India is a great place to eat. The food is cheap, flavorful, and – perhaps most importantly, in my eyes – plentiful. It’s also ridiculously vegetarian-friendly. In Rajasthan, in particular, the majority of the restaurants are vegetarian — there’s even an entirely vegetarian town.
That said, being totally vegan there is tough. Indians adore ghee (clarified butter) and use it in, on, and all over anything they can.
So when, in Udaipur, we found ourselves staying right next door to Millets of Mewar, a vegetarian, organic restaurant with a focus on fresh, local food, with clearly labeled vegan options, we were chuffed, to say the least.
Needless to say, we ended up eating at Millets of Mewar pretty much daily. Not only is the food tasty, but the place itself has a fantastic, laid-back atmosphere. A pretty blokey kiwi we met there compared it to hanging out ‘in your gay mate’s house’ — awesome, but perhaps a bit too nice and well put together to feel completely comfortable in! Plus, the staff are both rad and quite, er, committed to their principles (Ahimsa got a pretty serious telling off when he tried to order Sprite).
Location: On the far side of Picola lake, close to the footbridge.
Price range: $1.50 — $3 per meal
Menu picks: Porridge made with coconut milk, peanut stew, vegetable fried rice, banana date juice, paratha thali.
For more information, check out their website.