My hubby and I love Indian foods, but more so my hubby as he just adores Indian cuisine, so we went to The Colonial British Indian Cuisine Restaurant in Neutral Bay that serves many vegan and plant-based Indian dishes!
It is so easy for Indian restaurants to be plant-based because quite a few Indians are vegetarian. So they always divide the dishes to be either vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
However, vegan Indian food is hard to find because in Indian cuisine, most dishes contain dairy products, especially ghee, which is the Indian style of clarified butter used in most of the dishes.
But luckily, my neighbourhood has The Colonial Restaurant that offers a vast variety of vegan Indian dishes! How amazing is that?
I first ordered the vegan palak paneer! Palak paneer used to be my most favourite dish when I wasn’t on a plant-based diet. However, now that I have been avoiding dairy, I was unable to eat this dish. You can imagine how happy I was to find out that they offered vegan palak paneer! Instead of Indian cottage cheese, tofu is used even though tofu and cottage cheese is very different in taste, I am super happy to be able to enjoy spinach curry again!
Another curry we ordered was the Dal Makhani, even though Dal Makhani is not vegan, we had to order it since this dish is my hubby’s favourite. Whenever we go for Indian, we always order DAL MAKHANI!
Vegan Palak Paneer – $22
(The power of Palak [spinach] comes together with vegan paneer [tofu] to create this tasty, dairy-free and gluten-free Indian vegan curry dish)
Dal Makhani – $17
(Whole black lentils cooked with kidney beans, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and fresh cream)
We then ordered a third curry, the vegan paneer lababdar. This slightly sweet yet full of flavour curry is so yummy and delicious! Again, instead of paneer, the Indian cottage cheese, tofu is used instead.
Vegan Paneer Lababdar – $20
(A luscious Indian-style tomato, ginger and cashew dry Lababdar sauce and seasonal vegetables served with fresh vegan [tofu] paneer)
We also had Nann, paratha (unleavened dough stuffed with a spiced mixture of mashed potato) and rice- yep too many carbs, I am so aware of that! We also had Kachumber salad which was made of diced onion, tomato and cucumber tossed with lemon, herbs and mild spices.
There are more vegan curry choices on the menu, so I will definitely be going back and trying them!
The Colonial Restaurant
Address: 118 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Visit their website: https://www.thecolonialrestaurant.com.au
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