When travelling abroad, eating vegetarian food is limited to just cottage cheese, mushrooms or potatoes. Mom was vegetarian for 40 years of her life; she normally starved during flights and survived mostly on bread and butter. But things have changed now since more people opt for vegetarian cuisine and I was happy to find good variety of vegetarian dishes in a typical Spanish restaurant.
What was good about this restaurant was that it had good variety of vegetarian dishes too.
White cheese is must if you dine in any restaurant at Canary Islands. The cheese is soft, firm and a bit salty in taste.
White cheese is added in most salads, the vegetables are fresh and succulent and tastes great with herbs sprinkled on them, The dressing is made by mixing lime juice, salt, sugar, basil leaves, parsley and olive oil.
‘Pimiento Padron’ is a Spanish delight. Big large chilies (that taste like capsicum) are boiled in salty water, dried and stir fried in olive oil.
Papa arrugada is another dish that one must try. Small round potatoes are picked with fork and boiled with rock salt (in one kg of potatoes they use 250gms of rock salt). They are cooked for 45 minutes on slow flame, removed, dipped in cold water, and then roasted in a pan till they crumble.
They are served with mojo, a special sauce served with Papa Arrugada.
Recipe for mojo
1cup olive oil
20 cloves garlic
4 slices of bread
1tsp cumin powder
1 large red capsicum
10 dried red chilies
1tsp grape vinegar
1. Fry garlic with skin in good quantity of olive oil, till skin separates, remove the garlic and keep aside
2. In the same oil, fry small pieces of bread till they brown, remove and keep aside.
3. Transfer the garlic and fried bread in the mixer.
4. Add cumin powder, salt, red capsicum, dried red chilies and little water
5. Grind to a smooth paste
6. Add grape flavor vinegar
7. Add the reserved olive oil that was used for frying garlic and bread.
8. Mix it well and serve with potatoes.
For main course, one normally eats Paella in Spanish restaurants. I think this restaurant had many vegetarian clients because it even served vegetarian Paella. There was wide variety of Paella dishes. We ordered veg, the moist one, which looked more like khichdi, but the taste was good, quite similar to the non-veg type with lots of vegetables and the special thick grains of rice that is used in this dish.
Great lunch at Gambrinus at Las Palmas, that’s where we spend one afternoon for vegetarian meal.