22 Vegan Cheese Alternatives in India Dairy-free and Cruelty-Free
Taste is everything in cheese. Cheese has been developed across the world for many years and it offers a complex flavour. Cheese is an addiction! And when you go vegan it is one of those foods you bid adieu to.
But not anymore! We have put together a list of plant-based, dairy-free cheese brands that are available in India. Each vegan cheese alternative developed needs to offer the best qualities of dairy cheese whether of meatiness, crumble or flavour. And those on this list deliver!
1. Soft Spot Vegan Cheese
Soft Spot was started with the aim to offer a range of vegan cheeses that rivalled dairy cheese in flavour, taste and texture.
These cheeses are made with a combination of coconut oil, cashews and starches along with flavours.
Range: Cheese blocks in 6 variants (Mozzarella, Soft Mozzarella, Cheddar, Parmesan, Smoked Cheese, Spicy Naagin), Truffle Cheese Spread and a cheese fondue kit.
Available on BigBasket, Nature’s Basket and niche stores in select cities. At vegan-friendly marketplaces like Vvegano, Vegan Dukan, Urban Platter.
2. Urban Platter Vegan Cheese
Urban Platter Vegan Cheese is imported from Greece and made with coconut oil and starch. It is gluten-free, soy-free and palm oil free.
Range: Cheese blocks (Cheddar, Parmesan, Gouda, Mozzarella), Cheddar Cheeze Powder, Cheeze Sauce Mix, Vegan Feta in brine, Cream Cheese Spread and 5 Cheese Blend Shredded.
Shipping directly from Urban Platter website. Also available on Amazon.
3. Break of Dawn
Pardita Mascarenhas, the founder of Break of Dawn, began this brand’s journey with preservative-free, freshly made almond milk. Then moved to feta cheese and other dairy alternatives.
Made from almonds this cheese contains healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E, and no oil.
Range: Feta blocks in 6 variants — Plain, Basil, Chilli garlic, Sour Cream & Onion and the latest Cranberry Pista variant. Vegan parmesan (Almond based)
Can be made Jain on request.
Shipping directly from Break of Dawn in Mumbai. Also at pop-ups, and flea markets across the city.
Katharos, launched in 2019, which means ‘Pure’ in Greek is one of the early vegan cheese brands in Mumbai. Crafted by Jasmine who wanted a clean cheese for her plant-based meals.
Made of almonds and cashew, Katharos is without any chemicals, preservatives, oil, soya, dairy or gluten. The feta is WFPB (whole food plant based).
Range: Cheese Blocks (Mozzarella, Cheddar), Pizza Cheese Sauce, Soft Cheese Spreads (Peri-peri, Roasted Cumin, Black Pepper, Jalapeño, Nacho, Cheddar), Feta Cheese (Herbed, Spiced),
Shipping pan India via Amazon. Available at BigBasket, Urban Platter. Also at niche grocers across India
Homecraft promises to deliver vegan cheeses with flavours that are identical to dairy cheese — tastes like cheese but not cheese. This cheese is made with cashew nut, coconut, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast also with additives to bring out the cheese like consistency and flavours.
Range: Vegan Cheese Blocks — Mozzarella, Cheddar
Jain option is available on request.
Shipping from vegan-friendly marketplaces like Vvegano only within Mumbai. Available at niche stores like Greend India in select cities.
1ness’ founders Kajal and Dilip wish to build a range of taste-identical plant-based dairy alternatives.
The main ingredients in the cheeses are nuts, oil and starch. Vicotta is a fermented cheese made from cashews and modelled on traditional ricotta. Veganeer as the name suggests is a paneer alternative made from almonds, cashew and walnut oil. And Vozarella is your stretchy mozzarella!
Vicotta and Veganeer are Jain. But Vozarella is not Jain
Range: Vicotta (Vegan Ricotta Cheese), Veganeer (Vegan Paneer) and Vozzarella
Shipping from 1ness across Mumbai and at niche stores in select cities.
7. Millie’s Cheese
It was a personal problem that lead Millie Mitra to look for lactose-free dairy-free cheese options and experiments lead to the development and launch of Millie’s Cheese. Today this is a very popular brand of vegan cheeses. A clean and natural label brand with “No Nasties” and the main ingredients being nuts or tofu.
Range: Soft cheese in 4 flavours: Creamy Original, Burnt Red Chilly & Garlic, Rosemary & Herbs and Garlic & Pink Salt. Hard wheels in 4 flavours: Creamy Original, Burnt Chilli and Garlic, Sun-dried Tomato and Black Pepper.
Jain variants: Rosemary, thyme & oregano and creamy original spread.
Shipping from Millie’s across Bengaluru & Mumbai. Also at vegan pop-ups and niche shops in Bengaluru.
8. The Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl might be more famous for their sumptuous vegan desserts (especially their Freedom Cookies) but this vegan kitchen by brother-sister duo Tushar and Shamita also have some interesting fermented cashew cheese that they call anti-cheese!
Range: Soft cheeses in 4 flavours: Garlicky Fresh Basil, Lime+Pepper, Spicy Scallion, Zesty Jeera, Roasted Pepper.
Can be made Jain on request.
Shipping from The Orange Bowl across Mumbai
9. Health & Mo
Health and Mo by Madhavi makes organic and healthy vegan plant-based alternatives like tofu, seasonal fruit shakes, butter, cheese, curd and marinades.
