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Indian Vegetarian Recipes

Updated on August 28, 2011

Indian Vegetarian Recipes Made Simple and Easy

In this lens you will find the richly varied foods from India's regional cuisine presented in a simple and easy way. In India, since time immemorial, people have prepared these naturally delicious dishes. I hope that my humble efforts will bring you joy in trying these Indian vegetarian recipes.

Indian Vegetarian Pakora Recipe

Learn how to make delicious vegetable fritters

In India pakoras are a national passion. You can buy them there from little handcarts on the street or in snack places.

Here you can learn how to make them easily at home.

The preparation and cooking time after assembling ingerdients:

about 10 minutes.

Resting time of the dough: 10 minutes

Cooking time: about 30 minutes


1 1/3 cup chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour)

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoons crushed chillies

3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds

9 teaspoons cold water

Pakora suggestions

(you can use the vegetable of your choice):

Thin rounds of zucchinu

Small cauliflower flowerets

Potato rounds

Carrot rounds or strips

Thin-sliced eggplant wedges

Under-ripe banana, thinly sliced

Pumpkin, cut into squares

...Be creative

1. Sift the flour. Add spices and salt. Miw well. Add water slowly, beating with a whisk until batter is smooth. The batter should have the consistency of heavy cream.

2. Cover the batter and set aside for 10 minutes.

3. Whisk again for a couple of minutes and stir in the baking powder. Set aside.

4. Heat 3 inches of ghee or oil in a wok or pan until it is hot (355 F). Dip 5 or 6 of your selected ingredients in the dough and slip them one at a time in the hot ghee or oil. Fry until the pakoras are golden-brown, turning to brown evenly. Leavy greens may take as little as 1 minute per side, potaios may take up to five minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon. Serve hot.

Indian Vegetarian Recipes- Cooking Class - how to make a tasty vegetable dish (subji) with poatatos, peas and tomatoes

In this video you see a cooking class given by Hema Kundargi. Here she demostrates a quick and easy spicy tomato gravy for Poatatoes and Peas.

Indian Vegetarian Tomato Chutney Recipe

Compliments the pakoras

This Tomato Chutney is the hit! Wherever we made it everybody gave it praise and loved it the most. And it's easy to make! Great as a dip for the pakoras.

Simple Tomato Chutney

Preparation and cooking time (after assembling ingredients): about 25 minutes

Makes: about 1 cup

2 tablespoons ghee

1-2 whole dried red chilies

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1-inch piece of cinnamon stick

1 2/3 cups coarsely chopped, peeled ripe tomatoes

3 tablespoons sugar or jaggery

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Heat the ghee in a large frying pan over moderate heat. When it is hot but not smoking, add the chilies, cumin seeds and cinnamon stick, and fry until the cumin seeds turn brown.

2. Carefully add the tomatoes, sweetener and salt, and stir the sizzling ingredients for 10-15 minutes until the chutney is fairly dry. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled. It can be kept, tightly covered and refrigerated, for 2-3 days.

Best Book on Indian Vegetarian Cooking - I love this book

This book has been used by us so many times that it almost falls apart. We love it. It has everything.

Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking
Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking

This is one of the greatest- if not the greatest- cookbook ever written on Indian Vegetarian Recipes. Yamuna devi lived and learned in India for many years. She got introduced to Indian Vegetarian cooking by the great sadhu (saint) A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.


Indian Vegetarian Halavah Recipe

Aromatic Indian Desert

Nobody can resist this one! Wonderful aromatic, sweet desert. Warming and satisfying.

Semolina Halavah with golden raisins

Preparation and cooking time (after assembling ingredients): about 25 minutes

Serves: 6

2 cups water

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup ghee

1 cup semolina

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1. Combine the water and sugar in a heavy 2 quart saucepan over low heat and, while stirring, dissolve the sugar. Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Gently boil it for a few minutes. Add the raisins and set aside, covered.

2. Heat the ghee in a large saucepan over moderately low heat. When it is hot, add the semolina and rhythmically stir-fry until the grains swell and darken to a warm golden color, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

3. Stirring steadily, gradually pour syrup into the semolina. At first the grains may sputter, but will quickly cease as the liquid is absorbed. Place the pan over very low heat and, stirring steadily, cook until the grains absorb the liquid and the texture is fluffy, up to 10 minutes. Best if served hot or warm.

Roti, Chapati (Flat Indian Bread)Indian Vegetarian Recipe by Manjula - Goes good with almost every dish

Indian Vegetarian Moong Dal Kichari Recipe

which means rice, beans and peas cooked as one dish

Rice and Moong Dal Kichari with Cauliflower and peas

Preparation time (after assembling ingredients): 5 minutes

Serves: 4 to 6

1 cup basmati rice

1 small cauliflower, washed, dried and cut into flowerets

1 pinch of hing (asafotida)

4 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil

1/2 tablespoon shredded fresh ginger root

1 tablespoon minced seeded hot chilies (or as desired)

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

2/3 cup split moong dal (or split peas)

3/4 cup fresh green peas

7 cups water

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon ghee

1. Clean, wash, soak and drain rice and dal.

2. Have the cauliflower and hing ready next to the stove. Heat 4 tablespoons of ghee in a 4-5 quart saucepan over high heat. When it is hot, stir in ginger root, chillies and cumin seeds. Fry until the cumin seeds turn brown (they will darken in seconds).

