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15 Vegetarian Indian Recipes For All Types of Eaters

March 03, 2023

Go meatless with these delicious, flavorful dishes.

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Paneer Tikka Kebabs

When opting for a vegetarian meal, some turn to plant-based meat products to recreate their go-to recipes. But if you’re looking for more tried-and-true, traditional ways to go meatless, Indian cuisine is awash with historically meat-free dishes that require no substitutions. The food in India is diverse both in flavor and ingredient types, so many of these dishes have tons of variations. This list of vegetarian and vegan dishes includes recipes that are warm, bright and savory. From tangy and crunchy bhel puri to rich and comforting dal makhani, this list has options for any occasion.

This vegetarian tikka with grilled paneer, tomato, bell pepper and onion makes a great appetizer. Usually made in a tandoor, this at-home version is cooked on a grill.

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Shortcut Chana Masala

If you are short on time when the chana masala craving hits, this is the recipe for you. The entire dish comes together in 50 minutes aided by pre-cooked chickpeas and store-bought chana masala and chaat masala spice blends.

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Matar Kachori

While kachori can have a multitude of fillings, this Rajasthani version of the deep-fried dish is stuffed with green peas. It is slightly spicy and makes for awesome leftovers.

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Chana Masala

In this chana masala recipe the chickpeas are cooked in black tea and black cardamom then simmered in the delicious gravy. This recipe can be made vegan by choosing oil instead of ghee.

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