If you are like us, you love healthy vegetarian food and would love to eat it every day for every meal. What often stops people from that is the lack of good vegetarian options nearby. In Almaty, a taxi ride during lunchtime can often take 20-30 minutes, if not more, rendering it difficult to get to one of the few places that serves vegetarian options. This is why we were so thrilled to discover a new small business in town that offers vegetarian cuisine with delivery service to your office or home door! The menu changes daily and is seasonal. Food is a mix of Russian, Kazakh and Indian cuisine - ranging from lagman to borscht to dal and rice; each day is a new culinary adventure! The meals come in plastic reusable containers; dessert is optional and not available every day. If interested, send us a note and we'll send you the contacts of the group who runs the business! It's delicious! Pricing is 900 tenge per portion with a 100 tenge charge for delivery. Much less than your average business lunch and much healthier and better for you!
We were invited to an amazing lunch today in Almaty by a dear friend who is a fellow yogini and health food advocate. She's done a brilliant job of adapting a number of traditional Kazakh and Central Asian dishes to the vegetarian diet, and bringing out the best in hospitality, color and flavor! Wondering what you can do in Kazakhstan or abroad to serve an authentic and vegetarian dinner to your guests? You might take some inspiration from the photos below. And a big thank you to our friend Saule for the incredible meal and day together!
You can find manty and plov throughout Central Asia, and there are countless varieties of both from region to region. Both of these dishes can be made vegetarian, and actually work quite well for the vegan diet too. We visited a friend's house recently and look what she served - vegan plov and vegan manty! The manty were stuffed with pumpkin and potato, and the plov dish consisting of rice, carrots and chickpeas also featured a bit of fiery red chill pepper. While this dish can sometimes contain excess oil, our friends went light on the oil and opted not to use butter. Served with a vegan tomato sauce….delicious!