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  • What is Deepavali? A Brief Insight to How Singaporeans Celebrate Diwali

    We travel the world to see new places, to experience and learn about cultures different from our own. Most of us are stuck in our own countries right now, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to travel! Here in Singapore, there are so many cultures we can travel to, if we just stay curious and keep an open mind.  This November, we get to transport ourselves to India with the Deepavali (or Diwali) celebrations. Deepavali is also known as the Festival of Lights, and very aptly so because the festivities are a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. There are several myths surrounding the origin of the celebration, namely different to South and North Indians. Credit: sharada_vaidika on Instagram  Fun fact #1: Two-thirds of Singaporean Indians are Tamils and Malayalees (South Indian) and less than 10% are Punjabi, Gujarati and Sindhi (North Indian). The remaining 29.68% are of smaller ethnic groups that hail from both North and South India, or are ethnically mixed Singaporeans.   Origins South Indians celebrate Deepavali to commemorate the slaying of an evil demon king, Narakasura, by the deity Lord Krishna. Narakasura’s rule was likened to a period of darkness, so his defeat was seen as a triumph over darkness and a welcoming of light.  For North Indians, the celebrations date back to the myth in the Indian epic, the Ramayana, where Lord Rama of Ayuthya was exiled and deprived of his throne for 14 years by the demon Ravana. After slaying the demon and returning to reclaim his throne, the people celebrated his return with firecrackers and by lighting diya (clay lamps), giving rise to the traditions of the celebration today.    Traditions Beautifying the home & self Credit: Udayaditya Barua on Unsplash Hindus also believe that during Deepavali, Lakshmi (the deity of wealth and beauty) visits clean and well-lit homes, and blesses the households with wealth and good-fortune. They thus begin preparations before the actual day of Deepavali.  Families clean their houses, buy new (brightly coloured) clothes, and light up the entrances to their homes with oil lamps, electronic lamps and even fairy lights. A bright and joyous occasion, they also decorate their doorways with the beautiful patterns of rangoli (kolam). Source: Wikimedia Commons As rangoli is often created with coloured flour and rice, it is believed to be an act of charity as well, providing food for birds and insects. Petals and coloured sand may also be used to create rangoli.  Source: Wikimedia Commons The day itself Traditionally, the day of Deepavali begins early with prayers, an oil bath and a visit to the temple. Depending on the household, families will take some time in the day to make offerings and pray before the family shrine. It’s also common practice for South Indian families to start the day with the oldest member of the family placing three drops of oil on the foreheads of the rest of the family members; They will then proceed to take their oil baths, which is symbolic of taking a bath in India’s sacred Ganges river. Some families will also make their way to the temple to pray and make offerings before visiting friends and family.  Credit: Madhukar Kumar on Unsplash As part of the celebrations, families bring home-made sweets and savoury snacks to be given to friends and family. Reunions are joyful and vibrant, filled with good food, company, bright clothes and firecrackers! Jalebi Snack. Credit: M Ameen on Pixabay  Fun Fact #2: During the Mughal Era in old Delhi, India, the cultural norm was that Muslims and Hindus would be involved in each other's festivities. Deepavali celebrations were a testament to Hindu-Muslim solidarity as it was customary for Muslims rulers to distribute their weight in wealth to the less-fortunate.   Want to join in the festivities? Deepavali is often charged with a buzz of good cheer and bright colours, so join in the merriment and wish your friends and neighbours a happy Deepavali! (Do remember that Deepavali is not the Hindu New Year, so don’t make that mistake when sending your greetings!)  1. Deepavali Light-up & Little India Street Art  Credit: LiSHA Facebook Deepavali is known to have one of, if not the best celebratory light-up in Singapore. Catch the bright lights and extravagant displays all around Little India, and snap a photo or two while you’re at it. The lights will remain up until 6 December. Be mesmerized by the abundant street art in the area as well, from the surreal to the graceful, Little India’s walls have them all.  2. Curated Online (and Offline) Experiences  If you’ve never really taken part in Deepavali festivities before, there are loads of online experiences you can check out from the comfort of your living room. LiSHA and the Indian Heritage Center have curated comprehensive online experiences ranging from competitions, to activities, and videos to occupy you over the weekend (and beyond). And if you’re up for it, you can check out the celebrations in-person as well. Browse through LiSHA’s website and Facebook Page here. 3. Indian Heritage Center Video Series Campaign  Credit: IHC Facebook The Indian Heritage Center has launched a video series campaign to collect and preserve stories about Deepavali and what it means to those that celebrate it. From the exuberant energy of Little India (where they’re offering trishaw rides around the area!) and Tekka Market, to the intricate Rangoli and henna artforms, the videos on their Facebook page direct you to the festivities this season.  “The indian culture is really complicated. There’s so many subcultures in it and we don’t talk about it as much.”  This quote taken from one of the videos is something most Singaporeans can relate to. Our communities and cultures are so diverse, it’s impossible to fully capture the depth and complexity of our traditions in one sitting. Deepen your understanding on the Deepavali celebrations by hearing stories from young local Indians and by following featured families in their celebration preparations. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. Fun Fact #3: Iran and India share an intellectual history, where many Muslim and Hindu intellectuals during the 1200~1900s wrote texts on Indic traditions and sciences in the Persian language.  Happy Deepavali everyone! Via Giphy Check out The Halal Travel Podcast hosted by Hazirah, Nurul and Raudha as they talk candidly about travel, food, life and everything else in between and sometimes with awesome guests! Listen now! ...

