Malaysia: Targeting 30 million tourists

Malaysia: Targeting 30 million tourists

Malaysia: Targeting 30 million tourists Trends Malaysia: Targeting 30 million tourists Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Wed, 02/27/2019 – 06:19 36
Official Country Partners status at World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – a vital step towards achieving Visit Malaysia 2020 targets.
Berlin, Germany -With a total of 25.8 million international tourists arriving in Malaysia in 2018, ITB Berlin (6-10 March 2019) will be instrumental in boosting visitor numbers to this exotic, exciting and welcoming destination in line with the nation’s ambitious growth plans. With the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign in the works, Malaysia’s Ministry for Tourism and Culture is targeting arrival figures 30-million and tourist receipts of RM100bn (eds: €21.66bn) by 2020.
“I believe Malaysia’s cultural uniqueness is a big draw for the European market,” explained Mohamaddin Bin Haji Ketapi , Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture for Malaysia, adding, “As you may know, Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures with influences from Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities, as well as from Europe, Arab and the Malay Archipelago. This has resulted in a mixed yet harmonious legacy that manifests itself in Malaysia’s architecture, clothing, language, cuisine and other aspects. As such, the highlight of our presence at ITB this year will be the cultural aspects that we bring to the show.”
“Malaysia’s breath-taking nature, its warm, welcoming multi-cultural peoples, and its exceptional, varied cuisine, have made it a ‘must’ as a destination in Southeast Asia”, said David Ruetz , head of ITB Berlin, adding, “Having Malaysia as our Official Partner Country this year will enhance ever-so-important cultural links and engender more awareness and appreciation, both for us of their culture and traditions, and for them of ours.”
Meanwhile, Zurab Pololikashvili , Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), stated: “I wish to congratulate Malaysia on being ITB’s partner country for this year. Malaysia is a founding member of UNWTO and one of its most active members, involved at several levels of the Organization’s activities and governing bodies. Malaysia identified tourism as one of the forefront industries in its economy because of tourism’s great potential in job creation, socio-economic development as well as foreign income generation – tourism is currently the 2nd largest foreign exchange earner.”
Visitors to ITB Berlin will have the opportunity to experience Malaysia’s architecture, local food and cultural performances. The country’s colourful national cultural troupe will showcase an hour-long performance during the Opening Gala reflecting the beauty and diversity of Malaysian culture and heritage. Economic Contribution of Tourism in Malaysia
The number of employees involved in Malaysia’s tourism sector rose to 3.4 million in 2017 from 1.5 million in 2005. Employment in the tourism industry contributed 23.2% to total employment in 2017 (2005: 15%). Most of the jobs in the tourism industry were in the retail trade industry (33.7%) and food & beverage serving services (32.3%) respectively.
Tourism is also important to Malaysia as it helps to empower the local community economically. Taking the Malaysia Homestay Programme as an example, it offers the local village-folk to take part in offering authentic homestay experiences to tourists. In 2017, the revenue generated from the programme reached RM27.6 million (eds: €5.98m).
Statistics show that in 2018, a total of 372,475 tourists (local and foreign) participated in the homestay programme across the nation.
Malaysia is a diverse tourism destination that offers world-class attractions, including nature, shopping, adventure, islands and beaches, as well as many international events, offering visitors a plethora of interesting choices. Besides that, the country is also a major destination for health tourism and MICE events.
“The ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ tagline has worked wonders to position our destination’s diversity” , explains the Minister. “It gets the message across that Malaysia is a kaleidoscope of customs, religions, traditions, festivals, heritage, arts and crafts, and cuisines of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and various ethnic group that continues to fascinate visitors from all over the world.” This “Malaysia, Truly Asia” branding continues till today to position Malaysia’s uniqueness. New Developments Under Way
Upcoming developments such as Desaru Coast in Johor, and Impression City Melaka , once completed, will bring renewed interest in Malaysia.
“We are seeing the industry invigorated by the opening of renowned hotel property brands here,” explains the Minister, adding, “Several established hotel brands have ventured into Malaysia for the first time recently, while some of them are poised to enter the market in the near future. We are pleased that brands such as Double Tree, Hilton, Marriot, Anantara, Westin, Mercure, Sheraton, W, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Hyatt and others see the value of Malaysia for their business expansion and investments.”

