Going back to Afghan cuisine
There may be a lot of meat in Afghan cuisine, like lamb, but it's also very vegetarian friendly, and at Bamiyan Restaurant in El Dorado Hills, vegan friendly, too (1121 White Rock Road; there's also a Citrus Heights location at 7622 Greenback Lane). Many of the dishes on the menu containing meat can be made vegetarian and vegan on request. The bolani appetizer was like a flat samosa (also on the menu), with seasoned potatoes nestled in crisp flatbread and served with a house-made cilantro sauce—sweet, tangy and reason enough to dine at this restaurant—in lieu of a yogurt sauce. It tasted like a far better way to carbo-load for that marathon you're thinking about running someday. The slightly smoky slices of eggplant, brony bonjan, is described as “very tender.” It may not be physically possible to be any more tender; it's the eggplant dish to cure eggplant-texture phobics. The famished can order the Vegetarian Feast for $33.95 (and a minimum of four people). I will be going back, though, because I forgot to try the sweet roasted almond and rose water dessert.