With Indian curries contributing more than £5billion to the British economy, there’s no doubt about it, we are a nation of curry lovers! While the most popular choices continue to be tasty chicken tikka masalas and spicy pork vindaloos, the vegetarians out there needn’t feel neglected. Indian cuisine is jam-packed full of the most mouthwatering vegetable-based dishes, providing delectable alternatives for anyone avoiding meat.
With nearly 38% of India’s population being vegetarian, according to worldatlas, it ranks top of the list of vegetarianism countries. Because of this, India provides one of the most vegetarian friendly cuisines in the world, using a myriad of tasty herbs and spices to add the most amazing flavours to veggies of every shape and size. If you’re currently drooling at the thought of tucking into some amazing Indian dishes, stick with us as we take you through the very best Indian veg curry recipes available.
Taste Test The Best Indian Veg Curry Recipes
Many think that without meat, dishes lack substance and are incapable of filling rumbling tummies. Having worked with this cuisine and delivered Indian takeaways in Milton Keynes for many years now, we can confirm that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Vegetarian dishes continue to be some of the most popular dishes on our menu, either as a side, scooped up with a tasty naan, or as a main dish served with fragrant basmati rice. To give you an idea of how delicious Indian veggie dishes can be, we’ve selected some of our favourites for you to try for yourself!
- 1. Chana Masala
- 2. Paneer Makhani
- 3. Matar Mushroom
- 4. Malai Kofta
- 5. Baingan Bharta
- 6. Gatte Ki Sabzi
- 7. Corn Palak
- 8. Aloo Gobi
- 9. Sarson Ka Saag
- 10. Corn Manchurian
A veggie take on the popular tikka masala, but with chickpeas as the main ingredient instead of meat. Originating from the Indian Subcontinent, the use of a variety of chickpeas named Chana was used as a substitute to meat, due to its size, flavour and texture. Other ingredients include whole peeled tomatoes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, serrano pepper and yellow onion, finishing the overall dish with a deliciously thick, red sauce.
It is claimed to be one of the most popular dishes in India, Pakistan and around the world, so is definitely worth a try. This recipe from Cookie + Kate looks delicious and an easy one to follow if you’d like to try it out for yourself at home.
Paneer continues to be a really popular base to many Indian dishes and is easy to make at home if you feel up to the challenge. As a non-melting cheese, it’s great to use in sauces as it will keep its shape instead of melting into a cheesy puddle. Take a look at this guide on how to make and use paneer from Jamie Oliver and apply it to a variety of recipes.
In this particular dish, the popular Indian cheese is paired with a Makhani sauce, made up of cream, butter and tomatoes. Other ingredients include red chilli powder, green chillies, garam masala and sugar, to give it a sweet kick. This recipe from Veg Recipes of India is a good one to look at, with step by step photos to make it incredibly easy to follow.
Love them or hate them, mushrooms provide great texture and flavour to any veggie curry. Commonly known more as a side dish paired with chapatis or rice, the matar provides a great accompaniment to any meal or simply on its own. Made with peas, some of the other ingredients needed include onion, cinnamon, kasuri methi, cashews and tomato paste, making the sauce deliciously creamy.
Take a look at this handy recipe from Hebbar’s kitchen, listing all of the ingredients in a useful checklist with photos to drool over while your cooking.
With malai meaning cream and kofta meaning dumplings, the literal translation of this popular Indian dish is cream dumplings, which pretty much sums it up! The sauce is sometimes referred to as a gravy and is made from almonds, single cream, cloves, ginger, cardamon powder and chillies, to name just a few of the many ingredients. Like many other Indian dishes, a lot of components are required to complete the recipe, but we can promise that it’ll be worth it.
The dumplings are made from potato, finished with breadcrumbs and often stuffed with a tasty filling to make them super tasty. This recipe from BBC Good Food incorporates grated paneer for a delicious cheesy flavour.
