Mumbai gets its own vegan city guide

Published: Nov 23, 2013, 08:24 IST | Fiona Fernandez |

City-based vegan chef and baker Rithika Ramesh's practical guide comes as a godsend for vegans from Mumbai and travellers who can now follow their culinary choices without any unsavoury surprises

The international vegan city guide series available as an e-book has just launched their Mumbai edition. From the looks of it, it’s informative, and offers a tempting invite to embark on a different food trail around town even for this non-vegetarian-loving writer. The writer, Rithika Ramesh, runs Mumbai’s first 100% vegan bakery, The Green Stove.

Rithika Ramesh started The Green Stove in 2000

Ramesh started working on the guide in May and wrapped things up by July this year. We loved the lucid writing, informative tidbits and plenty of local know-how to aid the non-Indian traveller, in particular. There are maps, guidelines and checklists, too, that will help the newbie as well as the veteran vegan in the hunt for their next stopover on the city’s diverse culinary map.

The young chef-cum-baker was excited with the idea of being a part of a huge global network that connected vegan writers — “Since I am so
connected with vegan food and cooking, the task at hand did not seem so difficult.” The only red flag, she tells us, about Mumbai’s restaurants is that, “we don’t have vegan restaurants, and only one or two of them serve tiny vegan menus.”

“The challenge at hand, therefore, was to explain and elaborate to the reader that even though restaurants in Mumbai might not understand the word ‘vegan’,there are many dishes that are either already vegan or can be altered to be vegan. This is easy if you are an Indian living in India, but for an overseas traveller, every single item that goes in to a dish has to be explained. Imagine explaining a Sev Puri to someone who has never heard of or eaten one!” she explains.

Her parting shot is reassuring for those planning to turn vegan: “Mumbai is vegan-friendly if you know where and what to eat. A lot of dishes are already vegan and a lot of supermarket junk is accidentally vegan, too.”

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