Maharashtra Egg Shortage: 5 Alternative Protein Sources to Try
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While the consumption has risen to 2–2.5 crore per day in the state, the production is limited to a little more than one crore. As a result, other states, such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, are being used for the procurement of eggs. However, the animal husbandry department is figuring out a way to become self-sufficient, as per a report by Until that happens, you can always look out for other alternatives.

Here are a few protein substitutes to help you meet your dietary needs without eating eggs:

1.  Quinoa 

A great gluten-free alternative to rice and other grains, quinoa is a super-healthy option that one can try at home. It contains about 8 grammes of protein per cup, and you can make a quinoa salad, pulao, biryani, and so much more. All you have to do is substitute your rice dishes with quinoa, and your protein intake will be taken care of.

2.   Cottage Cheese

Also known as paneer, cottage cheese is the best vegetarian source of protein that one can have. Paneer can be stuffed in a sandwich, made into a bhurji, sliced into pieces for a sabzi, or simply eaten raw. Giving you about 23 grammes of protein in one portion, it is a great substitute.

3.   Chickpeas

A great source of protein, chickpeas can be consumed in various forms. For instance, you could make a spicy masala chickpea curry, a smooth and creamy hummus dip for snacks, or boil them to make chana chaat. These different methods not only add flavour to your meals but also meet the protein needs of your body.

4.   Soyabean

Often deemed the vegetarian cousin of chicken, soyabeans are chunky and juicy in taste. You can make it into a keema or add the chunks to your pulao or gravy dish. A bowl of soybeans contains about 28 grammes of protein, which won’t make your body miss egg nutrition at all.

5.   Greek Yoghurt

While some may be surprised, Greek yoghurt is not only a vegan alternative to dairy products, but it is also a great source of protein for everyone. It contains about 12–17 grammes of this nutrient. You can eat it along with meals or add it to your chaat, smoothies, and other dishes that require yoghurt.