Indian Vegan Recipes – We often associate vegan food with eating raw fruits and vegetables. However, there is a much greater variety in vegan cuisine than it initially seems. This holds even more true in Indian cuisine, where most dishes are inherently vegan or can be made so with simple substitutions.
What is a vegan?
Veganism is a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty be it for food, clothing or any other purpose.
Vegan recipes are a subclass of vegetarian food. Apart from the consumption of meat and fish excluded in vegetarian food, a vegan diet also excludes eating diary products, eggs etc.
Vegans avoid meat and animal agriculture products for many reasons.
- Foremost is because they believe in an animal’s freedom and equal right to life.
- Also many believe that a vegan diet improves health, prolongs life or helps to lose weight or lower disease risk.
- In addition to above many vegans believe that avoiding the consumption of animal products, will lead to a reduced environmental footprint.
What are some vegan dishes?
Indian cuisine consists of a wide variety of vegan dishes. Indian vegan recipes include a plethora of vegetable based curries, lentil dishes, flat breads like rotis & parathas etc, rice, salads & desserts. A majority of the recipes on this blog are in fact vegan.
Other cuisines also include a wide variety of vegan dishes like nachos with salsa and guacamole, veggie burgers, tomato onion capsicum pizzas, bean burritos, hummus veg wraps, veg sandwiches, vegan frito pie, vegetable hakka noodles, variety of soups etc. to name a few.
In general many vegan recipes lay emphasis on including a variety of whole grains as well as a wide range of fruits and vegetables from health point of view and vegan range of food is catching up with new recipes springing up fast.
Common vegan substitutes
Eating vegan food does not means munching only raw carrot sticks or salad. There are plenty of mouth watering dishes that can be made without use of any animal products.
While there are many delicious dishes which are inherently vegan, many other dishes can easily be made vegan by simple substitution of animal products with other items.
- Meat-based ingredients are generally swapped for plant based proteins like beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, seeds, seitan, tempeh, jackfruit etc. in vegan recipes.
- Similarly dairy products may be replaced with plant milks like soya milk, almond milk etc.
- Eggs can be substituted by tofu, flaxseeds or chia seeds depending on the recipes.
- Honey can be substituted by molasses, maple syrup etc.
Vegan substitutes for Indian ingredients
While many Indian recipes are already vegan, most of the other vegetarian recipes can be made vegan with very simple substitutions. Here is a list of vegan substitutes for commonly used ingredients in Indian vegetarian recipes.
- Paneer – Paneer is a very important part of Indian vegetarian cuisine, and is used for making various gravies & appetizers. You can use tofu as a vegan substitute for paneer in most dishes.
- Cream – A lot of Indian curries call for addition of cream to add richness to the gravy. Cashew cream is the best vegan substitute for cream. It can be made by soaking cashews in warm water and blending into a smooth paste. In some recipes, coconut cream can also be used, however that will slightly change the taste of the dish.
- Milk and yogurt – Milk can be easily replaced with soy milk or almond milk. Similarly any non-dairy yogurt made from soy, almond or coconut milk can be used in recipes.
- Ghee & butter – Butter & ghee can be replaced with vegetable oils, shortenings, vegan margarines or oil based butters.
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List of Indian Vegan Recipes
Here we cover some of the popular Indian vegan recipes, including a variety of delicious snacks, curries, rice, breads, salads and desserts. The post is divided in sections based on the type of dish.
