Immunity Booster Foods (76 Vegetarian + Indian Recipes)

Find below a list of healthy and immunity booster foods. I have shared 76 of these immunity boosting recipes that include a mix of vegetarian and Indian recipes.

collage of four immune boosting recipe photos with a text layover

These are trying times and we need to take precautions and stay at home. We also need to eat food that is healthy, nutritious and good for the immune system.

As a family, we already have healthy eating habits. But we have decided to go one step ahead and completely cut down on junk food or processed food and carbonated drinks (all of which we have once in a while). It is a time of self-discipline and restraint.

In this critical time, it is essential to have food that your body needs. You can make a conscious decision to move into healthy eating habits and choices.

I am sharing vegetarian and plant-based immunity booster foods and recipes which I am personally going to focus on and prepare at home. I am not going to overboard as an excess of everything is not good. Balance is the key. But I would like to include more of these immune-boosting food in our diets than earlier.

Note: If you have allergies to certain foods or a special medical condition then kindly consult your doctor. E.g. Papaya is not good during pregnancy. Wheatgrass is also excellent for boosting the immune system but it will not suit everybody and may give allergies. So keep your body constitution and condition in mind.

Immune Boosting Vegetarian Foods

  • Fruits: Oranges, Papaya, Apple, Fresh Berries, Sweet Limes, Kiwi, Guava, Pomegranate, Tomato, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Lemon.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, Beets, Broccoli, Eggplant (Brinjal), Bell Pepper (Capsicum), Spinach, Kale, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Moringa, Dill Leaves (Suva).
  • Nuts & Seeds: Almonds (soaked overnight), Walnuts, Sunflower seeds, Fennel Seeds.
  • Herbs, Spices, Roots: Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Giloy (Guduchi), Ashwagandha, Basil, Tulsi (Holy Basil).
  • Drinks: Coconut water, Barley water, Green tea, Freshly prepared fruit juices rich in Vitamin C. Avoid carbonated sugary drinks, alcohol and processed foods. Have plenty of water.
  • Probiotic Foods: Buttermilk, Kefir, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Curd or Yogurt (with live and active cultures), Kombucha, Carrot Kanji.

More Important Healthy Steps

  1. Kindly minimize the use of processed refined sugar in these below recipes.  Wherever possible replace sugar with better alternatives like jaggery, maple syrup, coconut sugar, unrefined sugar, palm sugar. You can also use honey but do not heat it.
  2. Avoid adding ice cubes to drinks and avoid using cold water to make those drinks. Summer is here and we all like to have cold drinks during summers. But drinking warm water (with cumin seeds) or hot drinks is going to help.
  3. Salted lukewarm water or lukewarm turmeric water gargling is also going to help.
  4. Don’t overeat and make sure you are able to digest the food. Chew the food well and eat it in a relaxed happy environment.
  5. Lastly get sufficient sleep, do moderate exercise or yoga, practice meditation, do not panic and stay relaxed. All these steps like having deep restful sleep, doing moderate exercise or yoga, practicing meditation or body-mind relaxing techniques, prayers, listening to soothing music or watching a comedy movie or religious show will also help you to build immunity.
  6. Happiness, positivity, laughter, relaxed mind are some emotions that will give you a healthy emotional and mental well being. So focus on positivity, love, trust and healing. Spread the vibrations love, positivity and peace. Remember this too shall pass if we are together in our resolve to fight and yet isolated at our home. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay at home and Be Positive.

Start today by making healthy choices with these immune-boosting recipes!

If needed you can alter these recipes keeping the above ingredients and suggestions in mind.

P.S. If I have missed any ingredient, then do let me know. Kindly do share this information with your friends and family.

