Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

September 6, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

Veggie Shepherd Pie is a vegetarian version of the famous Shepherd’s Pie. Traditional Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie as it is known as, has a filling of minced meat topped with mashed potatoes. I have replaced the minced meat with lentils (puy lentils) to make it vegetarian friendly. It also is a good plant protein rich dish as I have used mushrooms, milk and beans.

What Is Shepherd’s Pie?

A Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage pie is usually a meat pie with a topping of mashed potatoes. It is 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 Traditional Pub food.

My Version

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.


For this protein rich dish I nearly drove my husband up the walls! I wanted to bake individual portions for this recipe but my son’s kitchen didn’t have any individual oven friendly bowls. I researched online for the right kind of bake ware, and found that my favorite shop Stokes sell them. Next day it was raining but I insisted that we go to the shop. From home its about a 30-40 minute walk.

Hubby took out all sorts of bake ware from the kitchen and I just kept rejecting them as my brains could only see the bake ware I had seen on the Stokes website. Finally, as we all know, women tend to get they way and I won. Walked in the rain to the shop,bought the correct bake ware. Advantage for hubby was  a delicious panini sandwich with coffee for lunch at a nearby cafe.  Now please do tell me that the walk in the rain was worth it 🙂

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The theme is Protein Rich Dishes for the whole month. I have decided to showcase plant based protein rich dishes and Shepherd’s Pie is one of them.


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. 

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Ingredients Required For Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

Whole Masoor 

Also known as puy lentils. I have not used the split one. Best to soak masoor in warm water for at least 30 minutes before you boil it in water. If you are using a pressure cooker, one whistle is enough as you don’t want mushy lentils.


Use potatoes that are good for mashing, the floury type. Some suggestions are Yukon Gold or russets.


Peel and chop. Use any of your preference, white, yellow or red.


Wash or wipe them with a wet kitchen towel. Cut into slices or chop it. Use any variety of mushrooms. I have used button mushrooms.

Mixed Vegetables

I have used carrots, corn, green beans and peas. Feel free to use any vegetables of your choice.


Normal tap water. Need for boiling the potatoes, lentils and also to add some to the filling.


Peeled and finely chopped. Add according to your taste.


Adjust according to your taste both for the filling and the mash.


Fresh or dried. I have used fresh thyme. Mixed herbs, oregano, tarragon, etc would work well.


To add to the mashed potatoes. For a vegan version, use vegan butter or oil.

Olive Oil

Need some for the filling.

Tomato Puree

Fresh tomato puree or canned.


Need a little to hold the filling together. Can use wheat, all purpose or millet flour. For a gluten free option, use any millet flour or oats flour.


For the filling. Can use cayenne if you want to.


Black pepper coarsely ground. Need some for the filling and the mash.


To add to the mashed potatoes. Use cream for a more fluffier mash. Replace dairy milk with nut or soya milk for a vegan version.

Red Chilli Flakes

I used some as a topping. It is an optional ingredient.






Veggie Shepherd Pie is a vegetarian version of the famous Shepherd's Pie. Traditional Shepherd's Pie or Cottage Pie as it is known as, has a filling of minced meat topped with mashed potatoes. I have replaced the minced meat with lentils (puy lentils) to make it vegetarian friendly. It also is a good plant protein rich dish as I have used mushrooms, milk and beans.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Main Meal
Cuisine British
Servings 4



  • 2 cups Puy Lentils cooked
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables peas, diced carrot, chopped beans, corn
  • 3 cups mushrooms chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp garlic finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1½ tsp salt
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 4 tbsp fresh tomato puree thick
  • 1 tbsp flour wheat, all purpose or millet flour


  • 6-8 medium potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter or oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ - ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder


  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp coarse pepper powder



  • 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. Don't over heat the milk.
  • Mash the potatoes with a masher. Add pepper powder.
  • 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 if you want to.
  • 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.
Keyword cottage pie, vegetarian, vegetarian shepherd's pie, veggie shepherd pie

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  • Sowmya :)

    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.

  • Sapana Behl

    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.

  • Aanchal Gupta

    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!

  • Archana Potdar

    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

  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    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.

  • Padmajha PJ

    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 🙂

  • Priya Suresh

    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.

  • Lathiya

    September 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Looks so delicious..truly protein rich

  • rajani

    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!

  • Anonymous

    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! 🙂

  • vaishali sabnani

    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 .

  • Gayathri Kumar

    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.

  • Soma Mukherjee

    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.

  • jayashree

    September 7, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Pie looks awesome, good way of adding the lentils. Lovely clicks.

  • Jagruti

    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.

  • Nalini's Kitchen

    September 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Nice and interesting pie recipe..

  • Srivalli

    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

  • Anlet Prince – Annslittlecorner

    September 8, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Shepherds pie looks beautiful and creamy. Love those bakeware too

  • Kalyani

    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

  • preeti gupta

    September 13, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Looks delicious and full on protein rich recipe.

  • Ruchi Indu

    September 20, 2017 at 5:07 am

    yes your walk in the rain is definitely worth…. Awesome recipe. loved the clicks.

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