Indian Cooking: Delicious, Oil-Free Recipes any Cook Can Master


It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to cooking Indian food.  Many of use didn’t grown up learning the five different types of Masala and using ingredients like asafetida and mustard seed.  Here are Indian recipes that any cook can master.  From dal to chutney, these dishes will help you understand the fundamentals of Indian cooking.  The bright colors and intoxicating smells will transport you to the beautiful land of India.

Easy Chana Masala: Indian Chickpea Stew

Chana Masala literally translates to “Chickpea Spices”.  A warming, comforting mix of aromatic spices like cumin, ginger, and turmeric flavor this classic Indian dish. This oil-free vegan recipe is full of healthy protein for hearty satisfaction.  Use this easy recipe to start exploring Indian flavors – and also enjoy a delicious gluten-free, plant-based vegan dinner.

Indian Easy Chickpea Chana Masala Stew – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free Vegetarian Comfort Food Hearty Dinner Recipe

Khichdi: Curried Indian Mung Beans and Rice

Hearty mung beans and brown basmati rice come together with aromatic spices for traditional Indian Khichdi.  This recipe makes an easy gluten-free, vegan side dish.

Khichdi – Basic Indian Curry Mung Beans and Basmati Rice – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe

Indian Red Lentil Dal

The aromatic flavors of India come together with the healthy vegan protein and fiber in red lentils.  This vegan, fat-free, gluten-free healthy recipe will brighten up a dreary day and is a must for getting over a cold.

Baked Indian Curry Samosa Cakes with Oil-Free Curry Roasted Cauliflower and Yukons

These gluten-free chickpea and potato cakes take a flavor trip with Indian curry spices.  This healthy, fat-free vegan is loaded with fiber and protein.  Serve with Dill Avocado Dip for your next dinner party…they’re sweet, spicy, and highly addictive.

Baked Curry Samosa Cakes – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Indian Vegan Recipe

Oil-Free Indian Moong Dal Fry

Moong Dal Fry is a classic Indian dish.  It starts with cooked lentils then flavors them with an aromatic mix of onion, ginger, tomatoes, and spices.  Traditionally fried in ghee, this vegan, oil-free version is healthy and lighter.  You’ll love the smells and colors of this satisfying recipe.  Enjoy over steamed Basmati rice, top with Dill Avocado Dip or serve with Whole Wheat Flatbread.

Kumquat Date Spicy-Sweet Indian Chutney

This spicy-sweet chunky Indian chutney recipe is full of bold flavors.  Fresh kumquats bring a sour-sweet citrus flavor, dried dates provide natural sweetness, and spicy heat comes from red chili flake and ginger.  Enjoy this healthy, oil-free, plant-based condiment with Baked Samosa Cakes or Mung Bean and Rice Curried Khichdi.

Spicy Sweet Indian Kumquat Date Chutney – Healthy, Gluten-Free, No Sugar Added, Oil-Free, Spicy, Indian, Plant-Based, Vegan Condiment Recipe

5-Ingredient Creamy Cauliflower Curry Soup

Sweet cauliflower and Indian spices come together in this rich, satisfying soup.  This easy oil-free recipe is perfect for a chilly winter night:  Just throw everything in the pot, simmer for 20 minutes, and then puree.  Enjoy with a side of rice, a spinach salad, or even use as a sauce for roasting vegetables.  This is will quickly become one of your favorite healthy, plant-based vegan recipes.

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Cashew Curry Soup – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegetarian, Easy Recipe

Baked Spiced Crunchy Chickpeas

A mix of flavorful spices coat chickpeas in this easy recipe.  An oil-free coating from ground flax helps create a crunchy texture.   Make a batch of this gluten-free, plant-based, vegan recipe for healthy snacking.  Use in place of croutons of Caesar Salad or  serve as an appetizer at a party.  These are irresistible!

Baked Spiced Chickpeas – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Easy, Vegan Snack Recipe

Mango Cardamom Sweet Brown Rice Pudding

Sweet brown rice is a short grain rice that takes on a creamy texture after simmering for a while, making  it ideal for a satisfying rice pudding.  This healthy, gluten-free recipe is great for a satisfying vegan breakfast and delicious enough for an interesting dessert.  A dash of cardamom and fresh mango take you to a far-off land.  If you like this, you’ll also love Easy Tropical Purple Sticky Rice PuddingSimple Berry Pear Cardamom Compote, and Raspberry Mango Chia Jam.

Cardamom Sweet Rice Pudding with Mango – Healthy, Plant-Based, Whole Grain, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Comfort Food Breakfast or Dessert Recipe

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