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Indian Main Course Vegetarian Recipes, Main Dish Recipes

In any meal, the main course comprises the most filling and important part of the meal. The main course is served after the starters or snacks and is followed by the dessert. It may be made up of a single sumptuous dish, or a combination of a couple of dishes. It is common to find Subzis, curries or Dal served with Roti, parathas or rice as part of the Indian main course recipes.

On the other hand, dishes like biryanis, pasta, pizzas and baked dishes make up one-dish meals. When planning a menu, one must focus on the main course because it leaves a lasting impression on the diners, being the most comprehensive course of the meal. One dish meals are generally easy to make which ensure you never sleep with an empty stomach as they are also quite filling.

Indian Main Course Recipes, Subzis

Aloo Gobi Methi Tuk
Aloo Gobi Methi Tuk

Subzis/Sabzis are vegetables , pulses/dals cooked with a myriad of spices and tempered with aromatic, flavorful ingredients like cumin/mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafetida. Indian cuisine is vast and food of every region is influenced not only by locally available ingredients but also, cultural background of the community and seasonal availability. The markets are flooded with a number of gourds like bottle gourd, bitter gourd during summers. Whereas with the arrival of monsoon, the markets brim with luscious, green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek leaves, dill leaves.

Winters showcase green garlic, mogri, fresh toovar, yam that are used to make winter special traditional subzis. Vegetables like tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, beetroot are available around the year.

Badami PaneerBadami Paneer

In case of North India, the sabzis make abundant use of dairy products and rich ingredients like dry fruits. Southern India uses vegetables like jackfruit, yam, raw banana, yellow banana, ash gourd and pumpkin with coconut milk and curry leaves to cook an array of dishes. In western Indian states like Gujarat, they make use of a combination of vegetables perked up with a sweet ingredient like jaggery/sugar giving it a spicy-sweet flavor and in regions like Rajasthan, they make use of lots of curd/ buttermilk instead of water. Eastern India makes use of panch phooran masala to enhance the flavor of subzis. Explore subzis from all over India in our section and make delectable Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Manglorean Drumstick Curry, Rasawala Sev Tameta, Bengali Style Jackfruit Curry, Dahi Bhindi ki Subji, Shahi Paneer Mutter

Indian Main Course Recipes, Flatbreads

Butter NaanButter Naan

Indian flatbreads like roti, chapatti and parathas are mostly made with wheat flour but, you can also make use of plain flour or multigrain flour. They are usually served with subzis and dals or with accompaniments like achaar and curd. Each region has its specific type of flatbread and indigenous ways of making them. Parathas can be made into different varieties by stuffing them with vegetables or a combination of vegetable and cheese/paneer, seasoned with enough spices to make delectable stuffed parathas.

Cooking in the tandoor is another aspect widely used for making crispy yet soft flatbreads. Tandoori Naan, Tandoori Kulcha, Tandoori Laccha Paratha, Tandoori Missi Roti and Tandoori roti are some popular flatbreads made in a clay pot oven and tastes amazing with North Indian gravies and Mughlai subzis. Aloo kulcha and Paneer kulcha smeared with butter taste amazing as they are and can be relished as breakfast with a tall glass of sweet lassi.

PurisPuris

Puris are the perfect accompaniment for certain subzis like aloo bhaji , oondhiya and desserts like shrikhand, aamraas. These deep-fried , piping hot puris are surely soul satiating if not thought about the number of calories consumed. You can even enhance the taste by adding various spices, beetroot/ palak puree or sometimes using different flours and leafy vegetables to make delights like Masala Puris Served with Curds and Chunda a common breakfast in Gujarati households. Spinach Puri, Beetroot Puri, Nachni Soya Puri, Phudina Puri are some variants you can try.

Indian Main Course Recipes, Dals and Kadhi

Dal Tadka
Dal Tadka

For most Indians, lunch and dinner are incomplete without dal or kadhi with rice. Dals are a staple in India. They are lentils cooked and tempered with whole spices and seeds, while some are enhanced using masala pastes. Peppy ingredients like kokum, lemon juice, tamarind are added to give a zingy flavor whereas jaggery /sugar balances the tangy taste. An addition of coconut paste, crushed groundnuts, cream boosts the flavor fourfold. Traditional Indian meals feature dal as it acts like a soupy accompaniment and also provides with the necessary daily nutrients for a healthy body. No matter whether it is prepared as Rasam or as Maa ki Dal, Dal Banjari or as Dal Tadka, every region has its favourite dals and every meal is sure to include a bowl of it!

