686. Veggie Shepherd’s Pie
MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON -SEPT 2017
#80TH BLOGGING MARATHON
THEME: PROTEIN RICH DISHES
A Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage pie is usually a meat pie with a topping of mashed potatoes. It’s not made with any kind of pastry shell. Minced meat is prepared with some vegetables. The minced meat is spooned into a baking dish, topped with mashed potato and baked or grilled (broiled) for a while. This pie is famous in United Kingdom and very much a part of the old Pub food. I must admit I’ve never tasted the original Shepherd’s Pie but always wanted to make one but a veggie version. Many have replaced the minced meat with soya granules but I’m not a huge fan of soya. A frozen veggie packet (Artic’s) which I bought in Montreal, suggested adding vegetables with mushrooms to make a vegetarian version of the pie. I decided to add lentils also to make it into a hearty protein rich meal.
Protein sources in this recipe are lentils, peas, beans, corn, mushrooms, milk and potatoes (yes even potatoes contain protein).
By no means am I claiming or supporting any sort of fad diet that are the latest craze in the fitness world. I’m just trying to include non meat non fish dishes from which you can get your protein source.
- Peel and cut the potatoes into big chunks.
- Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add the potatoes and cook till done but not overcooked.
- Drain out the water.
- Heat butter and milk together in a pan over low heat till the butter melts.
- Mash the potatoes with a masher and slowly add the milk, mixing it until the potatoes are smooth and creamy.
- Add more salt if required.
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add onions and stir fry till they become soft.
- Add garlic and stir fry for a few seconds.
- Add the mixed vegetables, salt and water.
- Cover and cook till the vegetables are done but not overcooked.
- Add mushrooms. Stir well and cook till they become soft.
- Add cooked lentils, paprika, pepper powder, thyme and sprinkle the flour over it.
- Mix well.
- Add the tomato puree. Mix well and let it cook over low heat till the mixture becomes thick.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Spoon the filling into an oven proof deep baking dish.
- Level it out.
- Spoon the mashed potato over the filling. Make a smooth layer by spreading the mashed potato into an even layer with a spoon or spatula.
- Sprinkle pepper and chilli flakes over it.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or till the potato layer begins to brown a little.
- Serve it hot.
- Use vegetables of your choice.
- Use soya granules instead of lentils.
- I cup uncooked lentils gives 2 cups of cooked lentils. I cooked it in salted water.
- For a quicker version, broil or grill the pie. Before you do so, heat the filling and spoon it into the baking dish. Add the mashed potato layer and grill or broil.
- For a vegan option replace the butter with oil and use nut milk.
- For a gluten free option use millet flour instead of wheat flour.
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September 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm
Our families do bear the brunt of our requirements for blogging marathons, especially mega BM! The veggie version is fabulous…very wholesome and flavourful.
September 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm
Your walk was definitely worth it. I love those cute individual pots. Btw love the vegetarian version of the Shepard pie.
September 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm
Love the addition of dal for protein. The walk to your favorite store was definitely worth it. The bowls look good!
September 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm
This has been on my to do forever. Of course I had the shepherd's pie to convert. Will make for sure
September 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm
OMG, I am drooling over the pics. Never tried veggie pie at home. Gonna try this soon. Awesome. Thanks for sharing the veggie version.
September 6, 2017 at 5:31 pm
Yes Mayuri, that walk in the rain was absolutely worth it! The baking dish look so good .And this is a nice veg version of the classic. Superb!
Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner
September 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Shepherds pie looks so creamy and delicious and i must say the bake ware you selected is really worth 🙂
September 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm
Thats really brilliant to add lentils in shepherd's pie, cant wait to give a try to this vegetarian version. Ultimate pie Mayuri, am loving it.
September 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Looks so delicious..truly protein rich
September 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm
That bowl is definitely worth the walk Mayuri..the bake looks very delicious and whole masoor is a wonderful idea in there!
September 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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End of the fork
September 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm
What a lovely twist on shepherds pie. I'm not a fan of soya granules either, but your version sounds delicious and I shall definitely be trying this! The bakeware looks great – well worth the trip! 🙂
September 7, 2017 at 12:39 am
Ha ha ! Women ! Women ! Yes the walk was worth it , beautiful pie , perfectly baked and beautifully substituted . Bookmarking .
September 7, 2017 at 4:56 am
Hahaha! What we ladies do to make hubbies crazy. But I am sure you both enjoyed that 40 minutes walk in rain. This veggie version of Shepherd's pie looks great and a great addition to your baking bowls.
September 7, 2017 at 7:51 am
Awesome vegetarian version of the Shepherds Pie , a must try recipe for sure, thanks for the lovely share.
September 7, 2017 at 10:03 am
Pie looks awesome, good way of adding the lentils. Lovely clicks.
September 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm
Lol..women are always right 🙂 Sometimes I do that too! Love this pie comforting and great for cooler weather.
The Belly Rules The Mind
September 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm
I like the twist to your classic shepherd's pie. I would have never thought of using Masoor. Awesome idea.
September 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm
Nice and interesting pie recipe..
September 8, 2017 at 10:04 am
Oh my, such lovely Shepherd's Pies you got there!..This is still on my do to list and can't wait to make something like what you have done..enjoyed reading your adventure and I hope your husband doesn't take a stick to chase me for such themes..lol..
Anlet Prince – Annslittlecorner
September 8, 2017 at 11:10 am
Shepherds pie looks beautiful and creamy. Love those bakeware too
September 10, 2017 at 9:54 am
I had this vegan version at a restuarant in paris and loved it 🙂 ur version is being bookmarked ! yummmmm
September 13, 2017 at 7:02 am
Looks delicious and full on protein rich recipe.
September 20, 2017 at 5:07 am
yes your walk in the rain is definitely worth…. Awesome recipe. loved the clicks.