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70+ Best Vegan Indian Recipes

Here’s the ultimate roundup of the best 70+ Vegan Indian Recipes all gathered together in one list! We’ve included our favorite plant-based dinner recipes, snacks, and side dishes that are all easy to make and full of insane flavor. Plus some dishes are even made in the Instant Pot for added convenience and quick cook time.

We’re so excited about this list of tasty vegan recipes that are completely plant-based. The Indian culture has a great foundation in making many dishes already vegan, and this list also includes new versions of classic recipes that have been adapted towards a vegetable-forward diet.

I can promise you that all of these recipes are full of rich spices and aromatics to make each bite even more delicious than the last. Many of these Indian vegan recipes are asked for time and time again by our friends and family.

Some of our favorites include the Vegan Masala French Toast for breakfast, Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry or Vegetable Hakka Noodles for lunch, and Tofu Makhani and Chana Masala for dinner. These recipes are so vibrant in flavor and texture and will make you feel your best with all plant-based ingredients.

You can’t forget the side dishes and condiments too – these are some of our favorites. Mango Pickles are something you will always want on hand for mealtime. Fresh Turmeric Pickles and Cauliflower Pickles are a fun garnish to add to any recipe. When it comes to chutneys, Cilantro Mint Chutney and Coconut Chutney, are almost a requirement to have on hand for extra deliciousness.

How to Veganize Indian Recipes

There are lots of simple and easy ingredient substitutes to use when making an Indian recipe completely plant-based. Here are some tips that are helpful when cooking:

  1. Substitute Meat with Hearty Vegetables. Make the same sauce, just use a veggie base of things like mushrooms, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc. as a substitute for the meat.
  2. Swap Heavy Cream or Milk for Plant-Based Dairy. Coconut milk is a common ingredient in Indian cooking. I also recommend trying my homemade cashew cream as another creamy alternative to heavy cream.
  3. Swap Out the Ghee. You can use oil or a plant-based butter instead, both will work great in Indian recipes.
  4. Use Vegan Yogurt rather than Regular. A simple switch is to use plant-based vegan yogurt rather than dairy-based yogurt in any of these recipes. You’ll hardly notice a difference!
  5. Use Tofu instead of Paneer. Love Paneer Makhani but can’t eat dairy? Try my Tofu Makhani recipe that uses extra firm tofu and has a super satisfying bite. You can also use Tofu in Paneer Biryani , Palak Paneer, or Paneer Parathas instead of Paneer.

The Indian culture has so many fantastic flavors and spices to make every recipe shine. Many of our recipes are vegan to begin with, but those that aren’t are easy to convert into a plant-based recipe with just a couple of ingredient swaps.

Main Course Recipes


Tofu Makhani (Butter Tofu)

Tofu Makhani is a hearty take on the classic Indian butter sauce. The creamy spiced tomato sauce you often find with chicken but this version is completely plant-based using tofu. An easy cashew cream is the secret ingredient to making the authentic sauce sauce creamy.

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Chana Masala (Instant Pot)

This Chana Masala is a classic vegan Indian recipe made easy in the Instant Pot. It has all of the authentic flavors and spices of chickpeas cooked in a caramelized onion and tangy tomato sauce. The next time you are wanting takeout, try making this chana masala at home instead. Serve with steamed rice and raita for a hearty-plant based meal.

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Aloo Beans (Green Bean Curry)

These Aloo Beans also known as Green Bean Curry is cooked with creamy potatoes. Spiced with earthy Indian flavors, it’s a comforting flavor-packed dish. We recommend to serve it with hot roti or steamed rice. It’s a 30-minute healthy curry recipe that’s also hearty.

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Green Moong Dal (Mung Bean Curry)

Green Moong Dal, also known as mung bean curry or green gram curry, is simple and easy to make. The moong beans are cooked efficiently in the Instant Pot with spices and aromatics to make a vibrant curry. Prepared in less than 30 minutes, this vegan dish is perfect for weeknight dinners and meal prep.

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Whole Masoor Dal

Known as Indian brown lentils, Whole Masoor Dal is the perfect easy dinner for a weeknight. Ready in under 30 minutes, this lentil curry is comforting and creamy with mild spice but full of rich flavor.

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Lobia Curry (Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry)

Black Eyed Peas Curry or Lobia Curry has a coconut-based sauce making it a very creamy vegan curry. The peas are cooked in onions and tomatoes and spiced with turmeric, cumin, and coriander. The classic Indian red chili powder and garam masala spice flavors also form the base of the sauce for maximum flavor in every bite.

