Whether you’ve given up on meat out of choice or have been brought up in a family that does not consider meat as a food option, there is only so much that eateries can offer you. And if you’ve often been critiqued for being vegetarian, well then it’s time to get back at them.
Bindiya Chotrani helps you take the vegetarian plunge temporarily if not permanently without kicking up too much fuss about it.
English Vegetables in Mexican Sauce at Scrumptious, Yari Road
Well, if you are one person who eats Indian, this one is yet for you. Afterall Shakespeare once said “what’s in a name?” Curry primarily made of corn flour, water and a pinch of colour has sautéed vegetables – broccoli, mushrooms, bell peppers and baby corn added to it. For accompaniments, you can choose between garlic bread and rice. Prefer more of mushrooms or broccoli in your Mexican sauce? The staff would be more than happy to customize it for you. Team your curry and rice up with sauce made in-house by Scrumptious that has a spicy-tangy taste to it and we promise you won’t complain.
Veg Pasta Arabiata at Jugheads, Veera Desai Road
Pasta cooked in tomato sauce with generous portions of garlic paste, this one served at Jugheads is to die for. Choose between penne or spaghetti, though we suggest spaghetti for that slurpy deliciousness. Accompanied with 4 pieces of garlic bread, the pasta is served in a wide-rimmed plate. We recommend this because even a die-hard carnivore would scarf this one down willingly.
Classic Nachos at Jamjar Diner, Versova
Nacho Lovers, Nacho. Wanting to kill us for that one? Change in plans bud! Afterall, we just told you of a place that serves some delicious nachos. Sunny yellow triangles of fried crunchy tortilla chips topped generously with spiced beans, queso sauce, jalapenos, sour cream and coriander precariously balanced on top will do the salsa on your tongue. Well, literally! Read Salsa Sauce.
Channa Bhatura at Cream Centre, All Outlets
Now if having this item on our list makes you go ‘what’s-different?’ We’d say Taste. With many a loyalists the channa bhatura apparently comes of a closely guarded recipe known only to the Chona family (which owns the brand). But we suggest you raise your hand for this one only if you are on empty stomach. The bhatura known for its massiveness almost needs assistance to be polished clean off the plate. Then there is the chana. Different from the chholey bhatura though, because traditionally chholey is meant to be tangier than the channa masala. Delicious masala coating each channa, and cooked in ghee, it is a must-try. Pickled onions, carrot pickle and green chutney complement the dish.
Makki di Roti and Sarson ka Saag at Urban Tadka, Seven Bungalows
A seasonal preparation, the sarson ka saag typically disappears from menus by the end of February or early March, and with it, also disappears the makki di roti. At Urban Tadka, however, the winter treat is available all year round. Don’t ask us how? We’ve been wanting to know ever since. Thrown in with a small bowl of white butter, the Sarson da saag (primary ingredient of which is mustard leaves) and the makki ki roti (Indian flatbread typically made of corn flour and cooked in the tandoor) are hot favourites. Indispensable, the unsalted butter is superfluously used in the sarson here and mopped onto the charred-at-the-edges crisp corn-yellow roti. With a combination of makki ki roti, sarson ka saag and unsalted butter that is hand churned, fluffy and full of cream, there’s nothing more you could ask for.
Panki Chatni at Swati Snacks, Tardeo
And if you could do with food sans the meat as long as it falls in the authentic food category, we are here to your rescue. There’s Gujarati food right here in the midst of Mumbai, served at swati snacks in tardeo. A signature dish on their menu is the panki chatni – a savory pancake made from rice, steamed in a banana leaf and served with spicy, green chutney and fried green chillies. The pancake is paper thin with a texture that is much softer than what you must have encountered of a panki chatni at someplace else.
Now if you’ve been on quest for food sans the meat too and have learned of recipes that could do some good to all the vegetarian mates there, let us in on them through the comments section below. We might just add it to the list, and yes, definitely give you the get credit for it.