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20 dinners for under Dhs500 for two

By Elise Kerr Perfect for date night…
With brand new restaurants popping up all over the city each week, committing to one can be a deal-breaking decision. The food, the drink, the location, the music, the views… with so many variables it’s hard to know where to go.
And catching up with a mate or dining for two can be an expensive hobby. So whether it’s unlimited sushi, a deal that includes drinks or a three-course sharing menu, we’ve rounded up 20 Dubai dinner deals that won’t break the bank, and that are ideal for two. Dhs300 and under for two 1. Riva Ristorante
Dhs80 per person, Sundays Every Sunday, curry fans can to tuck into a delectable platter for Dhs80, perfect for sharing. The array of platters available will appeal to all tastes, which when combined with stunning views of the Palm and the Dubai skyline, promise to start the week on a good note.
Riva, Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, 6pm to 11pm, Sundays, Dhs80. Tel: (04) 430 9466. riva-beach.com 2. Mekong
Dhs180 for two people, Saturday to Thursday The Anantara The Palm’s signature restaurant, Mekong, has an offer with the Chef’s signature appetisers, perfect for sharing. Steamed Prawn Hakaw, Fresh Vietnamese Duck Spring Rolls, Gochujang Chicken Wings, are all included for Dhs180. Experience an Asian inspired setting of rickshaw-style seating in the outdoor terrace with views of the Dubai skyline.
Mekong, Anantara The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, 5pm to 7pm, Sat to Thurs, Dhs180 for two people. Tel: (0 4) 567 8304. anantara.com 3. Seafood Kitchen
Dhs182 for two people, Tuesdays Mussel lovers will enjoy this opportunity to feast on a whole kilogram of them. For Dhs182, tuck into a 1kg pot of mussels which is served in a number of perfumed broths such as French Moules Mariniere, Mediterranean Marinara, Asian Thai Chilli and Zesty Lemon & Dill.
Seafood Kitchen, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, noon to midnight, Tuesdays, Dhs182. Tel: (04) 568 4227. facebook.com 4. Miss Tess Dhs98 per person, Sundays
Every Sunday, Miss Tess offers guests ‘All you Can Eat Sushi’ for a great value Dhs98. Valid from 8pm to 11pm, guests can enjoy a range of unlimited sashimi, maki and nigiri, served up alongside theatrical performances and live entertainment.
Miss Tess, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 8pm to 11pm, Sundays, Dhs98. Tel: (050) 650 4988. misstessdubai.com 5. The Duck Hook
Dhs105 per person, Monday to Wednesday
If you’re in the mood for comfort food, head down to The Duck Hook for some contemporary country pub vibes. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can choose a classic dish from either a burger, curry or fish & chips and a glass of wine or pint of beer.
The Duck Hook, Dubai Hills Golf Club, noon to midnight, Mon to Weds, Dhs105. Tel (0 4) 366 6197. facebook.com 6. The Scene by Simon Rimmer Dhs250 for two people, Fridays
The Scene by Simon Rimmer has a tasty traditional British dinner deal to take advantage of to kickstart the weekend. Every Friday from 12pm, enjoy a Beef Wellington with two starters for Dhs250 per couple. Pair it with their tab weekender which gets you five drinks for Dhs175.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 6pm, Fridays, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 4222 328. thescenedubai.com 7. SIKKA Café
Dhs129 per person, daily Sikka, the contemporary fusion café is located in City Walk, La Mer and Al Khawaneej. Every day they offer a set menu, priced at AED129 per person with 11 signature dishes in sample-sized portions. The platter marries up Emirati, Persian and Indian flavours in one complete meal.
SIKKA Café, City Walk, 8am to midnight, daily, Dhs129. Tel ( 04) 385 6524. sikkadubai.ae 8. Joe’s Backyard
Dhs299 for two people, Mondays Cool roof-top bar, Joe’s Backyard, has launched a date night offer with a set menu to share with your better half. For Dhs299 per couple, feast on a selection of barbecued bites and a bottle of wine to enjoy amongst the skyline views.
Joe’s Backyard, Holiday Inn, Dubai Festival City, from 8pm, Mondays, Dhs299 for two. Tel: ( 055) 709 4509. joebackyard.com 9. Weslodge Saloon Dhs300 for two people, Mondays
This trendy Canadian saloon has couple’s night that is all about the food. At Dhs300 for two, receive a welcome drink, a four-course dinner and a glass of wine. There’s a lively atmosphere with music from their resident DJ, and great views across Downtown from the 68th floor.
Weslodge, JW Marriott Marquis, Mondays 7pm-11pm, Dhs300 for two. Tel: (04) 560 1700. weslodge.ae 10. BHAR
Dhs150 per person, Thursdays The contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant located in Renaissance Downtown has launched a weekly barbecue night – Fire Up! The offering includes Arabic cold mezze barbecued tiger prawns, slow cooked lamb ribs, chargrilled octopus and rotisserie marinated poussin. There are also a selection of desserts to choose from.
