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While Berlin is certainly known as a vegan foodie destination and a place where you can easily find everything in vegan form from döner to dim sum, it is not especially easy to come across good vegan Indian food. There are many, many Indian restaurants of varying quality in Berlin, but these are the five best places for vegan Indian food.
The menu of this vegetarian restaurant in Charlottenburg serving South Indian food makes it very clear what is vegan and which vegetarian dishes can be prepared vegan upon request. The masala dosa (a gluten free pancake made from rice flour and stuffed with spiced potato and vegetables) is always a good option, and there are some more unusual dishes such as lemon lentil rice and upma (roasted semolina with onion, ginger, curry leaf and coriander). However, the best time to visit Satyam is on a Sunday for the fully vegan buffet brunch from 11am when you can help yourself to as much as you like of a wide range of dishes for just €9.50.
Goethestraße 5, 10623 Berlin
Set up more like a café than a restaurant, this laid back little place in Neukölln serves enormous portions at quite reasonable prices. Everything is vegetarian, about half of the menu is vegan and the majority of the curries that are not already, have the option of a vegan version. No onions or garlic are used and all dishes come with a mound of rice and a side salad. Their signature dish is the potato, pea and banana curry, which sounds extremely weird, but is actually very tasty. They even do a mean vegan mango lassi!
Fuldastraße 12, 12045 Berlin
Close to Boxhagenerplatz in Friedrichshain, this fully vegan Indian restaurant specializes in thalis, plates of a variety of dishes including rice, millet, vegetable dishes, pakoras (deep fried vegetables in chickpea batter), dosas, soups, salad and chutneys. Care is taken to ensure their ingredients are of the highest quality and that meals are balanced and healthy. They also serve hot drinks with soy milk and offer several vegan cakes.
Krossener Str. 16, 10245 Berlin
In an unsuspecting location in Wedding, this small restaurant serves up all vegetarian South Indian, Tamil and Sri Lankan specialties with many vegan options at great prices. Staff are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed, if a little disorganized. The menu features some interesting dishes you’ll have trouble finding elsewhere such as bright green pumpkin curry and real spicy aubergine. For just €8 you can fill yourself up on the all vegan brunch buffet every Sunday from 11am. Just make sure you come early as it fills up quickly and resist the temptation of eating beforehand: you will leave very full!
Tegeler Str. 22, 13353 Berlin
The only place on this list that serves meat, Chutnify in trendy Kollwitzkiez, Prenzlauerberg is worth mentioning for its unique street food style of South Indian food and colourful décor. Vegan options, which make up about a third of the menu, are very clearly marked. Recommendable are the generous dosas, the light and fluffy idli (steamed pancakes made from fermented rice and lentils) and the comforting channa masala served with rice. Prices are a little higher than elsewhere and there are unfortunately no vegan desserts, but it worth a visit nonetheless.
Sredzkistraße 43, 10435 Berlin