Meaty delights made veg

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Whatever the reasons may be for you to go vegetarian, if you miss eating meaty delights every once in a while, you are on the right page! We tell you about 6 vegetarian ingredients that are the perfect substitutes for meat in your vegetarian kitchen. So, time to get that meaty texture without using meat. Take a look!


  • Tofu is a Tohfa to Vegans: A staple from the Asian-cuisine and can be used in place of chicken, pork and other seafood. Saviour for vegans as it is the perfect swap for paneer. It is as chewy as meat when stored in the refrigerator for a while. The best part is that it has an added health factor and is rich in protein and calcium, gets easily blends with spices and gives an amazing taste. Try making this Tofu Dumpling, a perfect snack for kids and Tofu Parantha, a filling lunch. Have a To-full day!


  • Baingan’s a Bang on! Yea, you read it right! Eggplant always seen in the Indian curry menu has an amazing meaty texture to it. It is one of the most versatile veggies and can be used in many ways of cooking.The Stuffed Eggplant recipe is a great main course choice, and these Stuffed Eggplant Rings make an amazing snack.


  • Soya bean, the saviour: There is so much to know about this tiny but healthy ingredient. Let’s start with the health factor, soybean contains high protein and is widely consumed by people who are on strict diets. Soy milk is also very popular for serving us with protein and nutrients. A saviour for both vegans and vegetarians, you can make a ton of recipes with this versatile ingredient. Try using soya mince or soya chunks to replace meat in your recipes, you won’t be disappointed. Soya nuggets 65 is a replica to our chicken nuggets, is a healthy and tasty starter. Soybean Kebab, a protein packed snack for both kids and adults, serve hot with tomato ketchup.


  • Hi-Jackfruit: This low-key tropical fruit often used as vegetable in Indian cuisine. It has a sweet and subtle flavour and is a great swap for shredded meat. It can be baked, fried or barbequed and each gives a juicy and delicious taste. It’s loaded with fibre and protein, rich in magnesium and low in carbs. Kerala Jackfruit curry, the jackfruit given a south Indian touch, flavoured with rich coconut masala. Kathal ki Biryani is all you need to satisfy your biryani cravings, full of flavour and aroma.


  • Some room for mushrooms: We have got to make some room for mushrooms in our Vegan menu as they are a perfect substitute for meat. Umami mushrooms are the saviours when it comes to healthy-whole food option. Oyster mushrooms, and other dried varieties for mushrooms can easily mimic meats in any food preparation, be it salads, burgers, pastas, fajitas or tacos as well. It is super filling and low in calories making it perfect for people who are concerned about losing weight. You can try making Tandoori Mushroom, creamy and spicy with some chat masala on the top. Mushroom Risotto is a must-try if you are a mushroom lover, full of cream and cheese.


  • Better with beans: Chickpeas, lentils, legumes, black beans and more, each one with a distinct taste and are used extensively all around the world. They are best replaced with beef and sausages, rich in protein and iron and are filling too. What’s more? They get cooked easily and quickly and are inexpensive too. The Tofu and White Beans Chilli is the perfect vegetarian recipe, full of authentic Indian spice blend and rich in protein. Baked beans wrap loaded with veggies and easy to make recipe for quick gatherings.


There is something more to the story. So, vegans and vegetarians are partly different, while your vegan friend may have a lot of restrictions, the vegetarian one would grab it all without any. So, if you are a vegan, make sure you check all the ingredients before trying them out.


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.