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Misal Pav

Misal Pav is a spicy sprouted bean curry that’s vibrantly spiced with Kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala, coriander, cumin, turmeric, black mustard seeds, and curry leaves. Topped with Farsan (a crunchy snack), red onion, and fresh cilantro, it’s a hearty plant-based meal that’s peppery in flavor. It’s traditionally served with lightly buttered Pav or dinner rolls.

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Pithla is a creamy gram flour curry served with Bhakri or rice. It’s both gluten-free and vegan using mainly pantry ingredients. To spice the gram flour curry, onions, garlic, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, and green chilies all give it a warm, comforting bite.

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Mushroom Masala

This is a favorite vegan recipe, Mushroom Masala takes the flavors from a regular masala recipe and substitutes mushrooms in for the protein. The hearty mushrooms are a great flavor with the tart tomatoes and Indian Spices. Plus it’s ready in under 20 minutes, making it ideal for any night of the week.

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Masala Karela Fry (Bitter Gourd)

Masala Karela Fry is bitter gourd that has flavors of spicy, sweet and tangy. An healthy vegan dish that’s pan-fried so it’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve with rice or hot roti, it’s a truly flavorful recipe.

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Brussels Sprouts Sabzi

This Brussels Sprouts sabzi is spiced with cumin seeds, turmeric, and red chili powder with an addition of moong dal for nutty textures! Ready in under 30 minutes this easy vegan recipe makes for a perfect meal served with hot parathas or sorghum roti (gluten-free).

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Knol Kol Bhaji (Kohlrabi Curry)

Kohlrabi Curry is stir-fried Kohlrabi cooked tender with nutty mung dal (yellow gram lentils) and spiced with a few basic Indian spices. It’s a great weeknight meal that’s prepared in just 30 minutes. This super easy vegan curry is best served with with hot roti or rice for a gluten-free meal.

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Bhindi Masala (Stir Fried Okra)

Bhindi Masala or Indian stir-fried okra is a delicious plant-based main course. The crunchy yet somewhat sweet okra is cooked in warm spices, sweet onions and tangy tomatoes. It’s vibrant both in color and flavor, making it an ideal vegetable dish.

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Aloo Rasedar (Potato Curry)

Aloo Rasedar is one of the quickest and easiest Indian vegetarian main course recipes. When you have a busy week, you should definitely add this recipe to your list. Creamy potatoes are cooked in a zippy tomato-ginger sauce that is seasoned with traditional Indian spices. This recipe uses mainly pantry ingredients, so it’s perfect any night of the week.

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Beans Poriyal (Green Beans Stir Fry)

Green Bean Poriyal is a reliable entree that’s made easy in one pan. The beans are stir-fried in warm spices like mustard seeds, curry leaves, and asafetida. Shredded coconut is added for a sweet nuttiness. It’s a vegetable course that’s great for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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Bhogichi Bhaji

Bhogichi Bhaji also known as Mixed Vegetable Curry is usually made with winter vegetables. This version uses eggplant, green beans, carrots, and chickpeas. The sauce is quite aromatic using coconut, peanuts, sesame seeds and is spiced with red chilies, turmeric, cumin, and coriander.

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Patwadi Rassa

Patwadi Rassa is a traditional Maharashtrian delicacy with savory steamed gram flour cakes with spicy onion and coconut-based curry. Showcasing the distinct taste profile with rich and vibrant flavors of regional Maharashtrian cuisine, this authentic recipe will tantalize your taste buds.

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Maswadi is a traditional Maharashtrian dish cooked with steamed besan (gram flour) rolled with spicy coconut, peanuts, and sesame seeds stuffing. Maswadi is often paired with spicy onion and garlic-based curry made with Goda Masala and is served with Roti or Bhakri. Here is my mom’s recipe with step-by-step photos and a video showing how to make this dish like a pro.

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Vegetable Hakka Noodles

These Vegetable Hakka Noodles are a common quick dish in India served at restaurants and fast-casual dining spots. These stir-fry noodles are tossed in a salty chili garlic sauce and cooked with a whole variety of vegetables including cabbage, bell peppers, and carrots. They’re truly a satisfying yet comforting easy Indian recipe.

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Vegetarian Mulligatawny Soup

This comforting Vegan Mulligatawny Soup is made easy in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. The recipe uses cauliflower and coconut milk to make a creamy texture, plus it’s spiced with turmeric and garam masala to make every bite so flavorful.