  • Uniquely Themed Restaurants in Chennai

    Chennai is a haven for Halal foodies because you can find all kinds of delicious Halal food in this city. From the run-down street food cart to dining like royalty, you can experience it all. It's not difficult to locate Muslim-friendly restaurants in Chennai, because there's one every few steps you take! More about food in Chennai Book a Halal Hotel in Chennai While you'll find the more traditional-style eateries and restaurants pretty widely, you can also dine at some of the more uniquely themed restaurants and cafes in Chennai. Coming across such places that also serve Halal food is a bit of a challenge, but that doesn't mean it's impossible! Here are some of the most popular Halal Restaurants in Chennai for a unique experience. Note: None of these restaurants are Halal-certified. Some of them are purely vegetarian and do not sell alcohol, and others have assured us they only use Halal ingredients (and also do not serve alcohol). Please verify them personally if you visit.   1. Animal Kingdom Picture Credit - Animal Kingdom is one of the most uniquely-themed restaurants in Chennai. Walking into the restaurant, you'll be greeted by an electric dinosaur, and be seated in tables surrounded by trees and animals. While you won't see any live animals, you'll see plenty of fake ones all around you – everything from dinosaurs and tigers to birds and reptiles. This restaurant only serves buffets, and is pretty convenient if you are visiting in large groups. You can get unlimited starters to your table, and then have a cruise along the buffet line of mains, Indian bread, continental dishes, desserts, and more. Their Indian dishes are top notch! This is also one of the more economical buffet restaurants in the city. Cuisine: North & South Indian, Chinese, Thai, & ContinentalAddress: 43, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600020.Opening Hours: 12 noon 11:30 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 1,100 for two peopleReservation: RecommendedContact: 044 4218 7222 Website: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   2. The Waterfall Picture credit - If you're looking for someplace that is out of the ordinary, but still classy, The Waterfall is a great option for you. This unique restaurant is decorated to look like the inside of a cave, with rocky walls and greenery peeking out here and there. And, oh, did we forget to mention the actual 20 foot high waterfall inside the restaurant? They serve delicious Indian food and Chinese food; we'd recommend trying their tandoori and Indian bread dishes. The staff are also friendly and courteous. Dim lighting, the soothing sounds of the waterfall, and not to mention the delicious food makes this one of the most romantic restaurants in Chennai to take your husband/wife to! Cuisine: North & South Indian, ChineseAddress: Address: 18, LV Prasad Road, Dhanalakshmi Colony, Vadapalani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600026.Opening Hours: 12 noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM To 11 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 800 for two peopleReservation: Not necessaryContact: 044 2362 4488Website: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram   3. Robot Picture Credit - This unique-restaurant isn't just robot-themed, but uses actual robots as servers. Not only is it India's first ever restaurant of the kind, we'd say there are only a few all around the world, so it's definitely something you shouldn't miss out on your Halal tour to India. Once you're seated at the restaurant, you'll have to place your orders on a tablet available on your table. All you have to do then is just sit back, relax, and watch the mechanical servers do their job! They serve Chinese and Thai dishes, and don't forget to try their momos! Cuisine: Chinese, ThaiAddress: Kamaraj Nagar, Semmancheri, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600119.Opening Hours: 12 noon to 3 PM, 7 PM To 11 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 1,000 for two peopleReservation: RecommendedContact: +91 9842883223Website:  Facebook | Instagram | YouTube   4. Kaidi Kitchen Picture Credit - As good, law-abiding citizens, none of us are probably planning on seeing the inside of a prison in our lifetimes, but it might be fun to experience this certainly unique restaurant! “Kaidi” is the Tamil word for prisoner, making it an apt name for a prison-themed restaurant. The tables are situated behind bars, and the workers dressed as prison wardens and prisoners! This restaurant serves only vegetarian food, but you probably won't miss the meat. Some of their most popular dishes include spaghetti carbonara, enchiladas, sweet corn soup, and chocolate fondue for dessert! You can also choose to go for the weekend buffets