Welcome to India. Here everything has that touch of spice and that bit of masala. If you are a vegetarian then this place is definitely going to be a vegetarian’s paradise for you. That is because the country has a majority of vegetarians who stay away from even egg based dishes.
Vegetarian restaurants in India have often been influenced a lot by the country’s rich culture. Indian vegetarian cuisines include a lot of variety. Indian cuisine is divided region wise. You have North India, South Indian, West Indian and East Indian food. Every region has its staple diet and that becomes a core part of the identity of that region. For example, in the South rice is the main staple diet. Coconuts and rice are grown in abundance over there. It is hence no wonder that majority of the South Indian dishes are made out of rice and coconut.
Catering to the staple diet as well as offering other cuisines, Indian restaurants do quite well in the country. Firstly, the population is very huge and everyone has got a good appetites. Besides with more and more people who are working professionals, there is not much time to cook. Also many people often go out with families during weekends. These restaurants have often been known to offer something that cannot be easily made at home. One such example is Chinese food. This is one reason why people love eating out so much because their orders usually include Chinese food. We have ‘Indianised’ Chinese food and created a lot of vegetarian varieties out of it. You even have Chinese vegetarian restaurants! Something that would definitely be unheard of in China!
Indian restaurants offer wholesome meals. They understand the different kinds of tastes and preferences of the customers. There is often a huge spread of variety in the menu. A typical vegetarian restaurant menu would include snack items, upvas (fasting) items, heavy snack items, main course meal items, starters, soups, desserts, etc. In India, there are many days when people keep fasts and hence there is a special section of upvas items dedicated to it. Besides everything is prepared hot and fresh since people do not believe in eating stale food. You may be surprised to know that eating stale food is actually a bad thing for some castes and religions too.
Talking about casts and religions, Indian restaurants also cater to religion/caste specific cuisines. For example, the biryanis and kebabs are extremely famous all over India even though traditionally it is the dish of the Muslims. As for caste specific cuisines, there are restaurants dedicated to only serving Gujarati thalis or Punjabi thalis.
Now that it is the festive season Indian restaurants are at an all time high. During festivities many people prefer venturing out of their houses and celebrating small get together parties at restaurants. These restaurants make the best of their businesses on these small yet frequent occasions. People in India love eating food and be it roadside or big hotels, you will often find a lot of rush. You can actually call it a country that celebrates food!