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When I started making (and selling) curries I didn't contemplate any vegetarian dishes until, of course, the request came in. I now do a small range of such dishes as follows:

Bombay potatoes
Aloo Ghobi (potato and cauliflower)
Aloo Chatt (potatoe and chickpeas)
Tarka Dhal (lentils)
Mirch Aloo (potatoes in tomato/tamarind)

as well as a vegetable madras. Boring, innit?

But I'm struggling to find something with more 'appeal' - something with a bit of body :scratch:

This morning I experimented with mushrooms. Made a Mushroom Balti (not bad) and a Mushroom Masaala/Pasanda (flippin' stonking!!! Can I patent it?? :lol: ) from my own recipes which I hope to trial with some of my more regular customers but are there any vegetarian curry fanatics out there that have knowledge of such and can recommend or suggest some other formats I can try?

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I'd have a go at this
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/773 ... -chickpeas
https://www.lazycatkitchen.com/pumpkin-coconut-curry/

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Beetroot
https://www.riverford.co.uk/recipes/vie ... root-curry


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Kur Kure Mushroom,

Coated with corn flour & tossed with green pepper, garlic & onion

Our local Indian restaurant does this and I add it any other dish I order.
The restaurant is listed as one of the best in the UK.

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The pumpkin ones look reasonable - I'd considered substituting butternut squash for the pumpkin though (only for ease of purchase) and can see how it would work, being relatively sweet as those types of curries go.

The beetroot one looks and sounds awful....... - I'll be giving that one a miss!

Curries you have actually 'had' would help. There are dozens of recipes online for veggy curries but not many people around who've actually eaten them though....

I'm one of those cooks that can sense what something will taste like just from the ingredients and many online recipes are either just bland or totally mismatched for taste.

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Cheers Colin - that's more like a recipe I can associate with but it looks like a 'side' rather than a meal.

I'll add that to my 'book' and experiment to make it more substantial :thumbright:

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What mushrooms did you use in your curries? Those portabella mushrooms have a really good meaty texture and flavour.

I'd also look at sweet potatoes...

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Ok so beetroots off the menu what about aubergine based curry
http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/841/bain ... urry-.aspx
Don't roast them whole as they explode


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I love a bit of Saag Aloo, but that's another side dish.

What about Fish? Some Veggies will eat it.

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wine~o - I used chestnut and button, the chestnuts for the 'base' flavour and the button for the 'meat'. I can see how portabello would give a greater depth so will use them next time :thumbright: Sweet potato is a good one too but still doesn't really add to my range given the potato courses I already have.

Boxed-in - Aubergine is something I find cooks to slop - it might be ok for a meal you can turn out and eat but my meals are all frozen. As for exploding :lol: I once convinced a friend (working in an electrical shop when microwave ovens started to become popular) to demonstrate cooking a whole egg in it....... nearly took the bl00dy doors off!

Ayjay - Saag (spinach) is, as you say, a side but could be a good part of something with chick peas. Time for an experiment I think :thumbright:

As for fish, I have a fish recipe on my menu but it's a very poor seller. Not for the taste (great!) but far too few customers appreciate fish as a curry despite it being so common in India. Many think the spices are too strong for the delicate fish but they don't (yet) appreciate how clever I can use spices!!! They're slowly being converted though so I might add to the dishes I do with a few more tempting offers.

I'm also trying to keep the veggie meals vegan too by avoiding butter ghee (olive oil instead) and dairy where I can - no guarantees though!

Some great input coming - thanks guys :thumbright:

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