to try a wider range of items. While the food is a little bit on the pricier side, it won't break your bank, and we think it's worth the novelty of the experience. Cuisine: North Indian, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, & ThaiAddress: Next to St. Ebbas School, 20/3, Bishop Wallers Avenue East, CIT Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004.Opening Hours: 12 noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM To 11 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 1,500 for two peopleReservation: RecommendedContact: 044 4200 9701Website:    5. Dialogue in the Dark Picture Credit - Dialogue in the Dark is a restaurant that has about 150 centers in 40 countries around the world. In India, you can find them in Hyderabad, and of course, Chennai! It's one of the most unique dining experiences in the world, and definitely one you cannot miss when you travel around India. While most themed restaurants rely on décor and things that are very visual, Dialogue in the Dark brings forward a concept of the exact opposite. You'll have a meal in the pitch darkness, and the aim is to heighten the rest of your senses as your sight is deprived. You can choose between a vegetarian, or non-vegetarian set menu, and will be guided through a blind tour and meal. There's also a twist at the end that will surely make you appreciate the entire experience a lot more! Cuisine: North IndianAddress: S30, Third floor, Express Avenue Mall, Express Estate, Club House Road, Royapettah, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008.Opening Hours: 11 AM to 10 PMPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 800 for two peopleReservation: RecommendedContact: 044 2846 4870Website:  Facebook | Twitter | YouTube   6. Arab Street Picture Credit - While you might come across quite a few restaurants serving Arabian dishes in Chennai, they might not be the most authentic. At Arab Street, not only is the food delicious and authentic, the décor also makes you feel like you're in a royal Middle Eastern palace with themes of blue and accents of gold. Listen to soothing Arabian tunes as you fill your tummies with mouthwatering Arabian food like manakish, Yemeni Mandi rice, meats, dips, desserts, and more. They also have an Indian menu and Italian dishes as well. It might seem like an eclectic mix, but somehow, it works! Cuisine: Arabian, Indian, & ItalianAddress: No 16/1, 4th Avenue Ashok Nagar Main Road, Kodambakam, Dr. Subbaraya nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600083.Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs. 800 for two peopleReservation: RecommendedContact: 044 33011691Website: Facebook | Twitter   7. The Miner Diner Picture Credit - The Miner Diner is one of the coolest themed Halal restaurants in Chennai, and definitely a must visit if you're craving some good quality Western food. The place is a bit small, but that just adds to the whole feel of it. As you might have guessed from the name, it is mining themed. As for the food, they have a range of dishes from sandwiches and salads, to pastas, pizzas, burgers, desserts and more. You cannot go wrong with any choice, but make sure to try their innovative waffle dishes like the pizza waffle. Cuisine: ContinentalAddress: 31, Anderson Rd, Thousand Lights West, Thousand Lights, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600006.Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 800 for two peopleReservation: Not necessaryContact: 044 3301164 Facebook   8. The Rock Picture Credit - The Rock is another jungle-themed restaurant in Chennai, pretty similar to Animal Kingdom. It is also decorated with animals on the wall and plenty of greenery. As another restaurant in Chennai known for their buffets, they provide good value for money as you can eat as much as you want and sample a wide range of dishes for a pretty reasonable price. It is one of the most budget-friendly buffet restaurants in Chennai, but you can also order from their a-la-carte menu. The Rock is available in two locations in the city. Cuisine: North & South Indian, Chinese, ThaiAddress: 163/164, LB Road, Adyar, Chennai.Opening Hours: 11:45 AM to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 11:15 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 800 for two peopleReservation: RecommendedContact: +91 8754444890   9. Fully Local Picture Credit - Fully Local doesn't play around with crazy décor or fancy dishes, they've got one thing in mind: to give you the most authentic Indian eating experience possible! This includes sitting on mish-mashed chairs, crazy colorful walls and interesting artwork, and of course, the most delicious, authentic Indian food! The difference between Fully Local and a street-side shop is that here, it's much more convenient and a great modern-ish place to hang out with friends and family (and it's air-conditioned, which is always a plus in Chennai's sweltering heat). For some delicious fare, try their gol gappe shots, pani puri, authentic paneer tikka, or achaari. Cuisine: North & South Indian, Street FoodAddress: Doctor Radha Krishnan Salai, 8th St, Jagadambal colony, Dwarka Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004.Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM – Monday to Saturday, 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM - Sunday Price/Price Range: approx. Rs 800 for two peopleReservation: Not necessaryContact: 044 3020566 Facebook   10. House #22 Picture Credit -   Set in a literal mansion, House #22 is definitely not your ordinary cafe! Previously owned by an Anglo-Indian couple, this 150-year old mansion was transformed into what it's owner Ksheer Vasudha Kumar describes as an “interactive experience”. This unique cafe in Chennaiis decorated in shades of mango yellow and furnished with classy tables and chairs. It gives off a calm and soothing vibe, which is hard to come by in such a densely populated and bustling city like Chennai. They serve a variety of Italian and Continental dishes, and you should definitely try their pizzas and pastas. The premises consist of a cafe, a boutique and a picturesque event deck, so make sure to check them all out if you do visit. Cuisine: Italian, ContinentalAddress: 1/38, North Parade Road, Chakrapani Colony, St Thomas Mount, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600016.Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM - EverydayPrice/Price Range: approx. Rs 1,000 for two peopleReservation: Not necessaryContact: 044 33011547Website:  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Pinterest   Find a Halal Restaurant near me in Chennai Find a Mosque near me in Chennai...

  • 10 Foods You Can't Miss in Chennai

    If you haven't got Chennai on your list of places to visit, and you identify as a foodie, you need to add it immediately! Being a food-lover and a Muslim does come with its complications, but that's why Chennai is one of the best places to go! Not only are there so many famous food outlets in Chennai offering cuisines from all around the world, they are all almost certain to be Halal or Muslim-friendly. And the other great part about being on a food-lover's journey in this Southern city (and really all of India) is that the grub is incredibly affordable. And of course, Chennai is known for its famous street food, which is the cheapest of them all. via GIPHY You'll find little shops in every corner of the city selling all kinds of fried goodness and hearty food. The locals lounge around during the morning and evening, drinking tea and munching on these goodies. Another great thing about street food in Chennai is that almost all of it is vegetarian, but you should still make sure of it with every vendor. Here at Halal Trip, we have a whole list of the best vegetarian food in Chennai that you should definitely give a try! More about food in Chennai Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Chennai Here are are some of the best Indian foods that you can't miss on your next visit to Chennai: 1. Pani Puri Although Pani Puri hails from the Northern states of the country (where it has a few different names depending on who you ask), Chennai has had a longstanding love-affair with this simple, yet delicious street food. Small crispy puffs (puri) are filled with a potato filling and served with sweet and minty watery syrups (pani). You're supposed to fill the puff with the syrups and in a very gentlemanly, or lady-like manner... shove the entire thing in your mouth. It's delicious and fun! 2. Sandwiches Sandwiches are another street food favorite in Chennai, which shouldn't really surprise you, because who doesn't love bread? But the sandwiches in Chennai are unique enough to earn a mention on this list. They are almost always vegetarian, but there are plenty of non-vegetarian street food outlets in Chennai selling Halal food as well. The simplest (also cheapest and most common) of them, though, is a sandwich filled with potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, smeared with a spicy chutney. Cheese is then placed outside of the bread and topped with crispy sev and tomato sauce. 3. Lassi Picture Credit - Nivasdurai, If you're looking for something to help you cool down from facing the brutal heat of Chennai's summer (or any other time, really), then this is the perfect drink for you. A lassi is a drink that is made from blending up curd, which means its also healthy! It comes in sweet and salty, but also with variations like mango lassi, banana lassi, cardamom lassi, saffron lassi, etc. There are many famous lassi shops in Chennai where you can try this yummy concoction, including the aptly named “Lassi Shop” which has branches all around the city. 4. Gobi Manchurian Picture Credit - Harsha K, Any fair or carnival wouldn't be complete without these crispy, crunchy spiced cauliflower fritters. It's deceptively simple, yet so good it'll almost always have you coming back for more. You'd also come across more than a few carts selling them along the side of the roads and at all the beaches. 