BHAR, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, 6pm to 11:30pm, Thursdays, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 512 5599. bhar-dubai.com Dhs400 and under for two 11. Asia Asia
Dhs329 for two people, Saturdays Enjoy beautiful views of the Dubai Marina between 12pm to 7pm, indulging in unlimited servings of sushi & dim sum, accompanied by a bottle of grape for just Dhs329 per couple.
Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, noon to 7pm, Saturdays, Dhs329 for two. Tel: (04) 2765900. asia-asia.com 12. Mazina
Dhs179 per person, Thursdays Enjoy the ultimate British comfort food every Thursday evening in Mazina. All the family favourites make an appearance, from beef wellington, to various roasted joints, shepherd’s pie and loads of Yorkshire pudding. Start the weekend off the right way, with friends, family and food. Mazina, Address Dubai Marina, 7pm to 11pm, Thursdays, Dhs179. Tel: (0 4) 888 3444 . addresshotels.com 13. The Grand Grill
Dhs359 for two people, Mondays
Conveniently located in Grand Habtoor is the Grand Grill. The South-African steakhouse has a couples deal offering two starters, two 300 gram rib-eye steaks and a bottle of wine for Dhs359. Perfect for a mid-week date night!
The Grand Grill, Grand Habtoor Beach Resort and Spa, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina, 6pm to 10pm, Mondays, Dhs359 for two people. (04) 399 4221. 14. Matto Dhs180 per person, Mondays
Do you love pizza? Dumb question, of course you do. The new ‘Matto Mondays’ night at The Oberoi in Business Bay lets you indulge in non-stop pizza (and one negroni) for just Dhs100 from 7pm to 12am. Want to go all out? Pay Dhs180 and you get an open bar of wine and beer for two hours, or Dhs280 with selected spirits, cocktails and prosecco, along with as much pizza as you can handle.
Matto, The Oberoi, Lobby Level, Business Bar, Mondays, 7pm to 12am, Dhs100 pizza and one drink, Dhs180 with wine and beer, Dhs280 with cocktails and prosecco. Tel: (04) 444 1335. oberoihotels.com 15. Via Veneto
Dhs199 per person, Thursdays & Fridays
Weekends just got better with the launch of Via Veneto’s Pizza and Prosecco night. On Thursday and Friday nights, enjoy three hours of unlimited pizza and sparkling grape for Dhs199 per person.
Via Veneto, Manzil Downtown Dubai, Downtown Boulevard, 7pm to 10pm, Thursdays and Fridays, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 2427882, viaveneto.ae Dhs500 and under for two 16. Brasserie du Park
Dhs225 per person, Tuesdays The Fisherman’s catch is the Tuesday night offering at Brasserie Du Park and it includes a selection of fresh seafood stations to choose from. The raw seafood bar features oysters, mussels, scallops, Omani lobster, sashimi, razor clams, salmon and tuna tartare, salmon ceviche. Brasserie du Park, The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, 7:30pm to 11:45pm, Tuesdays, Dhs225 with soft beverages. Tel: (04) 602 1814. thepromenadedxb.com 17. STK Dhs499 for two people, daily
JBR steakhouse and US export STK is already popular for its Tuesday ladies’ night and sellout Friday brunches, but the venue also has a daily offering to please the couples. Available each evening from 6pm to 1am and priced at Dhs499 for two, guests can enjoy a 1kg rib-eye steak with prawns, served with a side of parmesan truffle chips and broccolini accompanied by a bottle of house wine.
STK JBR, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina, daily 6pm to 1am, Dhs499. Tel: (04) 323 0061. More info on website 18. Soho Garden
Dhs499 for two people, Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays during March At Soho Garden throughout March, share two starters from either the superfood salad or shrimp cocktail or chicken tenders followed by s teak frites or goat’s cheese, spinach & artichoke bake plus a carafe of w hite, red or rosé wine.
Soho Garden, Meydan, Dubai, Tues, Sat and Sun, Dhs499 for two. Tel: (056) 82 22 559. sohogardendxb.com 19. Café Nikki
Dhs500 for two people, daily
Spend the evening at Nikki Beach Resort’s bistro destination has a three-course dinner offer including a vast selection of dishes made to be shared. The meal is Dhs500 for two people and includes a bottle of house white, rosé or red wine.
Café Nikki, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, 7pm to 10:30pm, daily, Dhs500 for two people. Tel: (0 4) 376 6290. nikkibeachhotels.com 20. The Queen’s Grill
Dhs250 per person, daily Hop aboard the QE2 and try the vegetarian three-course tasting menu. The menu offers passengers a delectable selection of the finest British cuisine – prepared by chef Rama, a former chef from the QE2’s sailing days.
The Queen’s Grill, The QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid, 7pm to 11pm, daily, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 526 8888. Qe2.com

