Annakut
13 Newington Road
Edinburgh
EH9 1QR

+44(0)131 667 9897
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Overall score: ★★★★☆

Annakut is a fairly new player in Edinburgh’s food scene. It quietly popped up a couple of months ago on Newington Road, but it’s been doing a healthy trade and is full of people enjoying their vegetarian Indian menu.

Thankfully for us vegans, there’s also a wide vegan offering at this restaurant bursting with flavours and dishes from all over India. With so many unusual dishes to try, this is the perfect opportunity to try something new.

Vegan food at Annakut

Annakut offers a wide selection of vegetarian food, split on the menu by region. All the vegan options are very clearly marked with a ‘v’, so it’s easy to pick out what you fancy. At the time of writing, the vegan offering includes:

Starters

  • Indo-Chinese Hakka Noodle Noodles made with bell peppers, spring onions flavoured with Indo Chinese flavours
  • Mix Pakora Potatoes, cauliflower, onion chillies mixed with besan, deep fried with spices
  • Onion Bhaji Onion chillies mixed with besan, deep fried with spices

Street Food Starters

  • Bhel A mix of fresh vegetables, tomatoes, onions, boiled smashed potatoes and tamarind chutney
  • Papadi Chaat A medley of chickpeas, mash potatoes topped on fried canapés, garnished with hot and savoury sauces
  • Samosa Chaat Mased samosas served with chickpeas, potato, onions and chaat masala to make a tempting snack
  • Vada Pav Spicy potato filled vadas served inside a soft bun along with spicy and sweet chutneys
  • Aloo Tikki Masala stuffed spiced potato patties served with tamarind and coriander mint chutney

Mains

Split by region:

South Indian Zone

  • Plain Dosa Thin rice crepes
  • Masala Dosa Crepes filled with potatoes and onions
  • Mysore Masala Dosa Thin rice crepes with a layer of hot chutney filled with potatoes and onions
  • Uttapam Thick rice and lentil pizza-like pancake topped with tomatoes, onions, green chillies and coriander served with sambhar and coconut chutney

Gujarati Zone

  • Kaju Karela Crunchy fried bitter gourd tossed with jaggery, poppy seeds, cashew nuts and special spices
  • Ringan Bateta Aubergine and potatoes cooked in tomato gravy and special Annakut spices
  • Sev-tameta nu Shaak Delectable preparation of tomatoes tempered with cumin seeds and ginger cooked with fine vermicelli made from gram flour
  • Ringan no Oro Chargrilled aubergines mashed and cooked with fresh tomatoes, spring onions and spices
  • Lasaniya Bateta Garlic flavoured baby potatoes sautéed in spices
  • Vatana Bateta Potatoes and green peas cooked in tomato and onion gravy along with distinct Indian Gujarati spices

Punjabi Zone

  • Aneri Bhindi A flavour-packed okra (lady fingers) dish cooked with onions, tomatoes and fresh ginger
  • Veg Kolhapuri A colourful bunch of veggies (cauliflower, peppers, potatoes and carrots) in a medium-spicy and tangy gravy

Thali

  • Vegan Thali Vegan starter followed by seasonal vegetables, dal tadka, rice and naan, with seero for dessert

Daal

  • Tadka Daal Smooth and rich chana daal cooked with onions, tomatoes and Punjabi spices

Desserts

  • Seero Semolina and almond mixed with soya milk and sugar
Vegan Pakora at Annakut Edinburgh

Tasty onion bhaji

 

Annakut menu

 

Vegan Pakora at Annakut Edinburgh

 

Vegan thali at Annakut Edinburgh

Vegan Thali

 

Painting at Annakut Edinburgh

 

Vegan thali at Annakut Edinburgh

The vegan thali comes with pakora and onion bhaji

 

Vegan okra curry at Annakut Edinburgh

Aneri Bhindi – okra cooked with tomatoes, onion and ginger

 

Vegan thali at Annakut Edinburgh

The Thali comes with mini servings of wet dishes including aloo matter and daal tadka

 

Vegan thali at Annakut Edinburgh

Feeling hungry yet?

 

Vegan dessert Annakut

Seero dessert

When we went we tried the vegan Thali (well, why wouldn’t you?!), onion pakora and Aneri Bhindi. The Thali was as good as any you would expect in Edinburgh, with a good range of wet dishes served with pakora, bhaji, rice, bread, salad and a dessert.

I opted for onion bhaji to start (a surefire crowd-pleaser) followed by Aneri Bhindi with a side of rice and bread – a very satisfying meal. The place was full to the brim when we visited, so hopefully this wee veggie gem sticks around. Definitely worth a try if you’re searching for a decent feed in the south side of town.

Choice: ★★★★☆
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆

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