3. Quickly add the hing and immediately follow with the cauliflower. Turn it about with a spoon, frying for 4-5 minutes or until slightly browned and partially cooked. Add the rice and dal and fry for about 1 minute.

4. Pour in the fresh peas, water and tumeric and bring to a full boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover and slowly cook, stirring occasionally, for 1- 1 1/2 hours or until rice and dal are soft and the mixture is similar to oatmeal in consistency. As the kichari thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Before serving, add the salt and 1 tablespoon ghee.

Simple Mung Dahl

Everyday fare for millions in india is an easy "meat substitute".

Mung dahl or mung beans come either whole or spit without the shell. Either way, they make good dahl. Dahl or dal essentially means bean soup. It is more earthy made with whole mung, and more delectable with split mung.

Simple method is if you don't have a pressure cooker soak overnight. If you have a pressure cooker, no need to soak. It will cook in about 20 minutes or less in a pressure cooker, double that in a normal pot.

Take your mung, and add to pot with 4-8 X water to bean depending on desired consistency. Add a bunch of spices. Cumin is always good. A little cayenne, ginger, coriander and tumeric, and you have the traditional transcendental blend.

Cumin and coriander seeds can be made into a chaunce, which is thrown into the pot at the end instead of cooking together with the beans. This is done by frying them in a little oil and thrown i just after the beans are finished cooking.

The spices can go in either way. Beginning or end. Same with vegetables. It is up to your desired cooked-ness. Carrots or eggplant obviously should be thrown in early, but spinach or broccoli can be thrown in after the beans are cooked so they are more raw. Also, cilantro or parsley go in at the end.

So that's it, just cook the beans in water. Throw in spices, salt, olive or coconut oil, ghee or butter, some veggies (tomato, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, etc.) and some salt.

Basmati Rice

Such good rice.

Basmati rice is aromatic. Unlike some rices that are just starchy without much flavor, basmati rice is very delicious, by itself or accompanied by dahl or veggies or yogurt, or even made sweet with some honey, coconut butter, and some dried fruit (called pushpanna and offered to Krishn especially on Holy days).

So to make basmati rice is very simple. Just take some rice and rince it 3 times. Add to a pot, and cover with water. 2X water to rice is the basic formula. Add a little salt. Add some oil or ghee now or at the end.

Cook until boiling for 1 minute. Then cover w/ airtight lid and let stand for 20 minutes.

If cooking in a pressure cooker, simply cook until maximum pressure is reached and remove from heat. Let the pot sit with full pressure until it decreases gradually.

Indian Vegetarian Recipes - Great selection of videos to learn the art of Indian vegetarian cooking

Want to learn more? Hooked on Indian Vegetarian Recipes?

Here is a nice selection of Manjula's cooking classes.

Makes every meal a celebration.

Thanks to Srila Prabhupada - the greatest cook

Srila Prabhupada introduced the art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking in 1965 in New York

His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada taught us how to cook Indian Vegetarian Recipes. He brought the best food into the Western world - Indian Vegetarian Food called prasadam. He not only taught how to cook in the best possible way, he taught how everything is spiritualized by offering to Krishna, or God, before eating, with an attitude of gratefulness to the creator. We are eternally grateful to him, showing us this wonderful way of life.

"Every decision what food we eat is a vote for the kind of world we want."

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am getting hungry. Love Indian food.

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      7 years ago

      mmm these look good. I may try some. Thanks for the lens!

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      7 years ago

      Lovely Recipes.Thanks for this excellent lens

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      Echo Phoenix 

      7 years ago

      thank you for sharing these beautiful recipes for delicious vegetarian dishes from India, yummy!!!

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      7 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens on vegetarian Indian recipes. I am featuring this lens on my Best Indian Food in Bay Area lens.

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      nolinel lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens, there is just nothing like vegetarian indian food...

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      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      great lens... :)

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      7 years ago

      Very Nice Lens. Good Indian Vegetarian Recipes.

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      8 years ago

      I'm not a vegetarian, but I enjoy Indian vegetarian food.

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      8 years ago

      I enjoy cooking and I'm always on the look out for new and interesting recipes. Your Indian Vegetarian Tomato Chutney Recipe is next on 'to cook' list.

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      D Williams 

      8 years ago

      Very important lens. Thank you. Many of the recipes are very familiar to me as probably to many others. Cheers!!!

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      8 years ago

      yummy! that video makes me want to make spinach paratha right now!

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      8 years ago

      Another tasty-looking lens :)

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      8 years ago

      I love Indian food. I'm getting hungry looking at this...

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      These recipes look absolutely delicious. I have to avoid eating gluten, so Indian food is a good alternative for me as many of the dishes don't use wheat flour.

