Indian food might not be known for its vegetarian credentials in the UK, the country of the Chicken Tikka Masala but in India however, there is a long tradition of great tasting vegetarian cuisine.
Vegetarianism in India is widespread, to the extent that McDonald’s recently announced that it will be opening its first all-vegetarian restaurant in Amritsar. Around 40% of the Indian population are strict vegetarians, often following religious teachings, and this has had a major impact on the diet of the country as a whole. With several major paths of Hinduism advocating total vegetarianism to uphold the principle of ahimsa (non-violence) applied to animals, and more than 80% of the population identifying themselves as Hindu, vegetarianism is well accommodated for in India.
All of this means that Indian vegetarian food is really quite good. There is no need to compare it to non-vegetarian food – it is great in its own right. Many years of practice have made sure of that!
At the Indian Ocean we have a wide variety of Indian vegetarian food to choose from. Starters include Aloo Tikki (spiced potato patties) and Mushroom Pakora, before heading into a large selection of main courses. In fact, all our traditional main courses are available with a mixed vegetable filling made up of seasonal vegetables.
Chickpeas (channa) and lentils (dal) feature heavily in our dishes as they are high in protiens and great substitues for meat and chicken in this respect. Popular Indian cheese, Paneer is matched with spinach (Sag) to make a delicious main course or tasty side dish. Other dedicated vegetarian dishes including Tarka Dal and our spicy Bombay Potatoes which are also available as main courses or side dishes.
Whether you’re a vegetarian wanting an introduction to Indian food or someone who wants to try something new, we believe our extensive vegetarian dishes meet the mark. Plus, as an extra incentive, vegetarian food is often healthier than its non-vegetarian counterpart, so you can have all of the pleasure with fewer calories.