The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook

In The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook, Pushpesh Pant delivers fresh, delicious, easy Indian vegetarian dishes that don’t compromise on flavor, texture or enjoyment. Pant, a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and a regular recipe columnist, is also the author of Phaidon’s global bestseller, India: The Cookbook as well as a library of other titles.

Here, the author shares 150 healthy and approachable vegetarian recipes showcased in a vibrant array of delicious breakfasts and drinks, salads, vegetables and legumes, grains, and even desserts. Vegetables are an integral part in global cuisine and especially in Indian dishes. 

Drawing inspiration from India’s myriad regions and culinary traditions, Pant simplifies this hugely popular cuisine with easily achievable, nourishing, and authentic dishes that are tasty and satisfying to vegetarians, meat-eaters, and those simply wishing to reduce the amount of meat in their diet. I, for one, love my vegetables but am totally unable to resist their charms when paired with the spices of India. The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook has me inspired to dive into my larder of spices and get cooking. 

Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided for this title and all Phaidon books which are in a class by themselves. 

Our   delivers a look inside this stunningly presented book and highlights the following   dishes:  


Special thanks to Phaidon for providing the materials for our preview and offering two copies of this beautiful book in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, CA, UK and AU. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on September 5th, 2018.

Post a comment


  • Angryyew  on  July 27, 2018

    I would try the spicy spinach fritters.

  • Ziggy7  on  July 27, 2018

    Mustard-spiced eggplant

  • lgroom  on  July 27, 2018

    Spiced potato patties

  • jmay42066  on  July 27, 2018

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar)

  • sweatpants  on  July 27, 2018

    I'd try out the sambar first!

  • susankay  on  July 27, 2018

    Spicy cabbage roast!

  • mduncan  on  July 27, 2018

    Garlicky bottle gourd

  •  on  July 27, 2018

    Anything Indian works for me! Samosas and curries!

  • Kristjudy  on  July 27, 2018


  • demomcook  on  July 27, 2018

    Rich sweet bread (Baqarkhani roti) looks wonderful.

  • LSanders  on  July 27, 2018

    spiced potato patties!

  • SallyCristina  on  July 27, 2018

    Spiced potato patties (Bonda) from The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook (page 46)

  • lauriesk  on  July 27, 2018

    Rose water & rice pudding

  • tennyogirl  on  July 27, 2018

    Spicy peanut masala (Moong phali masala)

  • DarcyVaughn  on  July 27, 2018

    Black cumin-flavored turnips

  • amyz218  on  July 28, 2018

    Pumpkin with coconut

  • Lizzyp  on  July 28, 2018

    I would try mustard-spiced eggplant (Shorshe Baigan)

  • jifar  on  July 28, 2018

    Stuffed green chillies as I have managed to grow some this year.

  • mpdeb98  on  July 28, 2018

    Cabbage stir-fry with coconut

  • sarahawker  on  July 28, 2018

    Spiced potato patties (Bonda)

  • rchesser  on  July 28, 2018

    The spicy peanut masala.

  • trudys_person  on  July 28, 2018

    Yam in yoghurt sauce sounds good!

  • vickster  on  July 28, 2018

    Spiced Potato Patties

  • lean1  on  July 28, 2018

    Sweet yellow dal!

  • angrygreycat  on  July 28, 2018


  • thecharlah  on  July 29, 2018

    Bamboo shoots with green chiles (Rotuai)

  • Titch  on  July 29, 2018

    The spicy cabbage roast

  • janv  on  July 29, 2018

    Coconut & ginger rice pudding

  • ravensfan  on  July 30, 2018

    Chaat masala

  • Ishtar  on  July 30, 2018

    GReen papaya curry

  • LaurenE  on  July 30, 2018

    Spiced potato patties

  • sgump  on  July 30, 2018

    Yes! I'd try the channa dal with coconut (a.k.a. cholar dal)!

  • Curlyfatkins  on  July 30, 2018

    Slow-cooked potatoes (Dum aloo)

  • SherTN  on  July 30, 2018

    Vegetable Stew (Ishtoo)

  • Siegal  on  July 31, 2018

    I would like to try aloo gobi

  • beetangsurat  on  July 31, 2018

    I want to try the aloo gobi first since it's one of my favorites.

  • ebs  on  July 31, 2018

    Potatoes with cauliflower

  • milgwimper  on  July 31, 2018

    Crackers with potatoes & spicy yogurt (Papdi chaat) is what I would try.

  • Gilly83  on  August 1, 2018

    I'm a massive fan of sambal, so sambal masala for me!

  • monasli  on  August 1, 2018

    Indian bread pudding

  • nova  on  August 2, 2018

    Yellow dal with vegetables (Moong dal) (page 146) !

  • lapsapchung  on  August 2, 2018

    Garbanzo bean curry from Mangalore (Ghashhi)

  • kmn4  on  August 2, 2018

    Garbanzo bean curry from Mangalore (Ghashhi)

  • vmiller514  on  August 2, 2018

    Spicy peanut masala (Moong phali masala)

  • t.t  on  August 3, 2018

    Eggplant mash (Baigan ka bharta)

  • banba1  on  August 4, 2018

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar)

  • MiMi60  on  August 5, 2018

    I would try the Cabbage & peas (Patta gobi matar)

  • RSW  on  August 5, 2018

    Pea & potato samosa

  • ameliark  on  August 8, 2018

    Sesame potatoes – two of my favourite things!

