Looks like the biryani and haleem obsessed Hyderabad is slowly having a change in its populace. With lots of people coming and settling in the city and with many locals traveling far and wide, it turns out Hyderabad is seeing a steady rise in the number of vegans. The city had its first vegan expo at Phoenix Arena in Hi-Tec City, and there were some really enticing foods such as a breakfast in a bottle, meatless meat, cruelty-free and guilt-free sweets made out of coconut milk instead of ghee.
The event was organized by two women-led vegan start-ups, Alt Mart & Enya, both of which believe in a healthy, animal-friendly world. So, it does not come as a surprise that the city of pearls has many pop-up restaurants and events curated around veganism.
One restaurant that has become quite popular with the crowds is the E’woke restaurant in Sainikpuri in our twin city Secunderabad. The place opened in July 2021, and one of the partners shares that he had a problem finding and checking for vegan ingredients when he ate out. So, he decided to open a restaurant for the likes of him.
And today, one constantly hears about soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and the likes. At E’woke, you can eat ras malai made of soft vegan chenna with almond ras, nuts, and rose petals. The restaurant also has a store where a pack of almond milk costs Rs 160. But the owners assure that once more and more people turn vegan, the market will stabilize in terms of pricing.
Then there is the alfresco restaurant Mrs. Mage at Hyatt, Gachibowli. They have a whole load of dishes such as Rock Corn Tempura, Lotus Fritters, Tofu Salsa brit, and steamed tofu. According to one survey, 65% of Indians seem to be wanting to turn vegan and consume cruelty-free foods. So, it looks like the trend is here to stay for a while.