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Instant Malai Kofta

A classic north Indian dish, Malai Kofta is made with deep-fried vegetable dumplings {koftas} that are added to a creamy tomato-based sauce. My version of the Malai Kofta uses store-bought vegetarian meatballs to get the same authentic flavors in a fraction of the time. I have included both Instant Pot and Stove Top Recipes here.

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Snacks and Appetizers


Onion Pakodas (Kanda Bhajji or Crispy Onion Fritters)

These golden-crisp Onion Pakodas or fritters are jam-packed with flavors from green chilies, red Kashmiri chili, garlic, carom seeds, turmeric, and of course onions! They are truly an iconic food in India and very much a part of the culture and tradition. Serve this epic dish as a snack with green chutney or ketchup or serve it alongside your favorite Indian meal.

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Kale Pakora Chips

Our take on a kale chip but Indian-style! Super-nutritious kale gets a flavor blast from the iconic pakora batter before being air-fried or baked to crispy perfection. These Kale Pakora Chips will be the BEST healthy chip you’ve ever tasted.

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Dudhi Muthiya (Vegan Steamed Dumplings)

Dudhi Muthiya is a Gujarati delicacymade with grated bottle gourd, fresh fenugreek leaves spiced with greenchilies, ginger, and turmeric. These irresistible savory bites have a perfectbalance of spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors with golden pan-fried crunchy textures.Served with a hot cup of chai, Muthiya makes a delicious snack, breakfast,or side dish.

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Instant Pot Kothimbir Vadi

Kothimbir Vadi is a Western Indian delicacy, made with fresh cilantro and gram flour perfectly spiced with chili, garlic, and ground turmeric. This Instant Pot recipe uses a simple method so you can have this traditional Maharashtrian dish ready in no time! A gluten-free and vegan dish for a perfect breakfast, snack, side dish, or appetizer.

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Sabudana Vada

Sabudana Vada is a Maharashtrian delicacy made with sago, mashed potatoes, ground peanuts, chilies, and cumin seeds. All the ingredients are mixed together, rolled into small balls, and then fried into crispy and delish fritters. Served with a sweet, and spicy yogurt chutney these fritters are sure to tickle your taste buds.

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Rava Dhokla

Rava Dhokla or savory semolina cakes, are lightly spiced with classic Indian flavors like ginger, green chilies, black mustard seeds, and sesame seeds. Serve these cakes with cilantro mint chutney for a delicious make-ahead snack or appetizer.

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Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower)

These incredibly, delicious Gobi Manchurian or pan-fried cauliflower are tossed in a light batter, cooked until crispy, and lightly coated in the most delicious sweet, sour, and spicy garlic chili sauce. This lighter version of the traditional recipe is made by pan-frying the cauliflower rather than deep frying. Be sure to make extra batches of this snack or appetizer, it disappears quickly!

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Bhel Puri

Bhel Puri is an Indian Street Food full of flavor and crunchy texture, plus it’s completely plant-based. It’s made with crispy puffed rice and crunchy gram flour noodles that are tossed in a spicy green chutney, a tangy tamarind chutney, as well as ground spices for a truly flavorful bite. Garnished with cilantro and pomegranate seeds, it’s a flavor explosion in an easy to make vegan snack.

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Bombay Sandwich

The Bombay Sandwich is a great snack or lunch when you’re in a pinch. The bread is spread with delicious cilantro-mint chutney that’s topped with layered thin slices of vegetables. It’s a bite of fresh flavors perfect for any time of the year.

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Handvo {Spicy Rice and lentils cake}

Handvo – A traditional gujarati savory cake made with rice, lentils bottle gourd, fenugreek leaves and carrots. Spiced with fresh ginger and green chilies, tempered with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and dried red chillies.

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Kothimbir Vadi

Kothimbir Vadi, a savory snack made with fresh cilantro is quintessential to the typical Mumbai food experience. Here is my mother-in-law’s recipe!

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Namak Pare

Namak Pare are light and crispy bite-sized savory Indian crackers made with flour and spices. Traditionally deep-fried, they can also be air fried for a healthier option. A simple recipe with a handful of pantry ingredients these homemade light and tasty crackers are a must-try!

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Masala Nuts

Spicy with a hint of sweetness these Masala Nuts have a satisfying bite and a burst of bold savory flavors. A healthy snack that is easy to make and a must to start the party, especially during the holiday season.

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Murmura Chivda Recipe

Murmura Chivda is a crunchy savory snack made with roasted puffed rice, and nuts, and spiced with turmeric and green chili.