50 Immunity Booster Foods

Drinks & Beverages

Tisanes, Tea and Milks

Turmeric Tea served in off white small cups with a black flower design on the cup. Cups placed on a white marble board with a small bowl or turmeric and a few black pepper thrown on the marble board
5 mins

Turmeric Tea

Immune Boosting Turmeric Tea made with ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, black pepper and ginger powder.
Easy 4 hrs 25 mins

Barley Water Recipe (Stove-top and Instant Pot)

Barley water is a healthy, cooling drink loaded with nutrients. Excellent for the body during summer, this beverage hydrates, nourishes, detoxes and cools. I'll show you how easy it is to make this ancient healing elixir at home!
turmeric milk recipe, haldi wala doodh recipe
3 mins

Turmeric Milk

Turmeric milk is a traditional healthy Indian drink made with milk and turmeric powder.
green tea in a transparent glass on a white marble board
Easy 8 mins

Green Tea Recipe

Learn to brew green tea perfectly for a refreshing and rejuvenating drink. Green tea is a bright tea that has a wonderfully light, earthy flavor.
kahwa
Easy 10 mins

Kahwa | Kashmiri Kahwa

Kahwa is a Kashmiri tea made with cinnamon, cardamom, saffron and green tea. Kashmiri kahwa is aromatic, delicately spiced, light green tea.
method to make almond milk at home
45 mins

Almond Milk

Method to make almond milk from scratch at home.
badam milk recipe, badam doodh recipe, almond milk recipe
40 mins

Badam Milk

Badam milk is a delicious drink flavored with ground almonds, cardamom powder and saffron. 
ginger tea recipe, indian ginger tea with milk, adrak wali chai recipe
Easy 15 mins

Ginger Tea

This ginger tea or adrak wali chai is a warming, spiced and fragrant Indian tea made with fresh ginger roots, crushed cardamom, sugar and milk (optional).

Smoothies

Easy 10 mins

Pomegranate Smoothie

This Vegan Pomegranate Smoothie is a healthy and tasty smoothie made with pomegranate and almond milk.
closeup overhead shot of strawberry smoothie in a glass topped with strawberry slices on a dark black-brown board
Easy 5 mins

Strawberry Smoothie

A 3 ingredient strawberry smoothie recipe that’s gluten-free, vegan, and easy to prepare in just minutes. Make this creamy and delicious strawberry banana smoothie for a healthy breakfast or snack.
overhead shot of blueberry smoothie in a glass placed on a white, pink and green cotton napkin
Easy 10 mins

Blueberry Smoothie

This easy Blueberry smoothie recipe makes refreshingly delicious and wonderfully healthy blueberry smoothies in only a few minutes. Follow my simple instructions with step-by-step photos to blend together a vitamins and minerals-packed smoothie with blueberries any time you want a tasty burst of nutrients.
apple smoothie recipe
Easy 5 mins

Apple Smoothie

This apple smoothie is a delicious and healthy smoothie made with apples, coconut milk and cinnamon.
banana smoothie in a glass topped with toasted seeds with a bunch of bananas placed at the side
Easy 10 mins

Banana Smoothie

Banana smoothies are wonderfully healthy and delicious to enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. This is a healthy, delicious and filling smoothie made with ripe bananas, coconut milk and flavored with ground cinnamon.
virgin pina colada recipe
Easy 15 mins

Pina Colada (Mocktail Drink)

Virgin pina colada is a refreshing vegan mocktail drink made with fresh pineapple juice, coconut milk and ice cubes.

Fresh Fruit Juices

orange juice in a glass with orange on top on a cane tray
Easy 15 mins

Orange Juice

Bright and sweet orange juice is delicious to enjoy on its own for a healthy beverage, or include in your favorite drink recipes. I share making this fresh orange juice in a blender which is so easy.
mosambi juice recipe, sweet lime juice recipe
15 mins

mosambi juice

Refreshing sweet lime juice or mosambi juice
blueberry juice recipe, fresh blueberry juice recipe
Easy 20 mins

Blueberry Juice

Refreshing juice made with fresh blueberries, lemon juice and water. 
pear juice recipe
Easy 10 mins

Pear Juice

Refreshing and energizing pear juice recipe. 
fruit punch recipe, fruit punch mocktail recipe
Easy 15 mins

Fruit Punch | Easy Fruit Punch Recipe

Fruit punch is an easy to prepare drink made with fruit juices.

