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Main Course Recipes , Indian Veg Course Recipe

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 main course. 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 Subzis

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. 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 Flatbreads

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 . 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 Dals and Kadhi

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! 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 Rice

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.


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Matki and Jowar Paratha
Recipe# 41005
Yesterday

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
This fabulous Matki and Jowar Paratha is very effective in recharging your iron levels during pregnancy. Boiled and crushed matki is mixed with a dough of whole wheat flour and jowar flour to make these luscious parathas. The addition of boiled matki makes these parathas quite soft and flavour ....
Beetroot Tikkis in Spinach Gravy
Recipe# 39644
Yesterday

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A beautiful subzi for valuable good health, Beetroot Tikkis in Spinach Gravy features a colourful and thoughtful combination of ingredients. Beetroot and carrot together with tangy spices gives rise to a lip-smacking tikki that goes just too well with the garlic-flavoured spinach gravy. Beetroot bei ....
Soya Mutter Pulao ( Chawal )
Recipe# 38449
Yesterday

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Unbelievably tasty yet easy to prepare, the Soya Mutter Pulao is a wholesome treat that your entire family will love. It features an interesting combination of soya chunks and green peas, which contrast each other well in appearance, flavour and texture too. While the pulao does feature the standard ....
Creamy Cauliflower
Recipe# 57
18 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A creamy, soothing curry made with cauliflower, onions and tomatoes in a mildly-flavoured white base. Onion, ginger and chillies together give the curry a very pleasant flavour without any overpowering spices. It is interesting to note that the ‘creamy’ consistency is brought about using a combinati ....
Kadhi ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 607
31 May 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Kadhi is inseparable from gujarati cuisine. It is basically a wonderful sweet and spicy curd mixture thickened with gram flour, which can be enhanced in many ways using other ingredients like pakoras and koftas. This simple dish requires tact and perfection, which comes from practice. Remember never ....
Methi Thepla, Thepla Recipe Without Curds for Traveller
Recipe# 40726
17 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Nothing like theplas to carry along on a journey. Not only are they very tasty with the superb flavour and aroma of methi, they are also satiating and convenient. To make these theplas we have used a whole wheat flour dough with a large assortment of taste-giving ingredients ranging from green c ....
Kulcha, Plain Kulcha, Butter Kulcha
Recipe# 41472
15 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A delicious Indian bread that is very popular in North India, and in Indian restaurants all over the world, the Kulcha has a unique texture and taste that make it a special treat for the palate. It has a neutral taste, with the appetizing aroma and mild flavour ....
Doodhi and Chana Dal Subzi
Recipe# 39678
14 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Everyday fare, the Doodhi and Chana Dal Subzi is a wealth of good health. Rich in protein and folic acid, thanks to chana dal and doodhi, this subzi can be prepared easily and quickly provided you have soaked the dal earlier. The best part is that this no-fuss, no-sweat recipe is made with ingredien ....
Bhinda Sambhariya ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 595
20 Sep 16