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Poha Chivda

A light, crispy snack the Poha Chivda is a traditional snack from Maharashtra (Western India) where I grew up. My mom often made this tasty, can’t-stop-eating savory mid-day snack made from roasted flattened rice. Low in calories, this roasted Chivda is easy to make with a few optional add-ins that enhance its flavor and texture.

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Vegan Rice & Breads


Chickpea Biryani

Chickpea Biryani is a wholesome one-pot vegetarian dish with protein-rich chickpeas cooked in caramelized onions and spices over fragrant basmati rice. Paired with cooling cucumber raita and a squeeze of fresh lime, this biryani makes a hearty vegan meal.

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Masale Bhat

Spicy and flavor-packed, Masale Bhat is a traditional rice dish from Western India. This gluten-free vegetarian dish makes a great one-pot meal and is made with a variety of vegetables and a warm spice blend known as “Goda Masala”.

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Homemade Cauliflower Rice

Indian food is best accompanied most times with soft and fluffy rice. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, try making a vegetable-based cauliflower rice. It’s so easy to make at home and still gives a tender, fluffy texture.

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Cauliflower Jeera Rice (Turmeric Cumin Cauliflower Rice)

This Cauliflower Jeera Rice is another vegetable-based rice recipe to substitute for regular Basmati rice. It’s perfect with Indian curries and has nutty warm flavors of cumin. It only takes 10 minutes to make, the ideal healthy side dish!

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Instant Pot Cabbage Rice

This Cabbage Rice is a simple but flavorful side dish made all in the Instant Pot. Flavored with fresh ginger and green chiles, it’s a vegan side that pairs well with so many delicious recipes.

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Basmati Rice

A must-have side dish with Indian curries and dals, here is how to make the perfectly cooked, aromatic, fluffy, long grain Basmati Rice in the Instant Pot.

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Parathas are homemade Indian flatbreads typically cooked daily to be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Parathas are made by layering and rolling whole wheat dough that is then cooked on a hot griddle until it turns golden brown on both sides. They fill your kitchen with the wonderful aroma of freshly made bread with the ghee melting over.

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Phulka or Phulka Roti is a soft melt-in-the-mouth whole wheat Indian flatbread, that is a daily meal staple in many Indian homes. Top this thinly rolled Indian bread with homemade aromatic ghee, and you have the best accompaniment to go with curry dishes.

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Jowar Roti

A staple in Indian cuisine, Jowar Roti is a gluten-free flatbread made from finely ground sorghum flour. Light and healthy, Jowar (Sorghum) Rotis are usually served with curries and dals. Here is my step-by-step recipe with a video showing how to make perfect Jowar Roti at home.

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Bajra Roti

Bajra Roti is a gluten-free flatbread made from finely ground Pearl Millet flour. These Instant Roti’s need no leavening, just flour, water, and a little bit of practice. Here is mom’s step-by-step recipe with all her tips and a video showing how to make perfect Bajra Roti at home.

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Indian Salads & Pickles


Sprouted Mung Bean Salad

This Sprouted Mung Bean Salad is loaded with fresh veggies and dressed up in red chili powder, salt, and tangy lime juice, this healthy recipe has a magical combination of flavors and textures. It’s versatile salad you can adapt to your liking as a starter, side dish, or main course.

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Kakdi Koshimbir (Indian Cucumber Salad)

Kakdi Koshimbir is my favorite Indian salad! Super easy to assemble, this hydrating cucumber salad is spiced with warm cumin seeds and has a little heat thanks to the green chilies. Topped with roasted ground peanuts and cilantro, this salad is ready in under 10 minutes and compliments any meal nicely!

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Ginger Tamarind Brussels Sprouts Salad

Ginger tamarind Brussels sprouts salad with shaved Brussels sprouts dressed in flavorful and tangy ginger and tamarind dressing. With just four ingredients, this salad is ready in about 15 minutes for the perfect Indian-inspired side dish or lunch.

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Cabbage Salad with Indian Tadka

A crunchy, colorful Indian-inspired cabbage salad that is healthy, tasty, and super easy to make. This salad has earthy flavors with the mustard seeds and turmeric tossed with finely chopped cabbage and a mix of crisp veggies. Lemon juice is used to finish the recipe to bring out all of the delicious flavors.

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Aam Ka Achar (Mango Pickle)

Spicy, sweet and sour, these homemade Aam Ka Achar or mango pickles are a flavorful Indian condiment. Unripe green mangoes are pickled with spices and oil to infuse them with lots of delicious savory flavors. They’re a delicious addition to dal-rice, curd rice, and khichdi.

