Healthy Indian Vegetarian Recipes

Find healthy, delicious authentic and Indian-inspired vegetarian recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Chhole (Chickpea Curry)

Rating: 4.5 stars 53
This healthy Indian recipe is a flavorful chickpea curry that you can make in just 20 minutes. If you want to add a vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.
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By Shefaly Ravula, PA-C

Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

Rating: 5 stars 13
To make this 20-minute vegan curry even faster, buy precut veggies from the salad bar at the grocery store. To make it a full, satisfying dinner, serve over cooked brown rice. When shopping for simmer sauce, look for one with 400 mg of sodium or less and check the ingredient list for cream or fish sauce if you want to keep this vegan. If you like a spicy kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce at the end.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup

Rating: 5 stars 63
In this healthy cauliflower soup recipe, roasting the cauliflower first adds depth and prevents the florets from turning to mush. A little tomato sauce and coconut milk give the broth a rich, silky texture. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, if desired.
By Danielle Centoni

Chickpea & Potato Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
This fast Indian-style curry comes together with ingredients you most likely have on hand, like frozen peas and canned tomatoes and chickpeas. Plus, using these spices shows how simple it is to make a curry sauce for an easy vegetarian recipe. Serve with whole-wheat naan to sop it all up.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
In this vegetarian riff on a popular Indian dish, we swap in cauliflower and chickpeas for the chicken in tikka masala. The cauliflower's nooks and crannies are particularly good at soaking up all the intense flavors of the sauce. Serve over rice for an easy healthy dinner that's ready in just 20 minutes.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Curried Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
In this flavorful soup recipe, sweet potatoes simmer in a quick coconut curry, resulting in a creamy, thick broth punctuated by notes of garlic and ginger. We love peanuts for their inexpensive price and versatile flavor. They're also a great source of protein--1 ounce has 7 grams.
By Lauren Grant

Roasted Chickpea Curry Bowl

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
You'll get a serious dose of plant-based protein with this meal! The curry-infused cauliflower and chickpeas taste hearty and satisfying, while quinoa adds an extra boost of protein.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Curried Chickpea Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Who says a meatless meal isn't filling? Packed with fiber-rich vegetables and chickpeas, this fragrant stew satisfies.
Joyce Hendley, M.S.
By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Chickpea & Potato Hash

Rating: 5 stars 8
The eggs cook right on top of this chickpea and potato hash--cook them a few extra minutes if you prefer hard-set eggs. Serve with warm pita bread and a cucumber salad with mint and yogurt.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Turmeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala Root Vegetables & Chickpeas

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
This fragrant turmeric rice bowl topped with leftover spiced roasted root vegetables and chickpeas is inspired by flavors from India for an easy, vegetarian dinner.
By Sylvia Fountaine

Easy Saag Paneer

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
The paneer cheese in this fast and easy recipe doesn't melt when it cooks. It browns instead, giving a toothsome texture to this Indian classic packed with spinach and spices.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Red Lentil & Cauliflower Curry

Rating: 3.5 stars 4
This cauliflower curry recipe also features red lentils, which turn yellow when cooked. Curry powder, onions, cumin and other seasonings give this vegetarian dinner tons of flavor. Serve over rice to complete the meal.
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Inspiration and Ideas

19 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Help You Celebrate Diwali
Diwali is a time for abundance, including celebratory meals with friends and family, and lots of sweet treats.
Squash & Red Lentil Curry
Rating: Unrated 27
This healthy red lentil curry recipe has a rich flavor and complexity that tastes like it takes hours to prepare. Butternut squash and coconut milk combine with the lentils to make a hearty vegetarian dish. Serve with brown rice or naan bread.
Cashew-Cardamom Shortbread

These cardamom-spiced shortbread cookies were inspired by the Indian sweet kaju katli.