International Vegetarian Recipes

Posted On
June 4, 2012
An Article By
Katie

International vegetarian recipes are a great place to start looking to broaden your repertoire. Although in Western countries the consumption of animal products is generally a standardised practise, this is not so in other parts of the world. The wide influence of Buddhism, Hinduism and Hare Krishna across Asia – religions in which it is forbidden to consume meat – has lead to a strong tradition of producing dishes that satisfy both hunger and nutritional needs without resorting to harming animals. Nepal, Burma, India and Tibet are some of the countries in which a large portion of the residents are vegetarians, and therefore have a wider repertoire of vegetarian dishes.

Taking influence from the cuisine of such countries is a great way to increase the scope of your cooking and learn new ways to utilise the produce you have available. In some cases it will require learning new techniques or using ingredients you’ve never had in your pantry before, but the knowledge you gain is worth it.

Cooking International Vegetarian Recipes

It’s a good idea to try international cooking at a specialist restaurant, so you can see how the dish is supposed to taste. Then try to recreate it on your own with some of the following recipes:

  • Coconut Curry Tofu – A delicious creamy curry that uses tofu to bulk it out. Mushrooms and bok choy add nutritional value and taste.
  • Miso Soup – A traditional Japanese soup that is a perfect accompaniment to dinner, lunch, or even a savoury breakfast. Instantly warming, and you can add your favourite tofu, seaweed and mushrooms.
  • Cold Teriyaki Tofu – A neat twist on teriyaki meat dishes such as chicken. Perfect with rice or shredded bean sprouts.
  • Ginger Vegetable Stir-Fry – Stir fries are a quick, light meal that can utilise any vegetable you have in season. Ginger is a great accompaniment to give the dish a zing.
  • Filipino Fried Rice – Fried rice is perfect for using up any leftovers, and creates a simple, filling feed. This garlic fried rice would be a delicious accompaniment to any meal.
  • Asian Broccoli Salad – Get the goodness of broccoli alongside your main course with this easy salad recipe.
  • Black Sticky Rice Pudding – There are many international deserts too, such as this rich and creamy sweet rice pudding from Korea.

Getting the hang of a range of international vegetarian recipes opens up your palette and gives you many cheap and healthy recipe options.

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