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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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Vegetable Bhuna Masala
Recipe# 42542
13 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Bhuna Masala is one of the most common everyday spice mixes in Indian cooking. It is made of roasted and powdered spices, and gives the curry a reddish-brown hue, a rich flavour and appetizing aroma. It hails from Eastern India, and is popular in the North too. ....
Sweet Potato Roti
Recipe# 42587
05 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The Sweet Potato Roti is an off-beat roti with the pleasant flavour of sweet potatoes, perked up with spice powders and coriander. The scrumptious mouth-feel and peppy flavour of this mildly-sweet roti is sure to be loved by young and old alike. It is comparable to thepla but quite different too ....
Gunda Nu Shaak
Recipe# 42596
26 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
‘Gunda’ is a small, berry-like fruit harvested from cordia shrubs. It is seasonal, and when it becomes available in the summer months, the Gujaratis really go gaga over it! An all-time favourite ingredient, gunda makes very tasty pickles and yummy subzis too. Gunda nu Shaak is a classic
Raw Mango Subzi
Recipe# 42600
28 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Raw mangoes are available in plenty in the summer months. Most people don’t even have to go to the market to get it, because it might just grow in their backyard or be shared by friends and relatives! So, how does one make the most of raw mangoes? Of course, you can make
Cheese Aloo Moong Toast
Recipe# 42604
04 Mar 19

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by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Buttery bread with tongue-tickling chutneys, crunchy onions, a mouth-watering filling and gooey cheese – this sandwich has it all made to become a blockbuster! This is a variant of Mumbai’s classic aloo toast, with a little boiled moong added to the stuffing. With the same spicy and chatpata tas ....
Doi Potol, Healthy Bengali Subzi
Recipe# 42606
30 May 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Here is a great way to enjoy the traditional East Indian recipe, which is originally cooked with whole parwals in a lot of oil. But here, we bring to you an absolutely nutritious treat by giving a healthy twist to this delicious preparation. We have cut the p ....
Palong Shaak, Healthy Bengali Subzi
Recipe# 42607
04 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This recipe brings to you the flavors of Bengal. The traditional tempering of spices gives a flavorful aroma to the delicious Palong Shaak. It has a distinctive mouth feel with an amazing taste of the traditional mustard oil used in the preparation. Spinach a ....
Chawli Leaves Parota, Healthy Bengali Recipe
Recipe# 42608
21 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Let's give our favourite Bengali snack an awesomely healthy makeover. Parota is a famous Bengali snack, which is usually made with maida. Here we have made it with whole wheat flour for a guilt free experience, an ....
Vegetable Bulgur Wheat Khichdi, Low Salt Recipe
Recipe# 42659
31 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Vegetables add a splash of colours and refreshing textures to what might otherwise be a boring khichdi. The Vegetable Bulgur Wheat Khichdi is a wonderfully tasty and super healthy dish that’s ideal for those with diabetes, kidney problems or
Chanar Dalna
Recipe# 42673
15 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Chanar Dalna is a super-tasty paneer subzi from Bengali cuisine. With the tang of tomatoes and the magic of Indian spices, it is a really mouth-watering dish that can make your
Cauliflower Greens Paratha
Recipe# 42719
02 Feb 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
We just hope you do not throw away the cauliflower greens after removing and using the florets, because the greens is chock-full of nutrients that are not to be missed! If you are wondering how to make use of it, this Cauliflower Greens Paratha is an awesome idea that will make you fall in love ....
Dhapate, Authentic Maharashtrian Thalipeeth
Recipe# 42684
30 Nov 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A a sure-shot winner, Dhapate is also known as the Maharashtrian Thalipeeth. It has been made with love and care in Maharashtrian homes since several generations, and is a dish that instantly connects a person with memories of home, childhood, m ....
Pizza Bombs
Recipe# 42686
04 Feb 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
It looks like a bread roll, but when you bite into it, it turns out to be a pizza! Can there be anything more awesome than this? The Pizza Bomb is a unique snack that appeals to both the sandwichlovers and the
Healthy Kadhi, Low Fat Kadhi Recipe
Recipe# 42751
22 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Kadhi is one of the most popular Indian main course dishes. Made of curd, thickened with besan, and spiced up in different variants, the kadhi kind of refreshes your taste buds and helps loosen the food you eat it with. Each region has its own variant of
Aloo Bhatura
Recipe# 42756
16 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This unique recipe shows you how to make perfectly fluffed up bhaturas without having to lose your sleep over yeast! Instead, we have used a dough of refined flour, potatoes and curd in just the right proportions. Always remember that the bhaturas will become soggy if not served immediately so, ....
Masala Tikadia
Recipe# 3891
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A tasty snack made with readily available ingredients, Masala Tikadia is rich with the flavour of jeera. Soft, chewy and crisp at the same time, these are sure to entertain your palate with their simple flavours and fresh texture. Just make sure you serve the Masala Tikadia immediately after cooking ....
Layered Potato, Spinach and Pineapple Baked Dish
Recipe# 2463
14 Sep 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Each layer of this baked dish tastes great, but when put together it surpasses itself! First comes a comforting layer of potatoes, flavoured with mustard and lemon juice. Then, there is a peppy layer of spinach and crumbled cottage cheese, jazzed up with chilli sauce and tomato ketchup. But, the che ....
Ridge Gourd with Poppy Seeds ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33037
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Plain ridge gourd subzi gets transformed into a yummy dish with the addition of poppy seeds and chillies. Very little fat and loads of fibre make it perfect for mothers keen to lose their pregnancy kilos.
Havmor Style Chhole
Recipe# 39914
05 Apr 19

 
 by Swapnil Thakkar
All Gujarati people are fond of havmor restaurants Chhole puri! I am going to describe almost the same recipe as theirs, please enjoy cooking and leave me feedback.
Recipe# 15604
04 Feb 19

 
 by nidhibhat
Shahi methi rajma tastes best with fresh methi or fenugreek leaves but can also be prepared with kasuri or dried methi.The cooked beans blend perfectly with the methi flavour and makes for a lovely side dish with chapatis or rice.
Recipe# 14337
01 Feb 19

 
 by ved
Palak subzi in curd brings out a delicious gravy recipe with palak or spinach puree added to a spicy curd mixture and tempered with grated coconut and chillies. A sweet and tangy vegetable dish , palak in curd is best paired with steamed rice.
Tasty Matar Paneer
Recipe# 35480
02 Jan 19

 
 by Foodie#463573
Here is an easy but awesome recipe that can make an everyday meal seem special. The all-time favourite combination of green peas and paneer is perked up with readily available veggies like tomatoes and onions, and an assortment of spice powders, which are sure to be there in every Indian kitch ....
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5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again