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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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Recipe# 40413
26 Sep 15

 
 
by Ta Nuja
No reviews
This is a very tasty dish, prepared with moong dal sprouts cooked in thin buttermilk along with few spices.
Recipe# 40383
07 Dec 15

 
 by Uma Pandit
No reviews
This recipe is a very simple and home style version wrap. It is highly nutritious and lots of energy. This soya quesadillas is very unique and lip-smacking dish.
Bengali Vegetable Pulao
Recipe# 39916
31 Dec 14

 
 
by Uttam Kumar
No reviews
This pulav has a sweet taste to it with desi ghee and mostly in Durga Pooja you get it in Bhog and can enjoy with pumpkin curry.
Orange Pomegranate Rice
Recipe# 39917
08 Jul 15

 
 
by Anu Nagaraja
No reviews
Orange Pomegranate Rice, an unusual combination of rice and fruits with flavours ranging from tangy, spicy to sweet. It is indeed a delightful preparation that is sure to satiate your taste buds and your tummy!
Recipe# 39938
09 Aug 16

 
 
by Foodie #618979
No reviews
Usually we love chinese but what if you are on a diet to lose weight try this you will definitely not miss chinese or tasty food more over this is low in calories and low in fat.
Recipe# 39949
24 Jan 15

 
 
by Foodie #627191
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I have hobby of cooking and every week I try to cook new recipe.and this recipe came in my mind.
Recipe# 39963
24 Jan 15

 
 by sbhatter05
No reviews
For such a simple dish, you will be surprised at how much flavor this has! Broccoli is equally delicious prepared this way."
Recipe# 39974
13 Jan 15

 
 by meera girdhar
No reviews
Winters are on. Paneer is a rich source of proteins. I added sesame seeds and served it with assorted vegetables to create taste and nutrition combo for family.
Recipe# 39975
18 Jun 15

 
 by Shailaja Reddy
No reviews
Sesame Seeds Rice, a simple, delicious crunchy and nutty rice features a wonderful balance of flavours. Tamarind gives it a perfect tang, while the green chillies in the tempering gives it the perfect spice.
Recipe# 39984
29 Jan 15

 
 by Cherrie
No reviews
One can never eat enough in winters. One very common winter dish is Bajra ki Roti, an Indian bread. when you add til to already healthy and rich in calcium bajra you get an amazing Indian bread
Recipe# 39988
29 Jan 15

 
 by Dhara Mehta
No reviews
Enjoy the nutritive value and relish on the seasonal fever of Til . Deep fried baby potatoes smeared in thick gravy of onion and tomatoes and various spices will surely leave its taste in your palate and you will yearn for it more.
Recipe# 39990
31 Jan 15

 
 by Neerja Deva
No reviews
Kathi rolls with the crunch of sesame seeds that would leave a nutty after flavor. This is a complete meal in itself, upto you what time of the day you want to enjoy it.
Recipe# 40015
23 Feb 15

 
 by AJD1320
No reviews
My lovely 2.5 year old little bunch of joy loves the idea of colourful food. Being a terrible towy she hates monotonous food and gives me tough meal times, so i innovated this dosa recipe to excite her tastebuds.
Bhindi ka Salan
Recipe# 40028
09 Mar 15

 
 by Veggie bus
No reviews
Bhindi or Okra is an all time favourite in my house hold.I prepare it for main course in many forms.One of the way of preparing okra is this Bhindi ka salan. This coconut based gravy can be used to prepare Mirchi ka salan too.The recipe is fast and amazingly tasty and can be prepared in gatherings ....
Recipe# 39777
20 Nov 14

 
 by Foodie #623183
No reviews
Bhoona khichdi is something the Bengalis offer to God in any Puja.BGobindo bhog rice is essential to get the perfect aromatic bhoona khicdi for puja. In puja usually vegetables are not added. For daily eating,basmati rice can be used and adding vegetables is a good choice to make it more healthy pro ....
Shallow Fried Baingan with Tangy Gravy
Recipe# 39805
27 Nov 14

 
 by Swapnil Thakkar
No reviews
Baingan is dipped in masala n shallow fried on pan. Served with steamy tangy gravy/curry made from curd Too hot and spicy/tangy dish to have with roti in chilled winter!
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Main Course
5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again