It is common knowledge that Indian cuisine is as diverse as India itself. If the Bengalis take pride in their fish and sweets, the Marwari platter is renowned for its robust and spicy delights. The Jain community in India, especially those who are devout followers of their spiritual leader Mahavira, are largely vegetarian. Additionally, they also refrain from onions and garlic, as they are considered Ananthakay (bodies comprising infinite lives). To think of a typical ‘Indian meal’ without either is a task, but the wide and vivid Jain cuisine may make you think otherwise. Here are 6 Jain recipes you must try.
Simple kidney bean curry replete with desi masalas and tomato puree, paired with fragrant cumin-flavoyred rice. A classic vegetarian treat.
Probably the easiest ways to use up all your left-over paneer. Cottage cheese scrambled with mild and tangy spices. Ideal to pair with any bread with your choice.
Pav Bhaji is a popular Maharashtrian dish made with mashing a slew of vegetables together with spices and onions. Here the classic dish gets a Jain twist. Make sure you serve your pavs buttery and soft.
Not besan, but Dhuli Moong dal steals the show in this delectable Kadhi preparation. Flavoured with tamarind, this Kadhi is sure to make you get up for multiple heloings.
A hearty, wholesome breakfast served Jain style. Upma is a South Indian breakfast dishmade with fermented rice. It looks a lot like a porridge, but it a special tadka is an aboslute game-changer here.