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Vegetarianism is on the rise across the world and it seems that more and more people are seeking out ways to reduce their meat consumption. While there are a lot of benefits to eating meat, there are even more benefits to eating a vegetarian or vegan diet. When you travel though, finding these types of dishes can be difficult, or sometimes impossible when you are in a strange area that you aren’t familiar with. Here’s a rundown of some of the world’s best international dishes that vegetarians can enjoy. 

Chana Masala – India 

Who doesn’t love a bit of Indian food? Chana Masala is one of the most popular of Indian dishes and it’s totally vegetarian which makes it even better! Made mostly from spices, chickpeas, onions and tomato sauce made from boiling down tomatoes with the onion and spice, it’s a seriously delicious dish when served with rice or naan bread. If you’re a vegetarian, this will become a staple, but don’t worry – India is a haven for vegetarian dishes, so you will be hard pressed to starve here. 

Corn Tortillas – Mexico 

A staple of Mexican cooking, corn tortillas are often served with beans, avocado and salsa. What could be better? Many street vendors sell hot corn tortillas that can be filled with a whole number of taco fillings – both veggie friendly and not. Be warned though – some people do make the tortillas with pork fat, so if you’re strict, this may not be the best option for you. Instead try making your own back at the hostel or hotel and use coconut oil to cook them with. Then head out on the hunt for toppings.

Veggie Borscht – Ukraine/Russia

Ah borscht, the staple dish of the former Soviet countries. This delicious vegetable based soup is usually made with chunks of beef or at least with beef broth flavouring, so while it may not sound veggie friendly, it can be. Seek out vegetarian versions that use vegetable broth instead of beef or chicken. The result is usually just as good. Add a dollop of sour cream if you’re not vegan for the real effect. Scrumptious. Have with a side of delicious herbal bread for a proper meal. 

Thai Curries – Thailand 

A lot of Thai curries can feature a whole number of things, and whether you’re eating a red, green or massaman curry, it’s likely you will have your pick of chicken, beef, prawn or vegetable. The obvious choice for a vegetarian is the veggie option, and even though you’d think it would be a bit blander without having that bit of meat, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the veggie version is just as tasty, if not more. Order with a side of sticky rice for a more filling meal, or go with plain steamed rice if you don’t need to be too full. 

These are obviously just a couple of options when it comes to vegetarian dishes from around the world, but they are some of the best as well. These just go to show that you can get by as a vegetarian almost anywhere, so where will you explore next?