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Most Popular Vegetarian Indian Dishes


Indians generally prefer eating vegetarian food due to the variety of options available in curries as well as rice. There is a misconception that vegetarian food is not enough to obtain the necessary proteins and other nutrition. But that is not the truth because a lot of vegetables and dairy products consist of nutritional elements that can fill the requirement of eating meat. People all over the world enjoy these vegetarian recipes and devour them. Indian vegetarian food has a huge list but we have listed out the most popular vegetarian Indian dishes that are famous worldwide and are in a lot of demand as well. So, let’s get into the world of food lovers.

What are Popular Vegetarian Indian Dishes?

The first dish is a rich and creamy gravy based curry that has a number of delicious and mouth-watering ingredients. It is referred to as malai kofta which is specially for festivals and other special celebrations. The koftas are vegetarian versions of meatballs that consist of potatoes, peas, onion, carrot, and more such veggies and formed in sphere shapes. Then you have to fry these balls in hot oil until they turn golden-brown. The gravy consists of tomato, onion, garlic and other Indian spices and cooked until it forms a thick consistency. Then you have to mix the balls in the gravy and garnish with some cream and fresh coriander leaves. Malai kofta is generally best paired with naan or rice and tastes absolutely delicious. 

Palak Paneer

Eating green leafy vegetables is of utmost importance and when it is tasty, that is definitely cherry on the cake. That is why we have got you the tasty palak paneer that is an amalgamation of spinach and cottage cheese as the primary ingredient. Other ingredients like garlic, spices, coriander, and a fresh spoonful of butter and cream. You can serve this dish with some rice or roti along with condiments such as pickle, papad, and salad. You can flavor Palak paneer with some fenugreek leaves to enhance its flavor and add taste to the dish. 

Chickpea is a healthy legume that includes a lot in Indian dishes. A popular Indian dish based on chickpeas is chole masala. It is a gravy-based curry consisting of tomato, onion, garlic, chilies, and a hodgepodge of other spices and cooked until the curry turns into a thick consistency. People generally serve Chole masala with some rice or roti along with side dishes like pickle, onion, and papad. Chickpeas are quite nutritious and a healthy option not just for vegetarians but also for non-vegetarians. Before cooking the chickpeas, one has to ensure that they soak them in water for 8 hours or overnight and then cook it in a pressure cooker until it becomes soft. 

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Lentils are a staple diet in Indian cooking and they will be available in every Indian household. One such dish consisting of lentils is referred to as dal tadka. All you have to do is cook the dal in a pressure cooker until it is soft and then cook it with some tomato, onion, and chilies. Once that is done, the next step is to give tadka or tempering that consists of ingredients like mustard seeds, asafoetida, chilies, curry leaves, and oil. This tempering gives an extra flavor to the dish and brings more taste to the dish. People serve Dal tadka with roti or rice along with condiments such as pickle, papad, and onion.

The next dish is a popular north Indian cuisine that is famous all over the world. It is none other than the tasty rajma also known as kidney beans. Rajma has ‘ma’ in it which means mother in hindi and this dish definitely gives you the feeling of home cooked food by your mother. It is a gravy based curry with tomato and onion as the base ingredients along with other elements like garlic, chilies, ginger, and a mixture of flavorful and aromatic spices. The beans are then soaked in water for a long time and then cooked until they become soft and this step is very important. The Rajma is generally served with roti or rice. A famous combo of rajma chawal is quite popular in the Indian subcontinent and consumed once in a week or two.

The last dish is another North Indian dish and also a kind of Indian flatbread originating from the Indian subcontinent. Aloo parathas consist of potato flatbreads that you can serve with yogurt, pickle, or any Indian curry. The dish consists of plain flour that you can knead into a dough. This dough is then cut into small parts. And then you have to roll them into circular shapes. It is then filled with a potato mash mixture made of chilies, onion, and spices like red chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, and many more like them. This filing is then shaped into the flatbread and again rolled out in a circular shape. Then you can heat the pan and heat the parathas and serve them with a dollop of butter on top. Parathas are also available in different varieties that include- 

  • Plain paratha
  • Gobi ke parathe (cauliflower)
  • Muli ke parathe (radish)
  • Cheese paratha and many more

Enjoy it as your breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal according to your preference and relish vegetarian food in style.

The bottom line

Vegetarian dishes are always a great choice for everyone and even though you like non-vegetarian dishes. It is definitely not a problem but just try it once and you will become obsessed with these dishes. A restaurant where you will get all these dishes in the most authentic form is Delhi Deli Café

The restaurant provides the most traditional and authentic food in the best quality by using the freshest vegetables and high quality spices. They also have a great staff that ensures you have a great dining experience and follow all the safety precautions. So, enjoy the best vegetarian food in Indian cuisine with your friends and family and spend a gala time with them.

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