5 Benares Vegetarian Dishes You Must Try

5 Benares Vegetarian Dishes You Must Try

I’m sure we’ve all heard the term Veganuary before. Many make the mistake of assuming that it is a new year resolution, but it is actually a UK nonprofit organisation. It started in 2014, and they encourage people to try a meat-free dietary lifestyle throughout the entire year. Since then, participation has more than doubled each year. Vegan and vegetarian food is delicious, and it allows for very creative cooking methods and imaginative dishes.

Our vegetarian menu is packed with flavoursome and creative meals. Our meatless offerings could be the ones to influence you towards trying out the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. After all, when it comes to Indian cuisine, it’s hard not to find incredibly tasty meat-free options. Having said that, what does the world of Indian fine dining have to add to this equation? Here’s our list of 5 Benares Vegetarian dishes that are so delicious that they might just convert you!

Paneer Tikka

Our first veggie option is the Paneer Tikka. This dish exhibits the creative talents of the Benares chefs. It shows how they creatively combine British ingredients with native Indian tastes.

This popular appetiser from our Vegetarian A La Carte features a combination of Colston Bassett Stilton with Malai Cottage Cheese Tikka, along with some Quince Murabba for some added flavour. The fact that the Benares chefs thought of such a bold combination of cheese speaks volumes of their ambition. The Paneer Tikka is a solid choice for any vegetarian looking to get a taste for meat-free Indian fine dining.

Gol Gappe

The Gol Gappe is a much-loved appetiser hailing from our vegetarian A La Carte menu. This is by far one of the most experimental appetisers you will find at Benares. Just when you think you’ve tasted it all, the Gol Gappe will take you by surprise with each mouthful.

The dish consists of Wheat Bubbles filled with Organic Sprouts, served with a dash of Fermented Black Carrot Water. The Black Carrot water heightens the earthy notes of the dish. A favourite amongst all of our guests, whether Vegan or Vegetarian! The Gol Gappe is an example of how Benares push the boundaries when it comes to Indian fine dining.

Tandoori Shakahari Momo

Momos are a prevalent choice at Benares. They can cater to vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers alike. They are a South Asian dumpling, famous across the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayan regions of broader South Asia.

The Tandoori Shakahari Momos are Organic Vegetable and Soya Dumplings. They are served with Beetroot Salsa and are covered in a Tomato and Sesame Chutney. These appetising mouthfuls are from our Vegetarian A La Carte menu. Because of the wide variety of fillings, they are frequently ordered as they are fit for many different palates and tastes. They make an excellent choice for any vegans or vegetarians among you that wish to try something new and tasty!


Baingan Bharta

The Baingan Bharta is a new addition to our Vegetarian A La Carte menu.  It’s a beautiful dish, but it tastes even better than it looks.

The Baingan Bharta consists of grilled and mashed Purple Aubergine with Peanut and Sesame Gravy, featuring Winter Truffle Bakarkhani. This dish is very dynamic, as the Bakarkhani bread makes for a great way to scoop up the gravy leftover in your plate. The grilled Aubergine infuses smokey notes into the dish, complimenting the vegetables nicely. Aubergine is very good at absorbing flavours too, so you will be able to taste each ingredient of this vegetarian dish with your first bite.

Paneer Makhan Masala

Here’s another delicious vegetarian main course, the Paneer Makhan Masala. This is a go-to fine dining veggie main course for many regular patrons at Benares. The post-meal smiles tell us all we need to know about its popularity!

The Paneer Tikka is tossed in Onions and Tomatoes and has a creamy taste. It features a touch of Garam Masala, which contains spices such as Cumin, Coriander, Green and Black Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Bay leaves, Peppercorns, Fennel, Mace and dried Chillies. There are so many flavours to this dish, so we recommend you take your time with every mouthful. This will help you truly appreciate how the flavours interact with each other to produce the final taste. A beloved dish amongst Vegetarians and Vegans, with ingredients inspired by many regions throughout India.

If the above dishes have succeeded in whetting your appetite for some of our vegetarian dishes, head on over to our A La Carte menu to explore the other culinary creations we have to offer you.