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Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook

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The ultimate plant-based Indian cookbook by the creator of

From delicious dals to rich curries, flat breads, savory breakfasts, snacks, and much more, this vegan cookbook brings you Richa Hingle’s collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisines, Indian culture, local foods, and proven methods.

Whether you want to enjoy Indian cooking, t
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Vegan Heritage Press, LLC (first published May 5th 2015)
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I can't believe I have never reviewed this one. I have checked it out so many times from my library and I have made many things from Richa's blog. And I loved them all. I really enjoy Indian food but there are just no good places near where I live. Plus, my husband will not eat it under any circumstance. Too bad for him. So this book is perfect for me as I can make my own.

Anyway, this one has so many great recipes from small plates and snacks (yum, potato samosas), to veggie curries, lentils and
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am SO grateful for this book. Thank you so much Richa; I don't know how I would manage if you hadn't done all the hard work of writing it. I just wish it was longer, or there were more books like it. <3 ...more
Rambling Reader
gorgeous, voluptuous, rich vegan cooking Indian style. truly inspiring.
William Herschel
My life has changed so much. A couple of years ago I never thought I'd be reviewing a cookbook. But I cook meals now for someone, and have grown to like all kinds of new foods in the process. I especially love learning about and eating foods from around the world, and have discovered it is a great way to learn, celebrate, and interact with other cultures and people.

First thing's first -- I'm not a vegan, but I only cook vegetarian. Anything calling for vegan "butter" here will be ghee, and alter
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a big fan of Indian cuisine. I loved how it was very vegetable heavy and you had lots of different options for meals without meat. But as I went vegan I soon discovered how many of those vegetarian dishes were full of dairy. So I was happy when I found the food blog Vegan Richa. Not only did she have some authentic Indian dishes, all vegan, she also had some fun Western/fusion dishes. So when Richa Hingle said she was releasing a cookbook all about Indian food, I knew I had to ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book, I have really enjoyed looking through the inspiring recipes. I can't wait to get cooking. ...more
Rachel Newcomb
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a follower of Vegan Richa's blog for awhile and her recipes have always turned out great for me. After checking this out from the library and making a couple things (yellow lentils with spinach, baigan bartha (eggplant), and dosas with masala potatoes, I had to get my own copy. It's a wonderful Indian cookbook (and I have several already) because her recipes are simplified yet seem to taste just as good as the restaurant versions, which can be pretty heavy. These recipes are much light ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent. I've read this book cover to cover and made many recipes in it. A great way to learn how to use Indian spices and to make your own spice concoctions. The book is organized by breakfast, bean (dahl) and rice , main entres, desserts, and spice mixes. There is a bread section for nan, crackers, roti, etc. Some gluten free breads too! Each recipe is broken down by how much time to expect to have to devote to making the dish. I'm not vegan, but I don't miss meat in any of Hingle's recipes. ...more
Jennifer Hanicq
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for the chickpea flour pancakes alone. The chana masala is a favorite and the aloo gobi paired with rice and the sauce from the masala lentil recipe was also fantastic. Can't wait to make so much more from this cookbook.

Edit: this cookbook is worth a purchase for the chickpea tofu alone. I try to limit the amount of soy I eat. So this has been invaluable to me. And the flavor is fantastic. I've made it probably 10 times already as it's so quick and easy to make.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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As of today, I have cooked three recipes and both my Wife and I liked them all.

I have been on a quest to learn how to make restaurant style Indian food and I still haven't got there with this book, but they taste good.

The downside is of the three recipes they all took a long time to execute.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great Indian Cook Book. It has traditional and creative recipes that will appeal also to non-vegan eaters (I'm not vegan).

I love dals, rich curries and something that is appealing different to my palate and this ticks all of my boxes.

