Category: No-Onion No-Garlic Recipes

Here are some easy no-onion no-garlic recipes if you don’t eat onion and garlic. Many vegetarians do not eat onions and garlic for various reasons. Buddhists, Jains and Krishna worshippers – such as members of ISKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) follow a garlic- and onion-free diet as these are believed to stimulate the body and mind, increasing passion and aggression. Hindus eschew onions and garlic during religious festivals.

You can make up for the many health benefits that onion and garlic provide in other ways. Made with different types of grains, beans and legumes, lentils, vegetables and greens, these dishes offer many of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients essential for a healthy diet.

Since many of the recipes on this site do not use onion or garlic, I thought I would list them here for your convenience.

In fact, even those recipes on this site that have onions and garlic would work equally well without these two ingredients, so check those out as well.

Here’s a list of no-onion no-garlic recipes.

Samosa

Samosa

| July 15, 2013 Comment

Samosa is a snack for all seasons and is one of those vegetarian foods that’s enjoyed around the world. This vegetarian recipe for the popular Indian appetizer uses a spicy curry of potatoes and peas. You can use a filling of your choice for your vegetable samosas. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 45 minutes Ingredients For […]

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Zucchini Curry

Zucchini Curry

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Zucchini Curry is quick and easy to make. Serve it with plain rice, regular or basmati. Zucchini has a lot of water content; it is low in calories and as such a great weight-loss vegetable. Zucchini is rich in vitamin C, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Servings: 2-3 Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 4 […]

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Yogurt Rice

Yogurt Rice

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Yogurt Rice or Curd Rice as it’s known in India, is the easiest dish to make, and makes any festive meal even more delicious. In South India, no meal is complete without plain yogurt and rice; and on special occasions, vegetables are added to give it a special touch. Made with plain yogurt, yogurt rice […]

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Wheat Rava Upma

Wheat Rava Upma

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Wheat Rava Upma is a healthy Indian breakfast dish that’s full of fiber and protein. Made with cracked wheat or wheat grits, it’s a filling breakfast and gives you plenty of energy to start your day. This is an easy South Indian vegetarian recipe. This upma would taste equally good without the onions, so if […]

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Vermicelli Upma

Vermicelli Upma

| March 19, 2013 Comment

This vermicelli upma recipe is easy. Made with wheat or rice flour, vermicelli (semiya, sevai) or pasta is used in many Indian breakfast and lunch recipes. This is a South Indian vegetarian/vegan recipe and a great example of how you can have a tasty and filling dish with just a few ingredients. Great for cold, […]

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Vegetable Vermicelli Upma

Vegetable Vermicelli Upma

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Vegetable Vermicelli Upma is a delicious breakfast dish that also makes a great after-school snack for kids. You can add any vegetables you want and make it nutritious. This is an easy vegetarian/vegan recipe. Leave out the onions if you want. If you don’t have Indian vermicelli (like MTR or Savorit brand), you can use […]

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Vegetable Khichdi

Vegetable Khichdi

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Vegetable Khichdi is great if you don’t have time to make elaborate meals and are just looking for something quick and healthy. Made with rice, split mung beans (with peel), and vegetables, this dish is easy to make. The mung beans with peel provide protein and fiber, and the vegetables several vitamins and minerals. Servings: […]

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Vangi Bhath (Eggplant Rice)

Vangi Bhath (Eggplant Rice)

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Vangi Bhath (Eggplant Rice) is a popular vegetarian dish in South India. If you’re tired of eating the usual fare, spice up your meals with Vangi Bhath. This is an easy recipe for this flavored rice, especially if you have the store-bought masala handy. This recipe uses no onions or garlic. Servings: 4-6 Cooking Time: […]

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Tindora with Sesame

Tindora with Sesame

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Try Tindora with Sesame if you want something different and tasty. Tindora (tondli, dondakaya/ivy gourd) is a versatile vegetable and lends itself to different ways of cooking. This vegetarian/vegan curry is a healthy accompaniment for rice. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 4 cups tindora, cut into 1-inch long thin strips Turmeric powder, a pinch […]

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Tindora with Coconut

Tindora with Coconut

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Tindora with Coconut is a South Indian curry and is a great accompaniment for rice. This vegetarian curry recipe is very easy, but it does take some time to cut the tindora. I make up for it by boiling the tindora in the microwave, instead of separately. This is a no-onion, no-garlic recipe. Servings: 4-6 Cooking […]

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Tindora-Tomato Gravy Curry

Tindora-Tomato Gravy Curry

| March 19, 2013 Comment

In this tindora-Tomato Gravy Curry, the tomatoes add a nice tangy taste to the bland tindora (ivy gourd/tondli/dondakaya) and make this dish even more nutritious and healthy. This is simple and easy vegetarian/vegan recipe. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 25 minutes Ingredients 4 cups tindora, cut into 1-inch long thin strips 2 1/2 cups tomatoes, cut […]

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Tindora Fry

Tindora Fry

| March 19, 2013 Comment

Tindora Fry is an easy dry curry that you can serve with rice or roti. This is a big favorite in my family. Tindora/Tondli/Dondakaya is an Indian vegetable that is available in Indian grocery stores. It looks like a mini cucumber. How you cut this vegetable makes a great difference to the taste. This is […]

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