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Marvelous Dosa at MTR, Bengaluru
Marvelous Dosa at MTR, Bengaluru

Can Foodies be Vegetarian ? Yes !

One of the most common phrases that a vegetarian gets to hear from their meat loving friends is “It tastes so yummy, Chicken mat khaa, gravy lele” (It tastes so good, do eat the chicken, but taste the gravy) Most of non vegetarian folks will brag about their food and probably comment that vegetarians don’t have much variety. Well, I do agree to a part of it, so all peace. I’m a foodie and often visit restaurants, cafes to try out new food and cuisines. Irrespective of the restaurant type, I relish the vegetarian food without paying any heed to what the person on the next table is eating. Recently while I was at a restaurant, someone asked me “You are a foodie, but you are a vegetarian how’s that ?” So the question Can Foodies be Vegetarian ? Of course Yes ! And I’m probably the living and eating example of it 😛

Meat lover's love for the day
Meat lover’s love !

It’s definitely not rare but surely scarce to find foodies who are pure vegetarian. And I’m sure many would have tried tasting once and there will be many others who are vegetarians in front of their families and non vegetarian otherwise ! I won’t deny the fact that there are more non veg items on the menu compared to the vegetarian counterpart. And the number of such restaurants are on the rise as it becomes tough to find a pure vegetarian restaurant. So eventually being a vegetarian and dining at a place that serves best of both worlds has become a common practice. Many a times we enjoy vegetarian delicacies at a non veg restaurant. Biryani and Kebabs are the best example for that, at least from my experience I can say that Biryani from a renowned restaurant like Bawarchi, Paradise, Shah Ghouse etc. would taste way better than the ones available in vegetarian restaurants.

On a bigger picture if you see, the population of vegetarians is pretty strong, thanks to the recent vegan movements where millions are turning vegans. Leaving out the pure vegans (people who don’t even take milk and so on) there still are a good number of people who are pure vegetarians and I’m glad there are few places that cater to their needs. So yes, there are a lot of vegetarian foodies who are scouting for good vegetarian food in their areas. Even when the world around them is full of non vegetarian items, (cakes, chocolates etc.) the foodies are surely to find a place with some lip smacking food !

Proud Vegetarian Foodies

Considering from the Food Reviewer Foodie’s (foodies who review restaurants) point of view, being a vegetarian is beneficial. Why ? Simple marketing concept. There are a few vegetarian people and you as a food blogger / foodie are catering to that segment by reviewing vegetarian food / restaurants. Hence your chances of being famous for that niche vegetarian segment is high as you will be the group’s goto man for good vegetarian food. Eventually you are catering to the niche market segment with your pure vegetarian restaurant reviews and that is surely a feat.

Marvelous Dosa at MTR, Bengaluru
Marvelous Dosa at MTR, Bengaluru

So, would like to conclude this post by motivating my fellow Vegetarian Foodies, by pointing out that vegetarian food is available everywherea pure vegetarian restaurant also and a non vegetarian restaurant too ! So the world is yours, go ahead and spread your love for food !

What do you feel about this ? What would your answer be if I asked Can Foodies be Vegetarian ? Share your answer in the comments below.

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  • Lovely post…or I must say Foodie post

    • Atulmaharaj

      Thanks Ruchi 🙂

  • sunita

    oh yes…I am both and vociferously vouch for this! I do not venture into a place that serves the best of both the worlds for fear of the oil/vessels getting mixed up..even visits to or orders from pizza joints come with its share of aversion.
    The crisp dosa looks so inviting with a nice dollop of butter with the lip smacking sambar and chutney any time!
    I remember accompanying some hard core non vegetarians to a restaurant that served both quite some time back and as I was fumbling on what to order, when pat came the comment that I could order some special pappad or payasam. This left me fuming as to the contempt of these “pure nonveggies” who think that vegetarian food does not have any choice or variety!

    • Atulmaharaj

      Very correct ! Vegetarian food does have fair choices. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Nisha

    I have so many food options that I can cite here…We need to run a detailed discussion on this to prove this point 😀

    • Atulmaharaj

      Haha, let’s have a Twitter chat about veg foodies 😉

      • Nisha


  • Most Gujratis are foodies and most are vegetarian too 🙂 nice article there 🙂 I am not a foodie though hehe

    • Atulmaharaj

      Yes, Gujarat and Rajasthan are like heaven for Vegetarians ! Thanks 🙂

  • I am both! 🙂 A proud vegetarian and a foodie! 🙂 There are soooooo many options. (Those who cite otherwise are just plain Lazy and lack creativity!) 😛

    • Atulmaharaj

      Yea, lack creativity – only we can invent Pizza Dosa 😛

  • Deepa

    This looks like a post which is directly from the heart of a foodie 🙂 Actually being a non vegetarian ..even I used to think same but thanks for this post. And that pic of dosa ..agree MTR dosa is the best ..R u in Bangalore?

    • Atulmaharaj

      Thanks, I was in Bangalore last month and had breakfast there so that’s how the dosa pic came in 🙂

  • twinklingtina

    I am a hardcore carnivore and almost always had a fight with my south Indian colleagues when they use to pick up Veg only Restaurants for lunch!! But yes I guess vegan people are foodies too.

    • Atulmaharaj

      Haha, I always prefer going to a buffet for team lunches. Atleast that way I could have something 🙂 Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • We are in the same league….I Love South Indian food too. Nice post Atul.It was necessary to reveal this secret.

    • Atulmaharaj

      Yay ! I have company ! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • Ramya

    Haha! Reminds me of a team lunch in an Arabic restaurant in Chennai. I really wished there was Masala Dosa there. I am a vegetarian for sure but not sure if I would call myself a foodie though. 😛

    • Atulmaharaj

      That hasn’t happened with me because I’m the organizer most of the times 😛

  • Subha Rajagopal

    Atul you are not alone.I am a foodie and a vegetarian too!.People just dont know that you can have lot of variety in vegetarian food also.

    • Atulmaharaj

      True, not many know of all the varieties we have in vegetarian food ! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • Atulmaharaj

    Super ! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • I am trying very hard to turn a foodie who is a vegetarian! It becomes a bit more tricky abroad!

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