Indian Cooking Tips: 4 Desi Vegan Recipes That Will Tug At Your Heartstrings – NDTV Food

India has always been a melting pot of cultures and civilizations. This reflects in the rich diversity of cuisines and culinary inclinations of the entire country. Not surprisingly, every region has its own traditional and unique food and preparation styles. Also, with changing times, slight vari…….

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India has always been a melting pot of cultures and civilizations. This reflects in the rich diversity of cuisines and culinary inclinations of the entire country. Not surprisingly, every region has its own traditional and unique food and preparation styles. Also, with changing times, slight variations in the choice of ingredients and cooking styles have enhanced the repertoire of Indian cuisines.

In recent years, there’s a growing awareness of veganism and plant-based diets. There are several options available when it comes to replacing animal-derived meat, milk, yoghurt and other products with plant-based alternatives. Many brands have successfully replicated the taste, texture and aroma of animal products. Now, it is convenient to use healthier and eco-friendly plant-based ingredients. Considering this, we have recreated traditional Indian cuisines with plant-based options, keeping in mind the love for authentic and rustic taste usually associated with these classic dishes. Let’s take a look.

Here Are 4 Desi Vegan Recipes That’ll Make You Drool:

1. Vegan Tofu Bhurji:

Cooking & Prep time: 15-20 Mins approx.

Bhurji is typically any scrambled mixture with tomatoes, onions and lots of spices. This delicious, flavorful and savoury dish is extremely easy to prepare and often constitutes a quick-fix option as breakfast, snacks, or a meal. The most common form of bhurji is made with egg or paneer (cottage cheese) and served with naan or roti. Here, we are going to create a version of bhurji with an essential vegan alternative: Tofu.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs cooking oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped/minced onion
  • 1 ripe medium-sized tomato, chopped into quarter-inch pieces
  • 350-500 gms of tofu
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • Spices: 1/2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp of red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp of asafoetida powder
  • Salt to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Begin by heating oil in a frying pan. Add asafoetida powder and cumin seeds when the temperature is right. Add garlic and chilli to the pan, followed by onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion develops a golden-brown colour.
  2. Add turmeric, coriander powder and red chilli powder (red chilli powder is optional since green chilli is added). Allow the spices to cook for a short period of time.
  3. Add tomatoes and sprinkle salt over them, which helps them soften faster. Add tofu to the pan and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes with or without a lid.
  4. Add more salt if necessary and sprinkle fresh cilantro when the bhurji is ready. Serve with toast or roti or naan.

(Also Read: New Logo To Indicate Vegan Food Introduced By FSSAI, Twitter Approves)

Desi Vegan Recipes: Make this vegan Palak Paneer. 

2. Vegan Palak Paneer

Cooking and Prep Time: 30 mins – 1 hour approx

Palak Paneer is a traditional Indian curry made with pureed spinach, cottage cheese and a blend of spices that lends an extraordinary taste to the entire preparation. Spinach in itself doesn’t have a strong flavour, but the puree has the right texture for creating a rich and flavourful curry. The addition of cottage cheese, cream and spices balances spinach’s slightly bitter taste and infuses savoury flavours necessary to enhance its taste. We have replaced …….

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