The main ingredient in Health & Mo’s cheese is cashew.
Range: Herb cheese spread
Delivery from Health & Mo across Mumbai. Also at Farmers’ markets & pop-ups in Mumbai.
10. Plan B
Plan B is a premium range of plant-based vegan cheeses that promises a dairy cheese identical taste and texture. This plant-based cheese is made with a combination of coconut oil, starches and cashew. It is soy-free.
Range: Cheese slices (Classic, Cheddar), Cheese blocks (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Parmesan) and Cheese Shreds
Shipping from the brand website, amazon and vegan-friendly marketplaces like VVegano, Greend India.
Peta India 2022 Winner for the best cheese, Veclan is a relatively young plant-based brand that offers a range of vegan plant-based cheese and dips with a tagline that says “Skip the dairy but not the cheese.”
All the variants are made with coconut oil and potato starch along with flavours.
Range: Chease (Cheese) Slices, Cheese Shreds and Soft Cheese Spreads (Peri-Peri, Southwest, Tandoori)
Shipping from Amazon, Flipkart and vegan-friendly marketplaces like Vvegano.
Cheese is an award-winning vegan cheese made at Bute Island Vegan Creamery in Scotland and is now available in India.
The cheeses are made with coconut oil and a combination of starches.
Range: Vegan Blocks (Gouda, Wensleydale, Cheddar), Slices (Cheddar and Mozzarella), Grated Shreds (Mild Cheddar, Mature Cheddar)
Available at Nature’s Basket, Amazon. At vegan-friendly marketplaces like Vegan Dukan.
A new entrant in the vegan food business, NatureOnus has a range of vegan alternatives for dairy products.
The cheese variants are made with a combination of starch, coconut oil and cashew.
Range: Vegan Blocks: Mozzarella, Cheddar, Parmesan, Cheese Shreds
Shipping from Amazon and vegan-friendly marketplaces like Vvegano, Vegan Dukan.
14. Bombay Cheese Company
This company was founded by Anuradha, ex-Peta Head, this alternative dairy processing company uses mother nature to make dairy alternatives.
The cheese is made with potato starch, rice bran oil and flavours. Cheddar powder has rice powder.
Range: Cheese blocks: Cheddar & Mozzarella, Mild Cheddar Powder.
Shipping from the brand website. Available at vegan-friendly marketplaces like Vvegano, Vegan Dukan, and Urban Platter. Niche stores in select cities.
15. The Vegan Co Dip
This brand aims to make products that taste better and are healthier than their non-vegan counterparts.
The brand specialises in cheesy dips. The main ingredient is soybean oil.
Range: Plain, Jalapeno
Shipping from Amazon, Vegan Dukan. Available at niche stores in select cities.
This new brand has an ever-increasing range of plant-based food products. The cheese is made of coconut oil, cashew, nutritional yeast and in some variants potato starch.
Range: Cheese Blocks — Cheddar, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Slices (Classic, Cheddar), Cheese dip
Shipping pan India from Amazon, Vegan Dukan. Available at niche stores in select cities.
17. Angelo Cheese (Acquired by One Good)
Recently acquired by One Good, Angelo’s Cheese is delicious cheese made of cashew, peanuts, tapioca and agar-agar along with flavouring and herbs. The melt Mozz has psyllium husk too. The ingredients are clean. This brand offers healthy non-dairy cheese with amazing texture and mouth feel.
Range: Classic Mozzarella, Truffle Mozzarella, Melty Mozzarella, Parmesan
Shipping from One Good website to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi. Also available at niche vegan-friendly stores in select cities.
18. Alla’s Posh Flavours Vegan Parmesan
This is a customisable vegan parmesan. Made with nuts, garlic, sea salt, nutritional yeast flakes and dried basil. This is 100% Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and non-GMO. It can be used as a topping on pretty much anything and everything!
Range: Vegan Parmesan
Shipping from Amazon, Alla’s Posh Flavours’ website.
Another entrant in the blooming vegan food business with nuggets and cheese alternatives. Plantwise has shreds and spreads.
The cheese shreds are made of a combination of starches and sesame & coconut oil while the cheesy dips are made a combination of cashew, coconut oil and starch.
Range: Parmesan Cheese Shreds, Spreads — Classic, Pepper, Garlic.
Shipping from the brand website only in Delhi NCR.
A new brand on the block, Plantaway, a brand that has many mock meat variants has launched a vegan plant-based mozzarella that promises a creamy stretchy dairy-free cheese for pizzas or pasta.
This mozzarella is made with a combination of coconut oil, starches, seeds and nuts.
Range: Mozzarella Shreds
Available at vegan-friendly marketplaces like Vvegano.
21. Lucky Vegan Deli
Lucky Vegan Deli is an artisanal cheese brand based in Bangalore. They provide a variety of options that can be home delivered to you for the perfect occasion! They also have dips and side dishes that will be the best addition to your vegan charcuterie board when you have guests coming over!
Range- Savory Chèvre, Tofu Cream cheese, Chili Garlic Cream Cheese, Za’taar Chèvre
They accept orders via their Instagram.
Choose from this range of vegan plant-based cheeses to ensure your vegan dairy-free pasta, pizzas and sandwiches stay as delicious and cheesy!