Our Favorite Indian Vegetarian Dishes
When it comes to food, India is a paradise for most vegetarians. With the wide variety of flavours across the many cultural demographics, it’s easy for anybody to find a vegetarian dish that appeals to their palate. With one of the highest vegetarian populations in the world, Indian plant-based cuisine is ubiquitous and booming, and we are loving it!
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite vegetarian dishes you could look out for when you’re in India. Of course, this list is non-exhaustive, there are just too many great dishes to choose from!
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There are a myriad number of fantastic meatless South Indian dishes. Dosa, idli, vadai; the list runs on. Spoiled for choice? Do what we do – order a vegetarian thali!
A thali, pictured above, is a mega-meal made up of many small dishes including curries, vegetable dishes, a variety of breads and poppadom. This way you get to try the great taste of a wide range of flavours and textures offered by many different south Indian dishes.
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A dish with its origins somewhere in Northwestern India, Channa Bhatura is simply a meal made out of channa masala (chickpea curry) and bhatura (fried bread).
The appeal of this meal lies in its simplicity. It is the ultimate comfort food. The Channa Bhatura looks deceptively light but be warned: the bhatura is made from maida flour and thus, tends to be very filling.
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Vegetable fritters, or pakoras, are a beloved snack through all of India. They are so well-loved that many states have their own name created using the regional language or dialect. Common names include bhajji, fakkura or ponako, amongst many others. Some people love to make pakoras using vegetable medleys while some prefer to use single-ingredients at a time, such as onions or potatoes. Every part of India has their own speciality type of pakora so make sure you try a little in each state that you’re in!
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Lassi is a traditional yoghurt-based drink. While there are many different flavours and varieties, the main ingredients of any lassi are the same: water, yoghurt and spices. When the weather is sweltering hot, locals tend to prefer drinking salty lassi, oftentimes made with cumin. Sweet lassi, sometimes made with fruit such as mango, is favoured as an accompaniment to a meal or as a dessert. There are also some specific customized lassis for different regions. For example, in Bangladesh, the local favorite is salted mint lassi. We love the boundless versatility of the lassi!
Whichever Indian state you’re travelling to, make sure to check out their signature versions of our favorite dishes!