Jump to section : Snacks | Dal & Curries | Rice | Indian Breads | Sides & Accompaniments | Desserts
Indian Vegan Snacks Recipes
Vegetable Masala Maggi is a quick & easy Indian snack made by tossing maggi noodles along with mixed vegetables and ...See Recipe
Besan Cheela are spiced pancakes made from gram flour (besan) mixed with onion, tomato, coriander and various spices. Besan Cheela ...See Recipe
Veg Chow Mein is dish made from stir fried noodles and mixed vegetables which is then flavored with Chinese sauces ...See Recipe
Methi cheela is a savory Indian pancake made from fenugreek leaves (methi) mixed with gram flour (besan) batter and mild ...See Recipe
Indori Poha is a regional variation of popular Indian breakfast and street food 'Poha'. It owes its name to the ...See Recipe
Corn Cutlet or corn kebab is a delicious Indian snack made by deep frying a spicy mixture of sweet corn ...See Recipe
Hara Bhara Kabab is a delicious Indian veg cutlet made from Potatoes and Spinach (Palak). 'Hara' in Hindi means green, ...See Recipe
Gobi 65 or cauliflower 65 is a crunchy snack made from boiled cauliflower florets which are coated with a spiced ...See Recipe
Veggie burger is loaded with a fine blend of fresh vegetables, mashed potatoes & flavored with Indian spices. This delicious ...See Recipe
Bhel puri is a popular Indian savory snack made with puffed rice, tossed with vegetables and tangy chutneys. It is ...See Recipe
Baby Corn Manchurian is a very popular vegetarian dish from Indo-Chinese cuisine which is made from deep fried Baby Corn ...See Recipe
Bread Upma is a traditional South Indian recipe. It is a savory and tangy dish which can be served as ...See Recipe
Medu Vada or Sambar Vada is a fried, doughnut shaped south Indian delicacy made from Urad Dal. It tastes heavenly ...See Recipe
Rava Upma or Suji Upma is a simple, easy to cook and healthy breakfast made from roasted suji (also known ...See Recipe
Tomato Cucumber Sandwich is one of the easiest and quickest sandwich recipe to make. This simple sandwich recipe needs minimal ...See Recipe
Sabudana khichdi is an Indian dish made by cooking sabudana (tapioca / sago), potatoes and peanuts in a spicy masala ...See Recipe
Sabudana Vada is a crispy delicious snack made by deep frying spiced sabudana and potato cutlets. This is traditionally a ...See Recipe
Bread Rolls are made by stuffing bread with a spiced potato mixture and then deep frying the rolls till they ...See Recipe
Samosa is the quintessential Indian snack and one of the most popular street foods in the country. Samosas are basically ...See Recipe
Fried idli or Masala Idli Fry is a mildly spiced sautéed dish made from idlis. The idlis are fried till ...See Recipe
Besan Toast is quick and easy snack made by shallow frying bread dipped in a spicy besan (chickpea flour) batter ...See Recipe
Vada Pav is an Indian slider made with lightly toasted pav buns stuffed with batata vada and flavored with various ...See Recipe
Makki Ka Dhokla or Maize flour Dhokla is a soft & savory steamed cake traditionally associated with the Indian state ...See Recipe
Idli Manchurian is an innovative dish made from idlis which are made into dumplings. These dumplings are next, simmered in ...See Recipe
Semiya Upma also known as Vermicelli Upma is made by tossing roasted vermicelli noodles with onions, tomatoes, vegetables and spices ...See Recipe
Kachori is a snack made from maida (all purpose flour) dough stuffed with a spicy urad dal filling. It is ...See Recipe
Aloo Poha or Kanda Batata Poha is a delicious, simple and mildly spicy breakfast made from Poha (flattened rice flakes) ...See Recipe
Aloo Bread Pakora is a popular Indian snack made from bread stuffed with spiced & mashed potatoes, dipped in Besan(gram ...See Recipe
Batata Vada is made from balls of mashed potatoes mixed with spices, dipped in a paste of Besan (chickpeas flour) ...See Recipe
Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian street food tracing its origin to Mumbai where a spicy & tangy vegetable curry ...See Recipe