Probiotic Drinks

close up shot of masala chaas or chaas filled in a glass with a few cilantro sprigs
Easy 10 mins

Chaas Recipe (Pudina and Masala Chaas)

The classic Chaas (Chaach/Mattha) also known as the Indian version of buttermilk is a refreshingly cooling summer drink made with creamy yogurt and seasonings. It is an excellent body cooler, digestive and appetizer. Find two easy chaas recipes – Masala Chaas and Pudina Chaas.
neer moru recipe, spiced buttermilk recipe, neer mor recipe
Easy 10 mins

Neer Mor

Neer moru recipe or neer majjige or neer mor is a delicious spiced buttermilk from the South Indian cuisine. 
purple reddish colored kanji drink in a glass jar with pickled carrots, beets in a small bowl with ceramic jar and a glass jar with kanji in the background
Easy 15 mins

Kanji Recipe

Learn to make Kanji that is a traditional North Indian fermented drink. This healthy probiotic drink is traditionally made with black carrots. But with all the health benefits, my easy recipe is made with regular red carrots and beets.

Soups

lemon coriander soup recipe
Easy 30 mins

Lemon Coriander Soup

Lemon coriander soup is clear vegetable soup made with mix vegetables, lemon and coriander leaves. Lemon gives a sour taste and coriander leaves give subtle citrus notes in the soup. Lemon coriander soup is healthy and has a good amount of vitamin C to drive your cold and cough away.
30 mins

Lemon Rasam

This coriander lemon rasam is a spicy, tangy rasam made with lemon juice and coriander leaves.
vegetable soup recipe, mix veg soup recipe
Easy 30 mins

Mixed Veggie Soup

A light, comforting and healthy veggie soup made with mixed vegetables, button mushrooms and moong bean sprouts seasoned with soy sauce and black pepper.
carrot tomato soup recipe, tomato carrot soup recipe
Easy 20 mins

Carrot Tomato Soup

This tomato carrot soup is a healthy and easy soup made with carrots and tomatoes. A vegan soup.
carrot ginger soup recipe
Easy 30 mins

Carrot Ginger Soup

This vegan carrot ginger soup is an easy recipe of a comforting soup made with carrots and spiced with ginger.
carrot soup in a cream bowl with croutons and chopped parsley on top
Easy 30 mins

Carrot Soup

A delicious one pot, creamy and thick carrot soup that you will be making again and again. The recipe is also vegan.
top shot of soup in black rimmed white bowl topped with three small broccoli florets
Easy 30 mins

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of broccoli soup is the perfect comfort food on cold winter days. Ready in about thirty minutes and made almost entirely in one pot, this classic soup recipe is easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner.
overhead shot of spinach soup drizzled with coconut cream and sprinkled with crushed black pepper in white bowl on a black board
Moderate 30 mins

Spinach Soup (Palak Soup)

Spinach soup is a wonderfully flavorful, comforting, and healthy dish. It’s made with simple, wholesome ingredients for a highly nutritious soup.
tomato soup in a black wooden bowl with a silver spoon and topped with bread croutons and parsley
Easy 25 mins

Tomato Soup Recipe

Comforting, velvety smooth tomato soup recipe from scratch perfect for enjoying as a hearty lunch or light dinner.
cream of celery soup recipe
Easy 30 mins

celery soup

Vegetarian cream of celery soup recipe – a one pot soup recipe with celery and potatoes.
pumpkin soup recipe
Easy 30 mins

Pumpkin Soup

This Pumpkin Soup Recipe gives you an easy and tasty homemade pumpkin soup all made in one-pot. The slightly sweet, earthy flavor of the yellow pumpkin, along with added herbs and spices, gives this soup a satisfyingly sweet and savory taste. 

