The 5 Most Popular Indian Vegetarian Dishes
Updated: Jan 8
Did you know India is the largest vegetarian country in the world? For thousands of years, this part of the world has followed a culturally rich diet which is heavy in regional vegetables and spices.
Today Indian cuisine has become a go to for vegetarians and vegans around the world. Its by far one of the most vegetarian friendly global cuisines around offering tasty options form chickpeas, paneer cheese, and a unique and mouth watering ability to make vegetables taste delicious.
Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine has been helping its customers taste India’s love of vegetarian cooking for over 30 years.
Here are 5 of the most popular and ordered dishes at Indian restaurants:
1. Channa Masala
This mouth watering chickpea curry is often a staple and regional favorite of North Indian breakfasts. It is usually accompanies with bhatooras which is friend Indian bread, onions, carrot pickle, green chilies, and achaar. Might want to save it for lunch if your use to your typical cereal and eggs kind of meal for breakfast.
2. Dal Makani
Dal Makhani is a very popular Indian dish from the Punjab and Northern Indian region. Lentils as a whole are extremely popular across the entire country, however Dall Makhani is made with black lentils and kidney beans. Its sautéed with onions, garlic, ginger, and spices, and finished of with butter and cream. Usually this dish is best enjoyed with roti or naan, two traditional Indian flatbreads.
3. Saag Paneer
Saag Paneer or Palak Paneer is a massively popular North Indian vegetarian dish. It consists of spinach and chunks of paneer which is Indian style farmers cheese. Pureed spinach are simmered with fenugreek leaves, onions, garlic, tomato and several Indian spices alongside the blocks of paneer cheese. A hearty and delicious dish which satisfies your taste buds.
4. Mutter Paneer
Mutter Paneer is another classic North Indian favorite. Its made in a delicious tomato based gravy with paneer cheese, peas, and various spices such as garam masala. This is a staple dish for special events and functions such as Indian weddings, and best serviced as a side dish to be eaten with naan, rice or roti.
5. Malai Kofta
Malai Kofta is the vegetarian version of meatballs. It goes well with naan bread and basmati rice. Usually Malai Kofta is found and special occasions, however its rich creamy tomato based sauce is cooked up by many local Indian restaurants around the world. Potatoes, a mixture of vegetables, paneer cheese, heavy cream, & spices are combined and formed into round balls, and then stuffed with chopped nuts and raisins. The koftas are then deep-fried and served in the mouth watering gravy.