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bhinda sambhariya is an irresistible preparation of fresh okras, stuffed with an exciting sesame-tinged coconut and coriander mixture, and cooked in its own juice. Choose very small and tender okras for the best flavour, and enjoy its juicy feel combined with typical gujarati spices. This dish is a ....
Hakka Noodles ( Chinese Cooking )
Recipe# 318
14 Sep 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Hakka noodles are tossed in with vegetable juliennes, chilies, spring onions, crushed white pepper and a dash of chili oil. These noodles taste wonderful served with vinegar, chili and soya sauces. Try chopping up colorful vegetables and crunchy vegetables like broccoli and baby corn to give the noo ....
Methi Malai Mutter
Recipe# 4087
22 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The slightly sweet, nutty taste of green peas combines famously with the mild bitterness of fenugreek in this traditional North Indian Subzi which goes fabulously well with
Badami Paneer
Recipe# 22498
10 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Finger-licking fare, this truly is! Succulent cubes of cottage cheese are cooked in a luxurious paste of almonds and onions, along with a horde of spice powders that add a lot of zing to this intensely rich dish. Although the almond paste seems similar to the cashew-onion paste that is used in ....
Healthy Broccoli Fried Rice Recipe
Recipe# 42504
14 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Bursting with protein power and the goodness of antioxidants , broccoli is a nutri-dense veggie worth including in your everyday diet. Being
Cabbage Foogath
Recipe# 32849
07 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is a dry vegetable dish made with cabbage. Other vegetables like beans, cluster beans, sabre beans, carrots etc can also be prepared in a similar way. One such dry curry is always served along with a traditional south indian lunch.
Lemon Rice ( South Indian Recipes )
Recipe# 32891
07 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A hassle-free lunch-box option, lemon rice is a favourite with young and old alike in southern india! lemon adds the tanginess, while the tempering imparts the aroma to this simple rice delicacy.
Sev Tameta, Gujarati Sev Tameta Nu Shaak Recipe
Recipe# 605
23 Apr 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A quick but delectable preparation of tomatoes tempered with cumin seeds and ginger, served with sev. Sev is a deep-fried, vermicelli-like snack made with gram flour. It is so common that it is found in almost all stores, right from the street vendors to the large supermarkets! All in all, this is a ....
Rajma Brown Rice, Low Salt Recipe
Recipe# 42032
06 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Rajma Chawal is one of the most famous rice preparations in North India, specially the Delhi region. It is a convenient option to carry in lunch boxes too, as it is satiating and flavour-packed. Here is a healthy version of this North Indian rice delicacy made using brown rice and with lower sal ....
Pav Bhaji
Recipe# 2813
04 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A hurried meal for the man in the street. This is a spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy served with pav that is cooked with butter. This is truly an innovation that arose out of the necessity of providing a nice hot meal in a hurry and one that tickles the taste buds. When I am lazy to ....
Rajgira Paratha  (  Gluten Free Recipe)
Recipe# 38601
Yesterday

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Though not very commonly used, rajgira flour combines beautifully with potatoes in these peppery parathas. The potatoes ensure that the parathas remain soft. Serve these parathas with spicy green chutney and curds.
Lemon Rice Recipe ( Microwave)
Recipe# 35109
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Lemon Rice is an all-time favourite rice preparation in South India, where it is made on a regular basis for lunch or dinner, offered as prasad to devotees at temples, served as part of a wedding spread, and carried frequently in the dabba to work or school. With a holistic flavour that combin ....
Pasta in White Sauce
Recipe# 40459
01 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
White sauce, with its soothing texture and flavour, plays host to not just perfectly cooked fusilli but also a medley of colourful and crunchy veggies. Colourful capsicums, vibrant broccoli and crunchy baby corn endow this dish with a splash of colours, which is pretty to behold and tempting to bite ....
Sindhi Koki
Recipe# 4383
31 Aug 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The wondrous dishes that each Indian community contributes to our nation’s cuisine is just remarkable! The Sindhi Koki is a fabulous roti prepared with a dough of whole wheat flour perked up with a large array of flavour enhancers like onions and coriander to cumin seeds and pomegranate seeds. ....
Kadai Paneer Subzi
Recipe# 58
Yesterday

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 by Tarla Dalal
Treat yourself to this fine subzi, made in traditional kadai paneer style, spiced up with an assortment of spices and pastes. The addition of dried fenugreek leaves gives the Kadai Paneer Subzi its characteristic taste, while capsicum and tomatoes complement the paneer well in texture, flavour a ....
Baked Vegetables in Spinach Sauce
Recipe# 72
28 Aug 18

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by Tarla Dalal
Baked Vegetables in Spinach Sauce is a sumptuous preparation of assorted vegetables in a creamy sauce that is reinforced with spinach puree. The spinach adds a new dimension to the white sauce, making it more colourful and tastier too. Myriad veggies add flavour, crunch and a delightful splash of co ....
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Main Course
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 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again
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