Enjoy an amazing meal with these vegan Indian recipes! You can cook Indian food at home, choose one or more of these dishes to cook and get started!
Indian food has a great reputation for vegetarian eating, but isn’t as friendly to vegans. With cream, butter, and ghee in just about everything at Indian restaurants, it can be a challenge to figure out just what’s ok on the menu!
Luckily these ingredients are easy to work around when cooking at home thanks to ingredients like cashew cream, coconut milk, vegan butter, coconut oil, and tofu!
Now if you do want to go out for Indian food, you certainly can order vegan food. Just make sure to order dishes without cream and ask for no ghee to be added to your food.
And if you can find a South Indian restaurant, chances are a lot more of the menu is already vegan!
A Proper Sindhi Indian Meal:
I grew up with Sindhi Indian culture, and in Sindhi traditions if you’re serving an Indian dinner it must include:
- A dal, also spelled daal or dhal. This dal can be ‘wet,’ meaning soupy, or ‘dry,’ or thicker–containing little to no liquid at the end of cooking.
- A dry subzi. Subzi means vegetable dish, and dry just means that there is little to no liquid left at the end of cooking!
- A wet subzi. This refers to a vegetable dish that is more of a stew consistency.
- Rice. This is going to be basmati rice, and it can be plain rice, jeera rice (rice made with cumin), saffron rice, or a simple rice pulao with some lentils or vegetable.
- Flatbread. This could be something like chapati, naan, puri, paratha (pronounced parantha in my house), or roti.
- Yogurt, or dahi. You want fresh, thick, tangy yogurt for the most traditional experience. It can be served plain or it can be jazzed up to make raita. This is a cooling counterpart to the spicy dishes.
There are exceptions to these ‘rules’ of course. For example, if I made a biryani, the meal isn’t going to include 5 other dishes! And a dish like kofta might replace one of the subzi dishes.. or all of the dishes but rice or bread.
And when I’m cooking an Indian meal for myself and my husband it doesn’t usually include all of these! We’ll often just make one or two recipes with some rice and enjoy that for dinner (and the leftovers for lunch/future dinners!). But if you ever want to impress, then tick off a recipe from each of these categories. 😊
Indian meals are best served family style so are perfect for big family dinners or any dinner party.
Enjoy any of these vegan Indian recipes on their own or alongside any other!
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