Want a Taste of India? Try These Vegan Recipes!

When we eat healthy foods, our bodies flourish. Becoming vegetarian or vegan doesn't mean you give up great taste. You may find it more enjoyable.

Vegan recipes: sweet poha indian cooking manual
Add some spice to your dishes. Just because you're vegan doesn't mean sacrificing good taste.

Vegan recipes are really changing. If you have been a non-vegetarian all your life, switching to a vegan diet can be a testing time for you. What does it mean to be a Vegan? Well, vegetarians and vegans are different terms, but the country has a variety of vegan recipes from different regions.

Vegan recipes are all about abstaining from animal or animal products totally! Yes, that sounds challenging but not just for non-vegetarians – it can be difficult for vegetarians as well.

Animal products are a part of our diet in some form or the other; eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese or other dairy products ultimately become a part of our meal. 

However, they are not in vegan recipes. Abstaining from these foods requires diligence and strict supervision if you choose the dietary path of a Vegan.

Did you know India has the highest percentage of vegetarians in the world?  We have picked some easy and quick vegan recipes made in India for you!

1Vegan Recipes: Poha

A dish made from rice flakes in sweet or savory flavor. It is relished as a breakfast dish and a snack. Rice flakes are a rich source of Iron, squeeze over some lemon juice and enjoy the benefits of Iron and Vitamin C.


1 cup rice flakes
2 teaspoons vegetable oil 
1 tablespoon peanuts
1 boilded potato
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 chopped onion
5-6 curry leaves
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon salt or to taste
¼ teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
1 chopped green chili
Few sprigs
Juice of ½ lemon


• Put the flaked rice in a strainer and keep it under running water for a minute to get soaked. Shake the grains.
• Cut the potato into small pieces. Roast the peanuts.
• Heat a pan and add oil. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
• Now stir in the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add curry leaves and sauté for 1 minute.
• Add turmeric powder mix well.
• To this tempering add rice flakes. Cook while stirring occasionally, until poha is dry. Add salt, red chili powder, roasted peanuts, potatoes, and green chili.
• Stir minimally so that grains do not break and are separate.
Garnish with chopped coriander sprigs, squeeze lemon juice, and serve.

2Vegan Recipes: Upma

Another one of my mouthwatering vegan recipes from South India made from semolina and vegetables. It is a light and a healthy breakfast option.


½ cup semolina
2 teaspoon oil
1 tablespoon groundnuts
¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
½ teaspoon black gram dal grains
1 whole dry red chili
5-6 curry leaves
½ inch chopped ginger
1 chopped onion
1 green chili chopped 
¼ cup shelled peas
Water 1 ½ times the volume of semolina
½ teaspoon salt or to taste
A pinch red chili powder
Juice of ½ lemon


• Heat a wok and roast semolina to a golden-brown color. Remove the semolina to a bowl.
• Heat the oil in the same wok and fry groundnuts and remove. Now add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
• Add black gram dal and fry them to a golden-brown color. Add whole red chili, curry leaves, and fry a little.
• Now add finely chopped ginger, onion, and green chili. Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
• Stir in the vegetables and sauté a little. Add water, salt, and chili powder. Bring the mixture to a boil and add semolina gradually, while stirring continuously.
• Cook till the mass is dry.
Garnish with fried groundnuts, squeeze lemon juice, and serve.

3Vegan Recipes: Besan Cheela with potato stuffing

A savory pancake high in protein and is a good alternative to omelet in a vegan diet. Of course, you may enjoy it as a breakfast or snack.


1 cup Bengal gram flour or besan
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup water
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoons turmeric powder
2 teaspoon salt or to taste
Chopped coriander sprigs


2 boiled and cubed potatoes
2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon black gram dal grains
1 chopped green chili
5-6 curry leaves
½ chopped onion
A pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste


• For cheela: In a bowl add Bengal gram flour, chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, salt, and coriander sprigs. Gradually add water while stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
• Meanwhile, heat a pan and add oil. Add black gram dal and fry to a golden brown color. Now add green chili, curry leaves, and onion. Fry until light brown.
• Add potatoes, asafoetida, and salt. Cook for few minutes.
• Heat a non-stick frying pan and grease lightly. Pour a ladleful of batter and spread like a crepe. When cooked on one side, put the stuffing and roll over the other side cheela.
Serve with tomato sauce or coriander chutney.

4Vegan Recipes: Conclusion

Naturally, I hope these vegan recipes will find a way to your stomach and add more variety to your vegan diet! However, if you’re still stumped about what to cook next, try the Sun Basket for vegan recipes and vegetarian meal ideas.

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