24 Vegetarian Indian Recipes
With dishes that often revolve around legumes, vegetables, and grains, Indian cuisine makes it easy (and delicious) to eat vegetarian. In this collection, many dishes, such as aloo gobi or dal, are already veggie-friendly, while you can also find vegetarian makeovers of meat-based dishes like tofu vindaloo. Make a few recipes, pair them with a side of flatbreads, and you'll be ready for an Indian feast. For more great recipes to satisfy your plant-based diet, check out our complete collection of Indian Recipes.
Indian Style Basmati Rice
Add a burst of flavor to your plate by substituting this spiced rice for the plain steamed variety. "I love this rice!" says user heathery, "I am awful at cooking rice, and it usually ends up gummy and sticky, but this recipe produced rice like I'd buy in an Indian restaurant."
Indian Chole Aloo Tikki
These perfectly crispy potato patties might have a long ingredients list, but that's just because of the spices needed to give the dish a distinct flavor. This recipe works as both a main dish or appetizer.
Alicia's Aloo Gobi
Coconut milk adds a creamy twist to this traditionally dry curry of cauliflower and potatoes. Adjust the cayenne to taste if you're not a huge fan of heat.
Indian Dahl with Spinach
Spinach gives this dahl a deep green color. Want to cut down on the cooking time? Use split red lentils instead.
Veggies and fluffy basmati rice cook up together in this flavorful grain dish that can be a main dish or side. Find the fresh or frozen curry leaves used in this recipe at your local Indian grocery store.
Indian Curry Potato Fries
Naan, a leavened flatbread, makes a great addition to any Indian meal. "This is the best make-at-home Naan recipe I've found (and I've been looking a long time)." says user KirbyF.
This curry is a world of flavors and textures thanks to a variety of ingredients, including potatoes, cashews, peas, and peppers. Recipe reviewer cwprice says, "A great korma. Just as good as our favorite Indian restaurant makes, and not as heavy."
Indian Stuffed Eggplant
"This dish is a sure show stopper," says Shana McCoy. "Similar to potato boats, only spicy instead of cheesy. This dish is totally vegetarian and can be vegan just be substituting veggie oil for the ghee. If you want it mild, don't add the curry or vindaloo spices. Fantastic with chicken tikka masala and tabouleh!" Many reviewers have had success baking the eggplants instead of frying.
Indian Tomato Rice
Swap your plain steamed rice for this flavorful variety instead. Fresh tomatoes and ginger add some zip, while turmeric makes the rice a deep golden color.
Don't forget a serving of chutney to complete your Indian meal. This recipe relies on cilantro as the base and simply requires a quick blend in the food processor.
Dal Makhani (Indian Lentils)
Thick and hearty, dal is a dish of split pulses (often lentils) that are cooked down until tender. "Love this recipe." says Michelle Annese, "The whole family loves it also and requests it often."
Indian Eggplant - Bhurtha
Eggplant is broiled until tender, then simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce in this Northern Indian dish. "SUPER easy recipe." says user Sharon, "We had an Indian night and this by far was our favorite dish."
Spicy Vegan Potato Curry
A creamy curried sauce is the base for this potato, tomato, and chickpea dish. Some reviewers have reported success mixing in extra veggies, such as cauliflower, for a variety of flavor and texture.
Red Lentil Curry
Red lentils practically fall apart when cooked to create a rich and thick curry that's perfect for spooning over rice or scooping up with flatbreads.
Authentic Saag Paneer
Paneer, a firm Indian cheese, is fried in this recipe before being mixed into a creamy spinach curry. "This turned out great!" says user Shelly Davis. "Easily as good as what I've had in many restaurants."
It doesn't get much easier than this chickpea curry thanks to the use of store-bought chana masala mix, which can easily be found in Indian grocery stores.
Tomato Cucumber Kachumbar
If you're serving a particularly spicy or rich main dish, kachumbar (also known as kachumber) is a great salad to offer a lighter counterpart to the meal.
Black Chana with Potato
Available at your local Indian grocery store, black chickpeas (also known as kala chana or bengal gram) have a darker color and firmer texture than traditional chickpeas. Pairing them with potatoes makes for a great combination of flavors and textures.
Vegan Indian Curry with Cauliflower and Lentils
Mix-and-match what vegetables you have on hand for this easy curry dish. The creamy (but dairy-free) sauce is created by pairing red lentils and coconut milk.
Spicy Indian Dahl
Spice up dinner with this curried lentil dish that relies on jalapeños for a boost of heat. "Very easy to cook and a great complement to the spicy foods associated with Indian cooking." says reviewer eayers.
An easy way to use up leftover boiled eggs, this curry becomes an appealing golden color due to the addition of turmeric.
Tofu is subbed for meat in this traditionally spicy meal. "We have had this dish several times in the last few weeks." says reviewer vivajeffvegas, "Prep is actually very easy and the end result is a very good combination of ingredients texture and spice."
Indian-Inspired Lentil Stew
This hearty Indian-inspired lentil stew is perfect for a chilly night. "The flavors of curry and cumin make this a very tantalizing dish and fill the kitchen with a very aromatic fragrance," says fioremarie. "This dish is easy to prepare and very yum! I like to serve this over steamed brown rice and with naan."
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