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:
Vindaloo is known as the spiciest of curries and this Seitan Vindaloo is no exception. In this recipe, meaty seitan is smothered in a spicy and tangy tomato-based curry. This traditional Indian dish is flavorful, affordable, and easy to make. Enjoy wafting in the delicious curry aroma of this fragrant dish!
This Punjabi Channa Masala stands out from the crowd. Made with a recipe passed down for generations, this is an authentic Punjabi version.
Tofu stands in for dairy cheese to make the paneer in this Palak “Paneer” made with spinach. It has just the right amount of spices to make it incredibly flavorful.
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.
Tikka masala is a popular North Indian recipe usually made with chicken. In this “Paneer” Tikka Masala, tofu is cooked in spices for an incredible vegan version of this authentic dish.
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.
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Kofta are meatballs or dumplings usually made with potatoes, cheese and/or meat. In this Malai Kofta, the dumplings are made with potatoes and cashews and cooked in a delicious creamy spiced tomato sauce.
Biryani is a traditional Indian rice dish. This Vegetable Biryani is layered with lots of vegetables, cashews, raisins, and spices. Perfect as an entrée or side dish.
Kurma is a South Indian curry dish. This recipe for South Indian Kurma has a variety of vegetables flavored with fennel, cumin, and poppy seeds, cashews and shredded coconut for an amazing meal.
This Aloo Gobi, an 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.
Parathas are stuffed flatbreads that can be made with whole wheat or chickpea flour. These Mint Parathas are flavored with caraway seeds, ginger, cayenne pepper, and fresh mint — so fresh!
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.
Medu Vadas are a traditional South Indian dish. These savory Medhu Vada can be served as an entrée, side dish, dessert, or snack with a side of chutney for dipping.
Winter root vegetables are celebrated in India by making puddings called halwa. This Halwa is made with coconut milk, almonds, and cardamom for a creamy and luscious dessert.
Lassi is a North Indian beverage traditionally made with yogurt. Tasting like a cross between a smoothie and a milkshake, this Mango Lassi is made with healthy coconut milk kefir.
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.
Lead image source: Punjabi Chana Masala