Being vegan doesn’t mean that you need to restrict yourself from enjoying your favourite foods. Being vegan doesn’t mean that you have less food choices. And it surely doesn’t mean that can’t have exciting foods on your plate.
For this article, I selected some popular non-vegan recipes and created the vegan version of the same. & you don’t want to miss them at all. They all are extremely delicious, fun, gorgeous and if I serve you any of these recipes, you can’t even tell that it is made using the plant-based alternatives. I can bet on that 🙂
In this article, I am sharing the list of popular Asian, Mexican, Indian, etc. recipes. It has the options from flavourful curries to juicy Burgers, from famous Indian dessert to baked sweet treats. Most of the recipes are healthy like the fudgy brownies that are gluten-free and rich, not with butter but with Avocados. Yes! Exciting, Right? But a few are created to satisfy your soul too like the soft and moist cinnamon buns. You will love all these recipes.
On my journey to become a vegan from a vegetarian, I heard a lot of these above mentioned statements. In my recent trips to India, when I visited my family and friends and told them that I am trying to be a vegan or I can’t have dairy products when they were serving me chai, paneer dishes or ice-cream. Many had this expression of pitiness that I had to restrict myself from exciting and healthy foods. Some even said that they can not even think of being a vegan because they are a foodie and love food so much that they can not think about restricting some food items.
And many believe the same. That’s why through this article, I would like to show that you can have exciting foods and all your favourite foods, you just need to switch to the plant-based alternatives that can be used and create the same eating experience for you. Since, I was a vegetarian I did not try plant-based meat alternatives and I don’t even plan to do that.
Vegan Recipes that you MUST-TRY
1 – Tom Kha Gai Soup: There is something about Asian recipes that once you have it, you will fall in love with it. That’s what happened with us on our little trip to Prague. We had this vegan tom kha soup there and it was love at first bite. It is spicy but sweet. It is light but filling. And the flavours and the aroma is something that will remain with you for days. You must try this vegan tom kha gai soup.
2 – Thai Curries – Red & Green: Like I said, Asian recipes are aromatic, flavorful and extremely delicious. And if love them or want to try them, then you must try these vegan Red Thai Curry and Thai Green Curry. And if you want to make them even more delicious then make the curry paste at home itself. It is quite easy to prepare and the taste will be extraordinarily good – better than any restaurant. I am not even exaggerating.
3 – Vegan Mexican Burrito: It has got flavorful salsa (Pico de Gallo), aromatic, and spicy kidney bean filling, a hint of refreshing soup cream (made at home from plant-based curd), creamy avocado, and the crunch of salad greens. Everything is placed on the bed of seasoned, warm rice & cheese tucked inside a tortilla wrap. Is your mouth watering too? Mine is flooding 😀 Then try it today.
4 – Vegan Dal Makhani: I never thought that I would say this but I think I am never going to add butter or milk cream to my dal makhani. It sounds ironic because makkhan (butter) is in its name. Making it without it is like going against the law. Right 😀 But hey, butter or milk cream is added to make it rich and creamy and you can actually get that same texture and creaminess with some plant-based substitutes like cashew and seeds paste, coconut cream, or vegan butter. Infact, most of the creaminess it gets simply by slow cooking it. Surprised? Try and see yourself.
5 – Colourful Spinach & Beetroot Idli: This recipe makes a soft, smooth, colorful, and gorgeous breakfast. It will be loved by everyone. Moreover, by adding just one extra ingredient in the idli batter – spinach or beetroot – you can make it more nutritious and healthy. No fermentation is needed since these are instant suji Rava idli. So, whip up the batter and enjoy it over breakfast today.
6 – Vegan Khow Suey: This recipe is quite popular in Burma and now in our home too. The way it is served makes it even more enticing. A bowl with noodles, pour over coconuty soup with all your favorite colorful veggies. Then top it up with crunchy garlic, fried onions, chilli oil that makes everything deliciously chilly. Cherry on the top is raw, crunchy onions with lemon juice. That takes the taste to moon and beyond.
7 – Popular Indian Rice Kheer: Creamy, flavourful, and delicious – this vegan rice kheer hits just the right spot in every bite. It is perfect for any time sweet cravings or for any festive occasion. If you love Indian desserts, if you are a vegan or just want to reduce your dairy consumption, this recipe is for you.
8 – Soft & Moist Cinnamon Buns: Soft, sweet, moist, and sticky vegan cinnamon buns are so good that you won’t be able to resist yourself. You won’t even realize how fast it gets finished and you will crave more. So, it would be better to double or triple the recipe because they are that good & addictive. They are a real treat. Worth a try!