Veg Spring Rolls are crispy deep fried snacks filled with a delicious stuffing of lightly spiced and crunchy vegetables. Spring ...See Recipe
Samosa Pinwheels or Aloo Bhakarwadi are a pleasant twist to the original Samosas. As their name suggests, these are snacks ...See Recipe
Tomato & Basil Bruschetta is a delicious and mouth watering Italian appetizer made from fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic drizzled ...See Recipe
Potato Wedges are delicious and crunchy snacks made of potatoes seasoned with herbs and spices. Potato Wedges are a variation ...See Recipe
Gobi Manchurian or Dry Cauliflower Manchurian is a spicy and crispy Indo Chinese dish made of deep fried cauliflower florets ...See Recipe
Fruit Chaat is a tangy Indian chaat made by combining chilled juicy fruits like apples, bananas and grapes with salt ...See Recipe
Singhare Ke Pakore are made by deep frying a mixture of Singhare Ka Atta (Water Chestnut Flour) and boiled spiced ...See Recipe
Poha is a one of the most popular breakfasts in many parts of Northern India specially in Maharashtra & Indore ...See Recipe
Bread Poha or Bread Chivda is a made by cooking bread in a spicy & tangy onion tomato masala flavored ...See Recipe
Veg hakka noodles is an Indo-Chinese preparation that is made by tossing boiled noodles and stir fried vegetables in Chinese ...See Recipe
Veg Manchurian is a widely popular Indo-Chinese dish across India. This dish is made of deep fried mixed vegetable dumplings ...See Recipe
Street Style Maggi Noodles are a spicy version of the normal maggi masala, made by tossing maggi noodles in a ...See Recipe
Bhel Puri is a very popular Indian Street Food and is one of my favorite snacks. Its quick & easy ...See Recipe
Indian Vegan Curries & Dal (Lentil Dishes)
Moong Dal Tadka is a simple Indian dish made from yellow moong lentils cooked with a tempering made of onion, ...See Recipe
Gajar Matar Ki Sabji is a delicious Indian dry vegetable dish made from fresh carrots and peas sautéed in oil ...See Recipe
Panchmel Dal, also known as Pancharatan Dal is a lentil stew made my mixing together five different types of lentils ...See Recipe
Chane Ka Khatta is an Indian curry made from black chickpeas (kale chane) cooked in a tangy and spicy gravy ...See Recipe
Thai Green Curry is an aromatic coconut milk based spicy curry with assorted vegetables, lemongrass and select aromatic herbs. This ...See Recipe
Aloo Patta Gobi Sabji is an easy North Indian vegetable dish made by stir frying potatoes and cabbage, which is ...See Recipe
Gajar ki sabji is a simple & minimalistic Indian main course dish made by stir frying and tempering fresh diced ...See Recipe
Annakoot ki Sabzi is a special but simple mixed vegetable dish ideally prepared with 56 different ingredients for Annakut Bhog ...See Recipe
Aloo bhindi sabzi is a simple and delicious North Indian stir fried vegetable dish made from bhindi (okra) and aloo ...See Recipe
Palak corn also known as makai palak is a healthy and tasty Indian curry made from palak (spinach) and sweet ...See Recipe
Aloo Palak Gravy is a simple and healthy combination of green leafy vegetable spinach and everyone’s favorite aloo (potato). The ...See Recipe
Sabut Masoor Dal is a healthy dish made from whole Masoor (brown-skinned whole lentils) which is cooked in an onion-tomato ...See Recipe
Sorakkai Sambar also known as Bottle Gourd Sambar or Lauki Sambar is a very tasty and healthy Sambar made with ...See Recipe
Aloo beans or aloo phali ki sabzi is a mildly spicy curry made of french beans cooked with potatoes. This ...See Recipe
Dal fry is made by adding boiled and softened lentils (dal) to a seasoning of onion, tomato and spices which ...See Recipe
Kurkuri Bhindi or Fried Bhindi is a quick, tasty, spicy and crispy Bhindi (Okra) recipe. The Bhindis (Okra) are lightly ...See Recipe
Palak Matar is a healthy combination of fresh green leafy spinach and green peas made into a curry. The sweet ...See Recipe
Aloo Choliya or Aloo Hara Chana Sabzi is an Indian vegetable curry made with potatoes and fresh green chickpeas. Green ...See Recipe
