13 Easiest Edible Plants to Grow Indoors

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
Sakshi Kasat
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Sakshi Kasat, an indoor gardener and content creator from Indore, India, transitioned from teaching to follow her gardening passion during the pandemic. She's an expert in indoor gardening, with over 150 articles published. Her favorite plant, the Peace Lily, reflects her mission to inspire others. In gardening and writing, she finds pure inspiration and contentment.

Looking for greens that you can grow with ease inside your home or apartments? Here are some of the Easiest Edible Plants to Grow Indoors!

The concept of growing your own food is becoming popular in condor living culture as it provides organic harvest. If you live in an urban apartment and want to enjoy a fresh harvest of greens, then you can do so with these Easiest Edible Plants to Grow Indoors! 

Here are some best vegetables to grow in pots

Easiest Edible Plants to Grow Indoors

1. Carrot / Gajar

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Botanical Name: Daucus carota subsp. sativus

Mildly sweet carrot is cherished in pickles, mix veg, and pudding. Carrots can do well indoors in 6-8 hours of sunlight. They require less space but deeper pots with drainage holes to thrive.

2. Tomatoes / Tamatar

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

No Indian vegetable dish taste complete without the tarty essence of tomatoes. This warmth-loving veggie can be grown indoors by choosing a small variety. Does well in plenty of sunlight.

Tip: Opt for cherry tomatoes, as it is easy to maintain and requires less staking support.

3. Potatoes / Aaloo

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Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum

Starchy potatoes are the staple of Indian households that pair well with every vegetable. They also take less space and harvest quickly! Use at least a 12-inches deep pot and provide 6-8 hours of sunlight.

4. Green Beans

Botanical Name: Phaseolus vulgaris

The green beans are an integral part of savory recipes, thanks to the subtle taste. They are quick to grow, and like all the veggies, the plant does well in bright sunlight and moist soil.

5. Chilli / Mirchi

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Botanical name: Capsicum annuum

The chili is used to impart spiciness in the ‘Tadka’ recipes, and growing them indoors has a bonus of harvesting them instantly. Place the pot where it can get 5-6 hours of sunlight daily.

6. Mustard Greens / Sarso ki Bhaji

Botanical Name: Brassica juncea

Nothing can beat the deliciousness of sarso ka sag paired with Makka roti. Mustard greens have a crumpled texture with a peppery flavor. Just avoid overwatering the plant while growing indoors.

7. Corriander / Dhaniya

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Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum

Indian dishes are incomplete without the coriander garnishing. Before sowing, crush the seeds to split them into two. Keep it where it can get 4-5 hours of full sun. The leaves can be harvested within 5-6 weeks.

8. Lemongrass

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon

The lemony note of lemongrass is popular for flavoring herbal teas.  It is a sun-loving plant and will do well near a south-facing window. You can also grow it on a windowsill.

9. Amaranthus / Cholai / Laal Saag

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Botanical Name: Amaranthus viridis

The red-purple leaves of amaranthus taste delicious when sauteed with onions, garlic, and spices. Keep the pot in semi-shade until the seeds sprout. Once it matures, give it a full sunlight exposure.

10. Sorrel / Ambad bhaji/ Pitwa

Botanical Name: Rumex acetosa

The tarty sorrel leaves are a great addition to soups, salads, and sauces. The arrow-shaped leaves come in two types- Garden sorrel, used in soups, and french sorrel, which goes well in salads.

11. Garlic Greens / Lahsun

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Botanical Name: Allium sativum

The sharp garlic-like flavor of garlic green complements salads. Plant sprouted garlic in the pot with regular potting soil and provide 5-6 hours of sunlight exposure to the plant.

12. Radish / Mooli

Botanical Name: Raphanus sativus

This root vegetable is a sumptuous addition to salads, thanks to its peppery flavor and crispy texture. The radish needs a deep container with well-draining and organic soil.

13. Herbs

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Famous for their medicinal properties, herbs add a distinctive flavor to dishes. Ranging from chives, oregano, mint, rosemary, to thyme, you can grow any of them indoors. Just make sure to water them regularly and provide 6-8 hours of sunlight.

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