KadhiKadhi

Kadhi is another soupy accompaniment made using curd/buttermilk and besan. The flavor highly relies on the tempering and can be enhanced by adding vegetables or pakodi. Punjabi Pakoda Kadhi from the North , Kokum Kadhi, Gatte ki Kadhi from west, have a look at these wide ranges of Kadhis and try these simple side dish to enjoy with rice, khichdi or sometimes even with roti/rotla.

Indian Main Course Vegetarian Recipes, Rice

Restaurant Style Tomato PulaoRestaurant Style Tomato Pulao

There are numerous types of rice available in India which are used to make different varieties of rice preparation. Basmati rice is used for Biryani/pulao, Surti Kolam is used for khichdi, parboiled rice is used to make idli and dosa batters. They can be served plain or with currys/kadhi and dal or transformed into a delicious one-dish meal. From traditional Biryani, Curd Rice, Khichdi to Creamy Beetroot Risotto, Chinese Fried Rice, Mexican Rice we have them all. Whether you want to cook something in a jiffy or something elegant with elaborate preparation , you can find a rice dish for every occasion.

Enjoy our collection of Indian Main Course Vegetarian Recipes given below. 


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Methi Pitla ( Healthy Subzi)
Recipe# 37842
Yesterday

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by Tarla Dalal
Methi Pitla is a simple yet tasty Maharashtrian delicacy that can be rustled up in a jiffy to enrich your diet with iron, folic acid and zinc too. Zinc plays an important role in maintaining your immunity levels, and also lends a stunning glow to your skin. Just make sure you serve the Pitla immedia ....
Cheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao
Recipe# 33092
Yesterday

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by Tarla Dalal
A unique tiffin that your kid is sure to love! Children are generally very fond of the flavour and texture of cheese, but sometimes parents find it challenging to pack cheese-based foods in the snack box as it tends to get chewy. But, this Cheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao is a delightful option, w ....
Dal Banjari
Recipe# 3884
Yesterday

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The intense flavour of urad dal with its skin on is simply brilliant compared to the relatively bland de-skinned version. Together with chana dal and an assortment of spices, green chillies and onions, it transforms into a delicious dal that will make you lick your fingers! It is better to serve the ....
Masala Karela
Recipe# 7462
12 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
You will be amazed by how effectively grated cauliflower masks the bitterness of karela, making it a delicacy that even kids would not mind eating. Perked up with onion, coriander and spice powders, Masala Karela is a treat to the taste buds, and a wonder food for your body too, as karela contains a ....
Stuffed Buckwheat Paratha (  Gluten Free Recipe )
Recipe# 38910
21 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A typically mexican style stuffing adds volume and taste to these buckwheat parathas, which need just a bowl of soup to add up to a filling meal. Buckwheat flour can also be replaced with maize flour in these delicious parathas.
Jowar and Moong Dal Khichdi
Recipe# 42672
21 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
An excellent and super healthy recipe made with whole jowar and moong dal to give an amazing khichdi. You can even perk up this khichdi by adding some spices to it and maybe even throw in some veget ....
Papad Mangodi ki Subzi
Recipe# 3866
21 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
What a match – moong dal mangodi and urad dal papads! When this wholesome and tasty combo meets tangy curds and an assortment of spice powders, you get a spicy, tongue-tickling subzi. A simple tempering of mustard and cumin seeds imparts an irresistible aroma to the Papad Mangodi ki Subzi. Add the p ....
Kadai Paneer
Recipe# 2765
21 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
When you go to a restaurant and wish to order a dish that everyone will like, Kadai Paneer is one of the first options that is voted for! This all-time favourite paneer dish is so popular because of the rich texture and intense flavour of the gravy, which results from the interplay of ingredient ....
Aloo Paratha,  Punjabi Aloo Paratha Recipe
Recipe# 37300
21 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Aloo Paratha is a dish wish a universal appeal! While north Indians like to have it any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, South Indians too have borrowed this dish from the north and incorporated it into their supper and dinner menus. What makes these whole wheat parathas so app ....
Chapati Roll with Vegetables
Recipe# 42102
21 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
A bright and juicy medley of veggies are rolled up inside chapatis to make a sumptuous snack that can be enjoyed for dinner with a bowl of soup, or served to kids when they return from school. We have chosen a wide assortment of veggies to make this roll, combining different colours, textures an ....
Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja
Recipe# 40603
21 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Amongst traditional Bengali recipes, Baingan Bhaja is an evergreen favourite. The original recipe involves shallow-frying the baingan in lots of oil till it is succulent and aromatic. We have tweaked the recipe smartly to get the same awesome results with minimal ....
Baked Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce
Recipe# 2210
21 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Baked Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce is an all-time favourite pasta preparation that appeals to all with its simple yet tangy flavour. Here, the spaghetti is cooked in a flavourful tomato sauce, garnished with cheese, and baked till perfectly done. When making tomato-based sauces for pastas, it is ....
Kaju Mutter Masala
Recipe# 41714
16 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Cashews in and out make this dish the super awesome treat that it is. Perfect for cashew lovers, the Kaju Mutter Masala features crispy cashews and soft green peas in a creamy, tangy, masaledar gravy. The gravy is quite rich, made of cashews, tomatoes, fresh cream and spice powders. While this r ....
Paneer in Manchurian Sauce
Recipe# 86
Today

