India is an excellent place to be a vegetarian. It’s a myth that the majority of Indians stick to a plant-based diet (only around 20 percent are vegetarian), but it is true that there’s a vast number of meatless dishes to choose from.
Like other aspects of Indian cuisine, vegetarian options are influenced by the country’s diverse culture, traditions, religions, and geography. It also, just like pav in Goa, is influenced by the cooking traditions of foreigners. Meatless dishes burst with spices and flavors, including in vegetarian versions of classic curry dishes and biryani.
You could spend a lifetime sampling all of India’s vegetarian cuisine. To get started, try these first.