An Indian company by the name of Naka Foods has developed a plant-based chicken alternative, aptly branded Vegetarian Chicken, that uses widely available and indigenous ingredients to bring the flavor and nutritional value of chicken to its customers.
This Vegetarian Chicken offering makes use of three ingredients popular in Indian cuisine and diet, namely chickpeas, jackfruit and spirulina. The use of jackfruit is heralded in that it presents opportunities for fruit farmers in India, whilst helping the company lower the costs associated with importing materials from abroad, with the fruit itself renowned for its meat-reminiscent texture. Meanwhile, spirulina is known to be offer high-quality protein, vitamins and antioxidants.
While Naka Foods made its name by offering spirulina-based snack bars to environmentally conscious and health-obsessed Indian consumers, the company is now targeting its sights towards the plant-based meats market, with fish said to be next on the agenda.