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Malaysia: Targeting 30 Million Tourists

Official Country Partners status at World’s Leading Travel Trade Show® – a vital step towards achieving Visit Malaysia 2020 targets
Berlin, 26 February 2019 – With a total of 25.8 million international tourists arriving in Malaysia in 2018, ITB Berlin (6-10 March 2019) will be instrumental in boosting visitor numbers to this exotic, exciting and welcoming destination in line with the nation’s ambitious growth plans. With the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign in the works, Malaysia’s Ministry for Tourism and Culture is targeting arrival figures 30-million and tourist receipts of RM100bn (eds: €21.66bn) by 2020.
“I believe Malaysia’s cultural uniqueness is a big draw for the European market,” explained Mohamaddin Bin Haji Ketapi , Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture for Malaysia, adding, “As you may know, Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures with influences from Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities, as well as from Europe, Arab and the Malay Archipelago. This has resulted in a mixed yet harmonious legacy that manifests itself in Malaysia’s architecture, clothing, language, cuisine and other aspects. As such, the highlight of our presence at ITB this year will be the cultural aspects that we bring to the show.”
“Malaysia’s breath-taking nature, its warm, welcoming multi-cultural peoples, and its exceptional, varied cuisine, have made it a ‘must’ as a destination in Southeast Asia”, said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin , adding, “Having Malaysia as our Official Partner Country this year will enhance ever-so-important cultural links and engender more awareness and appreciation, both for us of their culture and traditions, and for them of ours.”
Meanwhile, Zurab Pololikashvili , Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), stated: “I wish to congratulate Malaysia on being ITB’s partner country for this year. Malaysia is a founding member of UNWTO and one of its most active members, involved at several levels of the Organization’s activities and governing bodies. Malaysia identified tourism as one of the forefront industries in its economy because of tourism’s great potential in job creation, socio-economic development as well as foreign income generation – tourism is currently the 2nd largest foreign exchange earner.”
Visitors to ITB Berlin will have the opportunity to experience Malaysia’s architecture, local food and cultural performances. The country’s colourful national cultural troupe will showcase an hour-long performance during the Opening Gala reflecting the beauty and diversity of Malaysian culture and heritage.
Economic Contribution of Tourism in Malaysia The number of employees involved in Malaysia’s tourism sector rose to 3.4 million in 2017 from 1.5 million in 2005. Employment in the tourism industry contributed 23.2% to total employment in 2017 (2005: 15%). Most of the jobs in the tourism industry were in the retail trade industry (33.7%) and food & beverage serving services (32.3%) respectively.
Tourism is also important to Malaysia as it helps to empower the local community economically. Taking the Malaysia Homestay Programme as an example, it offers the local village-folk to take part in offering authentic homestay experiences to tourists. In 2017, the revenue generated from the programme reached RM27.6 million (eds: €5.98m).
Statistics show that in 2018, a total of 372,475 tourists (local and foreign) participated in the homestay programme across the nation. Malaysia is a diverse tourism destination that offers world-class attractions, including nature, shopping, adventure, islands and beaches, as well as many international events, offering visitors a plethora of interesting choices. Besides that, the country is also a major destination for health tourism and MICE events.
“The ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ tagline has worked wonders to position our destination’s diversity”, explains the Minister. “It gets the message across that Malaysia is a kaleidoscope of customs, religions, traditions, festivals, heritage, arts and crafts, and cuisines of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and various ethnic group that continues to fascinate visitors from all over the world.” This “Malaysia, Truly Asia” branding continues till today to position Malaysia’s uniqueness.
New Developments Under Way Upcoming developments such as Desaru Coast in Johor, and Impression City Melaka, once completed, will bring renewed interest in Malaysia.
“We are seeing the industry invigorated by the opening of renowned hotel property brands here,” explains the Minister, adding, “Several established hotel brands have ventured into Malaysia for the first time recently, while some of them are poised to enter the market in the near future. We are pleased that brands such as Double Tree, Hilton, Marriot, Anantara, Westin, Mercure, Sheraton, W, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Hyatt and others see the value of Malaysia for their business expansion and investments.” -https://www.itb-convention.com/en/

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Lemon Cuisine of India! The best part about them? If you want Indian hot, they give you Indian hot, even if you’re not Indian! I’ve been to far too many places that take your order as “Indian hot” and it’s barely medium. They have great Indian food, and not just a mouth full of creamy curry, but lots of good flavor.

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Visit Malaysia campaign targets 30 million tourists by 2020

Home Breaking Travel News Visit Malaysia campaign targets 30 million tourists by 2020 Visit Malaysia campaign targets 30 million tourists by 2020 By Viber Mohamaddin Bin Haji Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture for Malaysia
With a total of 25.8 million international tourists arriving in Malaysia in 2018, nation’s ambitious growth plans still call for boosting visitor numbers to this exotic, exciting and welcoming destination even more in the near future.
With the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign in the works, Malaysia’s Ministry for Tourism and Culture is targeting arrival figures 30-million and tourist receipts of RM100 billion (€21.66 billion) by 2020.
“I believe Malaysia’s cultural uniqueness is a big draw for the European market,” explained Mohamaddin Bin Haji Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture for Malaysia, adding, “As you may know, Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures with influences from Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities, as well as from Europe, Arab and the Malay Archipelago. This has resulted in a mixed yet harmonious legacy that manifests itself in Malaysia’s architecture, clothing, language, cuisine and other aspects.”
Economic Contribution of Tourism in Malaysia
The number of employees involved in Malaysia’s tourism sector rose to 3.4 million in 2017 from 1.5 million in 2005. Employment in the tourism industry contributed 23.2% to total employment in 2017 (2005: 15%). Most of the jobs in the tourism industry were in the retail trade industry (33.7%) and food & beverage serving services (32.3%) respectively.
Tourism is also important to Malaysia as it helps to empower the local community economically. Taking the Malaysia Homestay Program as an example, it offers the local village-folk to take part in offering authentic homestay experiences to tourists. In 2017, the revenue generated from the program reached RM27.6 million (eds: €5.98m). Statistics show that in 2018, a total of 372,475 tourists (local and foreign) participated in the homestay program across the nation.
Malaysia is a diverse tourism destination that offers world-class attractions, including nature, shopping, adventure, islands and beaches, as well as many international events, offering visitors a plethora of interesting choices. Besides that, the country is also a major destination for health tourism and MICE events.
“The ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ tagline has worked wonders to position our destination’s diversity”, explains the Minister. “It gets the message across that Malaysia is a kaleidoscope of customs, religions, traditions, festivals, heritage, arts and crafts, and cuisines of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and various ethnic group that continues to fascinate visitors from all over the world.” This “Malaysia, Truly Asia” branding continues till today to position Malaysia’s uniqueness.
New Developments Under Way
Upcoming developments such as Desaru Coast in Johor, and Impression City Melaka, once completed, will bring renewed interest in Malaysia.
“We are seeing the industry invigorated by the opening of renowned hotel property brands here,” explains the Minister, adding, “Several established hotel brands have ventured into Malaysia for the first time recently, while some of them are poised to enter the market in the near future. We are pleased that brands such as Double Tree, Hilton, Marriot, Anantara, Westin, Mercure, Sheraton, W, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Hyatt and others see the value of Malaysia for their business expansion and investments.” TAGS

