Easy Vegan Indian Food

I love Indian food. Love it. I love going to an indian restaurant and trying something new, but that can be pricy. And often unhealthy. My mom makes indian food all the time so I had her send me some recipes. These are vegan, easy and healthy! Here are my two favorites.

Cauliflower & Potatoes
1-3 T Shan Dal seasoning (yellow box)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 green pepper, sliced
1-2 cloves garlic, smashed
6 circles of sliced ginger, 1/8” thick, peeled and diced
3 T Fresh Cilantro, chopped – add more if you like
½ -1 tomatoes, diced (fresh is best)
1 head cauliflower
1-2 russet potatoes or any type chopped in bite sized pieces
2-3 T tomato paste
1 cup water, add as needed
1 cup green peas (defrosted)
1 teaspoon veg oil

1. Sauté onion, green pepper, ginger and garlic in one teaspoon of vegatable oil, until soft.
2. Add the diced tomatoes, potatoes, tomato paste,  1 T “Shan” dal seasoning and 1 cup of water.

3. Cook covered until potatoes are ¾ cooked tender.
4. Add cauliflower and cilantro; cook with lid on until tender.

5. Add more water, seasoning (if you need more spice) and tomato paste as desired. Stir to cover.
6. Add 1 cup (room temp) green peas and cook for 2 minutes.

7. Garnish with cilantro!

NEXT UP! The easiest recipe known to Indian cooking!!

½  cup red lentils
1 cup yellow moong dal
4+ cups water
1-2 T Shan Dal spice mix (go with one if you like it not so spicy, two for spice)
½ med. Onion, chopped
2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
1 clove fresh garlic, smashed

1. Sauté onions, ginger and garlic in a tiny bit of olive oil until soft.
2. Add lentils, water and Shan Dal spice mix, and cilantro.
3. Cook covered for about 30 minutes until soft. These will have a creamy polenta-y texture to them.

Some of the items (dal, seasoning) could be a little hard to find, but check out your local Indian or Asian food store, or even Whole Foods. Amazon.com is often a great resource for finding weird and hard to find packaged foods as well.

I can’t tell you how amazing this meal is. The leftovers will make your co-workers jealous. I like to serve this with a little bit of rice and some white wine. Vinho Verde is the best if you can get your hands on some. Trust me when I say that Indian food and wine is one of the best combos out there.

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10 responses to “Easy Vegan Indian Food


  2. Yummy! I made this yesterday……..

  3. You can also add chick peas. Dad likes it that way!

  4. Looks hearty! I want to have that as my supper!
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  5. i LOVE Indian food and make dishes like this often! Indian food gets me to eat my veggies…and like it. 🙂

    • indian food is a really good way to get your veggies in, but be careful if you go to an indian buffet. they often skimp on the veggies and put out a lot of dal and rice dishes, or use lower quality frozen veggies. you’ll do better if you order off the menu often. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the tip!

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