New Delhi : For those who are strictly vegetarian and still want to get the proteins present in eggs, may not worry now, as researchers in IIT Delhi has developed a vegan, non-soy, gluten free alternative for eggs with a mung bean-based formula.
The product was presented in a demonstration ahead of industry Day 2019 at IIT Delhi. It comes in cubes that can be crumbled to cook scrambled eggs in the saucepan, and at the same price that you get them in the market.
Assistant Professor Kavya Dashora from the center for rural development and technology, who worked closely with the project, made the proposal. It was taken up and funded by Four Pursuits, a venture run by trustee of Indic group Srijan Foundation Rahul Dewan. He is also working on taking the product to the market. Dashora said, “Eggs have their own health problems – like cholesterol and allergies. Vegetarians who don’t get the protein found in egg can use these mung formula eggs.”
“The most common thing for protein is pulses, so we started with research with pulses. Moong dal has the protein equivalent of egg whites,” she added. Experiments were conducted by four people and spanned several months.
Director of IIT Delhi Professor V Ramgopal Rao said, “We as a nation, should work on our challenges and build on our strengths. Industry driven research will also focus on creating jobs for our youth, and achieve our ambition of $5 trillion Indian economy. IIT Delhi’s Centres of Excellence are working with multiple Industrial partners towards this national vision”.