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30+ Vegan Indian Recipes Inspired By Strong Women

30+ Vegan Indian Recipes Inspired By Strong Women
By Lora O’Brien
I don’t often feel inspired by TV shows. On the contrary, actually – I find them quite depressing. But the Chef’s Table episode on Netflix about Asma Khan is a notable exception.
The Indian born, London based owner of the Darjeeling Express restaurant descends from an ancient warrior tribe in Rajasthan, and the fighting spirit is clearly embedded in her DNA. When she moved to Cambridge to be with her husband in the early 90’s, she studied law – a subject that made didn’t thrill her – and raised two sons. She was lonely, and far from her family, but she didn’t complain, as she felt she had something to prove.
You see, when she was born, her mom literally cried , because she was the second daughter. A burden. A shame. And so, since she was a wee girl, Asma has held a fierce desire to make her family proud; to show them that second daughters could add more glory to her warrior family’s name.
Back in Britain, eventually, homesickness got to her. She missed her country, her people….and the food. So, she went back to India for a visit, and insisted her aunties, mom and sister taught her their favourite recipes so she could take them back as ‘comfort food’ to London. So far, so regular, you may be thinking. But here’s the thing.
When Khan was feeling isolated in London, she sought out friends from her corner of the world. They were mainly housekeepers and nannies from India and Nepal that may not have shared Khan’s privilege, but they did share a sense of loneliness – and eventually, a sense of family, as they bonded over – you guessed it – food.
Eventually, as she mastered Indian cooking, Khan kicked the legal profession and decided to open a restaurant, employing her new friends to help her. Today, the entire kitchen staff at the Darjeeling Express is female, unusual for a restaurant, and yes, that includes her all of old friends from back in the day. “My tribe is now women,” Khan explains. “If I had an army, it would be powerful women alongside me.”
Don’t know about you, but I find this woman damn inspiring ! And that’s why I created this article, ahead of International Women’s Day. Image: Justin Lambert
Asma may not be a vegan, or even vegetarian – in fact, due to the use of curds and ghee, it can be pretty hard to find vegan Indian food. But there are lots of ways of altering traditional Indian recipes to be cruelty-free.
To make these dishes burst with authentic flavour, you should use fresh turmeric and ginger roots, and you will need to stock up on loads of spices and specialty ingredients, which thanks to immigration, should be pretty easy to find in most big cities, or just online.
For example, be sure you’ve got: Coconut oil (to replace ghee)
Now, you’re ready to prepare these 30+ Vegan Indian Recipes, inspired by strong women everywhere! 1. Cashew Vegan Yogurt
Many Indian dishes contain yogurt as it makes dishes like curry super creamy, and gives naan bread their fluffy texture. There’s often a side dish of yogurt for dipping, too – this helps cool down the impact of chili on the palate. So of course, this plain vegan cashew-based yogurt is a great recipe to have on hand for most of your favourite recipes. But it’s also super delicious on its own!
Get the recipe here . 2. Indian Stuffed Pancakes
If you’re like me, when you think of pancakes, you automatically think of the sweet variety, but these savoury ones are just as scrummy! Enjoy them on their own, or if you’re feeling like getting a little fancy in the kitchen, you could whip up a vegan raita (with plain soy yogurt to keep it vegan) and top with minced red onion, fresh coriander and a sprinkling of salt.
Get the recipe here . 3. Savory Indian Chickpea Crepes
Forget those super sweet dessert crepes – I’m loving this savoury stack! These chickpea crepes have an incredible Indian flavour and pair perfectly with a delicious chutney or curry. They’re also gluten-free!
Get the recipe here . 4. Chapati Bread
A little fun fact: the word chapat in Hindi means “to slap” which is exactly how this puffed-up, blistered bread is made. Slap up a batch and use it as a makeshift spoon to scoop up delicious curry or tear chunks off and dunk it in some delicious chutney.
Get the recipe here . 5. Indian-Style Spiced Stir-Fry Cabbage
Give cabbage a new lease of life with this recipe. Cabbage is mixed with fennel and smoky cumin, earthy coriander, ginger and spiced with a little garam masala to create a dish that is both bold in flavour and colour.
Get the recipe here . 6. Mango Chutney
Sweet and tangy at the same time, a good mango chutney goes with loads of dishes. Delicious smeared atop a chunk of popadom or naan bread, this chutney is just packed with chunks of juicy mango.
Get the recipe here . 7. Homemade Garlic Naan
Naan bread is an essential part of any Indian meal. Much like chapatis, naan is used as a spoon to scoop up food and soak up all of that deliciousness. But, vegans beware: many naans at restaurants are made with yogurt, so they’re not vegan-friendly. Of course, this garlic recipe is 100% vegan and totally delish!
Get the recipe here . 8. Bhel Puri
Bhel Puri is a savoury Indian snack that is made with puffed rice and then tossed with vegetables – such as boiled potatoes, diced onions and tomatoes- and tangy chutneys. You’ll typically find Bhel Puri served on street vendors in India and it makes a super flavourful and crunchy teatime snack.
Get the recipe here . 9. Bombay Carrot Salad with Cashews & Raisins
This healthy carrot salad recipe is so easy to make, and it’s brimming with goodness! Made with carrots, cashews and raisins and then tossed in a flavoursome Indian dressing, it’s super quick to make and can even be made ahead of time.
Get the recipe here . 10. Indian Broad Beans
Avarakkai Poriyal is a tasty vegetable side dish made with broad beans, an assortment of spices and freshly grated coconut. The bean recipe is typically served alongside some chapatis and rice.
Get the recipe here . 11. Vegan Butter Tofu Paneer
If you’re craving a creamy masala curry that is both vegan and dairy-free, then you’ll love this tofu ‘paneer’! Of course, paneer is cheese, but instead here, tofu is used. It’s marinated and baked before its simmered in a tomato ginger cashew sauce. Rich, creamy and the perfect main to serve alongside rice and naan bread.
