If you have wondered the usefulness of Airfryer for Indian cooking, this is a collection of Indian air fryer recipes. All of them are vegetarian and can be cooked in any air fryer. In fact they can be cooked in an oven as well. However to cook that efficiently in a oven you need use the fan forced mode or use a tray/grill that allows the food to be cooked from all sides.
When we first bought it, we were eager to explore how we could make healthy Indian appetizers. Indian food is a bonanza of street food but that is largely fried, thus not good on a regular basis. Making airfryer Indian recipes also meant, we would use it for more than just frying frozen tikkis.
Which is the best air fryer to use ?
There are a number of air fryers available nowadays. We use the ninja foodi air fryer , hence all these recipes are ninja air fryer recipes. It does not matter which air fryer you use, you just need to adjust to the temperature and timings of your air fryer which will differ by 10-20%.
keep these things in mind below buying the air fryer
- Your budget , if you are not looking to use it a lot, then consider buy a cheap one to try out
- Space the air fryer takes and the space available on your bench top. You cannot run this from a shelf
- Dual use, do you want to buy the one that has both instant pot and air fryer , useful if you want to use instant pot in future.
- The air fryer basket, accessories especially the coating. If you want to avoid using non-stick Teflon coating , then choose accordingly.
- Also do check out the reviews of the different air fryers.
Also do checkout our post on usage of paper plate in airfryer and other airfryer inserts.If you want to troubleshoot your Airfryer that does not turn refer to our post with possible options .
Indian vegetarian air fryer recipes
Scroll below to browse Air fryer Indian vegetarian recipes. These recipes have been tried successfully and tested multiple times. We hope you like our collections of Indian dishes in air fryer that we have listed below.
For our complete list of air fryer recipes, please refer here for the complete list.
air fryer mung beans | Roasted moong beans
This is one of the easiest indian air fryer recipes.Just soak,boil and air fryer the mung beans for an easy snack.
air fryer khari biscuits | Puff pastry biscuits
We all love khari biscuits. These salty puff pastry biscuits have been a part of teatime always. Make these air fryer khari biscuits.
Easy Paneer Tikka Recipe | Grilled cottage cheese
The star of our air fryer vegetarian recipes Indian collection is paneer tikka. These are grilled on the gas stove for an extra minute to get the char flavor.
This is a candidate for the king of Indian breakfast recipes in an air fryer. Stuffed bread rolls go low oil. Perfect for Sunday brunch, these rollers are good for a filling brunch.
Air fryer Cabbage kofta curry | Indian kofta recipe
if you're a fan of Indian food, you've probably tasted veg kofta. These vegetable balls are a staple of many North Indian dishes, and can be made with a variety of different ingredients. Cabbage kofta is one of the most common vegetable koftas and is made of chopped cabbage, spices, and gram flour.
Aloo tikki- potato patties (air fry / fry )
Air fryer Aloo tikki - if you are looking for air fryer Indian vegetarian recipes then the first thing that you can start is with making aloo Tikki.
Air fryer pani puri | Air fryer fryums
Pani puri and fryums are something no one can go without. Whose kid can resist a golgappa and those crisp fryum even if they were angry.
Air fryer sev
I always wanted to make this in the airfryer and I was able to make this namkeen sev in the airfryer after a few misses.
Airfryer fried idli recipe
Another easy recipe from our vegetarian air fryer recipes collection is fried idli. The leftover idli is used to make this easy air fryer snack and is perfect for teatime or breakfast next day.
Air fryer mixed vegetables | Mix vegetable curry
If you thought that vegetarian air fryer recipes always will be a snack recipe, then you are in for a surprise. This is a recipe of Indian curry that can we easily prepared in the air fryer.
Chilli paneer or paneer manchurian makes the world wow! Yum yum !
Dahi bhalle go low oil and taste just as delicious as the fried dahi vada. Spicy tasty snack which makes every party goer happy!
Air fried Moong dal
yes, you can have an air fryer namkeen with this air fried mung dal recipe. If you want to use the chana dal, refer our recipe for air fried chana dal here.
Lauki ke Kofte fry/bake/air fry
Lauki kofta gets a makeover. Who wants to fry all day, when air fryer can make your cooking time less. Perfect for main course. Kofta balls can be made earlier and stored in freezer too,
Air fryer Aloo lachha | Low oil namkeen
Indian curly fries come in style and crunch for that perfect munch. Aloo lachcha namkeen is everybody's favorite recipe.
Methi mathri ( Air fry / fry )
If you are looking for air fryer Indian snacks recipe, then this is recipe you should try. Methi mathri is an easy way to increase your iron content without the guilt of eating fried. Bye bye cookies, here comes desi crackers in style.
Air fryer Gulab Jamun
Who can resist a gulab jamun? One of the easiest sweet air fryer Indian recipe which makes you go ga ga. Moreover this is a gluten free and vegetarian recipe and can be vrat too.
Baked / Air fried samosa
Samosa, the most favorite street food from India.It can be also prepared in air fryer with less oil. Still as spicy and tasty, yet surprisingly healthier.
