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Meaty Vegetable Chilli- Easy One Pot Meal

  • Namrata Edward
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Here is my Indianized version of chili which probably tastes of nothing like the traditional stuff, but makes a healthy, easy to cook and filling meal.


Prep Time


Cook Time

20-30 mins

Total Time

35-40 mins


1 tbsp oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 medium green chili, finely chopped

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed

A small piece of ginger, finely chopped

2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (potato, cauliflower, sweet potato, green peas, pumpkin, carrot, eggplant, etc.)

2-3 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 cup boiled chickpeas/kidney beans

1 cup soya granules, soaked and squeezed

5 cups water

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp cumin powder (jeera)

Italian seasoning, to taste

Salt, to taste

Vegetarian chili is undoubtedly one of my favorite one-pot meals. Chili is basically an American dish with Mexican roots, traditionally made with meat. A spicy, rich and hearty stew. Over the years vegetarians adapted the recipe to make meatless versions, and vegans went a step further to remove the dairy components as well. 


1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the onion, garlic, chili and ginger. Cook on low-medium heat until the onion turns translucent. 

2. Add the mixed vegetables and continue cooking till they soften a bit. Now add the tomato. Let the mixture cook till the tomato turns pulpy. 

3. Stir in the boiled chickpeas/kidney beans and soya granules. Add the water. Season with turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Pressure cook on medium for 7-8 minutes.

4. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and serve hot with vegan sour cream. 


Namrata Edward Kshitij

I am a minimalist vegan on a budget and I share simple and practical tips on how to live a happy and fulfilling life as a vegan in India--without drilling a hole in your wallet. I had my reservations earlier, but going vegan was the best decision I made.

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