Get the recipe here . 12. Aloo Gobi
There are many vegetable-based dishes in Indian cuisine that just so happen to be vegan, and aloo gobi is one of them. A delicious medley of cauliflower and potatoes with an assortment of spices such as cumin, coriander, ginger and garlic mixed through, this dish is loaded with flavours!
Get the recipe here . 13. Samosas
This baked side dish is the perfect accompaniment to curry or as a snack on their own. They’re golden and crisp and you can play around with a combination of fillings to make them vegan. Tip: if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to make the wrappers, pre-made Won Ton wrappers are a good substitute!
Get the recipe here . 14. Pakoras
Pakoras are delicious spiced Indian chickpea fritters that are filled with tender slices of potato, onions, spinach and cilantro. Toasted whole coriander seeds and red chilli pepper flakes give these pakoras a bright pop if flavour and just the right amount of heat. The best part? They can be made in under half an hour!
Get the recipe here . 15. Vegan Indian-Style Potato Salad with Turmeric and Peas
This recipe gives a refreshing overhaul to the popular potato salad. With turmeric and green peas, this vibrant twist tantalises the tastebuds with a creamy dressing made of ginger, turmeric, mustard seeds and coconut milk. Yum!
Get the recipe here . 16. Vegan Indian ‘Meatballs’ In Coconut Curry Sauce
This fancy vegan meal is three dishes in one: Indian meatballs, lemon-scented basmati rice and a creamy coconut curry sauce. Serve as an appetizer or as a hearty, comforting meal. Each and every mouthful is loaded with an array or flavours!
Get the recipe here . 17. Coconut Chickpea Curry
Looking for a curry that is quick and easy to make, and one that hits the damn spot? This is the one! This creamy vegan coconut chickpea curry is packed with homemade ground spices and is incredibly flavourful and hearty. And did I mention my favourite bit: it can be made in one pot!
Get the recipe here . 18. Aloo Baingan
This recipe is an easy, one-pot curried eggplant potato dish. The veggies are slow-simmered and then served alongside some flatbread and rice. Simple yet nourishing.
Get the recipe here . 19. Malai Kofta Dumplings in Rich Tomato Coconut Sauce
These potato and tofu-ricotta dumplings are fried or baked until they’re crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re then served alongside a flavoursome, creamy curried tomato cream sauce, Indian flatbread and basmati rice.
Get the recipe here . 20. Mulligatawny
If you want a curry soup recipes that is not only quick to make but loaded with flavour and nutrition, then this vegetarian mulligatawny soup is the recipe to make. It’s rich, earthy and oozes comfort.
Get the recipe here . 21. Easy Indian Red Lentil Dal
Using some staple pantry ingredients, this dish showcases how you can reinvent simple lentils with some fragrant ingredients and spices to make the perfect Indian meal! Service it with a dollop of vegan yogurt.
Get the recipe here . 22. Veggie Korma
This veggie korma is a vast contrast to the overly sweet, vibrant yellow dish you get served as a takeaway. Veggies are cooked in a spiced ginger chilli sauce and made without onion and garlic. It can also be nut-free, so great for those with allergies.
Get the recipe here . 23. Tofu Saag Paneer
Tofu makes a great substitute for paneer because, much like the cheese used in the traditional recipes, it’s fresh, firm and chewy. The tofu makes this dish lighter, served alongside fresh spinach sautéed in plenty of ginger, cumin, fennel seeds, chiles, coriander and turmeric. Vegan yogurt is stirred in at the end to make it creamy and satisfying.
Get the recipe here . 24. Jaipur Veggies
Whoever said veggies were boring?! Tender vegetables pair with a creamy cashew sauce to make this dish of Jaipur Veggies irresistible. Made with vegan ingredients and just a touch of coconut cream, this dish is super healthy, too.
Get the recipe here . 25. Vegan Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun is a milk based, very sweet Indian dessert – and damn, is it yummy! These vegan gulab jamuns are easy to make using bread and cashew cream, and they’re so delicious, no one will be able to tell there’s not an ounce of dairy in them!
Get the recipe here . 26. Vegan Carrot Halwa
Halwa is a dessert that is made with shredded carrots that have been roasted with a non-dairy milk and cardamom to produce a super sweet dessert that melts in the mouth! It’s pretty much like a moist carrot cake crumble . Yummm!
Get the recipe here . 27. Vegan Rice Payasam
This is a traditional sweet dessert similar to the rice pudding we all know. It’s a dish that’s typically made for festivals and celebrations in South Indian homes. This recipe uses coconut milk and jaggery (a form of dark brown cane sugar) to make an incredible creamy dessert.
Get the recipe here . 28. Easy Indian Mango Lassi
This lassi is an ubiquitous Indian drink that is made with a blend of yogurt, water, spices and occasionally fruit. This one is nicely frothed with fresh dollops of yogurt, ripe mango, sugar, cardamom powder and then heaped with ice cubes to make it a soothing treat.
Get the recipe here . 29. Masala Chaas
Chaas is another popular Indian drink. It’s made with yogurt, black salt and roasted ground cumin. This recipe gives the savoury drink a plant-based makeover making it vegan-friendly and dairy-free. A wonderfully refreshing change from whatever you normally sip on!
Get the recipe here . 30. Aam Panna
Across North India, families and friends commonly share some aam panna. It’s super simple to make and requires less than 20 minutes to compose from scratch. The delicious infusion of mango and mint makes it super hydrating, whilst the cumin adds a delicate spice.
Get the recipe here . 31. Best Ever Vegan Indian Chai
We’re all pretty used by now to ordering a chai latte at Starbucks – but it’s far, far from the real thing! Do yourself a favour and try this, just once, and I swear you’ll never rely on a cafe for your fix again.
Get the recipe here .
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Bengali Sojne Saag Chorchori / Stir Fried Drumsticks or Moringa Leaves In Mustard