  • michalow  on  August 8, 2018

    I'll try the yam in yogurt sauce.

  • Laura1  on  August 10, 2018

    spiced potato patties

  • Dannausc  on  August 10, 2018

    Spicy peanut masala

  • rachael_mc  on  August 11, 2018

    Morels in yogurt sauce (Kanagucchi)

  • Steben  on  August 11, 2018

    Stuffed okra (Dum bharwan bhindi)

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  August 14, 2018

    Black cumin-flavored turnips (Gogji) sounds intriguing.

  • debzfinn86  on  August 14, 2018

    Rosewater rice pudding!

  • HArlow  on  August 15, 2018

    Spicy Peanut masala sounds yummy

  • Lorihahn  on  August 17, 2018

    I loveeee rice pudding so that would be the first recipe I try!!!!!

  • mlbatt  on  August 17, 2018

    They all look so intriguing! But probably the first one I'd try is one of the dal recipes. Or the dosas. Or the sambal. Can't decide!

  • cake17uk  on  August 18, 2018

    Mixed vegetable & tamarind curry (Sindhi karhi) – love the flavour tamarind gives to dishes

  • MABB  on  August 18, 2018

    I would like to try the Pumpkin Curry first.

  • chasteph  on  August 18, 2018

    Indian bread pudding for me!

  • sallansd  on  August 18, 2018

    Slow-cooked potatoes (Dum aloo)

  • fbrunetti  on  August 18, 2018

    Black cumin-flavored turnips

  • miggsy  on  August 18, 2018

    Indian bread pudding, yum!

  • sequoia55  on  August 18, 2018

    Spicy cabbage roast

  • tararr  on  August 20, 2018

    Pumpkin Curry

  • verorenee  on  August 20, 2018

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar)

  • EmilyR  on  August 20, 2018

    Rose water & rice pudding (Gulab ki kheer)

  • Breeze81  on  August 21, 2018

    I'd love to make the Vegetable Stew (Ishtoo)

  • kitchenclimbers  on  August 22, 2018

    indian bread pudding

  • Nancith  on  August 22, 2018

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar) would be lovely.

  • IngridO  on  August 22, 2018

    Definately, I'll be making the Pea and potato samosas first

  • silversand  on  August 23, 2018

    Green lentil pancake (Pesarattu)

  • Sfgordon  on  August 23, 2018

    Tangy stuffed okra!

  • floridagld  on  August 23, 2018

    I was fortunate to get introduced to authentic Indian Cuisine in Florida several decades ago as an employee. My first foray.
    TO this day LOVE curry. We made a dish called shrimp Bombay…rich, cream, with heat.
    I have tried to replicate or find this recipe for years.
    I scrolled throw and didn't find it. Could have missed something similar.
    The Morels in Yogurt sauce sound delish. And the tangy okra.

  • artthecat  on  August 25, 2018

    spiced potato patties (Bonda)

  • KarenDel  on  August 28, 2018

    Slow-cooked potatoes (Dum aloo)

  • Fuzzyclare  on  August 28, 2018

    Rose water rice pudding

  • Julebish  on  August 29, 2018

    Cabbage stir fry with coconut , sounds super healthy!

  • natashatheoharous  on  August 29, 2018

    The cabbage stir-fry with coconut (Muttai kose vellai poriyal) sounds incredible. I love a brassica with a bit of coconut.

  • WideAngleMind  on  August 30, 2018

    spiced potato patties

  • DJCross  on  August 30, 2018

    Spiced potato patties

  • littleminxgirl  on  August 30, 2018

    I'd love to try any of the potato recipes

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  August 31, 2018

    the cabbage stir-fry with coconut (Muttai kose vellai poriyal) found on page 42 from "The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook" by Pushpesh Pant looks like an interesting recipe to start with

  • sleighroger  on  August 31, 2018

    pumpkin curry!!!

  • NaomiH  on  August 31, 2018

    Lentil cakes with cilantro & potatoes (Dhaniya aloo mangodi)

  • Livia  on  September 1, 2018

    Have to start with the Pea & potato patties (Matar ki tikki) !!

  • benjamincrow  on  September 1, 2018

    Any and all! But I would probably start with any of the samosas which I'd love to learn how to make from scratch.

  • auntietina  on  September 1, 2018

    Spicy peanut masala

  • AwoodlandPrince  on  September 1, 2018

    I'm always looking for more ideas to use up all the morels I find in the spring. The morels in yogurt sauce sounds interesting.

  • orchidlady01  on  September 2, 2018

    Okra with two kinds of onions (Bhindi do pyaza)

  • lena46  on  September 3, 2018


  • mingyums  on  September 3, 2018

    Definitely the Samosas, I know they'll be a huge party favourite!

  • PaulaCheadle  on  September 3, 2018

    Rose water rice pudding

  • shellee  on  September 3, 2018

    Classic mustard greens (Sarson da saag)

  • AJL123  on  September 3, 2018

    I would love to know how to make poori

  • Beclam  on  September 3, 2018

    Chat Masala

  • MammaGoRound  on  September 3, 2018

    Pea & potato samosa (Aloo matar samosa)

  • deanfromuk  on  September 3, 2018

    Spiced potato patties for me

  • camtncook  on  September 5, 2018

    Spiced potato patties

  • yadajm  on  September 5, 2018

    Mixed vegetable fritters

Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!