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25 Pakistani Vegetarian Recipes you HAVE to make!

25 Pakistani vegetarian recipes that you have to make - vegan options included. Simple everyday recipes to showstopper dishes, snacks, chutneys and more!

When we talk about Pakistani cuisine, there is a general assumption that it’s all about meat. And while we do have a lot of speciality meat dishes, we have many vegetarian recipes in our repertoire. So here’s a list of 25 Pakistani vegetarian recipes for you to try. Quite a few of them are vegan as well, or lend themselves to vegan variations with a few changes in ingredients. 

To make for easy organising, I have divided them into four categories as follows: 

  1. Simple Pakistani vegetarian & vegan recipes – these are quick to make simple sabzi and daal options that are excellent for weekday dinners. Though I have been known to make some of them for dawaats as well. 
  2. Show stopper Pakistani vegetarian & vegan recipes – these are vegetarian recipes that are designed to wow the guests! They do require a bit of extra work but are worth the effort – perfect for dawaats or for a fancy dinner at home! 
  3. Pakistani vegetarian chai snacks – the category says it all. Recipes that are perfect as snacks to have with tea, to serve to guests, as part of the Eid trolley or at hi-tea. 
  4. Pakistani vegetarian sides – not exactly a meal on its own, but the necessary chutneys and etc sides which complete a meal and make it something super special! 

Simple Pakistani Vegetarian Recipes 

1. Lobia ka Salan (Black eyed peas curry)

A Pakistani vegan recipe, this is made with lobia (or black eyed peas) in an onion-tomato gravy base. It’s comfort food in a bowl, and leftovers are excellent for an office lunch with rice or quinoa. Recipe contains directions for a stovetop as well as pressure cooker / Instant Pot version. 

Note: This recipe is vegan as well. 

Black eyed peas curry or lobia ka salan is a Pakistani vegan recipe made with lobia / black eyed peas in an onion-tomato gravy base with garlic and aromatic spices. It can be made in a regular pot or in a pressure cooker / Instant Pot.

 

2. Aloo Matar ki Sabzi (Potato and peas curry)

This is a simple vegetarian curry made with potatoes and peas. Use frozen peas to whip it up even more quickly. It can be served with rice or roti, or just eaten on its own with a spoon (yum!). 

Note: This recipe is vegan as well. 

A basic vegetarian recipe that is a family favorite. Aloo Matar (Potatoes and Peas) are cooked together to create a simple yet delicious sabzi ka salan.

3. Aloo Baingan (Potato and eggplant vegetable curry)

Another simple recipe made with eggplant and chopped potatoes in an onion-tomato gravy. Quick to cook and makes for a hearty meal. 

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

This simple aloo baingan ki sabzi or potato eggplant vegetable is a mildly spiced Pakistani vegetarian / vegan dish made with eggplant and chopped potatoes. Eat with roti or rice.

4. Kaali Daal (Black lentils)

One of my favourite daal recipes, this is a popular Pakistani dish made with black gram lentils. Can be eaten with rice or roti, but my favourite way is with rice with pickled onions or kachumber salad on teh side. Recipe contains stovetop as well as pressure cook options. 

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Kaali daal or khari masoor ki daal is a popular Pakistani lentil recipe made with black gram lentils. It can be served with chawal (rice) or roti.

5. Zeera Aloo Sabzi (Potato curry with cumin seeds) 

This is one of the quickest potato curry recipes ever – just 5 ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes! It’s what I make when I need dinner on the table quickly and I can’t figure out what to cook.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Zeera aloo ki sabzi is a Pakistani vegetarian dish comprising of sliced potatoes seasoned with cumin seeds and chili in a simple but delicious gravy. Serve with raita and chutney for a comforting dinner.

6. Aloo ki Tarkari (Spicy & tart potato curry)

And we have another recipe featuring potato. In case it wasn’t obvious we do love potatoes in Pakistani cuisine. And though there are multiple recipes featuring potatoes as the main ingredient, they all taste completely different! For instance this aloo ki tarkari is a spicy and tart – similar to the one that is available at the halwa puri stall for weekend breakfasts. It’s super simple to make and tastes delicious with puri, paratha or kachori. All you need is some achaar on the side.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

This aloo ki tarkari (potato curry) is similar to the one that you get at the halwa puri stall, just more hygienic. It's a vegetarian recipe that is super simple to make, and tastes delicious with puri, paratha or kachori. All you need is achaar on the side. 

7. Bhindi ki Sabzi (Okra vegetable curry)

Another vegan recipe with okra (or bhindi as we call it in Urdu) as the star ingredient! This quick recipe is made with okra, sliced onions and spices finished off with lemon juice. Delicious with chapatti. In case you can’t get fresh okra, just use frozen ones which are easily available at any Desi store.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

A simple Pakistani style bhindi ki sabzi made with sliced onions and spices finished off with lemon juice. Enjoy with garma garam chapatti.

