7 Winter-Special Indian Vegan Dishes To Try
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As the world these days has become more conscious of the cruelty occurring towards the animal kingdom and wondering about the impact overconsumption has on the earth, many people are switching towards a vegan diet. Veganism or a vegan diet does not allow you to consume any animal product, neither meat based nor dairy products.

If you are someone who has opted for a vegan diet, you need to make sure that your body is compatible with such a plant-based diet and are getting ample nutrition from these sources. One of the best ways to do this is with seasonal vegetables, fruits and grains. In a nation like India, where nature’s bounty and local cuisines combine to create incredibly delicious vegan options during winter, choosing a plant-based vegan diet becomes even easier. 

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If you are new to veganism and want to explore delicious meal options this winter in India, then check out our list of winter-special Indian vegan dishes here.

1. Mushroom Tikka

The mushroom tikka is one of the most attractive vegetarian dishes found often on the Indian menu. Smoky flavoured mushrooms are prepared with soy yoghurt, almond paste, spices, and herbs. This gives a tantalising appetiser or a main course that is simply mouthwatering, resulting from a blend of spices and the earthy goodness of the mushrooms. It is a delicious vegan option that should be tried with the mint chutney or in the warm naan.

2. Gobi Paratha

Gobi Paratha is an Indian flatbread usually filled with seasoned grated cauliflower or gobi stuffing. Gobis are cooked and grated with various spices, e.g., cumin, coriander and chillies. This mixture is then spread on the dough that has been rolled into a big circular shape. Next, they stuff the dough inside and cook it on a hot surface greased with oil until it turns golden and crisp. Soy Yoghurt, chutneys or pickles are common vegan accompaniments for gobi paratha, together, they make a tasty meal in Indian cuisine.

3. Kaddu-Chole Ki Sabzi

Kaddu and chole ki sabzi is a common north Indian cuisine that blends the strong taste of chickpeas with the subtle taste of pumpkins. Spiced and textured, it is a tasty nutritional meal for all the vegetarians out there. The chickpeas bring in the necessary protein and a hearty, mildly spicy taste, while the pumpkins are added for an even softer hint of sweetness. This is an attractive dish that accompanies roti or rice and can make you feel full after a whole meal.

4. Bharwa Shimla Mirch

Colourful bell pepper or shimla mirch is stuffed with mashed potatoes flavoured with spices and herbs to make it an appetizing dish. These shimla mirch are baked to perfection, giving it amazing blends of textures and flavour. This dish is quite common and popular in the northern part of India and is usually served with rotis or parathas.

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5. Mooli Kofte

Mooli kofte is a delectable North Indian dish with crispy dumplings made from grated radish (mooli) mixed with spices and besan. These koftas are typically deep-fried until golden brown and then simmered in a flavorful tomato-based gravy. The combination of soft koftas and the tangy, aromatic curry creates a harmonious blend of textures and tastes. Mooli Kofte is a popular choice for those looking to savour the unique flavours of Indian cuisine.

6. Undhiyo

Undhiyo is a popular and flavourful Gujarati vegetable dish, traditionally prepared in winter. This dish combines a variety of fresh vegetables like yam, potatoes, and beans, along with a blend of spices and coconut. The vegetables are mixed and slow-cooked in a flavorful masala paste, resulting in a vibrant and aromatic dish rich in taste and textures. Undhiyo is often served with theplas or rotis and is a cherished part of Gujarati cuisine.

7. Vegan Shakarkandi Raita

Sweet potato raita or Shakarkandi raita is an amazing Indian side dish. Sweet potatoes are boiled and diced, then mixed with creamy yoghurt, but as a vegan option you can opt for soy yoghurt and sprinkle it with aromatic spices including black salt, cumin, chaat and masala. The mixture creates a balance between sweetness and savoured- taste that is ideal for any meal, producing a tasty yet healthy side dish or snack. The spicy shakarkandi raita takes the common raita dish to another level.