5. Mithai Picture Credit - DDohler, It's no secret that Indians love their dessert. Traditional Indian sweets called “Mithai” are an essential part of an Indian's life, be it a special occasion or just an ordinary day at home. There are so many types of these sweets you could try. From the piping hot jalebis straight out of the oil, to the kids' favourite, Bombay Mittai, or the cooling kufli ice cream, there's no wrong choice! For a more extensive list of all the luxurious traditional Indian sweets you should give a try, read our article on 18 Must-try Traditional Indian Sweets, and 7 Desserts in Chennai and where to find them 6. Dosa & Idly Got less than 100 rupees in your pocket and wondering how to find Muslim-friendly food near you in Chennai where you can have a hearty meal out of it? Walk a few miles in any direction and we can guarantee you'll come across one of these. Dosas and idlies are Tamil Nadu's unofficial national dishes, so you can find them literally anywhere! Every corner has a street cart that sells crispy dosas and soft idlies coupled with the quintessential sambar and chutney (and maybe even a fried egg). And that 100 rupees is enough to feed you and a friend as well! 7. Bajjis Picture Credit - Bhaskaranaidu, There's no chance of you visiting any of Chennai's beaches or fairs and leaving without your tummy full with these delicious fritters. Vegetables like plantains, potatoes, and onions are dipped in a batter made of chickpea flour and served with a spicy chutney. Another variation of the ever-popular bajji is the bread bajji. Here, an entire sandwich (made with a potato filling cut in half) is dipped in the bajji batter and fried up! 8. Biryani Biryani has come to be known as the “Muslim dish” in Chennai, but the love for this popular rice dish is shared by all. Although you can find Biryani at some of the top restaurants in the city, you will also come across street food shops selling them. Many will tell you this is the most authentic way to experience this dish (or if you're lucky to be invited for a meal at a Muslim's home). Even one of the most famous Biryani chain restaurants in Chennai called “Aasife Biryani” got it's start selling out of a single rundown food cart! 9. Momos Photo credit - Kushal Goyal, Like a foreign exchange student that comes to your class and becomes the most popular girl in school, momos are a type of "migratory food," that has managed to capture the hearts of Indians all over. Although it's very prominent in cities like Mumbai and Delhi, Chennai's love for momos has been slowly but steadily progressing as well. The dish is native to Nepal and Tibet, but Indians have put their own twist on it. You'll find varieties like tandoori chicken and paneer momos. And let's not forget the spicy sauce that you get with it. Yum! 10. Parathas picture credit - You've probably heard of Indian flat breads like naan and kulcha, but if you're in Chennai, you cannot miss out on this street food favorite. Almost exclusively popular in the Southern region of the country, parathas are crispy and flaky and everything you could ever ask for. They are served with delicious gravies of all kind, vegetarian and non-vegetarian. A variation on this dish is the “kothu paratha” or “chilli parotha” where these flaky flat breads are cut up and mixed with vegetables, egg, meat and/or seafood. via GIPHY Places to visit in Chennai Find a Mosque near you in Chennai...

  • 13 Best Vegetarian Food in Chennai and Where to Find them

    One of the best reasons to visit India and Chennai, in particular, is the amazing Halal food that's available all around. But if you were ever having trouble finding nearby Halal food in Chennai, you don't even have to worry because you will have a plethora of delicious vegetarian food options! Since the majority of Indians, especially in the south, are vegetarians, you won't have trouble finding Muslim-friendly food on your travels. But that doesn't mean that vegetarian food is the consolation prize when there's no other choice. In fact, Indian vegetarian food is some of the most delicious you'll find in the world. With the deep, rich curries of the North, to the crispy rice-flour dosas of the south, any meat-eater is bound to be satisfied and craving for more! Here's an ultimate vegetarian's guide to Chennai, India – we've got you all set! credit-   South Indian Cuisine – Tamil