Meet Babu Ji, your highly untypical local Indian. Established in 2014 in St Kilda, Babu Ji offers fresh and somewhat unexpected Indian flavours with their traditional home-style cooking.
In keeping with all things great about Melbourne, Babu Ji sources all its quality produce from local markets and farmers, offering a huge supply of gluten free options and accommodates for both vegan and vegetarian diets.
As of next week, Babu Ji will be opening for dinner on Tuesday nights. Tuesdays at Babu Ji will be an all vegan and gluten free extravaganza, with an all you can eat menu of vegan curries, cumin infused aged Basmati rice, and a papadum for $25. Gluten free and dairy free naan is also available at an extra cost.
The first vegan night on 19 June will help raise money for the Sacred Heart Mission, with all proceeds made on the night going to the charity.
Vegan and gluten free delights at Babu Ji will change weekly and will include the likes of Dal Makhani: black lentils, ginger, garlic and garaam masala, cooked for 12 hours and the Aloo Baingan: eggplant and potato curry with roasted pine nuts and raisins.
While meat-free Mondays have recently become popular in Australia, meat-free Tuesdays have been a tradition in India for hundreds of years, which Babu Ji is excited to observe.
Babu Ji owner Mani Waraich said: “We’re launching vegan Tuesdays, not only because we should all be eating less meat but because Indian food has so many vegan options that are so naturally tasty and nutritious. Our menu has always highlighted that Babu Ji isn’t your typical Indian joint, and vegan Tuesdays will further expand on this.”
Babu Ji’s simple but sophisticated setting is the perfect place to share a vegan feast of classic and not so classic curries. The venue also has a long-standing connection with Sacred Heart Mission, regularly taking part in the annual Dine with Heart program. Babu Ji will be highlighting its ongoing support for the charity with its first vegan Tuesday.
Worth a visit? We think yes.