Condiments and Side Dishes

Pickles

lemon pickle in a glass jar on a blue board
Easy 15 mins

Lemon Pickle

This easy and oil-free lemon pickle recipe is a bright, tangy condiment for enjoying with your favorite Indian meals. Homemade spiced lemon pickle (or lime pickle) is made with 4 simple ingredients, and is naturally low-fat, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.
amla pickle recipe, amla avakaya recipe
30 mins

amla pickle

This vegan amla pickle is Andhra style spicy and tasty pickle made with Indian gooseberry, spices, oil and lemon juice.

Salads

vegetable salad topped with crumbled feta and parsley with a spoon in a white bowl
Easy 15 mins

Vegetable Salad Recipe

This vegetable salad is a healthy and delicious summer salad made with fresh raw veggies, avocado, nuts, seeds, herbs and feta in a light vinaigrette dressing.
thai green papaya salad garnished with fresh cilantro and roasted peanuts in a black le creuset dish with a wooden spoon
Easy 15 mins

Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

This delicious vegan recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad also known as Som Tam is everything you could possibly want from a salad: crunchy, sweet, sour, spicy, salty and healthy. Easy to make and delicious to taste.
cherry tomato salad
Easy 10 mins

Cherry Tomato Salad

Simple, easy, delicious cherry tomato salad that makes for a light side dish or meal for summers. This cherry tomato salad recipe is healthy, gut-friendly, gluten-free and vegan. 
overhead shot of tropical fruit salad in a white bowl with a blue rim
Easy 15 mins

Fruit Salad

Juicy, sweet, healthy and delicious, this tropical Fruit Salad is sure to become part of your regular summer recipe repertoire. Quick to prepare, easy to digest and packed with nutrients, fruit salads are perfect for any season.

Chutneys, Raita and Dips

carrot chutney recipe
Easy 15 mins

Carrot Chutney

quick and tasty chutney made with carrots, coconut, herbs and spices
muhammara recipe
20 mins

Muhammara Recipe

Muhammara is a middle eastern roasted red bell pepper dip.
overhead shot of beetroot chutney in white bowl on a light grey blue board with text layovers
Easy 15 mins

Beetroot Chutney (Beetroot Pachadi)

This beautiful vibrant beetroot chutney or Beetroot Pachadi is a tasty healthy chutney variation made with grated beetroot, coconut, lentils, herbs and spices. Make in 30 minutes and serve as a breakfast dip with idli, dosa or vada.
dill leaves raita recipe, suva raita recipe
15 mins

Dill Leaves Raita

A raita is a healthy accompaniment to any Indian meal. This dill leaves raita has the aroma and flavors of dill leaves in it.
ginger chutney
15 mins

Ginger Chutney

This Andhra style ginger chutney is also called as allam pachadi or allam chutney. Ginger chutney has a sweet, spicy and sour taste and accompanies idli, dosa or steamed rice very well. 

Main Course (Lunch or Dinner)

From World Cuisine

sauteed broccoli with potatoes in a le creuset cream ceramic pan with orange handles placed on a folded light gray jute fabric
Easy 40 mins

Sauteed Broccoli

Incredibly simple and deliciously satisfying sautéed broccoli is great to make as a healthy side or main. My easy recipe is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, and perfect for adding hearty potatoes or other extras to enjoy as an even more filling dish.
kale and mushroom in ginger sauce recipe
Easy 30 mins

kale leaves recipe

Kale and mushrooms in ginger sauce – kale leaves and button mushrooms in a lightly spiced ginger sauce.
thai green curry recipe
Easy 40 mins

Thai Green Curry

Vegetarian recipe of a spicy, hot Thai green curry from Thailand
thai curry garnished with basil chiffonade in a cream ceramic bowl on a black marble table
Moderate 40 mins

Thai Curry Recipe (Thai Red Curry)

This delicious Thai Red Curry recipe is both vegetarian and vegan. It is packed full of bright flavors and hearty vegetables. If you have a can of coconut milk at the ready, this recipe will come together very quickly and will deliver a ton of flavor.
thai yellow curry recipe
Easy 45 mins

Thai Yellow Curry

Thai yellow vegetable curry is an aromatic, lemony and spicy curry made with mix vegetables, spices, herbs and coconut milk. 

