Many people ask me this and it is my honor to share some information about my country on this forum. If you travel to India and you are a vegetarian, you will not have any problem at all.
There is lot of veg food available with price ranges as low as $1 per dish. You have International brands of restaurants that might look more familiar to you if you are travelling from abroad. There are local restaurants and there is street food.
Indian street food is good for vegans as well as vegetarians. But try it only if you have strong immunity, as street food items might not be the most hygienic choices. They are definitely yummy, but remember to declare beforehand if you want your food item to be less spicy.
Most street food is also suitable for vegans because it is mostly made up of wheat, potatoes and sometimes pulses. You can easily exclude the butter from your dish if there is any. Because they make it right in front of your eyes, you can customize your dish easily.
When it comes to eating Indian dishes in restaurants, you have to be more careful. Indian cooking involves lot of ghee (clarified butter), butter, paneer (cottage cheese) and you will get very few dishes that are used without any of these. There are also other milk derivatives added while cooking dishes, so you have to be very clear while you place your order about no milk products.
If you order Indian bread (roti, chapatti, naan etc), make sure you mention that you want it without butter.
Being a vegetarian however, is easy in India.
Depending on the city you are visiting, you will find a large number of 'veg only' restaurants. This classification is maintained in India to avoid serving non-veg food to vegetarian people even by mistake. This becomes necessary because most vegetarians in India have strong religious beliefs behind consumption of vegetarian food.
As opposed to non vegetarian diet, cow milk consumption is not considered to be bad in India. Cows are treated with respect and also worshipped in India and hence cow milk is very common. Buffalo milk is used at most commercial places though.
If you are a vegan, you will find sandwiches, burgers and chips without cheese. If you look at Mc Donald's menu in India, you will find that it is localized with many veg and vegan choices.
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