Avegetarian noodle broth has long been a favourite among the Chinese.
And now, for the first time, it has been made from a veggie.
The news comes as the Indian government has announced that the country’s largest vegetable processor, Dara, has been given a green light to start making vegetarian veggie noodle stock.
Dara is one of the world’s largest and most respected food processors.
With a market share of nearly 10 per cent, the company is well positioned to take on the likes of the ubiquitous Gulf Fruit and Vegetable.
The government has also announced a ban on all meat, dairy and egg products from domestic supply chains.
Vegetable noodles have long been considered one of India’s most essential dishes, given the importance of keeping the diet healthy.
But in recent years, there has been a lot of focus on how to improve the health of the countrys diet and make it less reliant on meat and dairy.
In 2016, the country saw a significant spike in the number of people with diabetes, and the government has started work on a campaign called Diabetes Free India, to improve India’s public health.
There have been a number of studies in recent times that suggest that there is an association between vegetarian diets and lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
But, in an effort to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes, the government had launched a national health campaign in March this year.
On Thursday, Daryush Valizadeh, the director of Dara’s global product development, said the company would be making its veggie broth from the vegetable stock of the saiya, a common Indian dish made from rice, beans and vegetables.
“We have been working closely with Dara on this and are happy to announce this,” he told The Times.
When the saiyas stock was first introduced to the Indian market in 2015, the Chinese company had said it would make the stock from only one type of vegetable.
Now, the noodle will come from both the same stock.
“We are excited to be able to bring the saia to India, which is already one of our biggest markets.
We will be working closely to ensure that this is a success,” Valizadesaid.
It was not the first veggie to make the jump from the Chinese market to India.
In 2012, Chinese company Zhejiang Ningshen, which makes meatballs, announced that it would also make veggie soup from its own stock.
In 2016 and 2017, Indian companies also started making veggie sais.
Valizadesay, however, says the move by Dara has been “very positive”.
“We can now say that we have a major opportunity to offer our customers more vegetarian options.
A lot of veggie options are on the way and we can now offer a better quality and a better taste to our customers,” he said.