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Never Miss a Beat with these ‘Meatless’ Mains

Check this out if you’re craving some fresh ideas for what to eat?

Whether you’re trying to follow the international trend of #MeatlessMondays or just want to shake up your lunch/dinner game by including more vegetarian options, adding a meatless main course is easier than ever, thanks to LF experts. We’ve compiled a delectably delicious lineup of vegetable curries, pulao, and even parathas. Scroll through to get a peek of our best picks for you.

Barley and Walnut Khichda

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Savour the classic flavours of Himachal Pradesh with this vegetarian khichda recipe by Pankaj Bhadouria. She combines barley and walnuts with desi ghee, mint leaves, and a few other ingredients to create this homely yet intense dish. What’s more interesting is that Bhadouria serves it with a side of urad dal ke patode, a snack made with colocasia leaves and flavoured urad dal paste.

Paneer Bajre ka Paratha

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Give your regular rotis a miss and try this gluten-free and nutritious paneer (cottage cheese) and pearl millet flour paratha by Gurdip Kohli Punj. These stuffed parathas are ready within 15-20 minutes (including preparation), so this paratha can easily be a go-to recipe. Just in case you’re in the mood to spend a little more time in the kitchen, you can prepare a quick boondi raita or coriander chutney to relish with the paneer bajre ka paratha.

Gehu ki Tehri

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Yes, we know whole wheat is not a grain that's usually associated with pulao recipes, but this gehu ki tehri is an exception. A popular dish from the land of Nawabs, Lucknow, this quick and easy-to-make dish is cooked with soaked and boiled whole wheat, grated paneer, vegetables and spices such as cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and red chilli powder. If whole wheat is hard to come by, you can swap it with plain old dalia.

Soya Makhani

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Try this soya version of the classic makhani dish and you won't ever turn back. This curry involves cooking boiled soya chunks (a great vegetarian alternative to meat) in a spiced tomato gravy. The soya makhani packs a protein punch and gives your palate a surprise with the richness of butter and cream. 

Soil and Grain Stew


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Bored of your regular Kerala-style vegetable stew, and need something with a slightly different flavour profile? Enter Chef Gautam Mehrishi's nourishing soil and grain stew. This one-pot dish brings together sweet potato, beetroot, quinoa, tofu, and spring onions. He spices it up with chilli flakes, cumin powder, and turmeric powder.

Kiwi Ratatouille

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Trust Chef Brar to bring to you the fanciest of recipes to impress your loved ones. His take on the classic French dish is this flavourful and hearty kiwi ratatouille. It's loaded with fresh  green kiwis, mixed bell peppers, and cheese.

Kathal Biryani

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Also known as poor man's meat, raw jackfruit is one of the healthiest foods. Chef Ajay Chopra transforms jackfruit into a delicious and filling vegetarian masterpiece—a biryani. What's interesting is that he fries the jackfruit until brown and crispy, and then adds it to the rice, so the dish is not just a celebration of flavours but also textures.


Blackened Paneer Steak with Corn Puree

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Another meatless dish dish to prepare at home but with fine-dine finesse is this blackened paneer steak with corn puree. Treat yourself to this scrumptious preparation where a thick slice of paneer is coated with black pepper, paprika, oregano, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt, and grilled to perfection. This grilled paneer creates the perfect plate when placed on a base of corn puree.

Also try: Grilled pesto paneer with prune compote by Pankaj Bhadouria

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Soybean Salad

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Colourful vegetables, soaked moong dal, soybeans, and grated paneer come together to create a sumptuous salad. To take the dish to the next level, chef Brar tosses it all in a dressing made with coriander leaves, spring onions, garlic, black salt, black pepper, white vinegar, and curd.

Phew! Now waste no time, bookmark this to your favourites! 

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