Best Vegetarian Recipes: Who ever thought that being a vegetarian will guarantee only boring food will want to correct themselves again because gone are the days of predictable vegetarian menu, vegans are getting adventurous and playing up with different ingredients making up for lip smacking food items. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.
Love them or hate them, but you definitely cannot ignore a plateful of veggies. It's either love at first sight or, for a considerable number of people, takes a while to grow fond of the myriad flavours and textures. But once you get past the inhibitions, there's so much to discover and love.
Give your meals a healthy spin with the power of vegetables. Vegetables are packed with nutrients that ignite our metabolism, giving an edge to our weight control regime. They are the healthiest as they are loaded with essential minerals and vitamins that are necessary for your well-being. Many studies show that vegetables lower the risk of diabetes, cancer and keep you more cheerful and optimistic.
Every year, 1st October is celebrated as World Vegetarian Day. This day initiates October as the vegetarian awareness month. Established by North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, the aim is "to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism."
While scientists and chefs are experimenting with plant-based eggs and meat, vegetarianism is definitely the next big thing.
Here are our 13 best vegetarian recipes which we think are a must-try. Go on, dig in!
1. Masala Channa
An all-season favourite for north Indians and a great source of protein, this bowlful of mouth watering masala channa is topped with tadka aloo. You can either pair it with pooris, chapati or even steamed rice.
This bowlful of mouth watering masala channa is topped with tadka aloo.
2. Paneer Makhani Biryani
This is biryani in its vegetarian avatar that tastes just as good. Fried paneer cubes doused in a creamy gravy, layered with rice and cooked 'dum' style. The delight is quite flavourful.
3. Aamras Ki Kadhi
A quick, easy and tangy blend of mango puree, heeng and buttermilk. This kadhi is not only flavourful, but also quite filling at the same time. Pair it with steamed rice and enjoy the meal.
4. Dahi Kebab
Give a healthy makeover to the ultimate party snack. Kebabs made with cottage cheese, oats, yoghurt, raisins and all good things. Dahi kebabs taste the best when paired with coriander and mint chutney.
5. Mushroom Kofta in Tomato Gravy
This recipe is a crowd pleaser. Plump mushrooms stuffed with spinach and paneer, and then dipped in a tangy tomato gravy. The tomato gravy is a little thick, and therefore you can pair it with chapatis or even parathas.
6. Stuffed Baby Eggplant
Baby eggplant stuffed with nuts and spices, and tossed in a lip-smacking sauce made with tamarind pulp, masalas and lemon juice. This recipe will make you fall in love with eggplant.
This recipe will make you fall in love with eggplant.
7. Vegetarian Khao Suey
Explore this Burmese delicacy that screams authentic flavours. Khao Suey is a one-pot meal with noodles and veggies cooked in coconut milk and garnished with peanuts and fried garlic.
8. Stuffed Masala Mushrooms
Get your vitamin D fix with this recipe! Corn and mushroom mixture stuffed into mushroom caps, topped with cheese and baked to perfection. A quick party starter!
A quick party starter, this mushroom recipe is sure to tantalise your taste buds.
9. Carrot Salad with Grape Dressing
A lovely salad with shreds of carrots topped with a sweet black grape dressing. Quick and easy to make, this vegetarian recipe can up the nutritional value of your meal to a great extent.
10. Matar Paneer Lababdaar
Chunks of cottage cheese and fresh peas mingled in a rich and creamy gravy. This is what we call finger-licking good. Serve matar paneer with raita of your choice and relish your meal in the best way.
11. Gobhi Aloo
The staple recipe of an Indian household, Gobhi Aloo is an easy and quick dish to make for lunch or dinner, which makes it a favourite of every cook.
12. Bombay Style Aloo
This fiery and masaledar Bombay-style Aloo recipe is a must-try when you are looking for something super delicious and easy to make.
13. Paneer Khurchan
Paneer khurchan is a delicious North Indian recipe that would make an excellent dish for lunch or dinner. This recipe is very easy to make, making it our go-to recipe for special occasions and parties.
Who said there is a dearth of options for vegetarians out there. Bring this list to your rescue and get going!