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Fresh Turmeric Pickle

A favorite condiment for Indian meals, Fresh Turmeric Pickle has an earthy-peppery flavor of turmeric and a tangy mouthwatering flavor from the lemons. The fresh green chilies also give these pickles a kick of spice. With all the incredible flavors and health benefits, this homemade pickle is easy to make and keeps for days.

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Pickled Cauliflower

Quick pickled cauliflower is bright and briny, juicy, perfectly spiced, and has the most awesome tender-crunchy bite. It is a must try and the perfect garnish to any recipe.

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Indian Vegan Side Dishes


Instant Pot Batata Bhaji (Indian Spiced Potatoes)

These Batata Bhaji are ready in under 20 minutes and are bursting with delicious, vibrant flavors. Made in the Instant Pot, they are spiced with turmeric, mustard seeds, green chilies, ginger and curry leaves plus cooked with lightly caramelized onions for a crowd-winning side dish. Use these potatoes also to fill dosas or samosas, they’re the perfect thing.

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Patta Gobhi Ki Sabzi (Cabbage Stir Fry)

Cabbage stir fry is a simple and delicious side dish served with Indian meals. Cooked in 10 minutes, this humble “Gobhi Ki Sabzi” or sautéed cabbage is healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. A versatile recipe that can be easily jazzed up with ingredients such as tomatoes, carrots, peas, potatoes, or even lentils!

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Baingan Bharta (Smoky Eggplant Mash)

This smoky eggplant mash, known as Baingan Bharta, is like an Indian version of Baba Ganoush. Flavored with garlic, scallions, black mustard seeds, turmeric, and garnished with fresh cilantro, it’s a side dish that’s full of exciting flavors.

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Indian-Spiced Crispy Brussels Sprouts

These Indian-Spiced Brussels Sprouts are very addicting! Spiced with gram flour, turmeric, red Kashmiri chili, ajwain, ground coriander, and garlic, then roasted at high heat until very crispy and caramelized, this side dish is a crowd-pleaser. The key to the crispiness is slicing the Brussels sprouts thin enough prior to roasting.

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Masoor dal Chilla (Savory Red Lentil Pancakes)

These protein-packed savory lentil pancakes called Masoor Dal Chilla are spiced with green chili and ginger. They are great as a side dish, snack or for breakfast. They’re both gluten-free and vegan making them a great substitute for roti, parathas, or naan.

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Coconut Chutney

This Coconut Chutney is a popular side dish using fresh or frozen coconut, roasted peanuts, garlic, green chilies, cumin seeds, and lemon juice. It’s very savory in flavor with a nice nuttiness and more texture than some other Indian chutneys. It’s usually eaten with Idli or Dosa and topped with a tadka, which is a seasoning of mustard seeds and curry leaves that have been blanched in hot oil.

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Green Tomato Chutney

Tangy, sweet, and spicy this Green Tomato Chutney is both vibrant in flavor and color! It’s made with the best raw-tart tomatoes, spicy jalapeños, and a pinch of sweetness. We’ve made it easy by making it in the Instant Pot, so the whole recipe comes together in just 20 minutes.

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Sweet Corn Soup

Sweet Corn Soup uses just a few simple ingredients to achieve a ton of fresh flavor and the ultimate texture. The natural sweetness of corn plays off the zesty heat of ginger and the finishing touch of vinegar. Hearty veggies like cabbage and carrots add body, a satisfying crunch, and extra nutrients to this gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan soup!

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Lemon Coriander Soup

Lemon coriander soup is a light and healthy soup with zesty flavors of ginger, green chilies, and fresh cilantro! This vegan and gluten-free broth soup has bold Indian flavors and is well-balanced with crunchy colorful veggies and tofu for protein.

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Cilantro Mint Chutney

Spicy and tangy with a hint of sweetness, Cilantro Mint Chutney is a must-try Indian condiment. This delicious cilantro dipping sauce only needs a few ingredients and there are many super easy variations you can make!

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Vegan Breakfast Recipes



Poha is a breakfast food in Indian but can also be served as a snack. It’s a savory recipe made with flattened rice seasoned with onions, potatoes, and warming spices. The turmeric gives it a bright yellow color and the fresh chilies add a nice amount of spice to each bite.

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Upma/Rava Upma/Sooji Upma

Upma or Rava/Sooji Upma is an Indian breafkast dish that’s made by roasting coarse semolina then cooking it in water. The dish is infused with lots of fresh flavors by adding fresh vegetables, nuts, herbs, and a hint of spice.

