I LOVE Asian food and am always looking for new cuisines to try, so when I came across V-Giyan, a family run business that delivers vegan Punjabi food across Oxfordshire, I was chuffed!
Who are V-Giyan?
V-Giyan was founded by Bal Gill and is run by Bal and his family from their home in a village just outside of Bicester. The Gill family originate from Punjab (North India) and are passionate about combining the fresh flavours of Punjab and the ayurvedic purposes of the ingredients they use. Their menu is entirely vegan and focuses on compassion for our planet and the wisdom (Giyan) in the natural methods of Punjabi cooking.
All of the dishes on the menu bring a slice of authentic, Punjabi home cooking to your door and are truly delicious. From tofu and vegetable spring rolls and Punjabi bhajis to coconut and mushroom curry and spicy malai kofta, their menu is FULL of amazing dishes (and pictures to help you choose)!
Bal is continuously adding new seasonal produce to the menu such as, their festive tandoori slow roasted brussel sprouts and if deciding what to have becomes too difficult, there is a Planet Happy Meal, which includes five carefully selected dishes from the menu including curry, dal, sides, naan and rice for a bargain £25.
Just before Christmas, I was kindly gifted a few dishes of my choice from the V-Giyan menu to sample and review. Here’s my verdict on the V-Giyan experience!
The V-Giyan Experience
After scanning the V-Giyan menu on multiple occasions, I was struggling to decide what to order – I wanted it all. I’ve travelled to India three times but unfortunately, have never made it to Punjab, so I was looking forward to trying some new flavours and dishes whilst also teaming it with some familiar favourites – vegan style.
In the end I opted for my all time favourite Indian dish, malai kofta (£6.50), alongside roasted red pepper and okra masala (£6.40), Punjabi kadhi curry (£5.90), matar and tofu ‘paneer’ curry (£6.20) and a side of bhajis (£6.95). To order your delivery via the V-Giyan’s website you just need to enter your postcode to check they deliver to your area and add each item to your cart. There’s a minimum order of £25 with free delivery and you can choose a delivery date and slot to suit you (order before 12pm for same day delivery).
Bal delivered my order in one of their 100% compostable boxes. Their branding is simple but effective and it’s great that the packaging fits with their vegan ethos. Each item is efficiently labelled with allergens and comes in packaging you can pop straight into the microwave.
We don’t actually have a microwave, so I can vouch that it is also safe to put them in the oven to heat through! On first glance, I couldn’t believe how generous the portions were for the prices – we were definitely not going to be going hungry.
Like any Indian, we scooped a bit of each curry onto our plates and started to indulge. First up was the bhajis – wow! They were crispy, moorish, full of flavour and perfect for dunking in the selection of curry sauces.
The malai kofta curry had the perfect balance of spice from the sauce and sweetness from the kofta balls. The tofu “paneer” curry was rich in flavour and the texture of tofu replicated paneer very well. The kadhi curry was light in texture and flavour but was very fragrant. Finally, my favourite dish of the night – the roasted red pepper and okra masala was creamy, aromatic and indulgent with a perfect bite to the okra.
I shared the meal with my sister and her boyfriend (both avid meat eaters) and despite their reservations of the takeaway being fully vegan, they absolutely loved it and said they’d 100% order from V-Giyan again. It proves you don’t need cream, butter or ghee to make an Indian taste great!
V-Giyan are clearly extremely passionate about the Punjabi culture, the natural ingredients they use and the food they produce and each of these passions shine through in abundance in their cooking.
When it comes to ordering an Indian, us Brits tend to stick to our usual, safe order – are you a biriyani, korma or chicken tikka masala kinda person? I love that V-Giyan’s menu introduces its customers to new dishes and encourages them to order something a little bit different to their normal Indian takeaway. The menu has an amazing selection of dishes to choose from – some familiar, some not – which is updated and added to regularly and is so reasonably priced. Every item on their menu is vegan however, this doesn’t sacrifice the taste or enjoyment of the dishes at all – if anything it heightens it knowing that the food is healthier and better for both you and the planet.
Every dish we had was delicious, flavoursome and punchy with spice and I will definitely be ordering some other dishes from the menu that I didn’t get to try very soon – with a side of bhajis of course!
If you would like to try V-Giyan’s Punjabi vegan takeaway, head over to their website to browse their menu and place your order. Enjoy!