Bengali Sojne Saag Chorchori / Stir Fried Drumsticks or Moringa Leaves In Mustard Sojne shaak / saag chorchori – Spring is here, and its time to have some immunity boosters on the table. Not the packed chemicals, I am talking about the natural food that helps to improve your immune system. And what better could be than this – Sojne shaak chorchori. Sojne or sahjan or better known as moringa, drumsticks in English is native to India and the tree blooms and flourishes precisely at this time of the year. A slow transition in atmospheric temperature, that trigger off several other parameters, right from air quality, weeds that begins to multiply precisely at the onset of spring, viruses that begin to prolific in Spring and several other things that makes the season treacherous for many. But amazingly nature has solution for this and how fascinating it is that the synchronizing blooming of this particular tree cures many of the season’s ailments. What is Moringa / drumstick / sojne / sahjan tree? Moringa Oleifera is a tree native to India and its parts had been used in traditional medicines for thousands of years. The tree is blessed with anti-oxidant properties, anti-inflammatory, and is believed to prevent chicken pox, together with neem or margosa.
How to use moringa flowers and leaves in your cooking? Almost all of its parts can be eaten. I had previously blogged about how to use moringa flowers to cook age old delicacies that are almost lost now. The most common way to use moringa flowers / sahjan ke phool / sojne phool in Bengali cuisine is to make fritters out of it. The soft pillow ey drumstick/ moringa flower fritters are much sought after dish that goes extremely well on its own or with plain dal and rice meal. Another age old, almost lost recipe of moringa flower is – sojne phool posto But its leaves are ever popular and has been used in all forms in Indian cuisine. The clever way to use moringa leaves or any other leaves for that matter is to throw them in dals and curries. Apart from that moringa leaves fritters are also popular in many Bengali homes, including ours. Moringa beans also known as drumstick (beans ) are popular ingredient in Bengali cuisine. Apart from this sojne data chorchori, we also use it in dals too. And here I am going to share a totally different recipe of moringa / sojne shaak as we call it in Bengali – sojne shaak chorchori in mustard base. What is sojne shaak chorchori? Saag chorchoris are common everyday dish in many Bengali homes. Any green leaves, right from kohl rabi leaves, turnip greens, cauliflower leaves and stalks, pumpkin leaves and other gourd leaves are usual choice for this kind of dish. Sojne shaak chorchori is a medley of stir fried vegetables, like drumsticks, eggplants, red pumpkin and potatoes, together with the moringa leaves in a mustard base. This is a dry dish and is usually served along with plain rice. Bengali Sojne Saag Chorchori / Stir Fried Drumsticks or Moringa Leaves In Mustard

