Vegan guide: What are the green options this Ramazan in Lahore?

Natasha Mohammad Zai

We’ve got good news and bad news. If you are looking for a meat- and a fish-free iftar or sehri, your options are limited. Asking for a salad sans chicken at a local restaurant would earn you clueless stares from the liveried staff, and questioning looks from the next table.

Ok. Now, for the good news. The options are limited, but they exist. In the past few years, Lahoris have become more health conscious. Organic markets are a regular staple of the weekend and grocery outlets have now started stocking up on a wide range of vegan and gluten-free choices.

Keeping Lahore’s misunderstood herbivores in mind, has compiled a list of eateries and bistros that offer up scrumptious and filing greens:

Polo Lounge's Pantry 

Polo Lounge's Pantry

Address: 94-D/1 Gaba St, Block 

D1 Block D 1 Gulberg III, Lahore.

Pantry’s sehri menu serves a halwapuri platter with aloo channa, a French toast platter, and granola cereals with fruits and yogurt for those who want to avoid anything meaty.



Address: 2189 A, Fort Road

Shahi Mohallah Walled City, Lahore.

There are two options for vegetarians here: one is their famous channa kulcha and the other is chanay pathooray - chickpea gravy served with a potato-based bread. Order either dish with a drink of your choice for only Rs799 plus tax. The deal starts at 1AM. and continues till fajr prayers.



Address: 119 Hali Rd, Block E1

Block E 1 Gulberg III, Lahore.

We admit this one has a hefty price tag of Rs1,980 per head, but it also gives you a wide choice of green to select from during iftar: Thai vegetable spring rolls, potato samosas, wok fried seasonal vegetable, and vegetarian chow mein/ stir-fried noodles. Additionally, at the live station, you can ask them to prepare the papaya salad without the shrimps, and the sukiyaki noodles can be brought to you with no chicken.