vegan dishes

5 vegan main course

Vegan diet is a plat based diet which consists of vegetables, legumes, oils etc. which are free from animal protein and derived only from plants. Vegan food is thus free from dairy products derived from animals. In this post I am listing 5 vegan mains which you can serve with your choice of flatbreads like mult-ilayered paratha, Mooli paratha and plain steamed rice or Tomato rice , Spinach rice.

1. Alur torkari

Luchi torkari recipe
Luchi ar alur torkari is a popular Bengali traditional breakfast from the Eastern part of the country.In other parts of India fried flat breads involves addition of whole wheat flour and are called poories but luchi are inherently made of only refined flour and look white and fluffy. They are served with potato curries called Alur torkari in Bengali.
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Luchi ar alur torkari

2.Bagara Baingan

Recipe of Hyderabadi bagara baingan
Baghaar-e-baingan which involves cooking of small egg plants in a rich creamy gravy prepared with roasted sesame seeds, roasted groundnuts and poppy seeds paste. The souring agents used is tamrind extract though you can also use tomatoes if you fancy them.
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bagaare baingan

3.Chal potol

Chal potol
Pointed gourds cooked with little rice and mixture of spices to form a semi dry side dish.
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Chal potol

4.Dhokar dalna

Dhokar dalna
This is a traditional recipe of West Bengal .The name “Dhoka” meaning in Bengali or Hindi is deception. This is actually a lentil curry but made in a very unusual way.
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5.Mixed veggies in poppy seeds paste

Mixed veggies in poppy seeds paste
This is a traditional recipe from eastern part of  India to where I belong. In this recipe the vegetables specially potatoes, okra etc. are simmered in the poppy seeds paste. Poppy seeds are dried seeds of the poppy plant. They are rich in carbohydrates and are considered good source of energy. Poppy seeds soaked in water can be ground along with lime juice to form a smooth paste. It has anti carcinogenic properties and is used to treat breast cancer. These seeds are also rich in omega-3- fatty acids. Poppy seeds help to fight insomnia as it induces sleep and  also acts as a mild relaxant
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Indrani Sen is a teacher,lecturer in Information Technology/Computer Science for the past 12 years. She has authored 4 text books in Information Technology.
She is passionate about cooking and loves to blog about food and travel.This blog is like my baby as I have built it from scratch by myself with little help from colleagues ,friends and of course Google.


  1. What a wonderful collection of Vegan Bengali dishes. I love the masala that is made using poppy seeds, sesame seeds and nuts. Adds so much flavour and creaminess without the cream. Must try the alu torkari.

  2. Superb collection Indrani dear though I am not much aware of Bangali cuisine but your Luchi tarkari recipe has taken me down to memory lane of my school days. My friend used to bring this in her tiffin and we all enjoyed along with began Bhaja. Will surely try this. Thanks for sharing.

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