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8 vegetarian versions of meaty classics

More and more people across the globe are switching their food preferences and cutting meat out of their diets. Keeping in tune with this trend, this World Vegetarian Day, we introduce to you 8 fabulous vegetarian versions of classic meat dishes which will make you want to go vegetarian with a vengeance. Check it out.

Shepherd’s Pie

This mixed vegetable pie is a tough match to the original British minced meat classic. Made with a mix of carrots, mushrooms and corn it is topped with creamy mashed potatoes - gratinated till the top layer is a gorgeous golden brown. By adding some soya granules to the veg mixture you can also replicate the minced meat texture of a shepherd’s pie to the T.

Low calorie Rajma Galouti Kababs

Soft, melt-in-the-mouth and rich – the rajma version of a galouti kabab ticks all the boxes a traditional mutton galouti kabab would and no one would guess it has doodhi in it too! That’s not the only good news; with this low calorie vegetarian recipe you also skip saturated fat and cholesterol!

Tandoori Gobhi Musallam

The smoky flavour and creamy gravy of a murgh mussallam is replicated to the T in this vegetarian cauliflower version. A whole cauliflower marinated in tandoori masala is grilled in an oven and then topped with creamy spicy muhglai style gravy – perfect for tandoori fans!

Seekh Kababs

Kababs are traditionally meant to be meat dishes but the plethora of pure vegetarian kabab recipes that we have makes us wonder why! To replace the usual mutton or chicken in these kebabs you can chose from exciting vegetarian versions like – akhrot ke seekh, kamak kakdi aur khajur ke kababs or simply a mixed vegetable one.

Soya Nalli Nihari

If any vegetarian recipe can do justice to the gorgeousness of a nalli nihari, it has got to be this one. You won’t be missing out on the meatiness of mutton, because soya chunks give you almost the same mouth feel and texture as a piece of perfectly cooked lamb would. Plus it is much simpler and much less time consuming to cook than the original mutton nihari.

Barley Mushroom Khichda

Shitake mushrooms are perfect to replicate the earthy taste and meaty texture of mutton that a traditional khichda requires. Along with wholesome barley, protein rich lentils and perfect amount of whole spices, this one is the perfect vegetarian alternative for a characteristic Hyderabadi khichda.

Kathal ki Biryani

You can easily pass this one off as a boneless mutton biryani. With the juicy fibrous texture from chunks of jackfruit, long grain basmati rice and aromatic spices everything about this biryani is delicious! Serve it up with some raita or a simple kachumber and you will know that veggie biryanis are definitely more than just a pulao!

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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 www.sanjeevkapoor.com 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.