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. 

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


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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?

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  • Angryyew  on  7/27/2018 at 1:44 PM

    I would try the spicy spinach fritters.

  • Ziggy7  on  7/27/2018 at 1:45 PM

    Mustard-spiced eggplant

  • lgroom  on  7/27/2018 at 2:02 PM

    Spiced potato patties

  • jmay42066  on  7/27/2018 at 2:18 PM

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar)

  • sweatpants  on  7/27/2018 at 2:27 PM

    I'd try out the sambar first!

  • susankay  on  7/27/2018 at 2:27 PM

    Spicy cabbage roast!

  • mduncan  on  7/27/2018 at 2:29 PM

    Garlicky bottle gourd

  •  on  7/27/2018 at 2:40 PM

    Anything Indian works for me! Samosas and curries!

  • Kristjudy  on  7/27/2018 at 4:12 PM


  • demomcook  on  7/27/2018 at 4:25 PM

    Rich sweet bread (Baqarkhani roti) looks wonderful.

  • LSanders  on  7/27/2018 at 4:53 PM

    spiced potato patties!

  • SallyCristina  on  7/27/2018 at 8:17 PM

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

  • lauriesk  on  7/27/2018 at 9:50 PM

    Rose water & rice pudding

  • tennyogirl  on  7/27/2018 at 11:14 PM

    Spicy peanut masala (Moong phali masala)

  • DarcyVaughn  on  7/27/2018 at 11:27 PM

    Black cumin-flavored turnips

  • amyz218  on  7/28/2018 at 1:42 AM

    Pumpkin with coconut

  • Lizzyp  on  7/28/2018 at 3:06 AM

    I would try mustard-spiced eggplant (Shorshe Baigan)

  • jifar  on  7/28/2018 at 4:21 AM

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

  • mpdeb98  on  7/28/2018 at 9:12 AM

    Cabbage stir-fry with coconut

  • sarahawker  on  7/28/2018 at 11:51 AM

    Spiced potato patties (Bonda)

  • rchesser  on  7/28/2018 at 2:43 PM

    The spicy peanut masala.

  • trudys_person  on  7/28/2018 at 5:08 PM

    Yam in yoghurt sauce sounds good!

  • vickster  on  7/28/2018 at 5:35 PM

    Spiced Potato Patties

  • lean1  on  7/28/2018 at 7:02 PM

    Sweet yellow dal!

  • angrygreycat  on  7/28/2018 at 9:29 PM


  • thecharlah  on  7/29/2018 at 12:00 AM

    Bamboo shoots with green chiles (Rotuai)

  • Titch  on  7/29/2018 at 2:16 AM

    The spicy cabbage roast

  • janv  on  7/29/2018 at 5:13 PM

    Coconut & ginger rice pudding

  • ravensfan  on  7/30/2018 at 7:58 AM

    Chaat masala

  • Ishtar  on  7/30/2018 at 9:37 AM

    GReen papaya curry

  • LaurenE  on  7/30/2018 at 9:38 AM

    Spiced potato patties

  • sgump  on  7/30/2018 at 11:31 AM

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

  • Curlyfatkins  on  7/30/2018 at 1:58 PM

    Slow-cooked potatoes (Dum aloo)

  • SherTN  on  7/30/2018 at 7:46 PM

    Vegetable Stew (Ishtoo)

  • Siegal  on  7/31/2018 at 12:04 PM

    I would like to try aloo gobi

  • beetangsurat  on  7/31/2018 at 4:36 PM

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

  • ebs  on  7/31/2018 at 8:27 PM

    Potatoes with cauliflower

  • milgwimper  on  7/31/2018 at 9:23 PM

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

  • Gilly83  on  8/1/2018 at 8:43 AM

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

  • monasli  on  8/1/2018 at 11:09 PM

    Indian bread pudding

  • nova  on  8/2/2018 at 6:34 AM

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

  • nova  on  8/2/2018 at 6:35 AM

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

  • lapsapchung  on  8/2/2018 at 8:21 AM

    Garbanzo bean curry from Mangalore (Ghashhi)

  • kmn4  on  8/2/2018 at 12:01 PM

    Garbanzo bean curry from Mangalore (Ghashhi)

  • vmiller514  on  8/2/2018 at 12:21 PM

    Spicy peanut masala (Moong phali masala)

  • t.t  on  8/3/2018 at 11:38 PM

    Eggplant mash (Baigan ka bharta)

  • banba1  on  8/4/2018 at 7:40 PM

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar)

  • MiMi60  on  8/5/2018 at 12:04 PM

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

  • RSW  on  8/5/2018 at 12:10 PM

    Pea & potato samosa

  • ameliark  on  8/8/2018 at 7:01 AM

    Sesame potatoes - two of my favourite things!

  • michalow  on  8/8/2018 at 2:05 PM

    I'll try the yam in yogurt sauce.

