The best Indian Vegetarian restaurants in London
with Indian vegetarian food. And by that
I don’t mean the standard potato curry or daal that you get in a normal non-veg
restaurant. Apart from a few exceptions,
the veg in a traditional curry house is an oily afterthought, but if you go for
a specialist Indian vegetarian restaurant, I guarantee you will NOT miss meat.
you could do with a potato. I lived in Leicester
– otherwise known as Gujarati central – while studying for my degree, and discovered
a whole street dedicated to Indian Vegetarian food. However, I found the range limiting. Pulses and spuds cooked in as many ways
possible didn’t really tickle my palette.
I found that I’ve been missing out, and there is a whole world of flavour out
there is you go to a specialist Indian vegetarian place.
found in one starter. And, like many
cuisines, it’s all about the starters, mains are a bit of a sideshow – albeit a
delicious one – in the world of the veg.
favourite vegetarian restaurants, however as both are equally delicious and
have a similar price range, it made sense to talk about them both together.
just HAVE to try:
Chawallas, Green St, London
for any vegetarians, or Indian veg lovers.
I’m shocked to say I only discovered this recently, after a
recommendation from a friend. I often go
shopping on Green Street, which is essentially saree-central in London, and
I’ve done my Eid shopping there in the last couple of years, but I’ve pretty
much opted for the fries and kebab option when shopping there.
restaurant justifies a visit in its own right, regardless of whether or not
you’re shopping in the area. The restaurant itself is a bit basic, with plastic tablecloths and traditional steel beakers to drink from, but with food this good, who cares? In fact, it adds to the rustic authenticity.
you go there:
filled with spiced chickpeas and potatoes, topped with tangy tamarind
sauce. It’s is literally a flavour
explosion in your mouth.
one hot mess of a meal, but in the best way possible. A smashed samosa is drowned in a concoction
of chickpeas (again) raw and fried onions, yoghurt, tamarind sauce and chutney.
Don’t be put off by the toxic-looking green, that’s the chutney which gives the
Channa batura (chickpeas with bread)
are curried in tomaoes and onions and paired with a simple salad and beautiful,
unhealthy deep fried bread. The bread I
tried at Chawallas is particularly delightful, light, herby and wholesome, and
slightly less greasy than others I’ve tried.
Sagar Veg, Covent Garden and West End, London
|The legendary potato dosa|
about the various different dishes available at Sagar Veg, which is a slightly more upmarket – though still very reasonable – version of Chawallas, but there really is
just one BIG DADDY which surpasses them all… make way for the mighty dosa…
of life you’ve lead. The dosa is
basically a crisp rice pancake, filled with spiced potato, with a chutney and
coconut dip. Sounds simple and fairly
non-consequential. But it is
divine. I have no more words. Except to say, if you don’t try this at Sagar
Veg, I haven’t done my job in food blogging.
traditional tray of different dishes including rice and sauces. But to me this is a little lacklustre. It’s the dosa where it’s at.
roundup. And if you’re a die-hard
carnivore, I challenge you to try one of these places, you may just change your
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