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Indian No Onion No Garlic Recipes

Updated on January 15, 2012

Delicious No Onion No Garlic Indian Recipes

On the days of the Puja (Indian Rituals, Religious Festivals and Worships) there are various restrictions that includes whether or not you can eat, if you can eat, what you can eat and what not. This varies in different regions of India and sometimes specific to a household or family tradition. But in general, most of us consider having vegetarian food during Puja or specially if there is a Puja at home. This calls for recipes that are 100% or completely veg - In most households, not even onions or garlic. In most families even rice is not allowed. Sometimes the choice becomes so limited that you spend time just thinking about what to cook. The remaining options are generally not "tasty" enough and just bland. Here's a quick list of items for a complete 3 course dinner or lunch that uses completely vegetarian recipe and yet tastes delicious.

Besides restrictions, there are many who just prefer to food without Onions and Garlic. This page is dedicated to them.

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This page is a compilation of delicious Indian Recipes that are prepared without any addition of Onions and Garlic as ingredients. Enjoy tasty Onion Free and Garlic Free Indian Recipes

Did you know? - Why don't you eat garlic and onions?

  • According to Ayurveda, India's classic medical science, foods are grouped into three categories - sattvic, rajasic and tamasic - foods in the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance. Onions and garlic, and the other alliaceous plants are classified as rajasic and tamasic, which means that they increase passion and ignorance.
  • Homeopathic medicine comes to the same conclusion when it recognizes that red onion produces a dry cough, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and other familiar cold-related symptoms when consumed.
  • Reiki practitioners explain that garlic and onions are among the first substances to be expelled from a person’s system – along with tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical medications. This makes it apparent that alliaceous plants have a negative effect on the human body and should be avoided for health reasons.
  • Nor is garlic always seen as having entirely beneficial properties in Western cooking and medicine. It is widely accepted among health care professionals that, as well as killing harmful bacteria, garlic also destroys beneficial bacteria, which are essential to the proper functioning of the digestive system.
  • Tsang-Tsze said that these pungent vegetables contain five different kinds of enzymes which cause "reactions of repulsive breath, extra-foul odour from perspiration and bowel movements, and lead to lewd indulgences, enhance agitations, anxieties and aggressiveness," especially when eaten raw.
  • The Taoists realized thousands of years ago that plants of the alliaceous family were detrimental to humans in their healthy state. In his writings, one sage Tsang-Tsze described the Alliums as the "five fragrant or spicy scented vegetables" - that each have a detrimental effect on one of the following five organs - liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys, and heart. Specifically, onions are harmful to the lungs, garlic to the heart, leeks to the spleen, chives to the liver and spring onions to the kidneys.

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Kohra ka khatta Mitha (Sweet and Sour Pumpkin)Stuffed CapsicumParwal PostoPaneer with Sarso (Mustard)Paneer Taka TakMixed Flour Onion CheelaLau Posto Ki SabjiGreen Peas KachoriAloo Baigun CurryAloo Dam 100% Veg style
Kohra ka khatta Mitha (Sweet and Sour Pumpkin)
Kohra ka khatta Mitha (Sweet and Sour Pumpkin)
Stuffed Capsicum
Stuffed Capsicum
Parwal Posto
Parwal Posto
Paneer with Sarso (Mustard)
Paneer with Sarso (Mustard)
Paneer Taka Tak
Paneer Taka Tak
Mixed Flour Onion Cheela
Mixed Flour Onion Cheela
Lau Posto Ki Sabji
Lau Posto Ki Sabji
Green Peas Kachori
Green Peas Kachori
Aloo Baigun Curry
Aloo Baigun Curry
Aloo Dam 100% Veg style
Aloo Dam 100% Veg style

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      chat2vishakha 3 years ago

      Amazing post.Thanks for sharing these recipes.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I had no idea about the no onion no garlic traditions. Not even rice! Great recipes.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      I wasn't aware there were even Indian dishes that excited that don't have onion and garlic. I'll have to try one of your recipes sometime.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      don't you have chap recipie