AUSTIN, TX — Tarka Indian Kitchen, a fast-casual eatery, has expanded its menu to include more vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items, officials announced Monday.
In an advisory, the restaurant’s owners described the move as one catering to more lifestyles and dietary preferences without sacrificing on the authentic spices and flavors for which Indian cuisine is most renowned.
Available now, guests can enjoy these fresh new offerings:
- Vegetable Pakoras (vegan and gluten-free) comprising potatoes and onions dipped and fried in a seasoned gram flour and roasted cumin batter, served with mint-tamarind-yogurt chutney. Vegan chutney is available upon request.
- Beyond Keema Curry (vegetarian), a previously limited-time item added to the permanent menu, made with plant-based ground meat with green peas and potatoes, seasoned with coriander, dried chilis and Indian spices, served with vegan yeast rolls.
- Mango Cheesecake (gluten free), which is light and moist, bursting with flavor from the king of fruits.
In addition to launching new items, Tarka enhanced these fan favorites to meet the needs of more of its guests:
- Vegan Lassis (vegan and gluten-free), fresh-whipped lassi made with coconut milk instead of yogurt.
- Tikka Masala Fries (vegetarian), served with Tikka sauce for dipping. To make it vegan, guests can select ketchup as the dipping sauce instead.
- Kabobs (gluten-free), Tarka’s kabobs served with a choice of Tikka sauce or mint-tamarind-yogurt chutney. Previously, it was only served with mint-tamarind-yogurt chutney.
“At Tarka, our top priority is to listen to our guests,” Tarka CEO Tinku Saini said in a prepared statement. “After conducting a survey to determine requests among guests, the results showed that they want to see more vegan and vegetarian options. Now, 80 percent of our menu can be made vegetarian. Indian cuisine is a popular type of food for those seeking a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle because for those who don’t eat meat, the combination of warm spices creates dishes that are rich and deep in flavor. Our mission is to serve fresh, healthy Indian cuisine, so we are very excited to serve more items that accommodate the various preferences and lifestyles of our guests.”
There are four Tarka Indian Kitchen locations across the Austin area at 5207 Brodie Lane in the southwest portion of Austin; 2525 W. Anderson Lane in North Austin; 201 University Blvd. in Round Rock; and 11066 Pecan Park Blvd. in Cedar Park.
Recently recognized as one of the “Most Exciting Austin Fast Casuals” by QSR Magazine, Tarka’s menu features Indian classics such as curries, kabobs, biryanis and freshly baked flatbreads, along with signature creations like Masala Fries. Tarka also offers numerous vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, like its Beyond® Keema Curry, to meet the different dietary needs of its guests. Tarka has a singular focus on the quality and freshness of its ingredients, so everything is made fresh to order. The chicken is fresh, all-natural and hormone-free, and the lamb is fresh, pasture-raised, grass-fed and Halal.