Glasgow Indian restaurant becomes first in UK to offer vegan paneer

Read Time:   |  2nd March 2020

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Dhabba is now offering handmade vegan paneer made from soy milk.


A pioneering Indian restaurant in Glasgow, which already boasts a wide range of vegan dishes on its menu, has just become the first in the UK to offer a vegan paneer alternative.

Dhabba, which was also the first Indian restaurant in the UK to go totally nut-free, has created the handmade paneer using soy milk to give a traditional taste without the dairy.

There are currently three vegan paneer main dishes on offer to choose from including Paneer Shimla with peppers and onions; Palak Paneer with spinach leaves; and Paneer Makhani Masala featuring vegan cottage cheese in a rich and creamy tomato sauce.

The restaurant recently relaunched its menu to add more plant-based options to be more inclusive of a variety of dietary requirements, with dishes such as Subzi Tak-a-Tak and Khumb Gajar Mutter – a medley of mushrooms, carrots and green peas in a medium sauce of browned onions, tomato, and ginger – on offer.

“Pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine”

In a statement, Dhabba owner Navdeep Basi said: “At Dhabba we have always taken pride in offering quality dishes whilst pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine. 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. We hope to set the trend with our soy milk based vegan paneer once again.”

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