Sookhe Kale Chane or Dry Black Chickpea Curry is a delicious, spicy and popular dish that forms a part of ...See Recipe
Dal Tadka is a North Indian dal (lentil) recipe made from Toor Dal & gets its distinct taste from a ...See Recipe
Aloo Capsicum or Aloo Shimla Mirch is a dry Indian curry made with stir fried Potatoes & Capsicum. It is ...See Recipe
Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabzi is a simple, comforting and easy to make dish which is regularly cooked in North Indian ...See Recipe
Bhindi Ki Sabzi or Stir Fried Okra Curry is a very popular vegetable in its own right as well as ...See Recipe
Kala Chana Masala or Black Chickpea Curry is a delicious, spicy, flavourful and very popular dish and forms essential part ...See Recipe
Bhindi Do Pyaza is a spicy Indian dish made from bhindi (okra) and onions. The words 'do pyaza' ('do' means ...See Recipe
Aloo Gobi Methi Tuk or Potato Cauliflower and Fenugreek Leaves Curry is traditionally a Sindhi delicacy. It is a dry ...See Recipe
Lobia Masala is a very simple & quick Indian curry prepared with lobia (black eyed peas) cooked in a spicy ...See Recipe
Bharwa Bhindi or Stuffed Okra is a popular Indian side dish in which bhindi (okra / lady finger) are stuffed ...See Recipe
Chole also known as Chana Masala is a chickpea dish cooked in a spicy gravy. In this preparation kabuli chana ...See Recipe
Aloo Gobi or Cauliflower & Potato Curry is a dry North Indian dish made with potatoes, cauliflower and a dash ...See Recipe
Brinjal Sambar also known as Kathirikai Sambar in Tamil (and Vankaya Sambar in Telugu) is an easy Sambar recipe where ...See Recipe
Bhindi Masala is made by cooking bhindi in a traditional punjabi onion tomato masala. This is a semi-dry version of ...See Recipe
Tindora Fry also known as Dondakaya Vepudu is a delicious Indian Curry made with by stir frying thinly sliced Tindora ...See Recipe
Besan Mirch is a Rajasthani speciality made by sautéing green chilies in a spiced besan (Gram Flour) mixture. When cooked ...See Recipe
Aloo Methi is a dry curry made with potatoes & fenugreek leaves. It is flavored with mild Indian spices. Aloo ...See Recipe
Rajma Masala is an all time favorite of many people in northern India. It is made from red kidney beans ...See Recipe
Dal Palak is a healthy sumptuous dish made from Lentils (Dal) & Spinach (Palak). The dish is made in a ...See Recipe
Vegan Rice Recipes
Peas Pulao or Matar Pulao is a flavorful, North Indian rice dish made with peas and rice cooked together along ...See Recipe
Thai basil fried rice is a delicious preparation made by cooking rice along with basil leaves, assorted vegetables and various ...See Recipe
Tamarind Rice is a common rice preparation, predominantly eaten in the southern parts of India. The rice dish is characterized ...See Recipe
Tomato rice also known as thakkali sadam in Tamil is a popular South Indian dish made by cooking rice along ...See Recipe
Schezwan Fried Rice is a popular and spicy rice dish from the Indo-Chinese cuisine. It derives it's unique pungent & ...See Recipe
Palak Pulao or Spinach Rice is a simple and flavorful Indian rice recipe cooked with spinach and seasoned with Indian ...See Recipe
Lemon Rice is an easy rice preparation which has an amazing taste as it is spiced up with lemon juice, ...See Recipe
Pineapple fried rice is a healthy dish made by stir frying rice, pineapples and vegetables, resulting in an amazing medley ...See Recipe
Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice is a simple Indian rice dish flavored with cumin seeds. Cumin seeds and select Indian ...See Recipe
Veg Pulao or Vegetable Pilaf is an easy one pot rice dish mixed with assorted vegetables and mildly flavored with ...See Recipe
Veg Biryani is a delicious medley of rice, vegetables and a variety of spices. Compared to the other varieties of ...See Recipe
Tawa Pulao is a spicy and popular Indian street food dish made by cooking rice along with various vegetables and ...See Recipe
Moong Dal Khichdi is a very popular Indian one pot meal eaten in every house irrespective of the occasion. It ...See Recipe
