If you love spicy, flavorful food you will love our selection of 21 Vegan Keto Indian Dishes. The Indian food we have come to love is typically Punjabi Food from the Northern Part of India. These are the curries and gravies that are full of spice with very bold rich flavors and creamy consistency.
We bring the tastes and aromas of Indian food into your home with these recipes. Go on a taste adventure and enjoy all your favorite Indian dishes.
We’re going to start with a very clever recipe; it teaches you how to make a curry sauce. Once you have the sauce you can add your choice of ingredients and create any curry dish your tummy desires! Fry some onions, toss in some mushrooms, drop in some eggplant or tofu or nuts. The delish is in the sauce and the rest is up to you!
Pilau Rice is an Indian classic, but if you’re counting carbs it’s a no-no. Straight off the bat, when you think of traditional Indian curry, you picture it on rice – right? Well the great news is that even Keto folks can now enjoy their curry with a low-carb rice alternative! If you’re one of those people who pictures curry with naan bread the next recipe will make you happy.
Keto tip: If you’re being really strict on your carbs you can leave out the peas.
We’re putting this recipe third on our list because the next best thing after a curry (with rice) is having bread to dip into it. If like us, you miss being able to enjoy bread with your saucy curries you will be absolutely delighted with this Naan Bread recipe that is Vegan and low-carb.
If you are looking for a Vegan Keto Tikka Masala you need to look no further. This Cauliflower Tikka Masala dish is as flavorful, rich, and creamy, as the original, except this is purely plant-based. Invite all your curry-loving friends and even the carnivores will be impressed.
Here we have another adaptation of a popular traditional Indian Tikka Masala dish with Tofu as the meat substitute. It ticks all the right boxes to earn its spot on our list – it is Vegan, Keto, easy to make, spicy and perfectly Indian.
Interesting note: “Tikka” means an Indian dish with small pieces of meat or vegetables that have been marinated in a spicy mixture. “Masala” is a mixture of ground-up spices used in Indian food.
Can you smell that? The distinct aroma of curry topped with cilantro. Add some full-fat coconut milk and you have the makings of a great curry. But wait; there is an ingredient that is going to nudge this dish from great to oh-my-greatness! … and that is the peanut butter.
This dish is low-carb and packed with fiber and healthy fats, making it an ideal boost for your fat-burning metabolism is you are eating Keto. It is also a no-mess-no-fuss one-pot meal that will be ready in less than 20 minutes.
These purely plant-based cabbage rolls are an excellent snack or meal accompaniment. They are also a tasty addition to your next house-party platter. Use Vegan butter and coconut cream and the dish is 100% Vegan.
Handy tip: You can use toothpicks to hold the cabbage rolls together while cooking. This also makes a handy place to hold the yummy little food parcel when you want to eat it as a snack or dip it in a zesty sauce.
Not as spicy as a curry, but a traditional Indian dish nonetheless, this peppery soup will warm your heart, your hands, and your body, from the inside out. Low in carbs and high in healthy fats, it is a winner for our Keto friends.
Let’s stay with the soups and have a look at this very low-carb yet super nutritious spinach variation. With a hint of coconut and a promise of all things healthy, this may just become a favorite in your home. Use full-cream coconut cream for the garnish to keep it absolutely Vegan.
One more soup for good measure; this time we’re using a little super-food in the form of mushrooms. You can use almond milk instead of coconut if you prefer, and we would recommend fresh garlic instead of garlic powder because of all the health benefits that fresh garlic offers.
Interesting note: Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging.
Here we have a recipe for flavorful mixed veggies, Indian style. Follow the recipe for the masala (just sub in Vegan options where necessary) and then add your choice of vegetables according to your carb-preferences to keep it Keto.
Handy tip: Cover your baking sheet with foil for super-easy clean up after you have enjoyed this delectable dish!
This recipe is adapted from a traditional, Indian spinach curry, so if Bok Choy is not in season, you can definitely substitute it with Spinach, but just so you know, Bok Choy is a great source of fiber, protein, and calcium.
Saag Paneer is a low-carb dish and very Keto-friendly. The name literally means a leafy green vegetable served with firm cheese. This means you can use spinach, kale, chard, or any leafy green of your choice, and instead of the cheese you can use tofu to make all the Vegan tummies happy.
Traditional Poha is made from flattened rice and is a popular breakfast dish in India. Here we have a scrumptious Keto version of this dish. Vegan folks can use coconut oil instead of butter or ghee.
Jackfruit is indigenous to India so it makes a lot of sense to include a recipe or two with Jackfruit as the star ingredient. Jackfruit is an awesome meat substitute for new Vegans and for Vegans who are serving a meal to meat-eaters because it tastes and feels like meat, so it shows off how appealing Vegan food can be.
Vegan Keto Favorite Ingredient
Lucia Green Jackfruit. Cleaning a raw Jackfruit is time-consuming and tricky as the fruit contains gluey white syrup that can get quite messy. It’s more convenient to buy canned Jackfruit.
Keeping it all about India we want to share another Jackfruit recipe.
Interesting fact: we love Jackfruit so much that we put together a list of our 12 Fav Vegan Keto Jackfruit Recipes.
Yet another typically Indian dish is Butter Chicken. How can that be Vegan? We hear you ask. This fantastic recipe uses Tofu instead of chicken and Vegan butter too. To keep things Keto we recommend that you serve the curry on Pilau Cauliflower Rice; the recipe is at number 2 in this post. Wow, are we making your life easier or what?
Traditionally known as Baingan Bharta, this low-carb meat-free dish will make Vegan and Keto hearts and tummies very happy. If you’re in a huge hurry you can pre-cook the eggplant in the microwave, but if you’re after the authentic Punjabi flavor we recommend that you roast the eggplant with garlic – it will be well worth the extra effort.
This recipe is 100% Vegan and Keto folks can enjoy the Biryani on cauliflower rice and sub out the Maple syrup for monk fruit or another Keto-friendly sweetener of your choice.
Interesting fact: The word “biryani” is derived from a Persian word, birian, which means fried before cooking.
Neighboring India is the famous little country of Nepal. You’ve heard about their mountain, now you can try their curry! Made low-carb by subbing lentils with seeds, you know you’re on to a good thing. Don’t let the spice list put you off, if you don’t have all the spices in stock you can use curry powder and it will be as tasty, just not the same. Serve on cauliflower rice for the healthiest low-carb option.
Eating isn’t something we should do just to stay alive! Meal-times can be culinary adventures and cooking dishes from different countries can inspire us to be more exploratory with our ingredients. Choosing to eat Vegan Keto doesn’t mean you have to settle for bland food; this selection of delightfully daring Indian curries is proof of that.