Simple and Delicious Plant Based Dishes From Around the World
- Author: Priyanka Published: 30th April, 2021
Here’s an unpopular opinion: Vegan food can be delicious too! Yes, it’s not something that people tend to believe from the get-go. The world of vegetarian food has always had its fair share of criticisers, most of them unaware of the marvels that, that one plate of greens can produce. Let us take you on a vegan culinary appreciation tour with some of the best mouth-watering plant-based dishes from around the world:
Crispy Mushroom Noodle Salad From Hunan, China
The salad is a modern take on a mix of sweet and spicy flavours, the kind that is indigenous to the province of Hunan in China. This simple yet delicious salad is made with Shimeji mushrooms, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, vermicelli noodles, with spring onions and sesame seeds for garnish. The trick is to roast the mushrooms at 200-degree celsius and cover them in Chinese five spices and white pepper. Coat the rest of the ingredients in a sauce made with rapeseed oil, ginger, dried chilli, orange zest and tamari. As the last step, mix everything together and enjoy.
Tartiflette au Reblochon from France
Another very simple vegetarian dish, this French concoction is commonly available in all major and minor restaurants across the country. For a lot of people, this is a winter comfort food and can be made with and without meat. Potatoes, pickled onions, white wine, Reblochon cheese, salt and pepper are the main ingredients and it takes less than 30 minutes to bake. If you’d like to use an alternative to Reblochon cheese, a mix of Creme Fraiche and double cream can also be used.
Kushari From Egypt
A staple among the Egyptian people, this simple plant-based recipe is also the national dish of the country. It’s made with macaroni, rice and chickpeas and topped with a spicy and garlicky sauce and fried onions. In recent years, it has become a very famous street food and is liked by people of age groups.
Pampoenkoekies from South Africa
Pumpkins are widely used in cooking in the country because of how long they last without much preservation. Pampoenkoekies are a type of pumpkin fritters from South Africa eaten in breakfast, and the soft and fluffy texture of the fritters allows them to absolutely melt in the mouth. They can be had as the main meal, as a side dish or even as a sweet dish when drizzled with caramel sauce. The main ingredients include pumpkin (canned or otherwise), flour, egg, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and milk.
Spanakopita from Greece
A heartwarming flaky Greek spinach pie is how people generally describe Spanakopitas. It’s a type of comfort food made of spinach, cheese, onion and herbs, all bounded together inside a tasty phyllo dough. Nobody’s ever had this once and not gone back for another piece. They’re primarily eaten during family holidays as a vegetarian main dish accompanied with garlic hummus, greek salad or balela salad as side dishes.
Masala Dosa From India
India is famous for its vegetarian dishes. Masala Dosa comes from the southern part of the country and is made with a delicious ensemble of pan-fried mashed potatoes, spices, green peas, carrots and other vegetables of one’s choice. It is then spread across a thin sheet of rice pancake (Dosa) and cooked on a pan. It’s a popular and healthy breakfast option that can be found anywhere in the south of the country and is often served with a side of spicy and creamy coconut chutney and sambhar ( lentil soup).