Going grocery shopping for the first time as a vegan can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, you don’t have to compromise on a lot, as vegan products and alternatives are now widely available in India. Here is a list of vegan food essentials that will help you transition with ease.
These vegan staples are also prevalent in a non-vegan diet, and are easy to find and cook. Most Indian dishes are already vegan, or can easily be made vegan with a few substitutions.
Plant-based milks are better for your health and the environment, and are available with a variety of options like soy, oat, almond, hemp, etc. They have the same texture and are easy dairy milk replacements.
Butters and Ghee
These vegan ghees and butters have the same consistency and taste as dairy products and can be used as substitutes in both cooking and baking.
Curds and Yoghurts
You don’t have to give up on these delightful treats when you go vegan. Moreover, plant-based yoghurts are much healthier than dairy yoghurts and are easily available with major brands.
Have you ever tried a vegan omelette? Well, now you can. Egg substitutes from these brands look and taste just like eggs and will be a great addition to your shopping list.
Quite a few brands offer amazing mock meats made from soy. They also have ready-to-eat curries and biryanis, along with mock fish substitutes.
Cheese and Nooch
Cheese is always a hard obstacle when transitioning to veganism, but now there are plenty of vegan cheese alternatives available, and the market is only growing. Along with that, nutritional yeast is a great and healthy cheese alternative.
Our list of vegan food essentials in India would not be complete without sweets, so we also have vegan alternatives for that. These are a few places where you can find vegan sweets.
Mayonnaise and Spreads
- Better spreads
- Chetrans mayonnaise
- Goodmylk mayonnaise
- Urban Platter vegan mayonnaise
- Funfoods by Dr. Oetker’s Vegan Mayonnaise
Ice creams and Chocolate
Don’t forget to check out our Accidentally Vegan Products List in India for more food you can buy as a vegan.