Contrary to popular belief, vegetarian food can be full of flavour, filling, and incredibly appetizing. The secret lies in mastering the right preparation techniques and in making expert use of fresh ingredients. If you are vegetarian or are considering becoming one and don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of suitable vegetarian takeaway options to choose from. Take a look at some of the most popular.
Who doesn’t love a slice of fresh-off-the-oven pizza? The main pizza outlets have begun to capitalise on the growing number of customers who prefer a veggie version of this Italian staple and now offer melt-in-your-mouth pizza options suitable for non-meat eaters. The crispy crust is topped with a layer of tomato sauce, cheese (or soy-based cheese), and a generous amount of the vegetables of your choice, which may include peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn, pineapple, and chilies. You can also replace meat with veggie mince or veggie pepperoni. In fact, some restaurants now offer pizzas topped with veggie ham, veggie BBQ chicken, and even veggie fish.
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With its flavoursome dishes and delicious blend of spices, Indian cuisine is the comfort food par excellence. The good news is that a large percentage of Indian cuisine is naturally meat-free. In fact, you won’t even notice the lack of meat products, as Indian cuisine depends on herbs and spices to bring out the flavour of its dishes. Some of the most popular Indian take-out options include a selection of veggie starters (like samosas, onion bhajis, or mushroom pakoras) or main courses like vegetable masala, a mix of potatoes, carrots, and spinach served in a creamy and addictive sauce made with yoghurt, herbs, and spices.
Exotic and scrumptious are the best words to describe Thai cuisine. Many Thai dishes can be adapted to the veggie palate by replacing meat with tofu, making them the ideal take-out option after a hard day at work or during a get-together with friends. Be sure to ask for the fish or oyster sauce to be left out and you’re set. Also, don’t limit yourself to pad thai and go for a Massaman curry take-out. This fragrant peanut or cashew curry is laced with cinnamon, tamarind, coconut cream, lemongrass, and cardamom and is set to become your new go-to Thai dish!
It’s surprisingly easy to find a veggie takeaway dish at your regular Chinese restaurant. You cannot go wrong with a serving of tofu chow mein. This veggie noodle dish is characterised by its perfect combination of crunchy and soft textures, brought about by the mix of stir-fried vegetables, roasted cashews, wheat noodles, and firm tofu, which are topped with a sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic sauce.
Burgers are one of the most popular takeaway options because they are filling, tasty, and can be ready in no time. In the past, veggie burgers used to receive a bad rap, as it was believed that they could never measure up to the “real thing”. Fortunately, this is no longer the case and some fast food chains sell excellent veggie burgers that taste just as good (if not better) than their meat-based counterparts. Typically, veggie burgers are made with “fake meat” (usually a soy by-product) or with beans / legumes, which have a similar texture to ground beef. The ‘burger’ is then pan-seared or grilled and served with your favourite toppings: onion, lettuce, jalapenos, avocados, or even vegetarian cheese slices.