8. Aloo ki Tahari or Aloo Chawal (Spiced potato rice)

Similar to a pilaf, this one pot rice dish is super simple to whip up – perfect for weekly dinners that need to be ready in less than 30 minutes or when unexpected guests drop by. 

Note: This recipe is vegan as well. Just serve with vegan yoghurt.

Similar to a pilaf, aloo ki tahari or spiced potato rice is a Pakistani / Indian vegetarian dish made with rice and potatoes. Other vegetables can be used but the most popular are potatoes. 

 

9. Lotus Root or Bhae ki Sabzi (Lotus root curry)

A regional speciality from the province of Sindh in Pakistan, this vegetarian recipe is made from lotus root (bhae or bhay in Urdu/Sindhi) in a onion based gravy with potatoes and tamarind pulp.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

This popular Sindhi vegetarian recipe is made from lotus root (bhae in Urdu/Sindhi) in a onion based gravy with potatoes and tamarind pulp.

10. Aloo Kebab (Potato cutlets)

Aloo kebabs or potato cutlets are made with mashed potatoes, herbs and spices. Serve them for lunch or dinner, or mash them up to make a sandwich or just serve them as is with tomato sauce or green chutney.

Note: This recipe is vegetarian but can be made vegan by substituting the egg and breadcrumbs with vegan options.

Aloo Kabab or Potato Cutlets is a versatile Pakistani vegetarian recipe made by frying a crispy patty of mashed potatoes and peas flavored with local herbs and spices.

 

11. Aloo Gobi Matar (Potato, cauliflower and peas vegetable curry)

Potatoes, cauliflower and peas come together to create a vegetarian gravy that will make you want to dive in! It’s bursting with flavours and is excellent for meatless Mondays. 

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Bursting with flavor and lots of vibrant colors, aloo gobi matar sabzi is a Pakistani vegetarian recipe that can be served as a main meal or as a side dish with rice or roti.

12. Aloo Hari Piyaz (Potato and spring onions vegetable curry)

A mix of Desi and Asian flavours, this particular recipe is made with diced potatoes, spring onions and spices. 

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Show Stopper Pakistani Vegetarian Recipes 

13. Pakora Karhi (Yoghurt curry with chickpea fritters)

My absolute favourite comfort food! Karhi or pakora karhi is a vegetarian Pakistani dish consisting of a sour yoghurt & chickpea flour/besan base with pakora’s or vegetable fritters. Serve it with rice, roti or both. It’s absolutely delicious either way.

Note: This recipe is vegetarian.

Karhi or Karhi Pakora is a Pakistani vegetarian dish consisting of a sour yoghurt & chickpea flour/besan base with pakora’s or vegetable fritters. 

14. Baingan ki Borani (Eggplant with yoghurt)

If you are looking for a recipe that converts a person who dislikes vegetables into a person who loves vegetables then this is what you need to cook! Baingan ki Borani or borani banjan is a Pakistani vegetarian recipe comprising of fried eggplant in a spicy gravy, topped with yogurt, coriander and onions.

Note: This recipe is vegetarian but can be made vegan by substituting the yoghurt with a vegan alternative.

Baigan ki Borani is a vegetarian recipe comprising of fried eggplant in a spicy gravy, topped with yogurt, coriander and onions.

15. Vegetable Jalfrezi

Desi spices and Asian stir-frying techniques come together to create vegetable jalfrezi,  a popular restaurant dish seen in local Desi restaurants as well as international. With onions, carrots, potatoes, capsicum, corn and more as part of its ingredient list, this vibrant restaurant style dish makes for one delicious meal. Serve it with rice on the side.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Onions, carrots, potatoes, capsicum, corn and more come together to make this super vibrant restaurant style vegetable jalfrezi. Serve this vegetarian / vegan dish with rice on the side.

Pakistani Vegetarian Chai Snacks 

16. Pakoras (Chickpea fritters) 

Pakoras are one of my favourite Pakistani snacks! They are the Pakistani version of the fritter but with a batter made of chickpea flour and all sorts of vegetables as the filling. Crispy and crunchy, just the thing to have with Chai especially if it’s raining outside. I have a recipe for aloo pakoras made with sliced potatoes and pyaz pakoras made with sliced onions, green chilies and coriander. Just make sure you have green chutney or tomato sauce on the side.

Note: Both recipes are vegan as well.

Onion pakora, pyaz pakora or onion fritters are a Pakistani / Indian appetizer made with sliced onion and coriander coated with a spicy chickpea flour batter and  deep-fried till crispy.

