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Vegan Dishes You can try In India – Scoutripper

Vegan Dishes

Savouring some lip-smacking dishes of traditional Indian kitchen is like a traveler’s dream come true. I’ve been traveling in India for years now and the best thing I like about it is its rich culture and spicy cuisines. I believe there is no other delight as great as relishing the cultural spirit of India through its Thalis. Culinary adventures in India can be one of the fond memories of your travels in the country.

Thanks to the diverse choice of mouth-watering dishes that you get here. If you are a vegan, then there is good news for you. A majority of Indian Population are vegetarian here, so this solves half your problems, already. So, you will have plenty of Vegan Dishes You can try In India.

Vegan Dishes in India are easily available in most of the Indian restaurant, hotel or even street-side stalls. However, the best bet is to enter only those eating joints which have been labeled ‘Pure Vegetarian’ whenever you are venturing out. 

In India, most food items are made of dairy products which you can easily avoid by option for vast Dal options and veggies.

Vegetarianism and Veganism are often confused in India, so here are few things to keep in mind when it comes to eating vegan dishes in India.

Indian food uses dairy products which as a vegan you need to avoid. Ask for ingredients of the food you eat. Regular milk can be substituted with soy milk.

Ghee clarified butter is a byproduct of milk and is often used in cooking. You can ask for the ghee to be substituted with vegetable oil.

Yogurt, known as Dahi in India is also a byproduct of milk, therefore you must avoid. Ask for the vegan varieties. You can go for Soy milk or almond milk instead which is easily available here.

Some bread (Bhature, Naan) is likely to be made with yogurt. You can go for the plain bread varieties. Roti, Rumali Roti, tandoori roti, Puri are some bread you can eat.

Panner (non-melting farmer cheese or curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids.) is also a dairy product, therefore ask it to be substituted with Tofu.

Desserts in India also generally comprise of dairy products, ask for ingredients. Go for chocolate, coconut, jaggery, and other flavorsome varieties.

Indian food used a variety of spices. Spices are all vegan as they are totally plant-based products. Vegans need not worry about the spices.

Vegans can eat all types of dal (lentils). Mind the tempering of the dish. A tempering of mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin seed, and other spices in clarified butter is generally used. Avoid the flavoring or request for vegetable oil.

Being a vegan, I have tasted one of the most delicious of dishes here which were absolutely vegan in nature. So, here I’m going to list you some of the Best Vegan Food Options that You Must Try without a second thought.


The popular Indian snack is shaped like a triangle. It is made of potato fillings and accompanied with a chutney of mint and coriander. It is one of the vegan pleasures in India. Make sure that it is not stuffed with paneer.

Aloo Sabji And Puri

Puri refers to the delicious, whole-wheat, deep-fried bread. Aloo is a vegetable wildly popular in the country. The potato (aloo) comes in a spicy tomato gravy and makes the perfect dipping sauce for the steamy puris. This is one of Indian favorite delicacy mainly eaten during breakfast and one of the delicious vegan dishes to try in the country.

Veg Biryani

There are many varieties of biryani available in India. Try out the vegetable one. Make a request for the biryani to be cooked in oil, not clarified butter. The rice dish is absolutely divine. A huge mix of spices including nutmeg, mace, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, and mint, is used, therefore it’s no wonder that this flavorful dish is famous for all visitors in India.


The perfect vegan snack, Pakoras are, essentially, fritters, of a type found throughout India. They are generally made with onion, potato, eggplant, shredded mixed vegetables, cauliflower or chicken, that’s been dipped in chickpea flour and deep-fried. They’re a popular appetizer and snack. Request the vegan-friendly ones. 

Baingan ka Bharta

Baingan Bharta is the simple combination of spices and herbs with Chargrilled brinjals, also known as the Eggplant. The flavorful dish is easy to cook, healthy and tasty. Vegans will undeniably love the flavorsome dish.


Halwa is a sweet Indian dish consisting of carrots or semolina boiled with milk, almonds, sugar, butter, and cardamom. For vegans, this dish can be prepared with coconut milk, almonds, and cardamom for a creamy and luscious dessert.

Paani Puri

India’s beloved street snack, Pani Puri is one of the vegan delights. Also called Golgappa, Puchka, Gupchup, you can find this street snack everywhere in India. It consists of a round, hollow crispy puri, that is stuffed with a mixture of flavored water (Pani), tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion, and chickpeas.

Masala Dosa

Vegans will especially love the scrumptious dish. They serve it for breakfast or lunch and it is completely vegan as long as you confirm that ghee (clarified butter) is not used to fry it. The thin, crispy, savory pancake made from fermented rice and dal (lentil), wrapped around a mix of curried potatoes, onions and spices. The mixture is typically dipped in chutney and sambar or a side of curry gravy.

Tofu Dishes

You can find Paneer to be a common ingredient in Indian food. But you can always substitute this dairy product with tofu. So, you can go for delicious Keemas, curries and many other flavorsome dishes with Tofu in India.

Rice And Rajma

Rajma Chawal or Rice-Rajma is one of the staple foods in India, especially in North and Central. With a delicious aroma and perfect look, it’s not only great to taste but is packed with full-on nutrients. So, having a full platter of this dish can make you go all day long.