By Pakhi Rewri Updated: Nov 17, 2023
Meat has a very delicious flavour and it can be tough to leave eating meat. Here are some vegeterian subsitutes for your favourite non-vegiterian recipes that you can try making at home.
Vegetarian people indeed have fewer options when it comes to cooking meals. For non-vegetarians, there is so much variety just in terms of meat. If you are a non-vegetarian person who is trying to explore a Vegetarian lifestyle, then we understand your pain. Here are some vegetarian versions of your favourite non-vegetarian dishes that you can cook for yourself. These are also great substitutes to serve in case some of your guests are vegetarians.
Chicken Tikka masala is one recipe that is not just popular in India but throughout the world. Many people called it the National Dish of England. In the vegetarian version of chicken tikka masala, we substitute chicken with soya Chaap. Soya is popularly known as the meat for vegetarians. It has a very similar texture and flavour to chicken. The rest of the recipe remains the same. One of the major advantages of using soya is that it gets cooked very easily. So preparing a dish with soya can be quite time-efficient.
If you like eating chilli chicken and are trying to switch towards veganism or vegetarianism, then this is a recipe that might come in handy. Tofu is a great substitute for both Paneer and chicken. It has high levels of proteins and very low-fat content. In this 10-minute quick recipe, all you have to do is sauté tofu with a lot of vegetables, ginger, garlic paste, soya sauce and some chilli sauce. Add salt as per your taste and your spicy garlic Tofu will be ready.
Mushrooms can taste extremely delicious if you cook them. This mushroom pizza is one of the most expensive delicacies served at a lot of high-end restaurants. You can find this mushroom pizza in your home and budget and the best part is that it is vegetarian. All you have to do is cut mushrooms into small pieces and spread them equally all over your pizza. Make sure that your pizza is covered with mushrooms. Now put your pizza in the oven and let your mushrooms melt into cheese and pizza base. This pizza will taste so well that you will forget your pepperoni and paneer pizza.
Jackfruit or Kathal also has a very similar texture to chicken. It is one of the few vegetables that gives a very non-vegetarian taste. Jackfruit is consumed as both a fruit and vegetable in various parts of the country. In this jackfruit sabzi recipe, you have to cook jackfruit just like you cook any other sabzi. Just make sure that you cook jackfruit for a longer time as it takes a little longer to become soft and edible. You can eat this with roti or parathas and believe it or not it tastes exactly like chicken.
We all like eating our Chicken Tikka Pulao or Biryani. The soft rice, the aroma of saffron and cardamom, and a mixture of so many spices transport us to heaven. In this vegetarian version of your chicken tikka Pulao, you can substitute chicken with Tempeh. Tempeh is a popular Indonesian snack made out of fermented soybeans. It is very much like chicken and is a close alternative. All the other preparation is done the same way as you would do to prepare your Chicken Tikka Pulao.
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Baingan Palita is made out of eggplant and you can serve it to your guests as a starter. It is a light and flavourful snack that is very popular in South Gujarat. In this recipe, brinjal is cut into small circular pieces and marinated in a lot of spices and some curd. It is then roasted until it becomes fully cooked and soft. Instead of serving some chicken kebabs, you can go for this option.
Tandoori Paneer tikka is a very popular snack, and most of you might have heard of it already. Our list would have been incomplete without Tandoori Paneer Tikka. You can ditch your regular chicken tikka and make this Paneer tikka at home by marinating Paneer with a lot of spices and curd. then you can simply put your Paneer in Tandoor and enjoy your Paneer tikka along with other vegetables. You can also include soy chaap and mushrooms.
* Mashed Chickpea Sandwiches
This is a great vegetarian sandwich option that you can make at home. It is also very healthy and hearty. Instead of making your regular chicken sausage sandwich, you can try this for one hour. This is made by mashing boiled chickpeas with some vegetables, mayonnaise and spices. Now you can spread the mashed mixture between two bread slices and grill it in a sandwich maker.
These are some of the top vegetarian recipes that are a very close substitute to your favourite non-vegetarian recipes. Although it is impossible to make something taste exactly like your favourite non-veg dishes, we can try and cook closer vegetarian alternatives.