Nadu Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, so of course, when in the Tamil Nadu, eat as they do! Food from Tamil Nadu is known to be one of the healthiest in the world. Comprised of dishes made of rice and gram flours, as well as gravies that are full of not only vegetables but spices that are good for the body. And let's not forget the ghee; lots of delicious, fragrant ghee (clarified butter), that makes anything better! Here's where you can find mouthwatering South Indian vegetarian food in Chennai: 1.Saravana Bhavan Picture Credit - Saravana Bhavan is one of the most successful vegetarian chain restaurants not only in India but the world! Their success can be attributed to the authenticity of their food and the hard work of P. Rajagopal, their founder. Try their delicious South Indian fare, from crispy ghee dosas to soft idlys, kesari, pongal, and so much more. They are also known for their range of traditional Indian sweets or “mithai”. There are a total 27 Saravana Bhavan locations in Chennai, 33 total in India, and 47 branches overseas. Address (1 of 27): 102, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T. Nagar, Chennai.Phone: 044 28154662Website:   2. New Prakash Bhavan Picture Credit - New Prakash Bhavan is not exactly “new”, they've been serving happy customers for a while now. Set in the bustling Flower Bazaar area of Georgetown, Chennai, one of the busiest wholesale and retail shopping areas in the city, Prakash Bhavan is one of the most popular family eateries here. You'll find it packed it to the brim with hungry shoppers any time you visit, from 6 am in the morning when they open until thy close at night. Prakash Bhavan is one of the best places to enjoy and wholesome South Indian meal, and their quality is outstanding! Address: 163, NSC Bose Rd, Sowcarpet, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600079.Phone: 044 2538 8748   3. Murugan Idli Shop Picture Credit - Having started in the city of Madurai, way down south of Tamil Nadu, Murugan Idly Shop is a South Indian eatery that has grown its reach to over 17 locations in Chennai. Of course, they're known for their idlis, so don't miss out on them, but other popular dishes also include masala dosa, sweet pongal, filter coffee, and more. Try their famous 'Jigarthanda' for dessert, a sweet drink ailing from their hometown of Madurai. Address (1 of 17): 149/1, 6th Avenue, Opposite Vilankanni Church, Besant Nagar, Chennai.Phone: +91 9597086503Website:   South Indian Cuisine – The Rest The South of this massive country is actually made up of 5 states: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Additionally, it also includes the union territories of Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Other than Tamil Nadu, most other cuisines are based mostly on meat and seafood-based dishes. Of course, they too have their vegetarian specialities, but non-vegetarian food being the focus of the cuisine means its hard to come by purely vegetarian restaurants serving them. Nevertheless, here are a few of them: 4. Dakshina Puram Picture Credit - This is one of the few places specializing in Andhra (Keralan) cuisine that serves pure vegetarian food. Some of the most popular dishes include the vegetable biryani, neer dosa, appam, and drumstick soup. You can also try their special thali for an all-encompassing meal. Address: 14, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Opposite TCS, Karapakkam, Chennai.Phone: 044 24500811   5. National Lodge Picture Credit - One of the best places to try authentic food from Andhra Pradesh in the city is at National Lodge. We said “authentic”, so get ready for the tears! Food from Andhra is known for its spiciness, and this place doesn't shy away from it. You can choose the unlimited meals for refills until your stomach’s about to burst or the thali meals. Address: 112, Govindappa Naickan Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai.Phone: 044 25369508   North Indian Cuisine If you're a die-hard meat lover, you'll find familiarity in the rich curries of North India based on ingredients like paneer, beans, and vegetables like potato and cauliflower which tend to be more “meaty”. These are accompanied by delicious bread like naan, chappati, kulcha, etc. These meals tend to be a lot heavier and more filling, which is something a non-vegetarian would be used to. Here's where you can find the best North Indian vegetarian restaurants in Chennai: 6. Rajdhani Thali Restaurant Picture Credit - Set in the popular Phoenix MarketCity mall in Velachery, Chennai, Rajdhani Thali Restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy the classic thali-style meal from the North. A thali is a meal that includes a variety of curries and sides served along with rice, whole wheat roti, papad, and sweet. The uniqueness of this dish