Indian food is one of the easiest to make vegan, as it uses cheap easy-to-find natural ingredients (vegetables, grains and lentils) plus spices and no fake meats or cheeses. Flavours vary but don’t worry, not all Indian food is very very spicy, if you prefer milder tastes! Here are some of the best recipe books to have fun with.
Never eat rice after 24 hours (a good poison hazard). Keep these recipes away from young children and pets due to unsafe ingredients like onion, garlic and strong spices. Read more on food safety for people & pets (many foods are unsafe near animal friends).
Plant-Based India is a wonderful book by Dr Sheil Shukla who learned to cook traditional Indian food from his grandmother over summers in Mumbai, and now combines his talents with medical knowledge to produce healthier plant-based versions reinvented for the modern age, to manage chronic illness.The 100 recipes include shak (spiced vegetable dishes), dal (legume stews), rotli (flatbreads), bhat (rice). enjoy:
- Palak tofu
- Vegan nan
- Festive Navratan rice
- Dal Makhan
- Chocolate chai mousse with berries
Sheil Shukla DO is an internal medicine physician and food artist, who is passionate about both. He loves exploring food cultures and his culinary creations have over 60,000 followers on Instagram.
more plant-based Indian cookbooks
The Essential Vegan Indian Cookbook offers tips on traditional cooking techniques along with a shopping guide, before learning how to cook regional favourite and traditional dishes. Recipes include:
- Eggplant (aubergine) lentil curry
- Tofu saag
- Cauliflower tikka masala
Priya Lakshminarayan is from Mumbai, and lives in Florida, USA. She is the creator of an award-winning recipe blog and enjoys creating recipes from scratch using fresh ingredients, whilst listening to Bollywood music!
The Indian Vegan is a nice book of recipes by Sonal Ved, who has researched Indian cuisine for years, and simplified traditional recipes:
- Ladakhi chutagi
- Kerala’s ulli theeyal
- Manipuri kelli chana
- Rajasthani moong dal khilma
- Bengal’s mocha’r ghonto
- Garhwali kafuli
a plant-based Ayurvedic recipe book
Eat Feel Fresh is a lovely uplifting book by a beautiful young woman who also is trained in the Indian medicine of Ayurveda. Discover your ‘dosha’ then find holistic healing recipes to help. The difference is that Sahara Rose has omitted the usual butter and ghee, replacing with plant-based versions. So now you can help animals and your health. Always consult your doctor before taking Ayurvedic or any other herbs, due to contraindications.
- Chakra smoothies!
- Sweet potato pesto pizza
- Rose Cardamom latte
Sahara Rose is ‘an ancient soul in a modern body’ who has millions of fans worldwide. She has been a nutrition speaker at Harvard Medical School and is on a mission to raise the energy of the planet. She also loves dancing and drumming!