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by Tarla Dalal
While on a tired day, you might settle for having Fried Rice with chilli-garlic sauce or tomato ketchup, on a more leisurely day you would surely want to have a more exciting accompaniment, like this spicy Paneer in Manchurian Sauce! Paneer, a few other commonly av ....
Stuffed Paneer Bajra Roti
Recipe# 766
14 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Bajra is the staple diet in many parts of north-western india, where the locals enjoys it with garlic chutney, jaggery and homemade butter.
Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka
Recipe# 30903
14 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
The Dal tadka is a regular feature for most of us while eating out at a Punjabi restaurant. However few of us realize that this dish can be prepared with ease in your very own kitchen at nearly one-fifth the price. Made with split red l ....
Cheesy Vegetable Pizza
Recipe# 1822
14 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Cheese and veggies are probably the two things that first come to mind when one thinks of pizzas! Here, cheese and veggies are once again the heroes of the show, but with an exciting twist. In this Cheesy Vegetable Pizza, a thin pizza is coated with a creamy cheese sauce, topped with sautéed veggies ....
Mixed Vegetables – Bhopali Style
Recipe# 1495
14 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Creamy and colourful, bhopali style mixed vegetables is a perfect accompaniment – be it for a normal day or a party. Take your pick of vegetables but try to toss in one of every colour. The veggies are cooked with a common masala paste and a good dose of milk and cream, not to forget a crispy shallo ....
French Beans Foogath ( Jain Recipe)
Recipe# 7539
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Foogath is a Goan way of cooking vegetables, with coconut and curry leaves. Perhaps due to the Konkani influence, foogath is very similar to the vegetable curries of everyday south Indian cooking. The roasted urad dal and asafoetida give the French Beans Foogath an aromatic appeal even without using ....
Paneer Pulao ( Pressure Cooker )
Recipe# 33366
14 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Paneer pulao, neatly cut cubes of paneer, sautéed to golden brown colour and cooked with rice and spices. Rajma curry. The paneer cubes do not break even if pressure cooked hence venture to make this dish without any fear.
Methi Oats Roti
Recipe# 40149
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These sumptuous rotis are made with a fibre-rich dough of whole wheat flour and quick rolled oats perked up with iron-rich fenugreek leaves. You can use any other greens of your choice too. This imparts a little softness to the rotis enabling you to reduce the amount of oil used to prepare them. How ....
Sprouted Moong Khichdi, Microwave Recipe
Recipe# 669
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Let’s try making khichdi with an interesting twist! Here, normal moong dal is replaced with sprouted moong, and the effect is awesome. Add to this a tongue-tickling masala of coconut, coriander seeds, spice powders etc. and you get a fabulous S ....
Baingan Bharta, Veg Punjabi Baingan Bharta Recipe
Recipe# 30886
08 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Punjabi food incorporates very innovative cooking methods, be it the use of the tandoor or the concept of cooking vegetables directly over the flame thus endowing the vegetable with a great smoky flavour. The Punjabi Baingan Bharta has many fans all over the world. Baingan or brinjal cooked direct ....
Mixed Vegetable Subzi, Restaurant Style Sabzi
Recipe# 41174
07 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
The rich hue, strong aroma and irresistible taste of this Mixed Vegetable Sabzi will make you addicted to it! A gravy of tomatoes, onions and cashewnuts forms the base of this marvelous creation, which features a horde of colourful and juicy veggies, which are sautéed separately in oil and then ....
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 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again