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Last Updated : Nov 02,2018



मेन कोर्स वेज - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Main Course recipes in Hindi)
મેન કોર્સ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Main Course recipes in Gujarati)

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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Palak Bajra Khichdi
Recipe# 5712
01 Sep 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Stuffed to the core with iron, this khichdi is a treat for elders and the children in the family! Bajra itself is a very good source of iron… It has further been enriched with iron by combining it with moong dal and spinach. This khichdi is a real treat to overcome anemia. Remember to soak the ba ....
Paneer Tikka Masala, Green Pea and Paneer Tikka Masala
Recipe# 7546
16 May 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Juicy green peas and chunky paneer are coated with a peppy mix of veggies and spice powders to make a tongue-tickling treat! A flavourful marinade of assorted spice powders and dried fenugreek leaves makes the succulent cubes of paneer quite exciting to bite into, while a readily-available Jain toma ....
Aloo Frankie (  Wraps and Rolls)
Recipe# 32655
04 Aug 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Our very own roll, from the streets of Mumbai, the Aloo Frankie is the perfect snack for everyone! It is exciting, super tasty, filling and easy to make – name your need and it will fit the bill. The chatpata, spicy taste of the Frankie makes it ....
Chapati Roll with Vegetables
Recipe# 42102
13 Aug 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 ....
Burrito Bowl
Recipe# 40598
10 Aug 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Burrito Bowl sounds elaborate, but the fact is that it is not too time-consuming. Moreover, it is a satiating one-dish meal, which is completely worth the effort. Here, rice is boosted with colourful veggies, ketchup and appropriate seasonings; layered with refried beans, sour cream and unco ....
Soya Methi Dal Dhokli
Recipe# 7453
10 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Dhokli, a traditional Gujarati favourite is transformed into a diabetic-friendly treat by using whole-wheat flour, soya flour and fenugreek leaves. Combined with wholesome toovar dal, these healthy dhoklis are a sumptuous one dish fare for one and all. Although prepared with minimal fat, and without ....
Spicy Green Moong Dal Khichdi
Recipe# 39566
09 Aug 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes we yearn for the soothing comfort of homemade khichdi, but also feel like having something spicier. When in two minds, go for the Spicy Green Moong Dal Khichdi. Made of rice and wholesome green moong dal, this flavourful khichdi gets its punch from sautéed onion and garlic, along with a tr ....
Khoya Makhana
Recipe# 2405
09 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Makhana is a wonderful ingredient, much loved by youngsters and elders alike. Its dainty appearance and unique texture makes it appealing to even kids. Khoya Makhana is an exotic preparation of makhana, with the captivating flavour of ghee. The makhanas are deep-fried in ghee and cooked in a r ....
Dal Baati Churma
Recipe# 3645
09 Aug 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
This three-in-one treat is a typical Rajasthani treat. The Rajasthanis specialise in serving sweet and savoury dishes in combinations that steal the heart and delight the taste buds. A platter of semi-sweet Churma, spicy Dal and deep-fried Baati, is one ....
Paneer in White Gravy
Recipe# 61
05 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Deliciously soft paneer in a rich and luscious gravy, which is sure to make your main course very, very special. The gravy features a rich onion-cashew paste, perked up with a special powder and whole spices. The red chillies and coriander seeds are powdered coarsely using a mortar-pestle, whi ....
Spicy Mixed Dal
Recipe# 60
21 Aug 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
With five protein-rich dals, this Spicy Mixed Dal version combines curds and traditional spices to give a tangy, spicy, delectable accompaniment for parathas ....
Batata Chips Nu Shaak
Recipe# 4335
16 May 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Completely unique, the Batata Chips nu Shaak is sure to enthrall your taste buds with its amazing crunch and irresistible flavour. Crispy fried potato strips are tossed with sautéed cashews, aromatic seeds and spice powders to make a wonderful shaak that combines beautifully with rotis, puris or ste ....
Methi Malai Paneer Subzi, Restaurant Style Sabzi
Recipe# 42010
09 Oct 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
The appetizing bitterness of methi, the royal creaminess of malai and the succulence of paneer come together to make an awesome subzi that tops the chart of favourites in most Indian restaurants. A paste of cashew nut, tomatoes, onions and spices adds to the luscious mouth-feel of the Methi Malai Pa ....
Jowar and Vegetable Paratha ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40361
31 Jul 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Generally, people are wary of packing millet based Rotis for lunch because they think it would harden. However, when prepared with the right mix of wheat flour and other ingredients like vegetables and spices, they remain soft and tasty f ....
Penne with Spinach in Low Calorie White Sauce
Recipe# 5588
24 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Who does not drool at the thought of a creamy white sauce? Nevertheless, white sauce loaded with refined flour, butter and milk is hardly a healthy option. Here, in this innovative creation, whole wheat penne is tossed in a unique low-calorie white sauce made with minimal quantity of low-fat butter, ....
Onion and Karela Sabzi
Recipe# 7452
28 Aug 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Wonderfully flavourful, this Onion and Karela Sabzi is perked up not just by the pungency of onions, but also by the aroma of roasted sesame seeds and the tanginess of amchur powder. Together, these ingredients complement the bitterness of karela very well, making
Spicy Vegetable Pulao
Recipe# 2216
26 Jul 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Have you ever wondered how common ingredients result in a wide range of delectable dishes when cooked smartly with varied cooking techniques and in balanced proportions? here is an example to prove this point. The spicy vegetable pulao features a common blend of veggies and everyday spices, yet the ....
Dal Fry
Recipe# 1965
25 Jul 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
From roadside dhabhas to global Indian restaurants, almost all diners serve this all-time favourite Dal Fry. A mixture of moong and masoor dal cooked to perfection and perked up with an aromatic tempering along with fried onions and tomatoes, this dal has a very pleasing texture and irresistib ....
Carrot Paratha
Recipe# 42355
23 Jul 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Game to sink your teeth into a mouth-watering all-in-one paratha? This Carrot Paratha perfectly matches that description. The sweet taste of carrots perked up with crunchy onions and spicy ingredients like ginger and green chillies makes these whole wheat parathas truly awesome. After you kn ....
Basic Toovar Dal Recipe, Toor Dal
Recipe# 42289
24 Jul 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Easy though it is to make, the Basic Toovar Dal is the ultimate comfort food for many Indians! It hardly requires any effort and uses only common, everyday ingredients that you are sure to have at home. All you need to do is pressure-cook the dal with onions and tomatoes, and cook it further for ....
Sev Tameta, Gujarati Sev Tameta Nu Shaak Recipe
Recipe# 605
23 Nov 14

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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 ....
Rajgira Paratha  (  Gluten Free Recipe)
Recipe# 38601
11 Feb 19

 
 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.
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 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again