  • Laura1  on  8/10/2018 at 6:02 PM

    spiced potato patties

  • Dannausc  on  8/10/2018 at 7:18 PM

    Spicy peanut masala

  • rachael_mc  on  8/11/2018 at 10:26 AM

    Morels in yogurt sauce (Kanagucchi)

  • Steben  on  8/11/2018 at 6:48 PM

    Stuffed okra (Dum bharwan bhindi)

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  8/14/2018 at 9:56 AM

    Black cumin-flavored turnips (Gogji) sounds intriguing.

  • debzfinn86  on  8/14/2018 at 12:54 PM

    Rosewater rice pudding!

  • HArlow  on  8/15/2018 at 6:41 AM

    Spicy Peanut masala sounds yummy

  • Lorihahn  on  8/17/2018 at 11:14 AM

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

  • mlbatt  on  8/17/2018 at 3:14 PM

    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  8/18/2018 at 6:05 AM

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

  • MABB  on  8/18/2018 at 8:24 AM

    I would like to try the Pumpkin Curry first.

  • chasteph  on  8/18/2018 at 12:44 PM

    Indian bread pudding for me!

  • sallansd  on  8/18/2018 at 1:55 PM

    Slow-cooked potatoes (Dum aloo)

  • fbrunetti  on  8/18/2018 at 2:33 PM

    Black cumin-flavored turnips

  • miggsy  on  8/18/2018 at 5:43 PM

    Indian bread pudding, yum!

  • sequoia55  on  8/18/2018 at 7:07 PM

    Spicy cabbage roast

  • tararr  on  8/20/2018 at 2:21 PM

    Pumpkin Curry

  • verorenee  on  8/20/2018 at 5:16 PM

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar)

  • EmilyR  on  8/20/2018 at 6:58 PM

    Rose water & rice pudding (Gulab ki kheer)

  • Breeze81  on  8/21/2018 at 7:13 AM

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

  • kitchenclimbers  on  8/22/2018 at 2:35 PM

    indian bread pudding

  • Nancith  on  8/22/2018 at 2:50 PM

    Lentil & vegetable stew (Sambar) would be lovely.

  • IngridO  on  8/22/2018 at 11:35 PM

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

  • silversand  on  8/23/2018 at 5:18 AM

    Green lentil pancake (Pesarattu)

  • Sfgordon  on  8/23/2018 at 9:56 AM

    Tangy stuffed okra!

  • floridagld  on  8/23/2018 at 10:00 PM

    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, 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  8/25/2018 at 10:51 AM

    spiced potato patties (Bonda)

  • KarenDel  on  8/28/2018 at 7:58 AM

    Slow-cooked potatoes (Dum aloo)

  • Fuzzyclare  on  8/28/2018 at 11:35 AM

    Rose water rice pudding

  • Julebish  on  8/29/2018 at 5:58 PM

    Cabbage stir fry with coconut , sounds super healthy!

  • natashatheoharous  on  8/29/2018 at 7:23 PM

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

  • WideAngleMind  on  8/30/2018 at 1:04 AM

    spiced potato patties

  • DJCross  on  8/30/2018 at 10:28 AM

    Spiced potato patties

  • littleminxgirl  on  8/30/2018 at 6:25 PM

    I'd love to try any of the potato recipes

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  8/31/2018 at 7:40 AM

    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  8/31/2018 at 9:10 AM

    pumpkin curry!!!

  • NaomiH  on  8/31/2018 at 11:38 AM

    Lentil cakes with cilantro & potatoes (Dhaniya aloo mangodi)

  • Livia  on  9/1/2018 at 4:21 AM

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

  • benjamincrow  on  9/1/2018 at 10:47 AM

    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  9/1/2018 at 1:40 PM

    Spicy peanut masala

  • AwoodlandPrince  on  9/1/2018 at 2:05 PM

    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  9/2/2018 at 3:34 AM

    Okra with two kinds of onions (Bhindi do pyaza)

  • lena46  on  9/3/2018 at 2:19 AM


  • mingyums  on  9/3/2018 at 5:32 AM

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

  • PaulaCheadle  on  9/3/2018 at 5:49 AM

    Rose water rice pudding

  • shellee  on  9/3/2018 at 11:06 AM

    Classic mustard greens (Sarson da saag)

  • AJL123  on  9/3/2018 at 11:23 AM

    I would love to know how to make poori

  • Beclam  on  9/3/2018 at 2:56 PM

    Chat Masala

  • MammaGoRound  on  9/3/2018 at 3:14 PM

    Pea & potato samosa (Aloo matar samosa)

  • deanfromuk  on  9/3/2018 at 5:22 PM

    Spiced potato patties for me

  • camtncook  on  9/5/2018 at 2:20 PM

    Spiced potato patties

  • yadajm  on  9/5/2018 at 8:21 PM

    Mixed vegetable fritters

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