is that everything is served on one plate, which contains small bowls of each item. You don't even need a menu, just get seated and be served! This place specializes in the Rajasthani and Gujarati varieties of thali. Address: 1st Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai.Phone: 044 66650316   7. Delhi Highway Picture Credit - Delhi Highway, as the name suggests, is one way to enjoy delicious food from the capital of India right in Chennai! It's a family-friendly restaurant that serves authentic North Indian fare in a friendly and classy setting. Don't miss out on their vegetarian kebabs, which are good enough to fool even a meat eater! They're soft kulchas and naans are also a popular accompaniment to any rich curry you choose. Address: Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai.Phone: 044 30205567   8. Pind Picture Credit - There are quite a few fine dining North Indian vegetarian restaurants in Chennai, but only a few that do not serve alcohol as well. Pind brings a unique ambience of a Punjabi Dhaba-style eatery in Chennai. Their food is also made to set the theme, from the Punjabi thali to the number of tikkas, kebabs, flatbreads, and more. And don't forget to try their creative mocktails as well. Address: No.2 Sarathy Nagar, 1st Main Road , Opp to L.C.S apt. , Vijaynagar, Velachery, Chennai, India Phone: +91 44 3083 3958 International Cuisine You can find a lot of variety in cuisines and food from all around the world in Chennai. So, if you're feeling like venturing outside the range of Indian food, but still want to keep it vegetarian, you can try any one of the restaurants below. Here's where to go to try some delicious vegetarian food of international cuisines in Chennai: 9. Flower Drum Picture Credit - Flower Drum is one of the best locations in Chennai for some good quality Chinese cuisine. If you're looking for vegetarian buffets in Chennai, Flower Drum is one place you can try. Some of the other popular dishes include the momos, dumplings, manchow soup, Thai green curry, etc. Celebrating a special occasion with your loved one? Try their Wednesday night candlelight dinners for a romantic meal. Address(1 of 2): 2/1, 4th Floor, Near Adyar signal Junction, Above ICICI Bank, Adyar, Chennai.Phone: 044 49588833 10. Little Italy Picture Credit - Little Italy is one of the most popular eateries in all of India for authentic Italian food. They are also purely vegetarian and do not serve alcohol, which is hard to come by in an Italian restaurant. Their menu consists of starters, soups, salads, pasta, and desserts that bring a little bit of Italy right to your table in the midst of Chennai. You can go for the buffet option, or choose any item from the a-la-carte menu. Try the minestrone soup to start off the meal, and the wood burn pizzas for mains. For dessert, you cannot beat the chocolate mousse or tirimasu! Address (1 of 4): E-50, 17th Cross Street, Lane Before Spencers Daily, Besant Nagar, Chennai.Phone: 044 30853624Website: 11. Soul Garden Bistro Picture credit - While soul garden bistro does some delicious modern variations of classic Indian food, like BBQ Paneer and veg biryani, we've featured them here for their continental, Mexican, Italian, and Western food. They've got some creative burgers and sandwiches like the beetroot and feta burger or the Bombay chatpata sandwich that are sure to fascinate your taste buds. They've also got a variety of continental dishes from pasta and pizzas to salads, soups, and starters. Address: 14, Ananda Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.Phone: 044 30205505   12. The Wok Box Co. picture Credit - The Wok Box Co. is ideal if you're in the mood for some authentic Chinese and Thai food. Their menu offers you the choice to build your own dish, be it noodles, fried rice or curries. From picking the sauces to the (vegetarian) protein and vegetables, you're the boss! If you want something unique, try their mouthwateringly soft and delicious vegetarian bao buns. They don't have seating space, but you can get takeaway or have them deliver right to your home. Address: 2nd Floor, 5/391, OMR Main Road, Thuraipakkam, Chennai.Phone: 044 33011476   13. The Hommus Family Picture Credit - If you're a hummus-lover, then you have to try out The Hommus Family for all things hummus-related. Their entire eatery is based on this delicious Mediterranean dip, so you know it's going to be good. You can get all kinds of bits and bobs to go with the delectable chickpea dip. They also don't have seating space but are available for takeaway and delivery. Address: 73/12, Halls Road, Orchards B1, Kilpauk, Chennai.Phone: +91 9791088988 Wondering how to find nearby Halal food in Chennai? Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in Chennai so you won’t miss out on the best halal food  ...

