Accidentally Vegan Products (India)

Going vegan does not mean giving up everything you like. These accidentally vegan items are common and widely available and will keep you satiated.

If you’re in a hurry and don’t get a chance to purchase vegan alternatives, you can quickly buy many items off the shelf. 

A pile of original Oreo biscuits - a surprising accidentally vegan treat
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Basics

Some of the basic, everyday foods you eat are vegan by accident.

  • Dry pasta
  • Bread
  • Baked beans
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Hummus
  • Cornflakes
  • Nut butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.
  • Jams
  • French fries
  • Oatmeal – made with plant milk
A bowl of oatmeal with nuts
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Chips and Biscuits

Did you know that many snack foods are accidentally vegan? You can still enjoy your favourite treats!

  • Monaco biscuits
  • Hide ‘n’ Seek biscuits and Choco Rolls
  • 50-50 biscuits
  • Potato chips
  • Oreos
  • Lays – Spanish Tomato Tango, Magic Masala, Classic Salted
  • Uncle Chipps
  • McVities Digestive biscuits
  • Harvey’s Wafer Biscuits (Chocolate)

Snacks and Sides

Plenty of snacks and side dishes are vegan-friendly.

  • Maggi
  • Bhujia
  • Dhokla
  • Veg Momos
  • Pani Puri/Gol Gappe
  • Samosa
  • Chili Potatoes
  • Spring Rolls
  • Bhel Puri
  • Frozen Potato products (without cheese)
  • Chaat (with vegan yogurt)
  • Sweet corn/Bhutta (with vegan butter)
  • Vada pav
  • Kachori (fried in oil)
  • Pakora – bread, potato, onion, vegetable, dal, etc.
  • Soya Chaap
  • Pickles
A plate of spring rolls
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Dishes

Many people think you have to give up your favourite dishes to become vegan, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. These accidentally vegan dishes prove that!

  • South Indian cuisine – idli, vada, dosa
  • Chhole Bhature
  • Pav Bhaji (with vegan butter)
  • Dals
  • Roti
  • Manchurian with rice/noodles (without paneer/with tofu)
  • Puri bhaji
  • Rajma
  • Chana Kulcha

Sweets

Look out for these vegan-friendly sweets in the supermarket.

  • Jalebi
  • Kaju Katli – most are vegan, but some have a coating of ghee on the box, so check the label
  • Morde Baking Chocolate Compound (Dark)

We also have a list of Vegan Essentials in India, so be sure to check it out before your next shop!

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