Indian cuisine is a vegetarian's dream come true. Here are 15 Indian vegetarian dishes for you, ranging from heavy and buttery stews to sweet mango chutney.
If you've made the decision to exclude meat from your diet, Indian cuisine will surely become your new best buddy.
So buckle up for your Vegetarian food adventure and here we go...
1. Palak Paneer
Let's get this party started with some delectable palak paneer. This dish was the beginning of my love for Indian cuisine.
Cottage cheese cubes float in a rich cream made from pureed spinach.
Garam masala, cumin, and cardamom, among other Indian spices, give it a fantastic kick. Palak paneer is best served with naan, a buttery, soft flatbread.
2. Jeera Rice
If you're really hungry, jeera rice is the perfect side dish. This rich dish is created with fragrant spices and fluffy, starchy basmati rice.
Jeera, which is Indian means cumin, imparts a pleasant earthiness to the rice. Cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaf bring spice, while ghee or butter adds richness.
What's the best part? It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare this dish!
3. Malai Kofta
A creamy curry stew laden with potato and paneer (cottage cheese) balls is known as Malai kofta, which means "buttery spiced balls." Both the balls and the curry sauce are great on their own, but when they're combined, they're truly magical.
You'll be treated to one delectable flavor after another with this dish! Every taste is exquisite, whether it's salty, flavorful, spicy, rich, creamy, or crunchy.
4. Masala Bhindi
Okra, tomatoes, and onions are used to make Bhindi masala.
Masala refers to a curry base flavored with onions, tomatoes, spices, and herbs. Bhindi means "okra," whereas masala refers to a curry base flavored with onions, tomatoes, spices, and herbs.
Bhindi masala is essentially okra curry at this point. It is ideally served with rice because it is quite spicy. The starchy side dish helps to cool things down. Roti and naan bread can also be used.
5. Aloo Chaat
Aloo chat is a roasted-potato meal. The potatoes are seasoned with spices and fried in ghee for a buttery flavor. Cumin powder, chaat masala, mango powder, and salt are just a few of the tastes in this addicting snack.
Tamarind chutney pairs well with aloo chaat, providing a sweet and syrupy contrast to the dry and spicy snack.
6. Vegetable Pakora
Another crispy fried potato snack is pakora. This snack comes with a warning: it's incredibly addicting!
Potatoes and other vegetables are sliced into strips and deep-fried till crispy, seasoned with turmeric, chili, and other spices.
It's like French fries, but with a lot more flavor!
Pakora is dipped in sweet chutney instead of ketchup, giving it a delicious sweet and salty flavor.
7. Matar Paneer
In a tomato-based gravy spiced with aromatic spices, peas (matar) and cottage cheese (paneer) are cooked.
While we can't get enough of palak paneer, this comparable dish is equally as tasty.
The crunchy and chewy peas contrast beautifully with the silky and creamy cheese. The rich gravy complements the dish perfectly.
8. Vegetables Samosas
While it is usually filled with flavorful meat, vegetarian fillings, such as the one in this recipe, are also available.
The filling for this recipe is made of potatoes and peas that have been seasoned with garlic, ginger, and Indian spices.
You may make the crust into any shape you want – triangles, half-moons, or cones – and it will all taste fantastic.
9. Mango Chutney
Chutney is a fruit or vegetable-based sweet, spicy, and tangy condiment. It can be used to flavor a variety of dishes as a spread, dip, or sauce.
This chutney recipe blends ripe mangos with ginger, garlic, and onion for a delicious taste combination.
We love how the flavor changes as you eat it, from sweet to spicy to acidic!
10. Naan Bread
Who doesn't enjoy a good naan bread? The renowned Indian flatbread is extremely soft and buttery. It pairs well with curries and stews, but it's also delicious by itself.
While naan is quite similar to chapati and roti (which are the same thing), it is slightly fluffier and pillowy because of the yeast.
11. Aloo Paratha
Flatbread is known in India as paratha. It's an Indian classic, similar to naan, that's typically consumed for the morning.
Traditional parathas are delicious, but potatoes elevate everything. Flatbread packed with potatoes is known as aloo paratha. To add flavor, the potatoes are seasoned with coriander, ginger, and spices.
This is the meal for you if you need to bulk up on carbs.
12. Rava Pongal
Pongal is an Indian term for rice, which is a common ingredient in Indian cuisine. Rava Pongal is a rice substitute made with dal (lentils) and sooji (soybeans) (semolina).
The best part about this dish is that it perfectly imitates the feel of rice! You'll get a more healthy dinner because the ingredients are healthier.
For a hearty and refreshing lunch, serve rava Pongal with coconut chutney and ginger tea.
13. Aloo Gobi
Gobi refers to cauliflower, while aloo refers to potatoes. Steamed cauliflower and potatoes are combined to make aloo gobi, a delicious supper.
Potatoes and cauliflower aren't particularly flavorful, but don't worry; Indian spices are here to help!
Aaloo gobi is anything but bland, sauteed with seven distinct spices, including ginger, turmeric, and cumin, to name a few.
14. Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)
Dessert is always available! However, this rice Indian pudding isn't just sweet. Cardamom adds a hint of spice and warmth.
The pudding is smooth and creamy, with a great crunch from the crushed walnuts.
A sprinkle of rose water, if desired, adds a subtle flowery note.
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15. Veg Biryani