On a separate issue and a BIG downside is that there appears to be a practice on Amazon that if you buy something and go back to buy a second copy/item the price magically has gone up. This book had gone up more than £2 in a space of 24 hours. I found it c
Richie Partington
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is by far the best cookbook I've ever owned. I've now made more than three dozen recipes from it, and there has not been one that's not worth making a second time. There are lots that have become regular go-to recipes. ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5/5...10/10...100/100! I'm so glad I picked this book up at the library and can't wait to buy it. Indian food is basically the best food (I'm willing to fight you on this) and the recipes in this book do not disappoint. ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Love it!
This might just be my favourite recipe book ever. Very inspiring - so much delicious food, and I love that there are plenty of pictures.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite cookbooks; we use it weekly. Her stories are lovely and the recipes accessible and delicious.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoy the recipes, whole family. Good read
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Richa Hingle's books are definitely keepers! Her recipes always taste great. Vegan Richa's Indian kitchen as vegan versions of many of my favorite Indian foods. Much easier and quicker than older traditional Indian cookbooks I have used, although they still can be quite time consuming. ...more
Theresa Daley
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a vegan who loves Indian food, this book is a gem. You'll find so many recipes in here that have been veganized and you will want to send Hingle a birthday you will be so pleased. Clearly set out, great photos and true to stated cooking times. A must, I reckon, for vegan lovers of Indian food. ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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a must have , very good and nice book, it gives options to substitute but generally speaking the ingredients are available in most of the countries
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Love this cookbook. Pretty much everything I've made has been really good and tasty. Mostly gluten-free or instructions for making recipes so. Many can be made lower calorie if needed. You do want to buy some Indian spices ahead of time in order to make many of these. I suggest deciding on 2-3 recipes, buy the spices for those and make them to make sure you like the taste of this food before you invest in more spices. I found most at a local Indian grocery store and ordered some online. ...more
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yay!!!! Fantastic cookbook.

Some of my faves:

Potato Quinoa Patties
Marsala Lentils
Chickpea Curry

Unbelievable that I can get my American born husband who ate only chicken fingers and fries when I met him, who changed to veggie burgers shortly thereafter, to eat Indian food! Really Italian was the most ethnic food he ate. I'm amazed.....

Great cookbook.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I highly recommend this book if you are a dedicated cook; this book is not for those casually dipping their toes into cookbooks or veganism! The recipes aren't easy, but they're so worth it; this is an amazing introduction into Indian cuisine and the best addition to my cookbook collection in years. If you have the time and inclination (and spice resources!), you will love this photographed filled treasure trove of veganized delights. ...more
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I haven't made any of the recipes yet so not giving a rating, but would love to try some out in the future. ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Richa is undoubtedly a vegan genius. As a vegetarian of many decades, I've long appreciated Indian cuisine - but had never really ventured into learning to cook it myself. Richa's cookbook is wonderfully approachable, even for someone who's spice rack doesn't already contain asafetida or black salt. Not only has she converted some of her favorite childhood dishes to be vegan, she's also simplified them - so you don't have to block out a whole afternoon to prepare a dish.

We did have to purchase s
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Man, people love this book, and I feel like I've read others by Richa Hingle before and enjoyed them, but this one...did not work for me.

I found that most of the recipes take longer than I prefer, though I do appreciate the breakdown of time for each one (prep time, active time, inactive time). But the big issue for me is the layout. There is SO MUCH TEXT on every page, it makes the recipes feel really overwhelming before you even start cooking anything. Most of the ingredient lists are long an
Chuck Glenn
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've owned a couple of more traditional Indian cookbooks, and they have needlessly-complicated steps involved. Richa cuts through all this and reduces recipes to the essentials. Every one I have made has come out amazingly good.

I'd like to see her include an alternative for Baingan Bartha where the eggplant is peeled, cubed and cooked in a pressure cooker for 30 minutes on high. This is much easier than grilling or baking it, although one must add a couple drops of "liquid smoke" to compensate
Natalie Sciano
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time cooking Indian food. I'd been to a few restaurants, and loved the smells, spices, and sauces. I became a vegetarian, and thought Indian food would be something fun to cook at home. Some of these are more labor intensive, but worth it! She has great modifications for different proteins, more vegetables, less spice, etc. ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific cookbook. I give it 4.5 stars only because there are several ingredients that even with Amazon would be hard to get here in Maine. The recipes are not hard and are completely lovely in a traditional way. I am truly glad I bought this cookbook and have already earmarked several recipes to begin trying. :-)
I've made 6 recipes from this book and only 1 (the Goan Tempeh) has been a standout thus far. The rest have actually been really bland, despite me buying a whole new Indian spice kit when I picked up the book. I'll probably double the spices going forward and see if that helps, and I'll update my review if future recipes end up any better... ...more
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Enjoying this cookbook, but I find I have to really up the spice levels in most dishes to have the flavours come through right. After having this happen a few times, I usually double the spices in every recipe (in ratio to however much I'm making and all of the recipes are coming out much better. This to one side, really enjoy the variety in this cookbook! ...more
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