There are plenty of Indian restaurants in Las Vegas that are vegan-friendly. And, if they don’t have specific vegan dishes on their menu, they can easily make them vegan. But, Taj Palace stands out from the plethora of Indian restaurants in Las Vegas with vegan options.
In fact, they have an entire vegan section on their menu … and there’s literally nothing on it that’s a dud. Seriously.
Las Vegas Vegan-Friendly Restaurant: Tag Palace, Henderson
We’ve been driving by Taj Palace for ages, and can’t believe we snoozed on this restaurant for so long. The vegan offerings at Taj Palace are abundant, so let’s dive in.
Vegan Appetizers at Taj Palace
There are numerous ways you can start your vegan meal at the Las Vegas restaurant. We suggest ordering the a few things … even if it’s just you and another person.
The vegetable samosa are perfection — flakey flour pockets filled with mashed boiled potato, onions, green peas, lentils, spices and green chili. So, yah start there.
And then keep going.
We’ve had veggie pakora in a lot of places, but there’s something about the veggie pakora at Taj Palace that stands out. This gluten-free dish features a variety of veggies dipped in gram flour and then deep fried.
If you can’t decide what you’d like — because there are other vegan options for appetizers, too, like aloo tiki (gluten-free potato patties with green peas), onion bhaji (mildly spiced onions mixed in gram flour batter and then deep-friend. And gluten-free), as well as vegan naan and roti — you can order the vegetarian platter and get a taste of more.
Want some soup? You’re covered.
Taj Palace offers mulligatawny, a gluten-free aromatic soup made with yellow lentils, carrots, ginger, garlic, onions, red jalapeños, carrots, plus curry and other fragrant spices.
They’ve also got the Taj Special Tamatar Soup, a tomato soup with homemade croutons.
Vegan Entrees at Taj Palace
Now, here’s where it gets really good. We mean it.
Taj Palace has an entire section of vegan entrees.
You can order the tried and true like the gluten-free aloo gobi with potatoes, cauliflower and Indian spices … or mix it up with the baigan bhartha (charcoal-grilled mashed eggplant with fresh tomatoes, onions and spices).
They also serve mushroom mutter curry, made with sliced ‘shrooms and cooked with green peas and spices, plus veggie jalfrezi, featuring fresh garden vegetables stir-fried in a spicy sauce.
If you’re down with even more mushrooms, also try the mushroom masala made with fresh mushrooms sautéed in tomato and onion sauce.
But wait, there’s more.
Vegan entrees at Taj Palace also include jeera aloo (potatoes cooked with cumin and herbs); bhindi and chana masalas; the delicious dal tadka made with yellow lentils, onions, garlic and ginger, cooked with herbs and spices; chana saag (chickpea curry, greens and onion in a tomato-based sauce and spiced with turmeric, cumin and garam); and aloo mutter with peas and potatoes.
Of course, no meal is complete without some rice.
We’re partial to the jeera rice, a long-grain Indian rice with roasted and fried cumin seeds.
They also have basmati rice, vegetable biryani and peas pulao with peas, nuts and raisins.
Are you drooling yet?
9530 S. Eastern Ave., 89123, 702-685-0222, Mon. – Sun.: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
***Please note during pandemic, hours are different. Be sure to check the guide to Las Vegas restaurants open during the pandemic.**
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. A Las Vegas resident, she spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is alsoa partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.