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Savory Masala Toast Recipe

This savory vegan Savory Masala French Toast recipe has a spicy twist! This EASY and delicious Indian-style masala toast recipe uses protein-packed gram flour instead of eggs to coat the bread. The batter is deliciously spiced with onions, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and chilies.

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Bread Upma

Bread Upma is traditional recipe served normally an Indian breakfast entree, but it’s also great for brunch and lunch. It’s made using a base of white bread that’s cooked in a seasoned oil that’s been cooking with delicious spices. Garnished with lemon juice and fresh cilantro, it’s both warming and filling.

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Moong Dal Chilla

Moong Dal Chilla is a classic Indian breakfast dish that is enjoyed with pickles or chutneys. These Savory Green Gram Lentils Pancakes make for a healthy and EASY gluten-free option for naan, parathas, and roti. They make for a delicious wrap to roll up your favorite foods.

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Thalipeeth is an instant, lightly spiced, savory flatbread cooked using a combination of flours made flavorfully fragrant with fresh Indian spices. Thalipeeth is so full of health and goodness, that you really can go for a second, or even a third without any guilt.

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Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi is a marvel of taste and texture. This dish of perfectly chewy tapioca pearls and crispy-creamy potatoes is punched up with crunchy roasted peanuts and the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and spicy elements. Fasting or not, this is a fantastic dish to master, and with my tips, you’ll never have to worry about sticky khichdi again!

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Aloo Paratha

Crisp-golden on the outside and soft on the inside, Aloo Paratha are stuffed whole wheat flatbread with a spicy potato filling. Served piping hot alongside creamy yogurt and spicy Indian pickles, Aloo Parathas make for the most comforting breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here is my Mom’s recipe with step-by-step photos and a video showing how to make perfect aloo parathas.

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Methi Thepla

This thin, soft whole-wheat flatbread is chock full of fresh fenugreek leaves, turmeric, red chili powder, carom seeds, and sesame seeds. I love adding mashed sweet potato to the dough to enhance the flavor and texture even more.

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Kale Potato Parathas

Kale Potato Parathas are savory Indian flatbreads made with whole wheat flour, kale, potatoes, green chilies, garlic, and spices. Served with pickle, chutney, or yogurt these kale parathas are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Plant-Based Desserts

While Dessert recipes like Rice Kheer and Sheer Khurma are traditionally made with whole milk, almond milk makes for a good substitute. Here are a few Indian desserts using plant-based ingredients:


Candied Cashews

These candied cashews are made with nutrient-rich whole cashews, cardamom, saffron, and a luscious sweet syrup coating. This quick and easy recipe uses a handful of basic ingredients, and its rich flavors are bound to evoke the essence of the beloved Indian sweet – Kaju Katli.

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Dudhi Halwa

Dudhi Halwa is a popular Indian dessert made with grated bottle gourd also known as Lauki. This recipe can be made vegan by replacing ghee with neutral cooking oil or vegan butter, low-fat milk with nut milk, and milk powder with almond meal.

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Carrot Halwa

Carrot Halwa or Gajar Halwa is a popular Indian dessert with grated carrots cooked in ghee, milk, aromatic cardamom, and saffron. This 30 minute Instant Pot recipe uses almond milk and you can use vegan butter instead of ghee.

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Sweet Potato Halwa

Delicately flavored and lightly sweetened sweet potato halwa is a perfect dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dinner. With melt-in-mouth creamy sweet potatoes and aromatic cardamom and saffron, this halwa is easy to make in the Instant Pot.

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Til Chikki (Sesame Crisps)

Crispy and crunchy Til Chikki or sesame crisps are made with roasted sesame seeds, sugar, rich cardamom, and a hint of salt. In India, these irresistible crisps are specially made during the Sankrant Festival celebrated in January. Substitute the ghee with a neutral oil.

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Hope you try some of these easy Indian vegan recipes. If there’s a recipe you enjoy that isn’t featured in this compilation, please share your thoughts in the comments on this post and suggest which recipe you’d like to see on the blog next.

As always, I love your feedback and love to see your creations. Do tag #ministryofcurry on Instagram so I can see what recipes you enjoyed!

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Author: Archana

Hey there! I am a techie turned recipe developer, cooking instructor, and food blogger. I love food and enjoy developing easy and healthy recipes for busy lifestyles. I live in New Jersey with my husband and two sons.

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