Glossary of Indian Vegetarian Food

by : Editorial Team



Indian Vegetarian Food


Vegetarianism
Hindus generally do not eat beef or are vegetarians, as they believe that revering all animal life helps to bring religious purity. This is especially so for the cow, man’s source of milk and transport, and beast of burden in the fields. As Such, the Hindus have found highly creative ways to enjoy healthy, tasty meals; mixing vegetables lentil curries with white or saffron-flavoured rice.


Chapati 
Flat whole-wheat bread served with dahl (lentils) and vegetables.


Gulam Jamun
A popular dessert made of cream cheese (rolled into balls) and served in syrup.


Kulfi
Indian ice-cream with nuts. Delicious but can be fattening especially if consumed in large amounts.


Lassi
A nutritious and refreshing yoghurt-based drink, that may be flavoured with fruit.


Murukku
A traditional, crunchy Indian tidbit that is sometimes lightly flavoured with spices.


Naan
A flat bread baked in a tandoor (clay oven).


Paan
A preparation with betel leaf, betel nut, lime and spices.


Prata 
A thin, crisp pancake served with curry gravy or sugar. May be ordered plain, with egg, with onions, cheese or even ice-cream.


Puri
A deep-fried bread served with potato curry.


Samosa 
A triangular-shaped snack filled with potatoes.


Teh-Halia
Ginger Tea.


Teh-Tarik
Sweet ‘hand-pulled’ tea served with a bubbly froth as the tea has been specially aerated.


Thairu
Yoghurt.


Thosai
A pancake made of rice flour, served plain or with a potato and lentil filling.


Vada
A savoury lentil doughnut.