Chickenless chicken, Eggless eggs - all variety of meat alternatives are clearly the need of the hour. From Achari tikkas, Kathal Biriyani to curries all that include mock meats and vegan mutton, are great when it comes to taste and variety. Let's see these top fake meat options that have made a big hit in the Food Trends.
The easy Vegan dish has taken the market by storm. Jackfruit makes for an easy, meat-free meal and this simple yet flavourful dish - Jackfruit Tacos just require a little sautéing and some seasonings, then mash it, and done. Use the topping of your choice – spicy or sweet and there you have these meatless tacos ready in less than 30 minutes to prepare. These are easy to make and super delicious. For the environment-friendly world, this is a hot picking dish.
Mutton or Chicken Keema is a passé, enters Soya Keema - the new protein-rich dish. This is a spicy curry that sees soya in fine keema texture cooked to perfection with simple and readily available ingredients and is said to be a great option of eating healthy food. It is an excellent replacement for meat-based proteins eaten with any type of Indian flatbreads like Paratha, Roti or Rice.
Think biriyani and it’s either mutton or chicken, but how about something offbeat like Kathal (Raw Jackfruit) Biriyani? Tender raw Jackfruit marinated with all Biryani spices, yogurt and cooked with long grain Basmati Rice makes a great meal that would give any non-veg a run for its money. Paired with Cucumber Raita, Jackfruit really gives that meaty texture of meat and is a great substitute for meat biriyani. This gluten-free dish is quite a delicacy.
Call it mock meat, faux meat but the market is flooded by it. Mock Meat Tofu Wrap makes me one of the most filling lunch, that is healthy and protein-packed. Tofu, seasoned with curry powder and salt, is pan-fried as a steak. Stuffed inside Tortillas, serve the wrap with homemade Cabbage and Cucumber Salad and dip of your choice. It makes for a scrumptious meal.
Soya Chaap is a vegetarian comfort to meat substitute. Soya Chaap or another variety of mock meat or vegetarian meat prepared with soybean chunks and flour marinated with tandoori masala and grilled is a fantastic starter. However, note that Soya Chaap is not always gluten-free. The Delhi-style Soya Chaap Masala can be paired with Laccha Paratha.
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