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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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Masala Coorgi Puris
Recipe# 39268
08 Apr 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Like coorgi rotis, coorgi puris as also made with a combination of steamed rice and rice flour. A dash of chopped coriander and green chillies are enough to enhance the flavour of these sumptuous puris. The masala coorgi puris turn out really soft due to the moisture in cooked rice, but make sure yo ....
Masaledar Chana, Toovar and Green Moong Dal
Recipe# 39163
05 Jul 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Chana, toovar and green moong dal is a protein-rich combination of dals prepared in an authentic indian style, with aromatic spices and powders. This is something you can cook every day, as it is neither rich nor fat-laden, but provides a good nutrient boost with dietary fibre and b-complex vitamins ....
Moong Sprouts Rice
Recipe# 39166
05 Jul 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The moong sprouts rice is what you could call a ‘one-kadhai meal’! of course, it takes a little help from the handy microwave oven. Rice tossed with a wonderful assortment of spices and paneer, is layered with a toothsome curry of nutritious moong sprouts cooked with a semi-spicy masala paste, and b ....
Sprouted Vaal ka Pulao
Recipe# 38963
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
An elaborate recipe, no doubt! it might take a little time to prepare, but is definitely not tough to make – so do give it a try, and you are sure to keep making it again and again!
Spinach and Masoor Dal
Recipe# 38478
16 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Not too fond of spinach? chop them and cook them with pressure-cooked masoor dal. Tamarind, ginger, chilies and cardamom add a bounty of flavors, and tadka of cumin seeds, red chilies and curry leaves provides the perfect finishing touch!
Moghlai Aloo
Recipe# 38660
05 Jun 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Generally, anything with the moghlai tag is splendorous, and so is this baby potato preparation! moghlai aloo features the winning combination of potatoes and peas in a rich white gravy comprised of curds flavoured with a pungent paste and mild spice powders too. Serve hot with rice or indian breads ....
Soya Roti
Recipe# 38691
23 Dec 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Soya rotis are made with well-balanced proportions of wheat flour and soya flour for a protein-packed punch. Remember to leave the dough alone for 15 minutes so as to get the perfect, elastic consistency for easy rolling. These rotis are rolled into 10-inch rounds, as they are being used as wraps, b ....
Three Grain Paratha  (  Gluten Free Recipe)
Recipe# 38602
26 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Soya flour, ragi flour and jowar flour combine to make these mildly spiced parathas. These flours are not only gluten free but also a good source of iron, calcium, fibre and protein.
Green Peas Paratha  (  Gluten Free Recipe)
Recipe# 38608
30 Mar 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Green peas add colour and taste to these wholesome gluten free rice and jowar flour parathas. Serve them for breakfast or make a meal out of them at lunch or dinner time!
Cheesy Stuffed Veggie Burger
Recipe# 38588
04 Mar 19

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by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This is a burger all right, but totally different from anything you’ve ever tasted before! The buttered burger bun is smeared with fiery chilli sauce and then packed with a whole lot of usual burger ingredients like coleslaw, tomato and onion s ....
Penne with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Sauce
Recipe# 38855
25 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A luscious sauce of cream, milk and sun-dried tomato pesto adorns freshly-cooked pasta in this memorable preparation. You will love the way the sauce fills the pasta, and how the cheese semi-melts in the latent heat of the penne with sun-dried tomato pesto sauce as soon as it is garnished. Serve hot ....
Soya Methi Theplas
Recipe# 38845
26 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Very famous gujarati delicacy that is usually made with wheat flour and besan, i modified with adding soya flour and it yet tastes the same. Methi is the key ingredient that imparts the unique taste of theplas and mask the flavour of soya flour. Fresh curds renders softness to the theplas, make them ....
Bengali Masoor Dal
Recipe# 38810
03 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A simple, every day dal from the Bengali repertoire, you can whip up masoor dal even when you are in a rush, to serve along with rice or roti. A dash of the traditi ....
Mushroom, Sweet Corn and Spinach Pizza
Recipe# 38811
11 Jan 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The success of your pizza is in your hands! More exciting the topping, more exotic the pizza. Want to prove it? Try this delectable Mushroom, Sweet Corn and Spinach Pizza, made of a pizza base coated with tomato sauce and topped with an unbeatable combo of sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, capsic ....
Hariyali Roti (  Rotis and Subzis)
Recipe# 38884
23 Sep 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The hariyali roti is so flavourful and aromatic that you cannot say, “no,” even if your tummy is full. The unique combination of flours and milk in this dough gives it a wonderful texture, while the greens make the roti not just vibrant but toothsome too.
Stuffed Buckwheat Paratha
Recipe# 38885
23 Sep 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A typically mexican style stuffing adds volume and taste to these buckwheat parathas, which need just a bowl of soup to add up to a filling meal. Since buckwheat flour isn’t easily available in stores, you may have to buy the buckwheat and have it ground into a flour.
Deep Dish Tomato Cheese Delight
Recipe# 38875
25 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The deep dish tomato cheese delight is a thick crust pizza cooked in a deep pie-dish with interlaced layers of tomato and mozzarella cheese. It is magical how just a few basic ingredients can result in such a fantastic pizza!
Paneer Mutter Kodri ( Diabetic Recipe )
Recipe# 33778
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Paneer is a show-stealer, and so is any dish that uses it! But you might often hear diabetics complaining that they can’t have rice as it raises blood sugar levels quickly; hence, I have thought of a way by which they can relish all the rice delicacies without hesitation. Enter kodri! Kodri is ....
Mexican Kodri ( Exotic Diabetic Recipe )
Recipe# 33745
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Very similar in taste to rice but healthier, kodri can be used for an unlimited variety of recipes Mexican, Indian and others. The uniqueness of this dish is all thanks to the grinding of garlic and red chilli flakes in a mortar-pestle. Not to forget the splash of colours the coloured capsicums brin ....
Thai Stir- Fried Noodles with Tofu, Diabetic Friendly Recipe
Recipe# 33672
20 Aug 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Who can say no to Thai -style noodles, stir-fried with tofu and bean sprouts, laced with a tinge of ginger and garlic? Peanuts and bean sprouts impart an exciting crunchy texture to this tangy, easy noodle preparation. Tofu, for its p ....
Healthy Oondhiya, Healthy Diabetic Recipe
Recipe# 33681
20 Aug 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Startling though it may seem, here is a wonderful and healthy modification of the famous festive Gujarati dish which is ordinarily loaded with oil! I've cut down on the oil as well as the invisible fat that comes from coconuts. I’ve also used vegetables like ....
Corn Methi Pulao ( Microwave Recipe )
Recipe# 33900
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
There are some days when you are so tired that you want to pamper yourself, but without much effort. This quick, tasty homemade dinner will serve the purpose even better than an hour at the spa! Corn is usually very friendly with all other ingredients; but it seems to be best friends with meth ....
Spicy Tomato Rasam  ( Microwave Recipe)
Recipe# 35116
22 Feb 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
With coriander and peppercorns playing a high note, the customary soup of southern india is a hot favourite world over. It can be had as a comforting soup by itself, or mixed with rice.
Chitranna Rice ( Microwave Recipe)
Recipe# 35106
22 Feb 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Yellu podi chithranna, flavoured with a special variety of malgapodi (chilli-based powder), is a raging contrast to the mild, lemon-flavoured variety of chithranna that is everyday fare in Karnataka.
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5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again