17. Chane Daal Samosa (Split bengal gram samosas) 

This vegetarian or actually vegan version of the popular qeema samosas are made with chana daal or split bengal gram. Make sure to freeze a batch so you can have them whenever you want. Perfect for tea time with green chutney or raita on the side.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

18. Dahi Baray (Lentil fritters in yoghurt)

Dahi baray are my favourite Ramadan snack and an essential at Iftar! Dahi baray or dahi ballay are delicious lentil fritters made from mash daal (or white lentils) that is ground into a paste. The baray/ lentils fritters are added in yoghurt, seasoned with salt and spices and topped with a sweet and tangy tamarind chutney.

Note: This recipe is vegetarian.

Mash ki daal kay dahi baray or dahi bhallay are delicious lentil fritters made from white lentils, which is ground into a paste. The baray/fritters are added in yoghurt, seasoned with salt and spices and topped with a sweet and tangy tamarind chutney. These are a popular snack or side in Pakistan, and are especially popular during Ramadan for Iftar.

19. Chana Chaat or Chole Chaat

Chaat are a popular Pakistani street food snack, and there are many different versions out there. This one is a quick and simple version with chickpeas (or chana) as the star and onions, coriander and green chilies as the supporting characters.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Chana chaat is the Desi version of a salad. The base is chickpeas or chana with onions, tomatoes, green chilies and coriander as the supporting characters finished off with chaat masala and lemon juice for that necessary spice and khataaz!

20. Daal and Aloo Bun Kebab (Pakistani potato and lentils burger)

A bun kabab is the Pakistani version of a burger, just more spicy! This particular bun kabab is vegetarian with a patty made of lentils and potatoes, and filled with lots of spicy green chutney, tomatoes and onions. Make sure to serve extra green chutney on the side to dip the bun kabab in!

Note: This recipe is vegetarian but can be made vegan by substituting the egg with a vegan alternative.

21. Vegetable Patties / Veg Puffs (Spicy potatoes in puff pastry)

Vegetable patties or veg puffs are a popular snack available at Pakistani bakeries. My version has a spicy potatoes and peas filling encased in crispy flaky puff pastry. Best part is that they are freezer friendly so you can make a large batch, and bake whenever the craving hits!

Note: This recipe is vegetarian but can be made vegan by substituting the egg wash with a vegan alternative.

These Pakistani bakery style vegetable patties or vegetable puffs are a perfect tea time snack with a spicy potato and peas filling encased in crispy flaky puff pastry.

Pakistani Vegetarian Sides – Chutneys, salads, raitas and more …  

22. Imli Chutney or tamarind chutney

There is always a bottle of imli chutney or tamarind chutney in my fridge and I have been known to eat it with a spoon. That is how much I love it! It’s sweet, tangy and absolutely delicious. Perfect accompaniment for dahi baray, chana chaat, samosas and more!

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Sweet and tangy imli chutney is made from tamarind pulp, sugar and spices. It is the perfect accompaniment to Pakistani street food snacks such as dahi baray, chaat, samosa and more.

24. Green Chutney (Coriander Mint Chutney)

Another sauce that just goes with everything! Green chutney or coriander mint chutney is like the Pakistani version of ketchup except it’s green and spicy! Serve it with samosas and pakoras, spread it on sandwiches, drizzle it over chaat and use as a dip with bbq meat. Super super versatile.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

Green chutney or coriander mint chutney is a versatile Pakistani / Indian chutney made with coriander, mint leaves and green chilies. It’s like the Desi version of ketchup; except it’s green and depending on the amount of green chilies you add, mild or super spicy!

23. Kachumber Salad

This light and refreshing fresh vegetable salad is a Pakistani staple. Made with onions, tomatoes and cucumbers you can serve it with daal chawal, curries or just have it on its own.

Note: This recipe is vegan as well.

25. Raita

Our masaledaar cuisine needs something light to temper the spice and that’s where raita comes in. With a base of yoghurt, raita is one of the most popular sides in Pakistani cuisine. Serve it with rice dishes such as biryani and pulao, or use it as a dip alongside dry dishes such as chicken tikka or beef boti. Best part

With a base of yoghurt or dahi, raita is one of the most popular sides in Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Not only does yoghurt temper the spice that is a characteristic part of Desi cuisine, but it also acts as a condiment or dip to soak up the roti for dry dishes like BBQ.

Let me know your favourite Pakistani vegetarian recipe in the comments below. If I missed them out, would love to add them to this recipe round-up in the future. 

25 Pakistani vegetarian recipes that you have to make - vegan options included. Simple everyday recipes to showstopper dishes, snacks, chutneys and more!

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    Sanjay kalro
    August 4, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Excellent recipes it reminds me of Sindhi recipes

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