Celebration is synonymous to good food- come check out some of the must-have vegetarian dishes on Wesak day. Wesak Day is celebrated by Buddhists all over the world to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is also important for Buddhists to do good deeds on that very day, and going vegetarian on Wesak Day is one of them.
Whether it is due to religious reasons or not, it is no doubt that plant-based cuisine is healthier for the human bodies. In today’s article, we will be introducing 6 delicious and healthy vegetable dishes that you can enjoy while celebrating Wesak Day.
Promoted as one of the five national dishes of Indonesia, gado-gado is a traditional Indonesian salad, and its name literally mean mix-mix in Indonesian. This dish features a colourful mix of vegetables including potatoes, long beans, spinach, bean sprouts, corn, and cabbage.
Other ingredients like fried tofu, tempeh, egg and lontong are also added in. The ingredients will then be mixed with peanut sauce dressing before being served. Give this dish a try at your local Indonesian restaurant on Wesak Day and don’t be surprised by its deliciousness!
2. Veggie Spring Roll
Veggie Spring Rolls dish originated from China and is a staple dish in many Chinese restaurants in Malaysia. The spring roll is normally filled with ingredients such as cabbage, carrot, lettuce, cucumbers and bean sprouts, and it is usually served with a delicious spicy dipping sauce.
The spring roll can be fried or raw, depending on personal preferences. Either way, this dish is sure to give your meal on Wesak Day an extra unforgettable kick!
3. Mi Quang
A traditional Vietnamese dish, Mi Quang is a mouth-watering noodle based dish seasoned with turmeric and typical Vietnamese fresh vegetables like water mint, coriander, basil, sliced banana flower and lettuce.
Although many variations of Mi Quang, where some include chicken, pork, beef, shrimp or fish, are available, the vegetarian option is always available and popular among the locals. Have a bowl of Vegetarian Mi Quang on Wesak Day, and be assured it tastes as good as those with meat!
4. Vegetable Curry
Indian curry is one of the most delicious curries that one could find in the country. Their vegetable curry is one that should not be look down upon as even with simple vegetable ingredients, the flavour would definitely burst in your mouth, making you ask for more and more. Vegetable curry can be eaten with roti canai, naan, or as simple as a plate of home cooked white rice!
Normally cooked with fresh vegetables like brinjal and cauliflower, these vegetables would soak up the flavour of the curry, adding taste to its crunchy texture. Literally anything would go well with vegetable curry!
A primary staple in Indian cuisine, dal can be found in any Indian restaurants or even mamak stalls in Malaysia. Dal is cooked using different spices such as turmeric, masala, coriander and lentils. Other vegetables like chillies, tomatoes, onions and so on are often added in for flavours.
This sauce-like dish is always served with roti canai, and also goes really well with white rice. Even though it is made from 100% vegetable ingredients, it has a strong aroma and thick texture that would fill up your tummy and ensure your meal satisfaction.
6. Roast Vegetables
Even though this dish sounds boring, but we assure you that the taste is not! Ingredients like tomatoes, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, bell pepper and so on are best used to prepared this dish.
Furthermore, the preparation method is so easy, after drizzling the vegetables with some oil, salt and pepper, put it into the oven and wait for it to cook! A simple yet delicious vegetarian dish is ready to be served in no time. This dish is best eaten with white rice, and also by its own.
There you have it, 6 vegetarian dishes to try for celebrating Wesak Day! With these dishes, you could celebrate Wesak Day without missing out on delicious food. Check out the foodpanda magazine for more updates on all food related content.
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