Who doesn’t love rice? Rice can be found in the cuisine of many different cultures in many different forms, and it’s delicious in every which way you can imagine it. It really shines when paired with the flavors in Indian recipes, like these 15 Indian rice recipes that you can find on our Food Monster App! Check them out for yourself and find your favorite!

1. Kitchari


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This is very tasty and easy to digest dish, excellent food choice when recovering from illness, for strength and general health. Kitchari is a wonderful choice whenever you need a lift or feel like nurturing yourself and friends! Try this Kitchari recipe from Nikki and Zuzana.

2. Instant Pot Idlis (Steamed Rice Lentil Cakes) With Coconut Chutney

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A traditional south Indian breakfast, idlis are a steamed rice lentil cake. They are traditionally made by fermenting rice and lentils. Once you have the batter made, these idlis can be on the table in 15 minutes! This Instant Pot Idlis (Steamed Rice Lentil Cakes) With Coconut Chutney recipe from Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot will make enough batter for two batches – you can store the batter in the fridge for three to four days!

3. Sweet Potato Veggie Biryani

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Sweet potatoes can be used for every meal, from breakfast through to dinner, from snacks to desserts, plus they are low in fat, rich in fibre and high in vitamins A and E. This is a delicious spiced Sweet Potato Veggie Biryani from Pamela Higgins, packed with flavor and various vegetables alongside sweet potato chunks, rice and chickpeas to result in a complete healthy meal in one dish.

4. Green Chickpea and Avocado Bhel, Tamarind Chutney, and Puffed Black Rice

vegan chickpea bhel, puffed black rice and tamarinf chutney

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This Green Chickpea and Avocado Bhel, Tamarind Chutney, and Puffed Black Rice from BAAR BAAR makes for a perfectly delicious appetizer or snack. Full of flavor, satisfying and simply delightful!

5. Murmura Laddoo (Puffed Rice and Jaggery Balls)

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These Murmura Laddoo (Puffed Rice and Jaggery Balls) from Namita Tiwari are such a nice crunchy treat! Give these little balls a try and you may have a new favorite go to snack.

6. Ayurvedic Kichadi

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Kichadi is an ancient Indian dish that is synonymous with healing. It’s meant to rebalance the body by supporting digestion and stimulating digestive fire. This Ayurvedic Kichadi from The Living Kitchen, Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman is one of the best mains to eat wherever you are on your journey!

7. Baked Chakuli: Indian Rice Fritters

Baked Chakuli: Indian Rice Fritters

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Traditionally chakuli is a deep-fried Indian snack prepared using rice, lentils, and different spices. This “instant” version of Baked Chakuli: Indian Rice Fritters from Kushi uses rice flour and is baked instead of fried, making them a delicious snack that satisfies your craving for something crunchy. They’re spicy, crunchy, savory, and irresistible.

8. Kheer: Indian Rice Pudding

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If you are a fan of rice pudding, and you haven’t yet experienced the Indian version, you must try this Kheer: Indian Rice Pudding recipe by Helyn Dunn! This healthier version uses brown rice, coconut milk, and date syrup. Top with lots of cinnamon and a bit of extra coconut milk for a creamy, dreamy dessert.

9. Turmeric Coconut Rice

Turmeric Coconut Rice [Vegan, Gluten-Free] with parsley

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Who doesn’t need a colorful, extra quick and easy, super tasty, new side dish recipe? We absolutely love this rich and flavorful Turmeric Coconut Rice from Tara Binder as a side dish with pretty much anything including curries, veggie bowls, or stir fry.

10. Undi: Konkani Coconut Rice Dumplings


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Undi or, coconut rice dumplings, is a popular dish in Konkani culture. It’s typically prepared for family gatherings and festivities in Konkani homes, where it’s served for breakfast, paired with homemade garlic chutney. These Undi: Konkani Coconut Rice Dumplings from Kushi can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to steam them. Anything that isn’t eaten for breakfast can be kept to be enjoyed as a snack for any time of day.

11. Kathal Dum Pulao: Jackfruit Pulao

Kathal Pulao

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Kathal dum pulao is a very rich and aromatic Indian rice recipe made with the combination of raw jackfruit, spices, and coconut milk. It’s warm and spicy, but not hot, and it makes a filling meal that’s perfect served with flatbread. To make this Kathal Dum Pulao: Jackfruit Pulao by Preeti Tamilarasan richer, substitute the coconut milk in the masala for almond or cashew paste.

12. Soft Idli From Scratch

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Idlis are steamed rice cakes made by steaming a fermented batter of rice and lentils! It is perfect with a spicy chutney, piping hot sambar, or some coffee. Have this South Indian Soft Idli From Scratch recipe from Freda Dias as a snack or even as breakfast!

13. Vegetable Dum Biryani For Two

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Dum biriyani is never a small batch affair, but this delicious and fragrant dish serves just two! This flavorful Vegetable Dum Biryani For Two from Tina Dawson is tossed with marinated vegetables like cauliflower and peas, then mixed with fried onions and orange-infused milk.

14. Mango Phirni: Indian Rice Pudding

Mango Phirni With Flattened Rice

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This Mango Phirni: Indian Rice Pudding from Srividhya Manikandan is nothing but a simple yet delightful rice pudding. It’s a popular dessert recipe from the Indian subcontinent and is prepared with milk, rice, sugar, and the added flavors of saffron or cardamom or both. However, this vegan version is just as creamy and comforting as its predecessor and even more delicious.

15. Gentle Morning Kitchari


Vegan Gentle Morning Kitchari

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If I could eat one thing for breakfast every day, it might be kitchari, a gently spiced rice and lentil dish that holds a cherished place in Indian cooking. Also known as khichdi, the dish varies from region to region, but it’s nearly always a combination of basmati rice and dal (dried split peas or lentils, which can be found at Indian grocers or well-stocked health foods stores). Check out this Gentle Morning Kitchari from Power Plates!

Want to explore more vegan Indian recipes? Check out 15 Traditional Indian Foods Made Vegan and 10 Incredible Indian Mushroom Recipes! Don’t forget to check out our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day.

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