Indian Restaurant First in UK to Offer Vegan Paneer

The Dhabba, an Indian restaurant at Candleriggs in Glasgow has added yet another feather to its cap by including vegan paneer cheese in its menu. This is the first Indian restaurant in UK to offer plant-based version of paneer – handmade using soy milk – it's vegan paneer no tofu.

The Dhabba restaurant in Glasgow city (PC: Twitter @thedhabba)

The eatery has been serving a wide range of vegan cuisines from the past few years. But now, the paneer dishes are all set to spoil its vegetarian and vegan customers. The new menu has three dishes – Paneer Shimla, Palak Paneer and Paneer Makhani Masala.

While Paneer Shimla is made of paneer, peppers and onions, Palak Paneer has oodles of paneer and spinach leaves; Paneer Makhani Masala is prepared with cottage cheese in a tomato-based rich, creamy sauce.

Dhabba owner Navdeep Basi recently re-launched the menu to include more plant-based options like Subzi Tak-a-Tak (a medley of sautéed Indian vegetables like Indian squash, bitter gourd, cauliflower, aubergines and okra) and Khumb Gajar Mutter (a medley of carrots, mushrooms and green peas in a medium sauce of browned onions, tomato and ginger).

The restaurant is popular among the foodies in Scotland since 2002. It has extensive North Indian cuisine range, being served under different categories – à la carte, Pre  Theatre, Group Tasting, Lunch, Wine & Dine and Vegan.

A lavish vegan & vegetarian meal at The Dhabba

For example, the Vegan menu includes Starters, Vegetables, Tandoori Oven, Subzi Biryani, Side Dishes, Salads, Rice and Breads. Needless to say, all these are dairy and egg-free, but they retain the traditional flavors, richness and health benefits.

In a statement, Navdeep said, “The ancient art of Paneer making is something our chefs are very skilled at and we thought it would be good to create something special for our vegan customers. We have a totally bespoke vegan menu on offer for them which now joins our other chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian menus. We have a large range of gluten-free dishes and are totally nut-free. It’s been interesting and flattering to see other restaurants around the globe following our lead.”

Traditional dishes chosen from across the Northern frontier of India and served with the finest ingredients, to give the foodies the authentic experience of dining – now, that’d be a gastronomic delight!