Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Vegan Indian

Food is on my mind...

My hunt for a vegan Indian cookbook has been in vain. Granted, many Indian cookbooks are mostly vegetarian, and it's just a matter of substituting (your favorite margarine/shortening/vegan butter here) for ghee, and soy/rice/almond milk for milk. For some things. But not others.

There is one vegan Indian cookbook out there - A Vegan Taste Of India but it doesn't get rave reviews and I'm not convinced it's very authentic. Many other vegan cookbooks have Indian cooking recipes in them, amidst a plethora of other dishes from other parts of the world.

My two favorites for South Indian cooking are Dakshin by Chandra Padmanabhan and a book that appears to be available only in India called "How to cook?" (it's a literal translation, hence the question mark). A similar good one is called "Cook and See."

Having grown up eating and preparing vegetarian Indian food (especially the lesser-known South Indian food), I have a little expertise in this area. Indian cooking requires some very specific spices that may be hard to get, and some specific techniques that make certain seemingly impossible-to-make-just-right foods surprisingly simple. And it turns out making most things vegan is a breeze. A few, however, require a little skill and experimentation.

Is there anyone out there who'd be interested in new ideas for veganizing specific Indian dishes in an authentic way? Would you be interested in seeing some of those recipes here?

Feedback welcome.


Coppe said...

I'd definitely be interested in that. Indian cuisine, to me, is one of the more worthwhile ones out there and it's often hard to figure out how to make a recipe authentic.

rani said...

oh good! i hope i can help with that.