point).

There’s still 4 days of vegan mofoing, but I’m going to have a non-vegan post tomorrow for Diwali. For all the early risers… Wish you all a very Happy Diwali.

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