Indian dishes have long filled the bellies of vegans and vegetarians around the world. Now more than ever, there are vegan Indian cookbooks to help you recreate these delicious flavors at home, wherever that may be. While there are many Indians who are vegetarian, there are also some that are vegan and while there are more Vegetarian Indian cookbooks, I have really enjoyed the ones on the list below for their vegan dishes. Check out our favorite meals from each and get your hands on some of this goodness to recreate at home!
8 Best Vegan Indian Cookbooks
What We Love: With over 200 recipes and lots of beautiful drool worthy photos, Vegetarian India will have you cooking Indian flavors from across the subcontinent in no time! The okra fries are amazing and for any vegetable lover, this is a dream come true cookbook. Find Vegetarian India HERE.
Considerations: Vegetarian India is just that – vegetarian. That means that while this is a vegan list, we wanted to include this one as it still has A TON of vegan recipes but some of the dishes do contain ghee (clarified butter) and dairy products.
What We Love: Many of the vegan recipes (and there’s over 100) are easy to make for the hustle of midweek but can also be made to share with friends at dinner parties. There are a lot of fresh spices, herbs, and ingredients so this is a cookbook that’s great in the spring and summer when you’re craving fresh flavors. Check out Zaika: Vegan Recipes From India HERE.
Considerations: There aren’t a lot of photos in this cookbook although the recipes are well written and consistently deliver.
What We Love: Vegan Richa is a household name in the vegan world and while she has an entire vegan Indian cookbook that makes our list further down, we couldn’t discount this cookbook that still has many Indian flavor and dish influences that may be best suited for a more Western palate or for those vegans that are just getting into Indian food as there are Indian and non-Indian inspired dishes in this cookbook. We really love her practical approach and offerings of tips, tricks, techniques, and creative alternatives that really increase the overall value of this well rounded vegan cookbook. Check out Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen HERE.
Considerations: This is a versatile cookbook with curries and other Indian inspired meals but it also has more Western comforts like plant-based veggie burgers, familiar desserts, and pizzas.
What We Love: This is one of the most consistently deliverable cookbooks. Fresh India is very well written and easy to follow which makes it great for newbie Indian cooks. I also like that there are clear expectations on how much time each recipes and step will take you so you know if you can handle it or not. We’ve found the time estimations to be incredibly accurate and the recipes have never needed adjusting. Check out Fresh India HERE.
Considerations: This is another cookbook on the list that is not entirely vegan but the author, Meera Sodha makes up for in just how precise and exact the recipes are. If you follow the directions, you will not be disappointed for the many vegan recipes. It also doesn’t contain a lot of photographs if you like pictures for every recipe.
What We Love: Aunpy Singla’s Vegan Indian Cooking has beautiful photos of the foods and is a great jump off point into vegan Indian cooking. This entrepreneur blends her Indian roots with an American upbringing in an easy to follow format with straightforward recipes. Check out Vegan India HERE.
Considerations: The recipes are more traditional and not a fusion style that you’ll see in some of the more recently published cookbooks which may or may not be a consideration for you.
What We Love: Sahara Ketabi is a breath of fresh air in the Ayurvedic space. Ayurveda is an ancient science that is based on eating for your body-mind type and is affected by seasons, and many other factors. You’ll learn qualities of food (heat producing, cooling, etc) and eat accordingly. It’s a fun twist and is a beautiful book you’ll want to turn page after page and soak up all of the information and deliciousness! Check out Eat Feel Fresh HERE.
Considerations: While this is plant-based, you will find a few vegetarian recipes sprinkled in as that is streamlined with ayurvedic belief. It’s still a beautiful and interesting take on traditional Indian foods.
What We Love: The authors have created an easy to follow introduction to Indian cooking for an appetite for all ages. The tasty recipes will have you coming back for more and more. There are classic Indian dishes you’d find in restaurants as well as fresh fusion inspiration meals to keep you on your toes. Find Veganbell’s Indian Vegan Cookbook HERE.
Considerations: With 90 vegan Indian recipes, there’s a lot of options but there are also less recipes than some other vegan Indian cookbook choices out there.
From Rajma Chawal to Paani Puri, you’ll come across some of the gorgeous-looking, best-tasting, fun-to-make recipes in here.
What We Love: Again, Vegan Richa is a blog all-star when it comes to creating delicious and easy to follow recipes. Like her other cookbook that made this Vegan Indian Cookbook list, Indian Kitchen does not disappoint. There is a solid mix of traditional classics and fun funky flairs (like avocado naan) that still work and taste amazing (and are easy to follow!). The pictures are truly mouth watering and you’ll be bookmarking every page marking off the recipes you want to try! Check out Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen HERE.
Considerations: The biggest one?? Why haven’t you picked up this vegan Indian cookbook already??! It’s truly our favorite and the recipes are well developed and tested for true deliciousness!
There you have it, the eight best Vegan Indian Cookbooks! Which one do you plan on getting your hands on?? If we had to chose just one, it’d be hard because it depends on what type of vegan cooking you plan on doing and how experienced you are but hopefully this list helped narrow down the choices for you when selecting a Vegan Indian Cookbook. While I like to get my hands on a physical book, especially when it comes to cookbooks, virtually all of these Vegan Indian Cookbooks that made our list are also available in a Kindle version if that’s more your style. Happy Cooking!