From Indian Cuisine

aloo palak sabzi recipe, dry aloo palak recipe
30 mins

Palak ki Sabzi (One Pot)

This one pot aloo palak sabzi or bhaji is a homely style dry potato spinach dish that goes very well as a side dish with rotis, chapatis or pooris.
beetroot poriyal recipe
Easy 20 mins

Beetroot Poriyal

Beetroot poriyal recipe is a dry dish made with beets, coconut and spices from the South Indian Cuisine.
cauliflower fry recipe, gobi fry recipe
30 mins

Cauliflower Fry

This is one of the tastiest cauliflower fry which is easy and inspired from the Kerala cuisine.
cabbage poriyal recipe
Easy 40 mins

Cabbage Poriyal

Cabbage poriyal is a lightly spiced, sauteed and steamed cabbage recipe from South Indian cuisine.
bharwa baingan with potatoes in a white bowl with a coriander sprig on a wooden tray
Moderate 30 mins

Bharwa Baingan (Stuffed Eggplant)

Bharwa baingan are small eggplant or baby brinjals stuffed with a spice mix and sauteed with potatoes. This North Indian stuffed eggplant dish makes for a comforting, healthy and filling meal served with a side of roti or paratha.
overhead shot of mix veg recipe in a blue rimmed bowl on a white table
Moderate 45 mins

Mix Veg Recipe

My Mom’s recipe for North Indian style mixed vegetable recipe is a family favorite, and I’m certain you’ll love it too! Use just one pot and any vegetables you might have on hand to make this delicious mix veg recipe. It tastes delicious with roti, paratha or poori.
cabbage kootu recipe, cabbage dal recipe
Easy 40 mins

Cabbage Kootu

Cabbage kootu is a tasty South Indian style recipe of cabbage and moong lentils with coconut and spices.
capsicum curry
Moderate 1 hr

Capsicum Curry | Capsicum Masala

This capsicum curry is a delicious Hyderabadi style masala curry made with capsicum or bell peppers. Serve this rich gravy with roti, naan, paratha or biryani or pulao.
sprouts curry recipe | mixed sprouts recipe
35 mins

Sprouts Curry

Mixed sprouts curry recipe – simple curry made with mixed sprouts. Nutritious side dish with chapatis.
overhead shot of mix veg recipe in a blue rimmed bowl on a white table
Moderate 45 mins

Mix Veg Recipe

My Mom’s recipe for North Indian style mixed vegetable recipe is a family favorite, and I’m certain you’ll love it too! Use just one pot and any vegetables you might have on hand to make this delicious mix veg recipe. It tastes delicious with roti, paratha or poori.
drumstick recipe, drumstick curry recipe
30 mins

Drumstick Curry

An easy and quick drumstick recipe
cauliflower curry recipe, cauliflower gravy recipe
30 mins

Cauliflower Curry

Cauliflower curry is a healthy and delicious curry that goes very well with chapatis or rice.
dill leaves recipe
Easy 30 mins

Dill leaves recipe

Tasty, healthy and fragrant one-pot recipe of dill leaves with potatoes. Goes very well as a side dish with chapati, phulka and dal-rice. This dill leaves recipe is made with minimal ingredients and spiced with garlic, turmeric and red chilli powder.
tomato curry recipe, tamatar curry recipe
1 hr

Tomato Curry

This is a spiced and mildly tangy tomato curry made with ground tomatoes, coconut and spices.
Moderate 30 mins

Tomato Rasam (Thakkali Rasam)

Tangy and sour tomato rasam is a delicious soup-like dish that can be enjoyed over rice or on its own as a hearty soup. This classic tomato rasam recipe is vegan as well. It does not include rasam powder and tamarind.
rasam served with a steel spoon in a blue rimmed white bowl placed on a jute mat
Easy 30 mins

Rasam Recipe

My rasam recipe is made without rasam powder, without lentils and comes together quickly.
overhead shot of baingan bharta in a blue rimmed white bowl
Moderate 30 mins

Baingan Bharta

Baingan bharta is a popular Punjabi dish from the North Indian cuisine. It is made with a mash of fire-roasted eggplant, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices. I share a simply delicious family heirloom recipe which you will love.