Originating in the Punjab region, this dish is created with minced aubergine (or eggplant, depending whereabouts in the world you’re from) and grilled over charcoal for a smokey flavour. For those who aren’t a huge fan of aubergine, don’t completely pass on this dish as the mashed texture is a great way to enjoy this yummy vegetable. The key is in the roasting to ensure that you achieve the authentic char-grilled flavour, along with the red chilli and tomato-based sauce.
This recipe from Cook with Manali provides any budding Indian chefs with some top tips, handy step by step photos and a list of all of the ingredients you’ll need before you get going.
Sweetcorn is yet to make an appearance on our list, so let’s include it now for any lovers of this small yellow veggie. This vibrant dish is a feast for the eyes, as the bright yellow contrasts with a sage green sauce. Made from slightly creamed spinach, the gravy combines fresh cream with a plethora of spices to provide diners with a taste sensation.
For a full list of ingredients and a foolproof method, take a look at Kabitas Kitchen and enjoy this delicious vegetable dish for yourself.
Gatte Ki Sabzi
This delicious veggie dish derives from the Rajasthan region; a northern Indian state bordering with Pakistan. Gatte translates to gram flour dumplings, which makes up the base of this dish, while Sabzi means vegetables. These are both added to a spicy sauce to finish the dish, made from yoghurt, green chillies, garlic, asafoetida, turmeric and garam masala, to name a few of the ingredients.
This popular Rajasthan dish is enjoyed with other veggie specialities, such as dal and baati, and finished off with roti or paratha. Follow this recipe from Vegecravings to create a Gatte Ki Sabzi to enjoy at home.
At our Indian Restaurant in Milton Keynes, aloo gobi has got to be one of the most popular vegetable dishes we serve. Made with potatoes, cauliflower and spices, this delicious recipe is great on its own as well as an accompaniment to any main dishe.
Tumeric helps to give the finished dish its signature yellow colour, while the addition of ground fenugreek, lemon juice and mustard seeds pack a real punch in terms of flavour. We love this recipe from the Hairy Bikers; why not give it a go and create this restaurant favourite in your own kitchen.
Revisiting our favourite yellow veggie, if you’re not a massive fan of heavy sauces; this one’s for you. This popular dish is said to be of the Indo-Chinese variety, perfect if you can’t decide which cuisine to go for. Using popular Chinese ingredients such as soya sauce and spring onions, the sauce is lighter than some of the others we have mentioned, as it doesn’t involve any thick yoghurts or creams. Great if you’re calorie counting!
This recipe from Indian Healthy Recipes recommends serving this as a starter or on top of noodles, to give it a real Indo-Chinese feel.
Sarson Ka Saag
A popular dish in both the Punjab and Rajasthan regions, this distinctive veggie curry translates literally as mustard greens and spinach. While the colour isn’t overly appealing, we promise that it tastes delicious and can be packed full of every green vegetable your heart desires; some of the favourites being kale, broccoli and even brussel sprouts. If your kids are partial to a bit of Indian cuisine, this is a great way to get in those veggies without them knowing.
Follow this slow cooker recipe from My Heart Beets, and you’ll be left with an amazingly tasty dish with minimum effort.
Cook Up A Vegetarian Indian Feast
No matter what your vegetable of choice may be, we’re sure that our list of the best Indian veggie curries have made you suitably hungry and heading towards the supermarket to stock up on ingredients. We hope that our recommendations have given you some inspiration, whether you’re a full time vegetarian or are looking to cut down on your meat intake, the variety of flavours listed above will please even the fussiest of eaters.
If you’d prefer to relax and enjoy authentic Indian cooking, pop into your local Indian restaurant to taste these dishes at their best. Here at Kakori, we are always developing new and exciting vegetable dishes and look forward to cooking them for you in the near future. If anyone you know needs a hand in the kitchen or is a newly converted veggie perhaps, why not share our article on social media and give them some new delicious ideas.