Many people that are new to a vegan diet, or contemplating starting one, are curious and even nervous about where they will get their protein. This is a valid concern. With so much of the world getting most of their protein from meat and dairy, it can seem overwhelming to seek out other sources of this essential nutrient. Thankfully, there are plenty of role models out there, such as our delicious Indian restaurant kitchen at Paliki. Our chefs and cooks have been turning out mouth-watering vegan Indian dishes high in protein both in house and for food delivery for years and are eager to show you the way. Check out these options below for healthy, protein rich options to enjoy either at our Indian restaurant, as food delivery from Paliki, or to try experimenting with on your own!
Legumes are a stalwart staple in any Indian restaurant and provide an excellent protein packed alternative to meat. Chickpeas and lentils are especially common, as are green peas and soy and kidney beans. Many legumes contain high levels of protein in addition to other healthy nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and B vitamins. Many Indian curries rely on legumes as their base. Chana masala, for example, is a curry from Northern India and is delicious served over rice.
Tofu has made its way into the mainstream for good reason. Tofu is easily accessible and can be cooked in a variety of ways to serve as a meat replacement high in protein. You can replace meat for tofu in many of our most popular dishes to enjoy both in-house or as food delivery. If you are dairy free, tofu also serves as a good substitute for paneer – a fresh cheese used in many Indian dishes. Whether you are enjoying a nice dinner at Paliki or trying to experiment with vegan dishes on your own, tofu will likely become a staple in your vegan diet if it isn’t already.
While less common in Indian dishes than tofu or legumes, nuts also provide an excellent source of non-animal protein to add to your diet. Nuts are packed with protein as well as fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins. They are more challenging to directly substitute for meat but will provide good supplemental protein and nutrients to any vegan diet.
Indian food is some of the most unique and delicious on the planet, and it also happens to be some of the healthiest. If you are trying to eliminate meat from your diet but are nervous about your protein intake, don’t fret. There are plenty of plant-based protein alternatives both available at our world-class Indian restaurant and for you to cook with at home. Pay us a visit Paliki today to see for yourself just how delicious and nutritious a vegan diet can be.