Vegetarian Recipes- Till a few years ago, if you flipped through the vegetarian section of a food menu, you were bound to be disappointed. It lacked creativity, spunk and imagination. Your options were restricted to a sorry range of greasy junk food, the Indian curry or Chindian takeaway and the idea of healthy and fine vegetarian food was non-existent.
But gradually the tables turned. Partly due to health reasons but mostly because great chefs started to approach veggies in a way they'd approach a rack of lamb. Taking on the culinary challenge, they learnt how to use both ordinary and extraordinary vegetables, new cooking techniques and bold flavours. The result was fresh, bright and nothing short of magical. For most of us, it was a revelation.
Here are some of the most amazing vegetarian recipes from our archives. Watch how these 11 veggies take on classic meat based dishes and live up to the challenge.1. Veggie Seekh Kebab
All of you who grew up in a kebab loving house would be familiar with the classic seekh. This vegetarian version is not just as good as any, but even better. Straight from the blazing tandoor, this one will rock your dinner table.
This yogurt based Kashmiri curry will leave you wanting more. It beautifully blends the versatile bottle gourd with creamy yogurt and an array of mild spices.
Here is your boring lauki made interesting with a dash of spices and curd to give it a silky smooth texture.
A simple vegetable stew cooked with the goodness and flavor of coconut milk.
Sheets of lasagne layered with tomato ketchup, white sauce and vegetables. Drizzled with cheese on top and baked till golden.
A thick and crispy tofu pattie packed between two soft buns and lathered with a generous helping of garlic tahini. Now doesn't that sound delicious!
Tofu, chick peas, roasted nuts and vegetables mixed together to form a pattie.
Fresh flavours, bold ingredients and 40 minutes is all you need for a bowl of aromatic Indian biryani.
Potato, corn, cheese and wham! You've got yourself a plat of crackling kebabs.
A meatless mince curry with onions, chillies and garlic. Go on, spoil yourself.
Quorn (minced soya) stirred with onions, chillies and garlic. Served with basmati rice.
Spicy and tangy mushrooms cooked in a gravy made with tamarind, coconut and chillies.
Mushroom Chettinad can be served with rotis or rice.
Vegetarian Nargisi Kofta is a Mughlai dish that boasts of rich, aromatic flavour and spice. Stuffed with paneer, veg nargisi koftas are a great recipe to cook for a special occasion or dinner party. You can serve these as an appetizer or dip them in your favorite curries and serve as a main course dish.
Here are these delicious paneer pops wrapped in gram flour and fried to perfection. Serve with a chutney or dip in a curry!