  • Find Nearby Halal-Friendly Food in Dubai: Eat like a Local

    Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a Halal food paradise. This is due to most of the food imported into the UAE being Halal with the exception of certain non-Halal foods which can only be sold in a separately labelled area or licensed shop (such as pork and alcohol).  For the control of Halal products imported into the UAE, the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology has now introduced a special 'Emirati system' which includes Halal certification mark. Due to increasing governing body standards, restaurants in general, do maintain the Halal standards despite no formal Halal certification in place for restaurants. International food chains such as McDonalds and KFC ensure the use of Halal certified meats, and the preparation meets the Halal standards. Where to eat in Dubai when on a budget? Dubai may have five-star or seven-star hotels, and luxury dining but don’t be surprised to know that there are many hole-in-the-wall ethnic eateries and authentic local corner joints that remain favourite among local Emiratis, Muslim expatriates, and regular visitors. Dubai is home to people from many nationalities with a wide range of budgets. There are also plenty of vegetarian restaurants that are affordable and filling. Credit - The following are the top 7 budget local eateries and Muslim friendly joints which are popular among Emiratis and various expatriates in Dubai:   1. Ravi Picture Credit - Ravi is not just a local hero but also a global name among tourists visiting Dubai. They serve Pakistani dishes that steal the heart of many, from taxi drivers to professional expatriates. Do try the biryani, mixed grill, peshwari mutton, chicken kadai or chicken Mughlai. Make sure you don’t miss out on the freshly made naan bread. It is advised to come for breakfast to try their famous haleem (stew made of wheat) or nihari (meat stew). Ravi restaurant is a very simple restaurant serving food on the plastic table that is light on the wallet but is packed with flavours. Location: Shop # 245, Al Dhiyafa Rd, Opp. Emirates Co-operative Society, Al Satwa, Dubai Contact: +971 4 331 5353 Website: here for more information about Ravi Restaurant   2.Metro Falcon Metro Falcon is a cafeteria corner that serves a wide variety of Indian, Chinese, Arabic and Continental food to suit your taste buds. You can never go wrong with the biryani dishes, machboos, kadai special ranges, mixed grills (sherry fish and lamb chop), burgers, shawarma, manchurian dishes, chicken 65, or chicken hydrabadi. Wash it down well with any of their tall fresh juices or try their version of Malaysian tea. There are also plenty of choices of salads on the menu for vegetarians. Location: Ahmad Ramzan Jumaa Mosque Building, Behind Shangri-La, Al Satwa, Dubai Contact: + 971 4 343 2020 Website: here for more information about Metro Falcon   3.Noodle Bowl Picture Credit - Noodle Bowl is the best place to eat Cantonese cuisine and dishes from Malaysia. This haunt is a real jewel in a Dubai where Chinese food is often a hit and miss. Regular visitors usually stick to their favourites from the extensive menu but the real delights are the selection of Malaysian dishes on the menu. Try the nasi lemak (coconut rice), Assam Laksa, salted fish fried rice, lo mee, Hainan chicken rice, wonton noodle soup, or beef rendang. They also serve special noodles on the menu such as a mixed Hofen and rice noodles in sauce. Wash it all down well with a glass of sweet tofu drink. Location: Dine Centre, Al Diyafah Street, Al Satwa, Dubai Contact: +971 4 345 3381 Click here for more information about Noodle Bowl   4.Café Betawi Picture Credit - This small and simple establishment in Karama serves authentic Indonesian cuisine. While the menu may not be extensive, they serve East Java delicacies such as rendang, gado-gado, nasi padang and ayam penyet at a reasonable price. If you are taking the Dubai Metro, stop by at their express outlet (Betawi Express) by the Emirates Towers Metro Station, South Exit 2.  Cafe Betawi is a must visit to fix one’s Indonesian food craving. Location: Shop No.20,21, Mabrook Building, 4 B St., Opp. Park Regis Hotel, Al Karama, Dubai Contact: +971 56 759 8118 Website: here for more information about Café Betawi   5.Eat And Drink Picture Credit - Eat and Drink is a convenient takeout place for a quick bite of Arabic, Indian and Chinese food. Available at many locations around Dubai, they are well-known among locals for shawarma, pita, and hummus dip, to their Lebanese grill feast. Their slogan of 'quality food at affordable prices' will not disappoint you. You can dine in or simply order from your car and they will bring the food to you while you wait inside the car. Location: Various Website: eatanddrinkgroup.comClick here for more information about Eat And Drink   6.Karachi Darbar Picture Credit - www.masala.comA popular Pakistani restaurant chain, Karachi Darbar is one of the oldest restaurant chains in the United Arab Emirates. They are committed to a high quality of food and best hygiene standards. Try the chicken tikka biryani or Karachi tikka kadai. Chinese and other Indian dishes are also on the menu. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere and you will leave the restaurant wanting more of the delicious food. The restaurant is best for all-day dining. Location: Various Website: www.karachidarbargroup.comClick here for more information about Karachi Darbar   7.Saravana Bhavan Picture Credit - www.veggiebuzz.comSaravanan Bhavan is a quality Indian vegetarian restaurant that is a part of a worldwide chain originating from Chennai. For breakfast try their poori, iddiyappam, dosa, idli or aapam. They could be serving the best masala dosa in town or if you like string hopper, they serve a coconut and lemon version that is worth a try. For lunch, it’s all about the delicious thali set that is easy on your wallet. Location: Various Website: www.saravanabhavan.comClick here for more information about Saravana Bhavan Wondering how to find nearby Halal food in Dubai? Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in Dubai so you won’t miss out on the best halal food...

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