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Food being served in business class (left) and economy class Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Vegans may struggle to find their dietary requirements catered for elsewhere, but not on Emirates flights, that’s after the airline served over 20,000 plant-based meals this month as part of ‘Veganuary’ — a worldwide movement by vegans to encourage veganism.

Vegan meals had already ranked as the third most commonly requested meal in economy class, but after this drive, requests for plant-based alternative increased by over 40 per cent, showing a growing need to go green, the airline said on Tuesday.

“Emirates has over 170 plant-based recipes in its kitchen to cater to vegan passengers, and just last month it was voted the Best Airline for Vegan Meals in a poll by Vegan News,” it said.

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recipes in Emirates' kitchen for vegans

A team of nutritionists and chefs source the freshest vegetables and unique grains to create the special meals.

Business class

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Sweet potato, lentil and spinach ragout with brown rice served with moist chocolate cake and raspberry compote for dessert Image Credit: Supplied

Economy class

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Eggplant and tomato stew with lentil rice served with Chia seed pudding for dessert Image Credit: Supplied

Known for its regionally inspired cuisine on board, Emirates takes the same approach for its vegan meals with recipes inspired by its destinations.

Some of the most popular dishes on the vegan menu include mushroom ravioli, vegetable tagine served with couscous, and a sweet potato, lentil and spinach ragout served with steaming brown rice.

The meals are served complete with a special selection of mouth-watering vegan desserts such as key lime parfait with date and citrus compote, moist chocolate cake, or a chia seed pudding.

Vegan meals, along with other special meals, are available on all Emirates flights and across all classes and can be requested 24 hours before departure. All the menus on board are changed monthly.

The airline also introduced vegan cheese on board last April. To date, Emirates has served 18,000kg of the nut-based cheese.

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meals served by Emirates to passengers every year

Emirates serves over 110 million meals on board each year, catering to more than 55 million dine-in guests a year travelling to and from over 140 cities across six continents.