Rice Based Dishes

pulao recipe
Easy 40 mins

Pulao Recipe | Veg Pulao

Trying to get more vegetables in your diet? Try this vegetarian one pot meal of pulao. Use the vegetables that you like most, like peas, potatoes, and green beans. Make this simple veg pulao that packs a punch of flavor!
tomato pulao recipe
Moderate 50 mins

Tomato Pulao

Tomato pulao is a one pot delicious tangy spicy pilaf made with rice, tomatoes, mix veggies, herbs and spices.
top shot of khichdi in a bowl with a spoon inside
Easy 40 mins

Khichdi Recipe (Dal Khichdi)

Khichdi recipe is a delicious one pot meal of rice and moong lentils. Moong Dal Khichdi is light and easy to digest healthy food. Stove-top pressure cooker, Instant Pot and Stove-top Pan instructions are included in the recipe card.
palak khichdi recipe, moong dal palak khichdi recipe
Moderate 40 mins

Palak Khichdi

Palak khichdi is a one pot nutritious meal of mung lentils and rice with spinach (palak), onions, tomatoes, peanuts, herbs and spices.
beetroot rice
Easy 35 mins

Beetroot Rice

This beetroot rice is slightly spicy with the sweetness of beetroot coming through in the spiced rice.
yellow colored lemon rice served in a white bowl on a white cotton cloth
Easy 25 mins

Lemon Rice | Chitranna Recipe

Lemon Rice also known as chitranna or nimmakaya pulihora is a crunchy, flavorful and tangy rice dish that is easy to make and tastes so good.
curd rice, thayir sadam
20 mins

Curd Rice

Curd rice or thayir sadam is a popular South Indian rice variety that is served with a South Indian meal or South Indian thali. This curd rice recipe is my go to method and one I often make as it is a favorite with my family. Vegan yogurt made from cashew milk, almond milk or coconut milk can be used instead of dairy curd.
coconut milk rice recipe, coconut milk pulao recipe
40 mins

Coconut Milk Rice

Coconut milk rice is a mild, fragrant rice dish made with coconut milk and mixed veggies.
methi pulao, methi rice recipe
Easy 45 mins

Methi Pulao | Methi Rice

Easy, healthy and tasty one-pot methi pulao or methi rice made with fenugreek leaves, basmati rice, mix vegetables and spices.
cabbage rice
1 hr

Cabbage Rice

This cabbage rice is Indian style fried rice made with cabbage, onions, tomatoes and spices.

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4 Comments

  1. No one( including myself) used to think that I can do any cooking, but your site and way of explaining everything made it possible. You are a great help for people like us.
    I hope and wish that you and your near and dear ones are safe and in sound health.
    Hopefully all of us around the globe will get through this crisis together (and soon) as it is heartbreaking to see the condition around the world
    My best wishes to you and anyone reading this.

    1. Deepika. thanks a lot for your kind words and blessings. I hope the same for you, your family and the entire world. we should all follow the government orders. so that the issue gets resolved fast. Lastly, good to know that recipes have helped you in learning cooking. Good luck and stay safe.

  2. Thank you very much for the great tips and sharing immune boosting recipes. It is very helpful. Ofcourse I have tried a lot of your recipes and they all turn out to be awesome and get me lots of compliments 🙂 You too stay safe and take care. Thanks again

    1. Welcome Meenakshi. Thanks for your positive words and appreciation. Stay safe and stay at home.