India has a rich history of vegetarian cuisine: Rich lentil dals, spicy curries, chickpea flour desserts, mung beans, rice dishes, coconut milk sweets and, most importantly, spices. Mustard, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, coriander, garlic, cinnamon, clove--these are the flavors that turn basic vegetables into dishes that fill your belly with the kind of food that makes you sneak into your refrigerator late at night to just sneak a bite or two.
Here is a roundup of my favorite Vegan Indian Dishes--proof that there is life beyond curry.
Vegan Richa is the go to gal for the best vegan Indian dishes. These Gluten-Free Gulab Jamuns are a killer dessert made with sweet potatoes and cashews.
Saag paneer is one of my favorite side dishes. Tofu is an excellent substitution for fresh cheese in this rich, creamy version.
In the market for a killer vegan Indian cookbook? Look no further than the Indian Vegan Kitchen.
MonsoonSpice.com is the most authentic of the vegetarian Indian bloggers. The recipes are a little more complicated than a basic Korma, but well worth the time for dishes like Stuffed Bread Pakodapakora.
Tikka Masala isn’t exactly a traditional Indian dish, but the English love it and for good reason. Usually made with chicken, I adore this lentil and spinach version.
Spencers Market is a go-to source for new, interesting and unique foods. Case in point, these Indian Spiced Raw Chips from Brad’s Raw Foods.
I am obsessed with chickpeas and this traditional Channa Masala doesn’t disappoint. It’s a cinch to make in the crockpot.
If you are like me and live in an area where spices and specialty ingredients are impossible to find, check out my Secret Sources for Asian Cooking.