There is so much more to Indian food than curry. Indian cuisine is as diverse as it is unique, having been influenced by many civilizations and cultures. While Indian food varies from region to region throughout India – and from household to household – all Indian food shares a common love of healthy vegetables and warm, fragrant spices. In India, cooking is an art that is handed down from generation to generation. Indian food is extremely popular in the U.S. and it has become easy to find Indian ingredients in supermarkets and specialty stores. If you have ever wanted to make your own Indian cuisine, there is no better time than now.
Here are 15 traditional Indian foods made vegan so you can enjoy the amazing flavors of India in your own home:
1. Seitan Vindaloo
Vindaloo is a fiery hot Indian dish from the Goa region. It’s usually made with chicken or lamb, but this vegan version uses seitan for an amazing, healthier dish.
2. Not Your Regular Channa Masala – An Authentic Punjabi Version
This Channa Masala stands out from the crowd. Made with a recipe passed down for generations, this is an authentic Punjabi version.
3. Vegan and Gluten-Free Palak ‘Paneer’
Tofu stands in for dairy cheese to make the paneer in this classic Indian dish with spinach. It has just the right amount of spices to make it incredibly flavorful.
4. Masoor Dal (Lentil)
Dal is a thick lentil stew that is a traditional Indian dish. This delicious Masoor Dal is a recipe from Northern India that uses red lentils and lots of warm, fragrant spices.
5. Vegan Paneer Tikka Masala
Tikka masala is a popular North Indian recipe usually made with chicken. Here tofu is cooked in spices for an incredible vegan version of this authentic dish.
6. Herb Roti – Indian Bread
Roti are traditional flatbreads made with chickpea flour or besan. These herb roti with mint, thyme and sage would be perfect alongside any Indian dish.
7. Vegan Malai Kofta (Potato Dumplings in Spiced Tomato Sauce)
Kofta are meatballs or dumplings usually made with potatoes, cheese and/or meat. In this dish, the dumplings are made with potatoes and cashews and cooked in a delicious creamy spiced tomato sauce.
8. Vegetable Biryani
Biryani is a traditional Indian rice dish. This version is layered with lots of vegetables, cashews, raisins and spices. Perfect as an entrée or side dish.
9. South Indian-Style Kurma
Kurma is a South Indian curry dish. This version has a variety of vegetables flavored with fennel, cumin, and poppy seeds, cashews and shredded coconut for an amazing meal.
10. Aloo Gobi
This Indian dish of potatoes and cauliflower is a classic. It’s cooked in a flavorful sauce of tomatoes and spices with just a touch of chile.
11. Mint Parathas – Indian Whole Wheat Flatbread
Parathas are stuffed flatbreads that can be made with whole wheat or chickpea flour. These are flavored with caraway seeds, ginger, cayenne pepper, and fresh mint.
12. Kitchari – The Nutritious Ayurvedic Detox Dish
Kitchari is an Ayurvedic dish made of two or more grains, usually basmati rice and dal. It is often used as a detox dish to help with digestion. This version has protein-rich quinoa for extra nutrition and flavor.
13. Bollywood Medhu Vada — Savory Indian Lentil Doughnuts
Medu Vadas are a traditional South Indian dish. These savory crispy lentil doughnuts can be served as an entrée, side dish, dessert or snack with a side of chutney for dipping.
14. Khajur Gajar Halwa (Carrot and Date Pudding with Coconut and Cardamom)
Winter root vegetables are celebrated in India by making puddings called halwas. This carrot fudge pudding is made with coconut milk, almonds and cardamom for a creamy and luscious dessert.
15. Mango Lassi
The 15 above recipes are just the beginning of all the amazing Indian food you can make. For more tips and recipes, see How to Make Your Own Indian Food at Home.
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Lead Image Photo: Not Your Regular Channa Masala – An Authentic Punjabi Version