What started as an attempt towards the prevention of huge amounts of animal suffering and environmental degradation, has now become a very popular dietary and lifestyle choice amongst customers. Veganism globally and in India is on a rise.
Vegan or plant-based diets involve cutting out all animal-based foods like meat, eggs, honey, and dairy as opposed to the more popular vegetarian diet that only excludes meat but allows Milk and eggs.
Even though the core virtue of the vegan lifestyle remains that of making more conscious lifestyle choices for the planet, the word vegan can be used to now identify a pizza, a bag, or a person.
Fun fact, currently more than 7.8 Million people in the world are strictly Vegans! As a result, we’re seeing more and more people switching to a vegan lifestyle to do their bit for the world.
To cater to these high demands, every restaurant owner should get basic knowledge and some tips on basic vegan options available right in your inventory.
Here’s How You Can Adapt Veganism In Your Restaurant By Substituting Basic Ingredients And Become A Vegan-Friendly Restaurant
1. Plant-Based Milk
Instead of using popular cow or buffalo milk, you can use milk that comes from the following:
These plant-based milk comes from vegan ingredients that make most of your menu items vegan without much effort or consideration. And they are much easier to make than you think! You can find some recipes here.
2. Meat / Paneer
Vegan food is anything but boring! Meat in dishes like burgers, and hot dogs, can be easily substituted with tofu, tempeh, or soy nuggets!
Vegan Butters will make you go nuts (pun intended).
Typical dairy butter can be made extra creamy and delish using Nuts. Nuts like peanuts, almonds, and cashew have gained popularity as great replacements for traditional dairy butter. These kinds of butter are so tasty and can be very easily made in-house! You can find recipes here.
A simple vegan soft cheese instead of animal milk-based cheese can be made with nuts, herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of water. Nuts are a great base for these spreads as they pack in protein and flavour while adding texture. You can find a recipe here.
Egg white can be easily replaced with aquafaba aka chickpea can water.
It can be used to make meringues, mousses, and a variety of baked goods like brownies, macarons, and sponge cakes. You can make dairy-free buttercream lighter by mixing in chickpea water.
In order to produce vegan royal icing, you can even combine it with icing sugar and lemon juice.
5. Creams & Yogurts
Any cream or yogurt made from plant-based milk gets a green signal from the vegan gods. You can also use aquafaba in making dairy-free batter and sauces like mayonnaise. You can find them useful in cocktails too.
Coconut-based cream can taste amazing in Indian and Asian cuisines while for other cuisines and topping a blander more neutral yogurt alternative made out of soy or almond works great.
Customers are now woke and their food ordering patterns are evolving. They try to make their consumption choices conscious every day. With these changes, your restaurant can turn into a vegan-friendly restaurant without any heavy investments or efforts and the high demands of its vegan customer base. It’s all about smart substitution and conscious choices as an owner.
What’s also great to see is how some restaurants have started celebrating veganism by curating separate vegan menus to cater to their vegan diners and with Petpooja’s Menu Management, the shift becomes smoother.
One thing’s for sure — fad, trend, or lifestyle, Veganism is here to stay with us for better and forever.
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