      Well deserving of an Angel's bless.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Yum! Favoriting and adding to Asian Foods Headquarters too. I am not a vegan, but I certainly love my veggies! I'm slowly learning about Indian foods. The last time I made pork (oops! You're a vegan.) curry, my guests LOVED it.

    • Utsahan profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Garbanzo flour (= Chickpea flour). Your local health food store should carry it. Or any Indian store. Another option is to buy dried chickpeas and just grind it yourself.

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      Edit Photos 

      8 years ago from Earth

      Great topic. Being in the top 40 leaderboard can help to get you noticed by a Squid Angel. Squid Angel Thumbs Up. Of course, I feel silly typing "spotgeek" as my security word as I honor your lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for these wonderful Indian vegetarian recipes! I'm a vegetarian and I'll be back for sure!

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      8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      8 years ago

      I'm interested in learning more about how to cook vegetarian meals, so this was an exceptionally interesting lens for me. I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

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      8 years ago

      MMMMMM - you made me hungary! I want to try Pakora Recipe but don't know where to get garbonzo flour? I do love garbonzo beans. I shop at an Iranian grocery store and they don't carry it - where do you purchase it in the US?

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      the777group lm 

      8 years ago

      I love Indian vegetarian food - I actually have a Hare Krishna cookbook that's sensational. Best of luck with this.

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      8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Indian food is delicious and I eat it a lot! Very nice lens with a lovely selection of tasty vegetarian recipes - blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      9 years ago

      Looks like some good recipes. I'm vegetarian, and Indian food is a favorite.

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      9 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for this blog. I've been a vegetarian for 15 years and Indian cuisine always delivers the goods: strong tastes, honest ingredients (no artificial colourings or flavour enhancers). Delicious!

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      9 years ago

      These recipes are good. Welcome to the world of Indian cooking. There is a wide variety of Indian food to enjoy.



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      9 years ago

      this is so good. great lens.

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      10 years ago

      Hi, I wanted to let you know that I added this lens to my tasty vegetarian recipes lens.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      I enjoyed this! Indian cuisine is perhaps my favorite. Madhur Jaffrey's has got the best Garam Masla mixture in her "Indian Cookery" along with delicious recipes for Tandoori Chicken, potatoes & cauliflower, and many excellent dals. 5-starring, lenrolling and favoriting this lens.

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      10 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you for these recipes! :) Great lens, 5****... You made me hungry now and I'm definitely heading today to one of the Govinda's restaurants here in Dublin for lovely prasadam :) All glories to Srila Prabhupada for this divine food!

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have never tried Indian Food. I'm going to go shopping tomorrow. I'll pick some of the ingredients and I hope they turn out as good as they should. I love trying out other nations recipes. 5*s for this yummy lens. I am lensrolling you to my Maureen O'Hara lens where you will find Irish recipes to try if you like.

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      LiStra LM 

      10 years ago

      I LOVE FOOD!! especially Indian! Great lens

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      Leanne Chesser 

      10 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a vegetarian and I love Indian food.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Omigums, your recipes are mouthwatering and your images and videos visually appealing. I'm definitely eating with my eyes first. Yum. Thank you for a scrumptious lens.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Omigums, your recipes are mouthwatering and your images and videos visually appealing. I'm definitely eating with my eyes first. Yum. Thank you for a scrumptious lens.

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      Sniff It Out 

      10 years ago

      Great lens, I love cooking and eating Indian food! Welcome to The Cooks Cafe

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      Frankie Kangas 

      10 years ago from California

      Another wonderful lens. I hope to travel to India to see Wildlife SOS and their bear sanctuaries. They are Saving the Dancing Bears and other wild animals in India. I have also been looking for vegetarian recipes and learning what is eaten in India, so this lens is a great find! 5 stars, favorite and lensrolled to my

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      10 years ago

      Great lens!

      5 stars :)

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      Cheryl Paton 

      10 years ago from West Virginia

      Lots of good sounding recipes. Welcome to the Vegetarian Recipes Group.

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      10 years ago

      I love Indian vegetarian food. Thanks for all of the ideas!

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      10 years ago

      What a great lense, I love the manjula's videos I have made many of her recipes. Her Chapati's are delicious and very easy to make. I have put together a blog dedicated to Indian vegetarian cooking if you get a chance you can check it out at

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      10 years ago from Western Mass

      Great lens! So much so I featured it on mine. :)

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      11 years ago

      Great resources and recipes here. I have been a vegetarian for most of my life, and I love Indian food. Thanks for a great lens.

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      11 years ago

      Great recipes, thank you! I love Indian food.

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      11 years ago

      You've been nominated for Lens of the Week.

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      11 years ago

      You've been nominated for Lens of the Week.

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens! I have not had any indian food I did not like but the vegetarian dishes are my favorite!

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      11 years ago

      Excellent! I love Indian Food especially Vegetarian. We have tried a few of the receipes above, Love the Moong Dal Kichari and of course the Chapati

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      11 years ago

      This is great - thanks for doing all this! Found you guys via the Facebook vegan group...


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