Top 5 vegetarian dishes in India

Being a vegetarian in India is not as troublesome as it may be in other countries. Let’s look at some of the ultimate vegetarian dishes from Indian cuisine.

Malai Kofta
Malai Kofta

5. Malai Kofta (recipe) is a classic North Indian dish originated from Mughal cuisine. Malai refers to the cream and koftas are deep fried paneer and vegetable dumplings in rich and creamy tomato gravy. It is a rich dish perfect for parties and special occasions. This vegetarian dish goes well with chapati, naan, jeera rice, and parathas.

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani

4. Dal Makhani (recipe) is a popular vegetarian dish originating from the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. The primary ingredients are whole black lentils, and red kidney beans, butter, and cream. The traditional preparation of dal makhani involves a series of time-consuming procedures, which can take up to 24 hours to complete. The enduring popularity of Dal Makhani in India is due in part to its versatility, as it can be served as a main meal, included in a buffet (thali), or used as an accompaniment to a main meal.

Palak Paneer
Palak Paneer

3. An extremely colourful entry to this list is Palak Paneer (recipe),Β which is a vegetarian North Indian dish consisting of spinach and paneer in a thick sauce made from purΓ©ed spinach and seasoned with garlic, garam masala, and other spices. Palak paneeer is served hot with a tandoor selection, like roti, naan or boiled rice.

Rajma
Rajma

2. Served on special occasions, Rajma (recipe) is a popular Indian vegetarian dish consisting of red kidney beans in a thick gravy with many Indian whole spices and usually served with rice and roti. Although the kidney bean is not of Indian origin, it is a part of regular diet in Northern India. The dish developed after the red kidney bean was brought to India from Portugal.

Mumbai's Vada Pav
Mumbai’s Vada Pav

1. Vada Pav (recipe) is THE BEST vegetarian fast food dish in India, and is native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a potato fritter in a bread bun. It originated as cheap street food in Mumbai, but is now offered in stalls and restaurants throughout the whole country. Boiled mashed potatoes are spiced, commonly with chillies, garlic, asafoetida, turmeric, mustard seeds, and garlic. The mass is then coated in gram flour batter and deep fried. The resultant fritter is served in a bread bun, accompanied by one or more chutneys. True perfection!

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16 thoughts on “Top 5 vegetarian dishes in India

    1. Hehehe, what don’t you like about malai kofta? Seems nice to me. πŸ˜› I think north India has so much amazing food, like the dal Makhani for instance, but I must confess to having a soft spot for Mumbai stuff like Vada Pav πŸ˜‰

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      1. Yeah, the know that the Bombay chaps love their vada pav..

        But, you should go to Calcutta. On Park Street, there is a small place, next to Park Hotel, called Kusums, where you get the most amazing rolls…

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        1. One day I will get to Kolkata. I really want to see the Belur Math and Queen Victoria Memorial, but I have also heard the food is good in West Bengal…Kolkata is famous for its egg rolls, and maybe palak paneer rolls too? πŸ˜€

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  1. ok. i’m hungry. AGAIN. i enjoy indian vegetarian dishes. they are awesome. i have yet to try vada pav, which sounds interesting by your description on the dish. fyi, another asian country that is easy to find great tasting vegetarian dishes is Taiwan. granted, the flavors will not be as strong and aromatic as indian dishes, but they are equally good and involves use of plenty fresh vegetables.

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  2. Gujarat is vegetarian and vegan paradise. You should try the ‘Farsaans’ or snacks as they call it here. Delicious. Also, their Vegetarian Gujarati Thaali.

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    1. Never been to that area, closest I have been to is Mumbai (I think that’s *quite* close to Gujarati region lol) in the west. I am certainly drooling about the prospect of more Thaali! πŸ˜€

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      1. It is very close. Neighboring. Takes an 8-12 hours journey or less, if you travel by flight πŸ˜‰ Try visiting during – Navratri. It is at its absolute best. Colors, colors everywhere πŸ™‚

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