Here are 25+ Indian Vegetarian Recipes to add to your Holi menu including a bonus Indian Cocktail recipe. These recipes include Sweets, Savory Snacks, easy lunch & dinner dishes for your Instant Pot, stove, oven or microwave.
The best part is, many of them can be done in under 30 minutes, so that you spend less time cooking, and more time enjoying the festival! Spice Cravings wishes you all a very Happy Holi!
Festival of Colors- Holi
Out of all the Indian festivals, Holi is my absolute favorite! It is the festival of colors after all! Growing up in India that was one day when everyone could officially go crazy, and get away with it 😉
I still remember how the day before Holi I used to buy every possible color powder I could find in the stores, and, get my water guns ready for the big day. I remember waking up before everyone else in the house with sheer excitement of the day ahead! Superfun!
Indian Festivals = Delicious Food
The one thing that is common in all Indian festivals is a variety of amazingly delicious food. Every region in north India has their own spin on holi delicacies.
From flavor-packed snacks to mouth-watering desserts, it is a day spent in food heaven:-) My personal favorite of all these recipes is homemade Gujiya! I can just make a meal out of it 🙂
Khoya Gujiya Recipe | Deep Fried Milk Fudge Turnovers
Deep Fried Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. It is a deep-fried sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup.
Gujiya or Milk Fudge Turnovers are a popular Indian dessert commonly made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. Traditionally, gujiya are deep fried sweet dumplings, but in this recipe, I show you how to make baked gujiya that you will less guilty about.
Gajar ki Burfi can be best described as Carrot Fudge. It’s a delicious fudge-like variation of the classic Indian sweet, called Gajar ka Halwa! This healthier recipe substitutes some of the milk powder with almond flour and cuts cooking time using the instant pot pressure cooker.
Coconut Ladoo or Nariyal Ladoo (Laddu) is an Indian sweet that is made with dried coconut flakes, condensed or dried milk and sugar. This quick 10-minute recipe requires no baby-sitting and stirring, by using the microwave and a simple hack to keep the ladoos soft and fudgy.
Rice Pudding | Kheer | Arroz Con Leche in Instant Pot
Here is a dump & start pressure cooker recipe for Creamy Rice Pudding! In this easy recipe, I transform rice, milk & sugar, into two amazing flavors- Indian rice pudding Kheer, or Spanish Arroz Con Leche!
Sooji Sheera is an Indian dessert made by pan-roasting semolina and cooking it with milk and sugar. I add a few tablespoons of almond meal to boost the protein content and infuse a flavor of almond in this dessert.
Warm, flaky and crispy on the outside, buttery and delicious from within, these Vegetable Puffs are great as a tea-time snack, or, as a lunch surprise for kids! These puffs are made with a healthy assortment of vegetables tossed in an aromatic Indian masala and stuffed inside a golden-brown baked puff pastry shell.
Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, this is a delicious vegetarian twist to the classic hamburger: Quinoa Veggie Burger! This recipe has instant pot and stove pot variations for cooking the quinoa and uses potatoes and peas with onions and Indian spices for a tasty burger patty.
Chole Bhature | Chickpeas Curry with Fried-Puffed Bread
Chole Bhature is a popular dish from the Punjabi cuisine in Northern India, where a Chickpeas curry, called Chole (Cho-lay), is served with a puffed, deep-fried bread, called Bhatura (Buh-too-ray). Growing up, Chole-Bhature used to be our regular Sunday brunch.
Instant Pot Punjabi Kadhi & Rice | Yogurt Curry with Rice
Punjabi Kadhi with rice is a delicious yogurt and chickpeas-flour based curry, called Kadhi, with chickpeas-flour fritters, called Pakoras, served over aromatic basmati rice! This is a one-pot Instant pot recipe for a classic Indian comfort food.
Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Makhani in Instant Pot
An easy Instant Pot pressure cooker recipe for Paneer Butter Masala, or Paneer Makhani, a popular Indian vegetarian delicacy. Made with Indian cottage cheese (paneer), simmered in tomato puree, Indian spices, and finished with a touch of heavy cream.
One Pot Chana Masala Biryani | Chickpeas Biryani (Vegan)
Chana Masala Biryani or Chickpeas Biryani, is a combination of two popular Indian dishes, Chickpeas Masala Curry & Indian Rice Pilaf called Biryani! I make this vegan dish in an instant pot, which really blends the flavors together.
Instant Pot Aloo Gobi | Spiced Potato and Cauliflower
Aloo Gobi or Gobhi Aloo is a popular dry vegetarian side dish from the North-Indian cuisine. Aloo gobi is made with Aloo (potatoes) and gobi (cauliflower) cooked with fresh ginger-garlic and seasoned with warm Indian spices and traditionally stir-fried. This recipe describes both instant pot & stir fry methods.
A simple recipe for a popular Indian spiced chickpeas curry called Chana Masala. This hearty and delicious curry is made with dry or canned chickpeas, which are rich in protein and are naturally vegan & gluten free. Enjoy it over aromatic basmati rice, or pair with Naan.
Paneer Tikka Masala is the king of vegetarian dishes in the north-Indian cuisine. This popular Punjabi delicacy is made by simmering paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), in a tomato puree and onion gravy with aromatic garam masala, and is finished by adding heavy cream to give it that velvety smooth texture.
In this recipe, I pair the minty and spicy Indian beverage, Jal Jeera, with a classic mojito. There is nothing more refreshing than a Jal Jeera Mojito (Indian Spiced Mojito) on a hot summer day. Refreshing, chilled, minty and spicy! Yum!
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