PETA titled Hyderabad as the 'Most Vegan-Friendly City' of India
The biryani capital earned the title for its top-notch vegan restaurants, dessert offerings and vegan community
Having been crowned with the title of ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ by UNESCO recently, Hyderabad also earned the title of the Most Vegan Friendly City from PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) India. “Global interest in a vegan lifestyle has never been higher and Hyderabad is leading the country in responding to it,” says Kiran Ahuja, PETA India's Vegan Outreach Coordinator.
Additional Commissioner GHMC Musharraf Ali Faruqui says, “Hyderabad is the highest meat-consuming city. Per capita consumption of meat in Hyderabad is the highest in Asia but we are also the most accommodating city in food. Hyderabad has an equal number of vegetarian or vegan food takers.” Faruqui also feels that every food joint in the city, no matter what cuisine they offer, is open to customisation. “The contribution of the vending zones is significant. They have taken the idli and dosa and given them unusual twists in the form of idli manchuria, stuffed dosa and what not. Food trucks don’t serve meat and on request they can turn a cheese dosa to suit any vegan’s preference. Hyderabad is ready to customise anything for anybody. The extra mile taken by the hospitality industry is incomparable,” he adds.
It is interesting to know that stand alone vegan restaurants are doing quite well in the city. Add to it innovations like pizza with local leafy greens, mind-boggling dips with homemade fresh pita and a lot more at Sage Farm and Cafe give a big boost to veganism. Again, Sage Farm is not vegan-only but when made to customise, their food is finger-licking perfect.