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Vegetarian Indian Recipes - The Best One Pot Meals

Jump to RecipeBowl of black lentil dal.

One thing I love about Indian cuisine is the variety it has in flavors and spices for vegetarian meals. There is so much variety in Indian vegetarian recipes that I am always finding something new to make.

The beauty of making a one-pot meal if that you don’t need much, it’s easy clean up, and they tend to have so much flavor! When you cook in a way that lets all the flavors meld together it usually produces a delicious and rich dish.

What type of pot do you need for one pot meals?

Depending on the recipe ,you can use many different style pots but I would say for the most part if you have a large dutch oven or tall saute pan that should work for most of these recipes. I typically use a cast iron dutch oven like this one or a ceramic dutch oven like this one.

Best One-Pot Vegetarian Indian Meals

When you are looking for a comforting meal that has Indian flavors and comes together in one pot, these are my go-to favorite dishes. All of the recipes below are vegetarian some of them are even vegan recipes that are completely plant-based.

Close up of a black lentil dal.

Black Lentil Dal - Sigsbee Street

Black lentil dal also know as dal makhani is a go to for me when looking for a one pot meal. This one is packed with warm spices and deep flavor. The black lentils take a little bit of time to cook so placing everything in the pot with them to soak up all that flavor creates for a rich and delicious meal.

This is one I love to make for special occasions because it does have a little bit longer cooking time but it always seems to be a hit.

Three small bowls of spinach curry soup.

Spinach Coconut Curry Soup - Sigsbee Street

If you are looking for a soup to make, look no further than this spinach coconut curry soup. It is such a healthy dish that comes together fairly quickly. The spinach brings that bright green color, the garlic and ginger bring the flavor, and the coconut milk brings the creaminess to make this one of my favorite vegan Indian recipes. It does cook in one pot but if you don’t have an immersion blender then you will need to use a blender to finish off the soup.

One-Pot Golden Red Lentil and Mushroom Curry Soup - Pick Up Limes

This is a great easy Indian dinner recipe that you can continue to enjoy throughout the week. With red lentils, earthy mushrooms, and mixed vegetables it makes for the perfect meal for lunch or dinner.

Cozy Veggie Korma - Pinch of Yum

Veggie Korma is a popular dish to make any time fo the year. This creamy vegetable korma is loaded with veggies, panner, and a creamy seasoned sauce. The best part is the creamy sauce. This recipe uses heavy cream but you could also substitute it for coconut milk if you prefer.

One Pan Chickpea Curry - The Salty Marshmallow

If you have a busy day this is a wholesome meal that you can quickly put together on a weeknight. This is an easy recipe that the whole family will love. A chickpea curry has always been a comforting meal to me and that’s what makes it one of my favorite main dishes.

1-Pan Aloo Sabzi - Minimalist Baker

This one pot meal is a little different from the rest. This one works best as a side dish and is actually make in a cast iron skillet. This Aloo sabzi is a mix of potato and red pepper tossed with spices and topped with fresh cilantro. It is a quick dish with simple ingredients what makes a great additional to and Indian meal.

Simple Rice Recipes

When making Indian food one of the most common side dishes to serve with it is a rice dish. Most of the time you can cook rice in a single pot. I typically just cook white rice or brown rice according to package instructions but here are a few rice dishes to try if you are looking for something different.

What You Need for Indian Cooking

When making most of these Indian style meals the most important thing to have is the aromatic spices. The spices of an Indian dish is really what brings the characteristic flavors. Some of the spices you will need for most of these dishes are:

  • Cumin
  • Garam Masala
  • Coriander
  • Cardamom
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

There are some other spices that you may see in these recipes but these are the intense flavors of Indian cuisine you will find over and over again.

What Indian Dishes are You Cooking?

I always love to hear what other people favorite vegetarian Indian meals are. Comment down below and let us know what some of your favorites are.

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White dutch oven.

Dutch Oven

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Caraway Cookware

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