Honestly, no one really needs a reason to enjoy Indian cuisine. But if you need some, here’s at least one. If you’re vegan and are feeling the chills lately, get some Indian food into that belly! Indian spices like garam masala used in dishes like chana masala and biryani stimulate a gentle warmth in the body, and that’s not even to mention the how soothing these foods already are on the tastebuds!
Even if you aren’t vegan, here’s another reason why you’d like to get more of these vegan Indian foods into your diet. Veggie Indian dishes, I find, tend to be more balanced energetically, with the warmth of the spices balancing the cooling nature of veggies. Indian dishes typically aim to balance the 6 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, astringent) which truly satisfies the tastebuds resulting in a fulfilling eating experience.
Need some inspiration getting started? Here are 3 simple dishes I learnt during Vegan cooking school – Aloo Tikkis (Potato Cutlets) and Coriander-Mint Chutney, Keralan Eggplant Curry and Vegetable Masala (Vegetable Butter Masala). These recipes are not complicated and easily made vegan should you manage to find an excellent non-vegan version to start with.