If you’re looking for some delicious and easy vegetarian Indian recipes that can be prepared quickly on a weeknight, then look no further! These recipes are perfect for busy families or individuals who want to enjoy the flavors of India without spending hours in the kitchen.

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Indian Recipes - Perfect for Weeknight Meals!


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mixed frozen vegetables ( carrots , peas etc)


  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Drain.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat add vegetable oil ,once hot add cumin seeds.
  3. Once seeds splutter add onions and cook till it gets translucent golden brown color .
  4. Add diced garlic and sauté till raw smell goes away(around a minute).
    5.Mix mixed frozen veggies into the pan.
    6.Add Turmeric,Salt and Pepper stir well till everything is combined.
    7.Pour in two cups of water; bring to a boil over high heat.
    8.Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer until all liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
    9.Remove from heat let stand covered another five mins.Then fluff with fork.

Cooking time:

Approximately twenty minutes.

My Pro-tips:

To make sure your rice turns out perfectly fluffy and not sticky or mushy:

  • Use basmati rice – It has longer grains so it tends not clump together as much compared with other types of white rice when cooked properly.

  • Rinsing before cooking: This rinses off excess starch which makes it more fluffy.

  • Soaking the rice : Optional but it definitely helps to make your rice more fluffy.

Seasoning options:

  • Garam Masala(optional): Add 2 tsp of spice mix at step 6.

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe:

  • Large saucepan
  • Fork
  • Measuring cups and spoons

So, whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking for some great new recipes to try out in your kitchen, give these quick and easy Indian recipe ideas a try! The biggest takeaway from this recipe is that delicious Indian food doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming – with just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can enjoy all the amazing flavors of India right at home.


Q: Are these recipes authentic Indian dishes?
A: While some of the recipes may be considered traditional Indian dishes, others have been adapted to suit a modern palate and to make them more accessible for home cooks. However, all the recipes on this blog are vegetarian and feature common ingredients used in Indian cooking.

Q: Do I need special spices or equipment to make these recipes?
A: Most of the spices and ingredients used in these vegetarian Indian recipes can be found at your local grocery store or online marketplaces. Some basic spices that will appear frequently include cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, cinnamon, and cardamom. For equipment needs, you’ll typically only need standard kitchen tools like pots and pans along with a blender or food processor.

Q: Can I meal prep these vegetarian Indian dishes ahead of time?
A: Absolutely! Many of the vegetable-focused curries featured on this blog taste even better after they’ve had time to sit overnight as it allows delicious flavours to meld together more fully than if quickly consumed after preparation Time-efficient tip is preparing large batches over weekend so meals can be easily stored away and heated up throughout the week when needed