15 traditional Indian foods made vegan


There is so much more to Indian cuisine than curry. Indian cuisine is as diverse as it is unique because so many different civilizations and cultures have influenced it. While Indian food varies from region to region and household to household, most Indian foods use healthy vegetables and fragrant spices.

In India, cooking is an art that has been passed down from generation to generation. Indian food is also extremely popular in the United States. It has become quite easy to find Indian ingredients in supermarkets and specialty stores. If you’ve always wanted to make your own vegan Indian food, there’s no better time than now. It’s tasty, fun to make and tasty! We have tons of vegan Indian food recipes for you to try!

Here are 15 traditional Indian dishes made vegan from our Food Monster app so you can enjoy the incredible flavors of India in your own home:

1. Seitan Vindaloo

Seitan Vindaloo

Source: Seitan Vindaloo

Vindaloo is known as the spiciest of curries and Cathy Elton’s Seitan Vindaloo is no exception. In this recipe, the meaty seitan is smothered in a spicy and tangy tomato-based curry. This traditional Indian dish is tasty, affordable and easy to prepare. Enjoy the delicious curry aroma of this fragrant dish!

2. Punjabi Chana Masala

Punjabi Chana Masala

Source: Punjabi Channa Masala

Punjabi Channa Masala of Charanya Ramakrishnan stands out from the crowd. Made with a recipe handed down from generation to generation, this is an authentic version of Punjab.

3. Palak ‘Paneer’

vegan spinach paneer

Source: Palak “Paneer”

Tofu replaces dairy cheese to make the paneer in Nikki and Zuzana’s “Paneer” Palak made with spinach. It contains just the right amount of spices to make it incredibly tasty.

4. Masoor Dal

Masoor dal

Source: Masoor Dal

Dal is a thick lentil stew that is a traditional Indian dish. Ramey Newell’s delicious Masoor Dal is a recipe from North India that uses red lentils and lots of hot, fragrant spices.

5. “Paneer” Tikka Masala

'Paneer' Tikka Masala

Source: “Paneer” Tikka Masala

Tikka masala is a popular North Indian recipe, usually made with chicken. In Pavithra Kannan’s “Paneer” Tikka Masala, tofu is cooked in spices for an incredible vegan version of this authentic dish.

6. Herb Roti: Indian bread

Vegan roast with herbs

Source: Roasted Grass

Roti are traditional flatbreads made from chickpea or besan flour. Vaishali Honawar’s Herb Roti with Mint, Thyme and Sage would be perfect with any Indian dish.

7. Malai Kofta: potato dumplings with spicy tomato sauce

vegan Malai Kofta

Source: Malai Kofta

Kofta are meatballs or dumplings typically made with potatoes, cheese, and / or meat. In this Malai Kofta from Renee Press, the meatballs are made with potatoes and cashews and cooked in a delicious spicy and creamy tomato sauce.

8. Vegetable biryani

Vegetables biryani

Source: Vegetable Biryani

Biryani is a traditional Indian rice dish. Vaishali Honawar’s Vegetable Biryani is covered with lots of vegetables, cashews, raisins and spices. Ideal as a starter or as an accompaniment.

9. South Indian Kurma

Vegan kurma

Source: Kurma from South India

Kurma is a curry dish from South India. Charanya Ramakrishnan’s recipe for South Indian Kurma features a variety of vegetables flavored with fennel, cumin and poppy seeds, cashews and grated coconut for an amazing meal.

10. Aloo Gobi

vegan Aloo Gobi

Source: Aloo Gobi

Rosalie Livingstone’s Aloo Gobi, an Indian dish of potatoes and cauliflower is a classic. It’s cooked in a savory tomato and spice sauce with just a touch of chili.

11. Mint parathas: Indian whole wheat flatbread

Vegan mint parathas

Source: Mint Parathas

Parathas are stuffed flatbreads that can be made with whole wheat or chickpea flour. Rinku Bhattacharya Mint Parathas are flavored with caraway seeds, ginger, cayenne pepper and fresh mint – so fresh!

12. Kitchari: the nutritious Ayurvedic detox dish

vegan Kitchari

Source: Kitchari

Kitchari is an Ayurvedic dish made from two or more grains, usually basmati rice and dal. It is often used as a detox dish to aid digestion. This version of Akshata Sheelvant contains high protein quinoa for added nutrition and flavor.

13. Medhu Vada: Savory Indian fritters with lentils

vegan Medhu Vada

Source: Medhu Vada

Medu Vadas are a traditional dish from South India. These tasty Medhu Vada from Rinku Bhattacharya can be served as a starter, side dish, dessert or snack with a side of chutney for dipping.

14. Khajur Gajar Halwa: Carrot and date pudding with coconut and cardamom

vegan Khajur Gajar Halwa

Source: Halwa

Winter root vegetables are celebrated in India by making puddings called halwa. Rinku Bhattacharya’s Halwa is made with coconut milk, almonds and cardamom for a creamy and succulent dessert.

15. Mango Lassi

Vegan mango lassi

Lassi is a drink from northern India traditionally made with yogurt. Tasting like a cross between a smoothie and a milkshake, Sonya O’Donnell’s Mango Lassi is made with healthy coconut milk kefir.

The 15 recipes above are just the start of all the amazing Indian dishes you can make. For more tips and recipes, check out How to Make Your Own Indian Food at Home.

If you like items like this and want more, we highly recommend that you download the Food Monster app. For those who don’t have it, this is a great food app available for Android and iPhone. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to eliminate or reduce allergens like meat, dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, grains, etc. The app shows you how having diet / health / food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions.

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