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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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Brinjal Rasavangy, South Indian Brinjal Curry
Recipe# 32918
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Rasavangy literally means brinjals in a fluid gravy. While it is a traditional South Indian recipe, many believe that it demonstrates a strong Maharashtrian influence perhaps because of the selection of spices, or b ....
More Kuzhambu, South Indian Doodhi Buttermilk Curry
Recipe# 32915
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This is the South Indian counterpart of kadi. It can be prepared with various vegetables like ladies finger, white pumpkin, capsicum, colocasia etc. Try other curries such as Mixed Vegetable Kuzhambu ,
Soya Toovar Dal Roti ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33034
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Soya toovar dal roti, these unique rotis flavoured with garlic are a healthy combination of four flours – soya, jowar, wheat and toovar dal. Rich in proteins, calcium and iron, this one is a real star recipe!
Chilkewale Parathe ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33035
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Chilkewale parathe, the post-delivery period means a diet rich in protein to regenerate body cells and boost immunity along with low in calories to shed extra kilos. Enriched with moong dal, these wholesome parathas fulfill this requirement without any loss of taste.
Baby Corn Paneer Jalfrazie ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33040
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Baby corn paneer jalfrazie, new mothers will relish this exotic riot of colours with spring onion, baby corn and capsicum. Practically oil-free, this recipe certainly gets my vote for being balanced with ample protein, vitamins and minerals from the low-fat paneer and the veggies.
Tendli Bhaat ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33042
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Tendli bhaat, nutritious tendli comes together with spicy rice for a delicious change from the usual rice and dal. I have reduced the quantity of coconut to retain the flavour of the original while keeping the dish low-cal. Serve it with low-fat curds to mellow the spices and make for a wholesome me ....
Tava Sprouts Pulao ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33044
20 Aug 09

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Tava sprouts pulao, the famous tava rice has been given a healthy makeover – i’ve added a sprout which makes it rich in protein, iron, zinc and fibre. Veggies spiced with pav bhaji masala add just the right touch of flavour!
Dapka Kadhi ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33050
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Kadhi lovers will enjoy this one - a yummy combination of non-fried moong dal dumplings and the traditional gujarati kadhi, this dish is rich in protein – an essential aid to losing weight. Have with pulao or khichadi as a great way to increase the protein in your diet.
Protein Cup Cakes
Recipe# 33089
10 Jun 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Protein cup cakes, kids love attractive looking food – this variation of the traditional gujarati snack uses mixed flour and bottle gourd batter baked in muffin moulds. A yummy and protein rich treat that aids in their growth and development.
Suva Chawal Roti ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )
Recipe# 33062
20 Aug 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Suva chawal roti is a great source of vitamin a - combining with rice flour results into a mildly spiced, simple, oil-free variation of appas (rice bread). You needn’t worry about calories with this fat-free roti, best served with spicy vegetables. Remember to knead the dough when it is hot to avoid ....
Methi Dal Dhokli ( Know Your Dals and Pulses)
Recipe# 32820
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Dhoklis, made with toovar dal need no introduction to those familiar with gujarati cuisine. This is a slightly modified variant of dhokli, to which i have added methi.
Laal Math Ka Saag ( Know Your Green Leafy Vegetables)
Recipe# 32792
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A nutrient-rich, quick and versatile subzi that can be had with chapattis as well as rice. You can add garlic to the tempering for added flavour.
Thai Satay Paneer Wrap ( Wraps and Rolls)
Recipe# 32678
23 Dec 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
I’ve brought together many authentic thai recipes in this wrap, which is truly wonderful due to right balance of flavours arising from peanuts, chick peas, lemon grass and the khimchi salad. Your popularity amongst your friends and family will rise a notch higher when they taste this yummy wrap!
Chilli Paneer Wrap ( Wraps and Rolls)
Recipe# 32685
23 Dec 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Perk up the ever-popular chilli paneer with rice and stir-fried vegetables prepared in oriental style. The spiciness is enhanced by lacing it with sweet and sour sauce. Though elaborate, the experience is definitely worth the effort! its only the prep time which is more…. The cooking time is very m ....
Spicy Urad Dal Puris ( Know Your Dals and Pulses )
Recipe# 32808
16 May 11

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Serve these delicious urad dal puris with a sweetish pickle and hot tea on a sunny sunday morning, to recreate a complete rajasthani ambience right in your living room!
Rajma Curry ( Know Your Dals and Pulses )
Recipe# 32840
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A world-famous recipe from the kitchens of punjab, this is not just delicious but also wholesome and filling when served with chawal.
Paruppu Usili,  Beans Paruppu Usili
Recipe# 32856
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This is a dry dish made with vegetables like beans, cluster beans or banana flower and dal. It usually goes well with More Kuzhambu , raitas like Red Pumpkin Pachadi or
Yam Errisery, Chena Erissery, Onam Sabzi
Recipe# 32851
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Erissery made with yam and plantains is a part of the festive fare served on Onam , the biggest festival celebrated in Kerala. Alternatively, this recipe can be prepared with pumpkin and red oriental beans too. You can also try other
Vegetable and Noodle Wrap
Recipe# 32652
23 Dec 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
If you have a fussy child on your hands, he will love this one! this wrap is a great way to ensure that your children eat their veggies without making a long face. Noodles cooked with loads of vegetables in the oriental style and lined with sweet and sour sauce will be devoured by your kids in no ti ....
Pumpkin Kootu (pressure Cooker Recipe)
Recipe# 32480
12 Mar 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
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. Whistles: 2 high
Lemon Grass Spicy Vegetables, Healthy Diabetic Recipe
Recipe# 32510
20 Aug 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Crunchy, healthy veggies in a spicy lemongrass flavoured gravy, the goodness of this dish is further enhanced by the presence of low-cal, iron-rich, fibrous tofu. While freshly-made paste has an unbeatable charm of its own, you can also make it in advance and store, to make this dish quicker. ....
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.
Lima Beans with Penne Arrabiana
Recipe# 36109
07 Feb 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A spicy tangy sauce with filling and velvety beans. You can replace the lima beans with veggies of your choice as well.
Herbed Farfalle In Olive Salsa
Recipe# 36110
07 Feb 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Bow shaped pasta tossed in a simple olive salsa and herbs. Add a portion of garlic bread and a glass of wine if you like, to complete this meal. Do keep in mind that the olives are pickled in brine and so you may need to a little cautious while adding salt to this recipe.
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Main Course
5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again