Sabudana vada ( Deep fry / air fry )
Easy breakfast recipe sabudana vada is usually eaten during fasting period and also at tea time goes low oil. These boiled sago and potato patties are still as tasty as they can be.
Urad dal vada | Medu Vada ( Air fry / Fry )
If you enjoy the south indian snacks then you can make this urad dal vada with the medu wada batter in the airfryer.
Best Malai Kofta Recipe (air fry / fry )
The kofta balls for this recipe are air fried, hence you should surely try this recipe from our collection of Indian air fryer recipes. Kofte can be air fried and frozen in advance.
Shahi tukda recipe | Shahi toast recipe (Air fry / Fry)
Shahi toast requires you to deep fry the bread, which you can easily do without. Just make them in the air fryer. Every guest will thank you!
Veggie lovers pizza | Veggie supreme pizza ( Air fryer / Oven )
Homemade pizza is an easy recipe for your vegetarian air fryer recipes collection. Pizza pizza party!
Homemade buns | how to make a pav (Oven / Air fryer )
A simple recipe to make these buns or ladi pav in the air fryer / oven and you are set for breakfast tea and dinner too.
Litti chokha Recipe (Oven / Air fryer )
Bihari litti chokha appeals to every heart with its rustic flavor. Chokha, rustic mustard oil flavor aubergine mash served with dough balls look fabulous with their air fryer adventure.
Achari Mathri (fry/ air fry)
Another recipe for Indian air fryer snacks, mathri or Indian crackers are every child's favorite. Here we use the the left over pickle masala to make these spicy matthi in the air fryer.
Baked Namak Paare
Namak parey, every mom's kitchen has this cracker recipe. Only downside was it was fried. Now it is air fried, low oil yet same crunch for all that munching! Hungry !!
Bread Pakora - Air fry / fry
Move over sandwiches, here is one of my favorite Indian recipes in air fryer, the easy bread pakoda goes up in style with low oil! Perfect for high tea 🙂
Dal vada ( Fry/Air fry )
South Indian masala vada or parippu vada also known as Dal vada goes low oil.Still as crunchy and tasty and super delish! If you are looking for air fryer south Indian recipes then this is the one to try out..
Air fryer Kothimbir vadi
Kothimbir vadi is a traditional Maharashtrian snack that is prepared with Kothimbir or cilantro leaves. Snacking with a dose of health is always welcome.
Banana chips (Fry/Air fry)
If you need an air fryer Indian recipe of a vegetarian snack that you can munch along with tea/coffee, then this is a good candidate. Crisp banana chips make you go Yummm!
Air fryer pakoras
Onion bhaji in air fryer - Pakoras 2.0, bye bye kadai, low oil yet crispy crunchy pakodas are here to stay.
Easy cornflakes chivda goes low oil after getting in an air fryer. This is the perfect recipe if you are looking for air fryer recipes for dry Indian snacks.
Veg Manchurian balls go low oil. It tastes just as awesome when made with sauce in the wok. No one can resist this fingerlicking Indo chinese fusion!
Mini samosa (Air Fry/Bake/Fry)
Did anyone say chota samosa? Yes it tastes just as great as the fried dry samosa. Spicy tasty and full of crunch! Delicious!
Batata vada | aloo bonda
Who cant resist a vada pav? Aloo bada with homemade ladi pav both made in an air fryer makes you go wow!
Falhari tikka ( Air fry / bake in oven )
Easy falhari air fryer tikka (Gluten free eggfee) with paneer, potato and pineapple. A must try for an Indian vrat recipe in air fryer or oven
Air fried modak
Fried modak goes high tech. Same flavors and texture yet just with a brush of oil. As tasty as the fried with very little calories.
Thadri special, these flatbread air fryer chauthe taste as fabulous as the traditional fried chauthe.
Baingan ka Bharta Recipe
Baingan bharta or desi baba ganoush is a treat you will enjoy in every season. Learn to make this easy baingan ka bharta in air fryer.
Read the generic recipe below to cook different indian vegetarian cutlets in air fryer.
Air fryer Veg Cutlets
- 3 medium potatoes boiled
- ½ Beetroot or 2 raw bananas (boiled/steamed)
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 green chilli
- salt as per taste
- 2 tablespoon buckwheat/oats flour optional
- 1 tablespoon ghee/coconut oil/butter
- Just combine all the ingredients and make small patties
- Apply the oil/butter
- Keep them in the freezer for 2-3 hours
- Cook them in a preheated air fryer at 200C for 16-18 minutes,brush oil once in between.
If you add too much oil, food is not crispy. The exterior of food should be dry.
Yes you can.
You can add foil but always check the owner's manual and also it depends on the food you are cooking
Can I use olive oil in an air fryer?
Extra virgin oil is not recommended as it has a low smoke point. However, extra light olive oil can be used.
I loved every recipe and wanted to see more. I am by no means the best at Indian cooking, but you have made it simple to understand and I will most certainly try them. Thanks for the posting and I would love to receive more recipes.
bhavana bhatia says
Thank you so much Rachel for this wonderful feedback. We will continue to bring more such gems to U.