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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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Khuswale Baingan
Recipe# 22493
21 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Curds and onions add zing to this baingan recipe. Teamed with steamed rice it forms a meal that will be fondly remembered by your taste buds.
Peshawari Paneer
Recipe# 22494
21 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A rich and creamy Mughlai specialty that is laden with cashews and khoya, Peshawari Paneer is best eaten with hot butter naans.
Paneer Akuri
Recipe# 22495
21 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Crumbled cottage cheese cooked in tomatoes and spices. A unique parsi specialty that is very delicious despite being relatively simple and quick-to-make.
Paneer Kalimirch (  Microwave)
Recipe# 22496
21 Jan 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A luxurious starter of paneer coated with cream and a rich cashew-onion paste, Paneer Kalimirch is sure to make you feel quite royal! The best part however is that this super experience comes quite easily. All it takes is minimal preparation and minutes to cook in the microwave!
Aloo Poshto, Microwave Recipe
Recipe# 22499
21 Jan 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This all-time favourite Bengali dish can be made easily and quickly in the microwave oven. Aloo Poshto is a classic Bengali recipe of crisp potatoes coated with roasted and powdered poppy seeds and green chillies. The special aroma and texture of roasted popp ....
Mirch ka Salan
Recipe# 22501
21 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The traditional hyderabadi salan can now be prepared in the microwave, in just a few minutes and with absolutely no compromise on taste.
Goanese Potatoes
Recipe# 22502
21 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This Goanese specialty involves a special cooking method. The masala or paste is pre-cooked and then added to the subzi, thereby giving it a distinct flavour. Serve with Tandoori Roti or
Phulkas
Recipe# 22399
26 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Phulkas are an indispensable part of meals in most Indian households. I've tweaked the traditional recipe by adding soya flour to wheat flour with which it is usually made. Do not mix whole soybeans along with whole wheat while grinding it into flour as whole soybeans contain certain anti-nutritiona ....
Rice and Buttermilk Soup
Recipe# 22233
11 Jan 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Easy to prepare and serve, this soup is a meal in its own right. A mixture of rice and curds boiled in enough water and mildly flavoured with roasted mint and cumin seeds, this soup guarantees a delightful experience.
Gajar Fansi
Recipe# 22216
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Carrot, a storehouse of vitamin A, combines beautifully with French beans in this simple subzi. Peanuts are used in minor quantities to not only add crunch but also vitamin B3 to this subzi, making it delectable and nutritious.
Soya Tur Dal Roti
Recipe# 22217
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A healthy combination of 3 flours with tur dal makes this a real star recipe! Tur dal not only enhances the flavour but also adds vitamin B complex to these Rotis. Garlic adds its unique flavour making these Rotis a real pleasure to the connoisseur's taste buds.
Oats Mooli Roti, Zero Oil Oats Mooli Roti
Recipe# 22221
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Think breakfast, and Mooli Roti is amongst the first choices that come to your mind. This very popular North Indian breakfast dish has been tweaked slightly in this recipe, by including oats flour along with whole wheat flour, to boost the fibre conten ....
Tandoori Mushrooms ( Zero Oil Recipe)
Recipe# 22207
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Now, here's a healthy dish you are going to fall head-over-heels in love with! Mushrooms are low in calories and a valuable source of protein and folic acid. Folic acid protects the heart from the harmful action of an amino acid called homocysteine, and is essential for the formation of new re ....
Makai Jalfrazie
Recipe# 22209
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Though slightly time-consuming, this subzi is definitely worth the effort. Capsicum is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights disease-causing free radicals and boosts our immune system while corn increases the allure of this dish manifold!
Subzi Kadhi
Recipe# 22177
23 Mar 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Popular with many, this kadhi is my favourite too. Medley of vegetables make this kadhi interesting and delicious. It is a complete meal when served with steaming hot rice as is full of veggies, curds providing all the necessary nutrients. As being low in calor ....
Vegetable Stew ( Zero Oil Rotis and Subzis )
Recipe# 22195
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Easy-to-make, yet delicious now that's a good combination of attributes for a recipe! Cooking dinner can be tiresome after a hectic day, but here is a healthy and yummy dinner which you can whip up in a matter of minutes with the vegetables and
Mawa Matar , Low Fat Khoya Mutter
Recipe# 22205
13 Jun 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Mawa (khoya) is extremely high in calories and fat, enough to scare the weight-watchers! Here I use low-calorie mawa, which I made by adding some lime juice to low fat milk to get the actual grainy texture. Milk enhances the nutritive value of this subzi by providing protein and calcium. Try y ....
Soya Tikkis in Malwani Gravy
Recipe# 22151
13 Jun 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Malwani gravy in its original cooking style requires lots of coconut and oil, making it obviously high on the calorie scale! For a healthier version of this tasty subzi, use just 2 tbsp of coconut and lots of coriander. To make it even healthier, I have used tikkis made from soya granules and ....
Ghia Kofta Curry
Recipe# 30890
17 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Kofta are an all-time favourite among punjabis and the dish owes its worldwide fame to them. Kofta is a versatile dish, with many variations; almost any vegetable can be transformed into a kofta dish. The most popular among these is the malai kofta. Kofta can be steamed, deep fried, or baked. Try wh ....
Paneer Methi Chaman
Recipe# 30896
17 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This typical punjabi preparation can be found at nearly any good punjabi restaurant. Loads of greens are combined with healthy paneer and punjabi spices to form this brilliant creation. Methi lovers are sure to relish this dish to its fullest. Using both kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves and fr ....
Panchratni Dal
Recipe# 30907
17 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Punjabi food is known for its use of healthy vegetables and ingredients that provide the required nutrients to the village folk working lush fields and farms. With respect to nutrients Panchratni dal is one of North India's greatest recipes. True to its name this preparation uses five dals simmered ....
Stuffed Zucchini
Recipe# 22601
21 Jan 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A continental recipe which has been customized with ingredients like pine nuts, parsley and mint leaves to transform into a Lebanese delicacy. Instead of zucchini you can try using bottle gourd or cucumber.
Rice Vegetable Risotto
Recipe# 22617
21 Jan 10

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The colourful veggies in this dish makes it extremely appealing and also irresistible due to their aromatic flavours while being cooked.
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5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again