The Definition of Subji in Indian Food

Nuggekaisoppina palya or drumstick leaves subji from karnataka,
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Ready to expand your Indian food dictionary? One of the words you may want to add to your arsenal—not to mention a dish you may want to try—is subji. This term means 'vegetable dish'. It can be used in connection with any vegetable. Subji can be dry, wet or in curry form. Subji is also known as bhaji or sabzi.

Delicious and Meat Free

This is a popular meal for vegetarians, as it is made with green peas, cauliflower and tomatoes—and of course, plenty of Indian spices. Subji is both gluten-free and vegan, as well as vegetarian. Due to the large and growing number of vegetarians in the country, subji can be a popular meal choice. 

Though meats are incorporated into many Indian food dishes, there are plenty of vegetarians in the country—and many vegetarian dishes that take advantage of well-known Indian flavors. Turmeric, red chili powder and cumin make up the spice profile in subji. Other dishes feature different veggies and spice combinations, as well as various cooking and preparation techniques.

Vegetarians Growing in India?

India is one of the most populated countries on the globe and has more than 1.2 billion people. About 500 million of them are vegetarians, according to reports. In fact, the country has more vegetarians in it than the rest of the world combined.

Class and religious systems are largely the cause of this. Many Indians believe in doing no harm to animals, something is known as ahimsa. It is connected to the idea that hurting animals will produce negative karma. In some parts of the country, it is illegal to slaughter cattle; in Madhya, a person who kills a cow could be put in jail for up to seven years.