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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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Mixed Sprouts in Malwani Masala
Recipe# 31078
01 Jan 1900

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Malwani masala casts a lingering, delightful spell over the diner! The essence of the subzi lies in the ground masala paste; those who like it spicy can add more green chillies. It tastes best with bread.
Sundal Rice
Recipe# 31072
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Sundal is a favourite with young and old alike in South India. Tossing this healthy snack with cooked rice turns out a quick, easy and filling meal!
Khamiri Roti
Recipe# 30965
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Khamiri roti is the mughals closest answer to leavened bread. Khamir, which means yeast, is used to prepare this roti, thus making it thick and spongy. Khamiri roti taste great with nearly any subzi and can even eaten with just some butter. Paired with dal makhni and nawabi paneer it makes a dining ....
Makai Paatal Bhaji
Recipe# 30993
27 Jul 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A unique sweet and spicy blend of colocasia leaves, chana dal and spices forms the base for this Maharashtrian-style dish made with hearty chunks of corn on the cob.
Creamy Corn Pizza, Corn Recipe
Recipe# 31003
27 Jul 08

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Presto, here we have a creamy pesto-flavoured corn sauce, topped with roasted coloured capsicum. Sure to delight all those who taste it!
Farfel with Baby Corn and Walnuts
Recipe# 31004
27 Jul 08

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Farfel is a variety of pasta that is shaped like a butterfly. It is usually served with a spicy tomato sauce. Here, you see an unusual combination of farfel tossed with baby corn, walnuts and a sprinkling of fresh basil and parsley.
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 ....
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 ....
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 ....
Paneer Paratha ( Eat Well Stay Well Recipes )
Recipe# 33468
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Paneer paratha, paratha envelopes filled with lentils and cottage cheese. Combine this paratha with curds or raita to make a complete protein-rich meal.
Paneer Kalimirch ( Eat Well Stay Well Recipes )
Recipe# 33472
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Paneer kalimirch, a protein rich dish for a healthier and beautiful you! poppy seeds are good source of calcium, protein, and iron. I have used low fat paneer, milk to curb down extra calories and fat. Ensure you soak the poppy seeds and cashewnuts in warm water before grinding them to get a smooth ....
Roasted Vegetables with Brown Rice ( Eat Well Stay Well Recipes )
Recipe# 33454
01 Jan 1900

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Roasted vegetables with brown rice, long grained rice when cooked is aromatic and is best suited for this recipe. Oven-roasted vegetables have a unique flavour that sautéed vegetables cannot match with a predominant garlic taste. A complete meal that is full of veggies and all required nutrients.
Pumpkin Kootu ( Pressure Cooker )
Recipe# 33371
16 Feb 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Pumpkin kootu, a ballet of vegetables and dal, this healthy combination cooked along with a coconut paste. Go for any choice of veggies such as white pumpkin, cabbage etc. You can top with tempering of oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves to give a refreshing feel to the kootu.
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 ....
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.
Stuffed Makai Palak Parathas ( Know Your Flours )
Recipe# 33150
16 May 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Stuffed makai palak parathas, used in combination with makai ka atta makes a delectable variation of the traditional makai ki roti. It is traditionally served with butter but can be served with pickle and curds too.
Mexican Parathas ( Know Your Flours )
Recipe# 33156
16 May 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Mexican parathas, the mild tinge of sweet corn and cheese along with the salsa combination of tomatoes, capsicum and garlic gives these parathas an undeniable mexican character!
Hara Bhara Kebab ( Tiffin Treats for Kids )
Recipe# 33107
02 Oct 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Hara bhara kebab, a green delight loaded with nutrients from paneer, spinach, chana dal and green peas. Pack this all time favourite snack with green chutney or tomato ketchup and await an empty tiffin back home.
Mixed Dal Handvo ( Non- Fried Snacks )
Recipe# 33311
16 May 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Mixed dal handvo, the traditional Gujarati savoury cake made using a procedure that ensures perfection – you just can’t go wrong with this. It deserves to be a meal by itself when served with chutney or buttermilk as an accompaniment. Readymade flour is av ....
Chick Pea, Broccoli and Carrot Stir Fry, Protein Rich Recipe
Recipe# 33260
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The Chick Pea, Broccoli and Carrot Stir-Fry is a super interesting way to top up your protein stores. It has varied textures, from the mealy texture of kabuli chana to the crunch of sautéed veggies, not to forget the fabulous aroma and flavour of sesame seeds. Ingredients like chilli sauce, ging ....
Soya Methi Masala
Recipe# 32999
31 Mar 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Soya Methi Masala, a low-calorie subzi for health freaks! Relish it with phulkas or with any other roti or paratha and cut down on your visible fat intake. This subzi is double dose of health as it is low cal and made using soya granules, fenugreek which is high in vitamin A and calcium. Low-fat mil ....
Yam Kalan, Kerala Curry
Recipe# 32917
20 Aug 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Kalan is a spicy, curd-based gravy recipe from Kerala. However, follow these instructions closely and take care not to overheat the dish, as the curds will separate and leave you with quite an unpalatable dish if you cook it on a high flame. If done right, however, this dish is sure to transport ....
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5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again