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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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Gujarati Style Urad Dal Recipe
Recipe# 42231
05 Mar 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Next time you decide to make dal, reach out to the jar of urad and make this tasty Gujarati Style Urad Dal Recipe! Subtly flavoured with curds and a dash of spices, this dal has a homely but very satiating taste. You can prepare this dish earlier on, but bef ....
Baked Beans and Potato Baked Dish
Recipe# 2211
05 Mar 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Close your eyes, think of everything you like, open your eyes and you will find them in this dish! Baked Beans and Potato Baked Dish is made with common ingredients but arranged artistically to create a huge impact. Fresh cabbage leaves, baked beans, potato slices, white sauce and cheese are set per ....
Jain Pav Bhaji  (using Raw Bananas)
Recipe# 40058
26 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
If you thought Pav Bhaji cannot be made without potatoes, then this recipe will be an eye-opener for you. Made with raw bananas and other vegetables spiced up with red chilli paste and pav bhaji masala, this delicious bhaji tastes as wonderful as the original, especially after you garnish it with le ....
Baked Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce
Recipe# 2210
19 Apr 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 ....
Aloo and Paneer Roll
Recipe# 39145
23 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Fresh rotis lined with green chutney play host to an astounding stuffing of potatoes and paneer flavoured naturally with chillies, coriander, mint and cumin. A scrumptious salad accompanies the soft potato-based stuffing to add an exciting crunch to the aloo paneer roll.
Chapati Roll with Vegetables
Recipe# 42102
23 Feb 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 ....
Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat
Recipe# 33336
09 Mar 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bisi Bele Bhaat, a traditional spicy rice dish from Karnataka is quite addictive – served piping hot topped with lots of ghee and accompanied by fried papads and a cool raita, it is almost impossible to say no to this One Dish Meal. Check out for many more wholesome, quick and easy to prepare, one ....
Dal Dhokli ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 578
23 Nov 14

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by Tarla Dalal
Dal dhokli is a sunday morning delight in most traditional gujarati households! a perfect combination of spiced whole wheat flour dhoklis simmered in Gujarati dal, this can be classified as a sumptuous one-dish meal, but you could also serve it with rice to make it all the more tasty and wholesome. ....
Paneer Pulao, Quick Paneer Pulao Recipe
Recipe# 1747
11 Apr 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Long-grained basmati rice, pressure-cooked in tangy tomato-based gravy interspersed with spongy cottage cheese cubes, the paneer pulao is a toothsome treat that will delight your family and friends! Enjoy this pulao as it is or have it with
Kaddu Palak ki Roti ( Indian Cooking)
Recipe# 1984
08 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Red pumpkin and spinach – what a brilliant twosome! A lesson in contrasts, the two are different in everything from colour and texture to flavour, yet they complement each other beautifully, especially in this wonderful recipe. The best part is that this Kaddu Palak ki Roti is also very easy t ....
Palak Paratha, Punjabi Palak Paratha, Spinach Paratha
Recipe# 30914
06 Feb 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
In this fast paced world none of us have the time to eat healthy. But here's an easy and quick recipe that combines great taste and healthy green vegetables to give you a parathas that's full wholesome goodness. Punjabi food lives up to its reputation of being ver ....
Corn Soya Koftas in Malwani Gravy
Recipe# 22428
05 Feb 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Perfect choice for the cold, rainy day, when you want to wake your sleeping senses with a spicy malwani gravy! a traditional recipe, from the heart of the maharashtra, the green gravy with coconut milk and the garden fresh feel of coriander, are indeed a pleasure to accost! not only a sensory deligh ....
Tava Pulao, Tawa Pulao Recipe
Recipe# 33427
08 Apr 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Tava pulao, another quick treat off the Pav Bhaji cart is yet another popular street food of Mumbai. This delicious pulao is prepared in advance by the vendor, and shares a place on the pav bhaji tawa. It is swiftly portioned out onto serving plates when the orders flow in, to appease the severe ....
Shalgam ki Subzi
Recipe# 22802
04 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Shalgam or turnip, a member of the radish family that tastes much milder, is a winter vegetable that is strongly associated with Punjabi cuisine. In fact, no other cuisine makes such extensive use of the vegetable. Turnips cook easily, and ....
Methi Papad
Recipe# 4330
31 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Methi Papad is a mouthwatering delicacy that provides you a clear taste of Gujarati cuisine – simple yet irresistibly tasty! A thin sauce like preparation with fenugreek leaves and a traditional tempering, is topped with shredded papads and served hot with roti, puri or rice. Remember to add the pap ....
Lachha Paratha, Punjabi Soft Flaky Lachha Paratha
Recipe# 3450
31 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A multi-layered, crisp paratha that is truly irresistible! The Laccha Paratha is generally considered tricky to make, and if you can prepare it well, you are considered an expert cook! Not to worry, the seemingly difficult plain flour paratha will be completely under your control after you try this ....
Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi
Recipe# 5713
31 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Need an iron-boost? Go for this soothing Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi! Made of a wholesome combination of dal, rice and vegetables cooked with aromatic spices, this traditional khichdi gives several nutrients including a significant amount of iron per serving. Flavourful and nutritious, this sum ....
Carrot Paratha
Recipe# 42355
29 Jan 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 ....
Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 612
23 Apr 19

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by Tarla Dalal
With a characteristic sweet and sour taste, this traditional dal recipe is quite reflective of Gujarati culture and uses the typical ingredients and spices. While this is an everyday dal, it takes on a festive hue when ingredients like peanuts an ....
Valor Muthia Nu Shaak, Gujarati Sabzi
Recipe# 603
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An irresistible preparation of flat green beans (valor papdi) and fenugreek dumplings, this is the next best choice when fresh vaal or papdi is not in season. Remember to apply the salt and soda an hour before you prepare the vegetable, to ensure the fresh green colour and smooth texture of the ....
Three-in-one Rice
Recipe# 1545
28 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tangy orange-coloured rice with accents of tomatoes and carrots; fresh green-coloured, coriander flavoured rice interspersed with juicy green peas; and soothing white rice tinged with shahjeera and loaded with paneer – are all assembled fantastically in an oven-safe bowl and baked till the aroma fil ....
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.
Green Peas Ambti
Recipe# 1486
23 Sep 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Green Peas Ambti is a classic Maharashtrian preparation of coarsely crushed peas and tomatoes. It uses a rich and spicy masala paste that is to be freshly prepared with onions, coconut and a traditional selection of spices. Serve hot with
Cheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao
Recipe# 33092
22 Jan 19

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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 ....
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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