Veg fried rice is made by stir frying rice along with finely chopped vegetables and Chinese sauces. Fried Rice is ...See Recipe
Vegan Indian Breads
Methi paratha is a delicious and healthy Indian flatbread, made from mildly spiced whole wheat flour combined with fresh fenugreek ...See Recipe
Palak Paratha is a delicious and healthy Indian flatbread made from mildly spiced whole wheat flour combined with pureed spinach ...See Recipe
Gobi Paratha or Cauliflower Paratha is a delicious Indian flatbread with a stuffing of grated spiced cauliflower (gobi). Paratha and ...See Recipe
Mooli Paratha is a popular North Indian recipe generally prepared for Breakfast. It is traditionally a Punjabi recipe but now ...See Recipe
Makki Mooli Methi Paratha is a traditional Punjabi flatbread that is very popular during winters. It is made from makki ...See Recipe
Palak Puri is made by deep frying round discs made of a mixture of whole wheat flour, pureed spinach and ...See Recipe
Vegan Accompaniments – Salads, Chutneys, Dips & Pickles
Tomato Garlic Chutney or Lahsun Tamatar Ki Chutney is a chutney made from fresh raw garlic as the main ingredient ...See Recipe
Tomato spinach soup or tamatar palak ka soup is a nutritious and delicious Indian style soup made from fresh spinach ...See Recipe
Mango salsa is a delicious, colorful and refreshing dip made with ripe mangoes, red onions and bell peppers, flavored with ...See Recipe
Ker Sangri Achaar is a very unique and popular pickle from Rajasthani cuisine. It is a flavorful dry mix of ...See Recipe
Kachumber Salad is a variety of salad which is essentially made from fresh chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and addition of ...See Recipe
Sprouted Moong Dal Salad is made with sprouted green gram lentil, onion and tomatoes tossed with lemon juice & mild ...See Recipe
Coriander Tomato Chutney or Green Chutney is a simple and delicious chutney made with tomato, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic and ...See Recipe
Mango Pickle or Aam Ka Achaar is a tangy and spicy condiment made from raw mangoes that adds an extra ...See Recipe
Mooli ki Churi or Mooli ka Laccha is a quick, delicious and easy to make salad made with grated radish ...See Recipe
Thai Sweet Chili Sauce is a sweet and savory sauce originating in Thailand, which is made by simmering garlic and ...See Recipe
This recipe for homemade Pizza Sauce uses just a few ingredients and is very easy to make. It is made ...See Recipe
Imli Ki Chutney or Tamarind Chutney is a sweet and tangy sauce made from tamarind extract, ginger and spices, simmered ...See Recipe
Fruit Chaat is a tangy Indian chaat made by combining chilled juicy fruits like apples, bananas and grapes with salt ...See Recipe
Guacamole is a dip made from fresh ripe avocados along with finely chopped onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice and spices ...See Recipe
Salsa Verde is a Mexican salsa made from pureeing roasted green tomatillos, jalapeños, onions, garlic, cilantro and flavored with lime ...See Recipe
Pico De Gallo, also known as Salsa Fresca is a fresh Mexican salsa made from uncooked chopped tomatoes, onions and ...See Recipe
Tomato Salsa is a Mexican dip made from roasted red tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic and onion along with a dash of ...See Recipe
Dates Pickle or Khajur Ka Achar is a sweet and tangy pickle made by marinating dates in spices and lemon ...See Recipe
Carrot Pickle or Gajar Ka Achar is a hot and spicy Indian pickle made by marinating carrots in zesty & ...See Recipe
Dry Garlic Chutney is a powdery spread made by grinding dry roasted garlic along with grated coconut and a generous ...See Recipe
Kaju katli or kaju barfi is one of the most popular Indian Sweets. It is made of cashews & sugar ...See Recipe
Malpua is a delectable pancake recipe made from refined flour and semolina. It is then deep fried in clarified butter ...See Recipe
Aamras is a one of the most popular Indian summer dessert made of sweet, juicy & ripe pureed mangoes flavored ...See Recipe
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