15 Vegetarian Recipes with Pantry Staples

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15 Vegetarian Recipes that you can make with pantry staples!

These recipes required ingredients which are readily available and can be made without a visit to the grocery store!

collage of different recipes

If you have been looking for recipes using pantry staples during these times, then I have got you covered.

These are vegetarian and vegan recipes which use ingredients like dry beans, rice, quinoa, pasta and canned stuff.

As an Indian, my pantry if usually stocked with rice, all sorts of lentils and beans and of course spices.

Quinoa and pasta are also some of the staples that I always have in my pantry.

There are so many recipes which you can easily make by combining these ingredients with spices. Throw in some frozen veggies, canned beans and you have got yourself a meal.

We are all trying to limit down our visits to grocery stores these days and that’s where these recipes come in handy.

I have been making all sorts of lentils, beans, pasta for our lunches and dinner. Most of these recipes are also made in the Instant Pot, which makes them even easier.

I hope this round-up helps you guys to plan some of your meals in the coming weeks!


1- Enchilada Rice

This easy rice dish gets done in less than 30 minutes and is very filling.

This recipe needs:  rice, can of black beans, frozen corn, enchilada sauce & spices.

Skip: cheese, cilantro. Can skip the onion and peppers.

enchilada rice served in a black bowl, garnished with cilantro and diced avocados

2- Chana Masala

Everyday Indian style chickpea curry made with dried chickpeas.

This recipe needs: dried chickpeas and whole lot of spices.

Skip: cilantro.

Replace: fresh tomatoes with canned tomatoes, fresh ginger, garlic with store bought ginger-garlic paste.

chana masala in a green pot with a wooden spatula

3- Kung Pao Chickpeas

Chickpeas cooked in an Asian inspired sauce, served with roasted peanuts.

This recipe needs: dried chickpeas, sauces like soy sauce etc. for seasoning, peanuts.

Skip: green onion, can skip peppers too.

Replace: fresh ginger-garlic with ginger-garlic paste.

chickpeas served with white rice in a silver color round plate

4- Mexican Quinoa

A hearty meal made with quinoa and inspired my Mexican flavors.

This recipe needs: quinoa, can of fire roasted tomatoes, can of black beans, frozen corn, spices.

Skip: cilantro, avocado, jalapeño.

mexican quinoa in a black bowl topped with avocado

5- Three Bean Curry

A simple curry made with three kinds of beans.

This recipe needs: canned beans (kidney, black, white), canned tomatoes, spices, canned coconut milk.

Skip: cilantro.

Replace: fresh ginger-garlic with ginger-garlic paste, bottled lemon juice for fresh.

bean curry served in a black bowl garnished with cilantro with bunch of cilantro placed in the background

6- Idli Dosa Batter

Make Indian style crepes (dosa) and steamed cakes (idli) with this homemade batter.

This recipe needs: rice, lentils, salt.

fermented idli dosa batter in a steel pot

7- Vegan Burrito Bowls

An easy to make burrito bowl which is also vegan!

This recipe needs: rice, can of beans, frozen corn, canned salsa, spices.

Skip: cilantro, avocado, jalapeño. Can skip peppers.

burrito bowl garnished with sliced avocado, cilantro, tortilla chips

8- Mediterranean Lentil Soup

Tangy Mediterranean lentil soup is my go to soup for busy days.

This recipe needs: red lentils, spices.

Skip: parsley/cilantro. Can skip onion and use store bought minced garlic.

mediterranean lentil soup in a grey bowl and garnished with cilantro

9- Brown Rice Chana Pulao

A comforting meal made of brown rice and chickpeas, this pulao is a complete meal in itself.

This recipe needs: brown rice, dry chickpeas,  ginger-garlic paste, spices.

Skip: cilantro, lemon juice.

brown rice and chickpea pulao served in a bowl and garnished with cilantro

10- Makhani Pasta

This Indian inspired pasta comes together in minutes and is really packed with flavors!

This recipe needs: penne pasta, can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, spices, can of coconut milk.

Skip: cilantro,  jalapeño. Use store bought ginger-garlic paste in place of fresh ginger & garlic.

creamy pasta served in a black iron pan with a spoon

11- Rice & Dal

India’s ultimate comfort food, filling, hearty and delicious!

This recipe needs: basmati rice, lentils (split pigeon pea & split moong bean), spices.

Skip: spinach, cilantro, green chili. Can skip onion.

Replace: use canned tomatoes in place of fresh, store bought minced garlic in place of fresh garlic.

rice and dal in a black bowl, garnished with cilantro and a spoon placed on the side

12- Thai Peanut Noodles

One-pot noodles with peanut butter flavor, gets done in 30 minutes!

This recipe needs: spaghetti, peanut butter, honey, sacues like soy sauce, hot sauce, peanuts.

Skip: green onion, cilantro, peppers.

Replace: frozen carrots for fresh or use other frozen veggies like corn, peas. Use bottled lime juice in place of fresh.

thai peanut noodles in a black bowl with a pair of chopsticks on the side

13- Brown Rice & Beans

A hearty meal of brown rice and spiced beans.

This recipe needs: brown rice, dry black beans, can of diced tomatoes, spices.

Skip: cilantro, can skip onion, add some onion powder/dried onion flakes in place.

Replace: bottled lime juice in place of fresh, store bought minced garlic for fresh garlic.

instant pot beans and brown rice served in a white place with sliced avocados

14- Tortilla Soup

A comforting bowl of soup which is packed with flavors!

This recipe needs: can of black beans, cans of diced tomatoes, frozen corn, tomato paste, spices.

Skip: cilantro, jalapeño, avocado. Can skip peppers.

Replace: dried onion flakes in place of onion.

bowl of tortilla soup garnished with tortilla chips, cilantro, avocado, jalapeno

15- Southwestern Pasta

Southwestern Pasta loaded with beans, corn, onion, peppers and flavored with taco seasoning!

This recipe needs: penne pasta, can of black beans, pasta sauce, frozen sweet corn, taco seasoning.

Skip: cilantro, avocado, jalapeño, cheese.

Replace: onion and garlic with dried onion and garlic powder/flakes.

bowl of pasta garnished with cilantro and avocado

Let me know which one of these makes it to your menu?

Hi, I’m Manali!

Bringing you easy, delicious vegetarian & vegan recipes! Eating veggies can be fun, you just need to get creative in the kitchen with the right set of ingredients!

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  1. These recipes sound absolutely delicious! i can’t wait to work my way through the list. <3

  2. All all great recipes i will try one by one at my home. thanks for posting the content. Keep posting cheers 🙂