Looking for vegetarian Indian recipes? Want to create a meat-free Indian feast with vegetable curry and plant-based dahl? Try our recipes below and then check out our favourite vegetarian curry recipes and global vegetarian recipes.
Vegetarian Indian recipes
Maunika Gowardhan's classic dish hailing from the southern part of India with influences from the Mughals, this vegetarian staple is indulgent, hearty and full of flavour.
If you’re craving Indian flavours but fancy a snacky, nibbly dinner, check out this easy Dishoom-inspired dish made of spiced potato patties and crispy chickpeas.
olive’s Indian cooking expert, Maunika Gowardhan, shares her recipe for a classic sweet and sour plant-based dahl from Maharashtra in Western India.
A version of this dish is cooked in almost every traditional Indian household – this particular recipe with new potatoes comes from Asma Khan, chef-patron of Darjeeling Express. Serve with fried bread such as puris.
Here, Indian cheese stars in a rich and creamy cashew and tomato curry. This vibrant Indian-style dish is an easy veggie curry recipe that's also gluten-free. We have lot's more great paneer recipes over here.
It’s not an Indian feast until you make a saag aloo. Combining potatoes with vibrant spices, this dish always goes down a treat thanks to its dose of comfort. It’s gluten-free, too.
Try this classic Indian condiment made with aubergine and packed with plenty of spice. A slight sweet hit makes it a great addition to any curry.
Packed with plenty of spice, this plant-based chickpea curry has less than 200 calories. Eat it with roti for a more filling meal that the whole family will love.
Mutter paneer is a traditional meat-free north Indian curry. The texture of fresh peas stands up well against the paneer, but frozen is fine too. This version can be ready in just 30 minutes. It's easy to make your own paneer – here's how to do it.
Homemade mint and coriander chutney is the perfect condiment to eat with these crispy spring onion bhajis. Serve as a starter, snack or side at an Indian-themed dinner.
Traditionally cooked in Indian households as a snack, these potato cakes are packed with warming spice and served with a fresh, crunchy kachumber salad. This recipe uses sweet potato to keep them lighter.
Lashings of butter and cream give this dahl the X-factor. The beans need time to soak, but once it’s in the oven it looks after itself.
Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy plant-based curry.
Check out our Bombay-style samosas. We cook the veg in water rather than frying them to make a lighter version of the classic samosa, ideal for healthy dinner party snacks.
A Mughlai addition to Indian cuisine, this healthy but hearty soup is a classic in most homes and restaurants across the country.
This recipe from London's Soho restaurant Gunpowder sees vibrant veggies served with a creamy makhana sauce.
Make a batch of this vegetarian chickpea and red lentil dahl with naans and freeze for later. There are also instructions on how to make it in a slow cooker.
Almost any vegetable can be used to make pakora, or even paneer, but we love this version with cauliflower. Find gram (chickpea) flour in Indian grocers and larger health food shops.