9 – Vegan Mexican Burger: This burger has got the right balance of sweet & sour from the pineapple salsa, it has non-fried juicy patty and creamy & spicy jalapeno guacamole. It has the perfect crunch from the nachos and the freshness from the salad greens and all the other veggies and herbs. If you try it once, you will dream about it for days.
10 – Healthy & Vegan Banana Walnut Muffins: No Maida (all-purpose flour). No Sugar. Eggless. No Butter. And still, these banana walnut muffins are extremely soft and moist. The best thing is that they remain like that even on the next day. These muffins taste good when they are fresh out of the oven. But just wait for a few minutes because we don’t want to burn our mouth. I know it can be hard but we got to be strong for the love of Banana Walnut Muffins.
11 – Protein-Rich, Low-Carb Spinach Stuffed Cheela: What to make for breakfast is always a task. We need something quick but healthy and nutritious. We need something delicious and packed with proteins, vitamins, and other essential nutrients. This recipe is just the right fit for you if you are looking for a protein-rich, low-carb, and vegan Indian breakfast. It is not just tasty but looks quite gorgeous.
12 – Healthy Fudgy Chocolate Brownie: These brownies are 100% healthy. They are made of oat flour instead of refined flour (maida). Instead of refined sugar, it has maple syrup. And the star ingredient is – Avocado. Avocado is added in place of butter. Yes! That’s right. And don’t worry. These healthy brownies are not boring. In fact, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
13 – Restaurant Style Mix-Veg: This restaurant-style mix veg is creamy without any heavy milk cream and butter. It has got its richness from three amazing ingredients – cashews, sunflower seeds, and poppy seeds. These nuts and seeds do not just add a nice creaminess and flavor to this recipe but also make it light. You can have a full meal and won’t feel heavy at all. Generally, the vegetables for this recipe are shallow-fried or maybe deep-fried. But you can get the same texture by baking. That makes it a healthier and a better choice.
14 – Dilli Wale Pindi Chhole: Nothing can beat the taste of Pindi Chole from Delhi. But you can’t book a ticket and go there every time you crave it. But you can surely bring the exact same taste at home. Yes. And for that black color of chole, you don’t need to have cast-iron kadhai or pan. You just need a few ingredients and a technique to get that perfect color, texture, and taste.
15 – Gorgeous Mini Mango Cheesecake (No bake): Saved the best for the last 🙂 This recipe doesn’t have any cream cheese, heavy cream, or butter. They are made without any gelatine or agar agar. These are eggless and the best of all – These Are Vegan. And if you think that making cheesecake is a task, try these mini ones.
& that’s all for now. I hope these recipes tempted you enough to try. You will see that being vegan is not boring or unhealthy. You will be delighted after trying and enjoying these recipes. It is my guarantee. Also, to try these recipes, you don’t even need to be a vegan. Just try because sometimes eating to save the planet feels good. These days there are so many dairy alternatives available. So, don’t overlook them. Just give them a chance. They may surprise you.
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Happy Cooking 🙂
Love from us
Richa & Jatin
15 Vegan Recipes You MUST-TRY.
Veganism is about consuming only plant-based products. If you are a vegan, you can not consume any animal product including silk, leather, or honey. There are many healthy plant-based or vegan food items available:
- All the vegetables and fruits
- Legumes, Pulses or dals
- Rice and Millets
- Nuts and seeds
- Liquid sweeteners like maple syrup, agave syrup or date syrup
- Dairy milk alternatives like soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc.
- Vegan Butter, ghee or oils
Vegan means you can not consume any animal product including honey, leather, silk, or wool. Vegan only consume plant-based products, no meat or any dairy product. On the other hand, a vegetarian diet includes mostly plant-based products but also milk or other dairy products and honey too. It excludes meat, poultry, and seafood. Vegetarians can use leather, silk, or wool though.
Vegan means you can not consume any animal product including honey, leather, silk, or wool. Vegans only consume plant-based products, no meat, eggs or any dairy product.
Vegans can surely consume cheese made out of plant-based products. These days there are so many vegan cheeses available in the market from vegan mozzarella to vegan parmesan cheese.
A vegan diet is totally healthy if you consume and implement it correctly. You have to include different ingredients like veggies, fruits, legumes, millets, dairy alternative milk, etc. to get all the nutrition. Being on a well-balanced vegan diet makes you feel light and active.