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An Adventurous Rendezvous With Kasol

/ An Adventurous Rendezvous With Kasol An Adventurous Rendezvous With Kasol Tripoto https://www.tripoto.com/ By Aahna If you haven’t yet made a trip to Kasol, you haven’t experienced true serenity. Kasol – a picturesque village in Kullu offers no dearth of scenic spots, which means you will not return disappointed. Highly known for camping and its treks, you can also explore its villages and enjoy solitude days to yourself. Hotels Map Flights My bus journey to Kasol – India’s mini Israel located high in the Himalayas was the most beautiful drive I’ve had so far. It wasn’t a smooth drive – curvy roads, a couple of stopovers, limited food and sleep – but was surely worth, and it reached Kasol in time. Kasol during new years isn’t so bad after all. I happened to be part of one of the best parties amidst the tranquil environs – the Parvati Shangri-La fest (a power pack festival for the psychedelic music fans) which was hosted by Sky Heaven Cafe in Katagla, a few miles from Kasol. If you enjoy psychedelic music, flea markets, live DJ performances, up-roaring tracks, you can also attend the festival in the month of June. If you enjoy tough climbs, walk through the forest to Chalal, which is located in the banks of Parvati river and is just 30 minutes away from Kasol. Walk through the wild trails The new and old Kasol is separated by a small bridge, and there are several mini hikes you can take to see the tremendous villages. Not all of them have luxury stays and exotic cuisines, but you’ll be surprised with the warm welcome by the locals. A lot of people actually love to camp, party and trek which indeed adds to the pleasure, the villages offer. If you’re seeking something rural, Kasol is a perfect place to start your treks in Malana and Tosh. During my stay in Kasol, I could only visit Tosh which was about an hours drive from Kasol. On the way, I also passed through Manikaran, which is considered to be a holy place for Hindus and Sikhs, so if you are visiting there, spend some time at the Gurudwara. What about Tosh Village? Tosh is situated at the height of over 7000 feet above sea level. After an hours drive, you can explore the village on foot and spend a couple among the locals. The way through the village is quite pleasant way through the lush green fields, and greatly surrounded by mountains. You can also enjoy a spectacular view of the snow capped Himalayas Foodilicious fantasies Kasol has its own beauty and holds a path to many beautiful destinations around, offering delicious multi-cuisine food along the way too. Once you’re there, you can choose from an array of cafes that serve the best in quality dishes from Italian, Chinese, Indian, French and Israeli cuisines. Do not miss the lip-smacking sweet delicacies offered by several German bakery too. So, who says you cannot enjoy this serene little village? It is a perfect treat for the mind and soul. Happy tripping!

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Celebrity Chef’s 25 Year Romance With India

Celebrity Chef’s 25 Year Romance With India 5:54 pm Chef Hermann Grossbichler was born In Austria and Spent time in Switzerland where developed a likeness for Italian cuisine, traveled the world in a cruise liner and eventually began a 25-year-romance with India that continues to this day. That’s the spirit that guided him as he launched the iconic La Piazza at Delhi’s Hyatt Regency 25 years ago to introduce the city to authentic Italian cuisine for the first time. It’s been an exciting journey over the past quarter of a century. It has never been difficult to cater to the Indian taste buds since every culture is indirectly related. It’s all about having a long-term vision and offering the right experience to your customers. Indians love to eat different types of food every time they go out and with Italian being one of the most popular cuisines, it is always in demand. Indians are also extremely knowledgable and well-informed about Italian cuisine which is why the authentic Italian menu has done so well wherever we have introduced it. Noting that there are similarities between Indian and Italian cuisines as the two countries are quite similar to each other in terms of their culture and history Grossbichler said that in both cuisines, “spices and carbs have a really important role to play”. Grossbichler is currently Executive Chef at the Grand Hyatt Kochi. Since the city is heavy on seafood, which doesn’t find too much of a place in Italian cuisine, However, In Kochi, Italian cuisine is a big hit for destination weddings. He also does a lot of European food and grills using local ingredients to adapt to people’s tastes. According to him, a good chef must understand the flavors and textures come together to make a great dish and alter dishes to adapt to people’s preference. Related Posts

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