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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 Nut and Berries Granola
Recipe# 41681
Today

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Granola bars are very handy snacks, which can help to fight sudden hunger pangs at work or when you are on the move. There are also innumerable possible variants of granola bars, so you will never get bored of them. This yummy version, for example, combines sweet and tangy berries with crunchy n ....
Avial ( South Indian Recipes)
Recipe# 32909
Today

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by Tarla Dalal
Avial is a dish that originated in kerala, but gained an equal fanfare in tamilnadu as well. Rare is the wedding or festive menu that does not include avial! the key to making excellent avial is to pay equal attention to the visual appeal – vegetables with contrasting colours such as carrot, beans, ....
Bisi Bele Bhaat, Karnataka Bise Bele Bhat
Recipe# 33336
Today

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bisi Bele Bhaat, a traditional spicy rice dish from Karnataka is quite addictive – served piping hot topped with lots of ghee and accompanied by fried papads and a cool raita, it is almost impossible to say no to this One Dish Meal. Check out for many more wholesome, quick and easy to prepare, one ....
Bhindi Mappas,  Bhindi in Coconut Gravy, Kerala Vendakka  Recipe
Recipe# 32908
Today

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An evergreen favourite of the Syrian Christians in Kerala, Bhindi Mappas features sautéed bhindi in aromatic coconut milk gravy. Although the bhindi does take some time to cook, this recipe is otherwise quite easy as it makes use of everyday ingredients and simple cooking methods. An assortm ....
Hari Mirchi Paratha, Green Chilli Paratha
Recipe# 41343
Today

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An exciting treat for your palate, the Hari Mirchi Paratha gives you the delightful flavour of green chillies, at acceptable spice levels. Here, the whole wheat flour parathas are stuffed with a tongue-tickling mixture of deseeded light green chillies perked up with cumin and nigella seeds, and ....
Kaju Mutter Masala
Recipe# 41714
Today

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Cashews in and out make this dish the super awesome treat that it is. Perfect for cashew lovers, the Kaju Mutter Masala features crispy cashews and soft green peas in a creamy, tangy, masaledar gravy. The gravy is quite rich, made of cashews, tomatoes, fresh cream and spice powders. While this r ....
Toovar Dal, Toovar Dal with Onions
Recipe# 40694
Yesterday

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Just how easy can it be to prepare a lip-smacking dal? Well, we urge you to get into the kitchen and try this Toovar Dal with Onions to experience the magic for yourself! There is nothing about this recipe that makes you think twice. The ingredients are so common, they are sure to be available ....
Gujarati Style Urad Dal Recipe
Recipe# 42231
Yesterday

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Next time you decide to make dal, reach out to the jar of urad and make this tasty Gujarati Style Urad Dal Recipe! Subtly flavoured with curds and a dash of spices, this dal has a homely but very satiating taste. You can prepare this dish earlier on, but bef ....
Basic Urad Dal Recipe, Protein and Vitamin B Rich Recipe
Recipe# 42229
Yesterday

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Aptly flavoured with a dash of garlic and green chillies, this simple but tasty urad dal is a homely and satiating dish that you can make on any day. The urad dal is cooked, combined with curds for a pleasant tang, perked up with some everyday flavour-givers, and boiled for a couple of minutes. ....
Basic Chana Dal Recipe
Recipe# 42370
Yesterday

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 by Tarla Dalal
Nourishing and tasty, the Basic Chana Dal is a wonderful accompaniment to rice and Indian breads like rotis or phulkas. It tastes really awesome thanks to the apt combination of spices and dried fenugreek leaves. Amchur powder, though used in a small quantity, gives a pleasant tang to the dal. ....
Chana Palak, Chole Palak Recipe
Recipe# 1095
Yesterday

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by Tarla Dalal
Nothing sounds new about a gravy with chana and palak, right? Spoken too soon! Try out this amazingly luscious preparation of Chana Palak, and you will classify it into top class! With a completely different gravy prepared with an assortment of spices, onion paste and a special brinjal-tomato ....
Palak Chole
Recipe# 38490
Yesterday

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kabuli chana or chick peas are often served at “gurudwaras”. Simply prepared they are cooked in a blend of masalas and served with puris. This just shows that the tasty chana requires almost no effort as it can taste brilliant when combined with any other ingredients. Here the kabuli chana has been ....
Chole, Punjabi Chole Masala, Chole Recipe
Recipe# 2824
Yesterday

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Who can resist the masaledar taste and tempting aroma of Chole? A popular chaat famous all across the country, and now all over the globe, Chole features boiled white chickpeas flavoured with a wide range of spice powders, notably a special Chole Masala, along with onions, ginger and garlic. A ....
Rajma Curry,  Punjabi Rajma Masala Recipe
Recipe# 1539
Yesterday

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 by Tarla Dalal
Rajma curry and rice… no meal can be more satiating. Rajma is filling and nutritious and turns out beautifully when cooked in a thick tomato pulp with only basic spices. This curry is a favourite in punjab and very popular amongst all age groups.
Rajma
Recipe# 22784
Yesterday

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 by Tarla Dalal
Rajma is one of the most popular dishes in North India. In this Punjabi delicacy, cooked kidney beans is excitingly flavoured with a wide array of ingredients ranging from ginger and green chillies to tomatoes and onions, spices and masala powders too. However, you will be surprised to see that ....
Cheesy Vegetable Pizza
Recipe# 1822
14 Jan 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Cheese and veggies are probably the two things that first come to mind when one thinks of pizzas! Here, cheese and veggies are once again the heroes of the show, but with an exciting twist. In this Cheesy Vegetable Pizza, a thin pizza is coated with a creamy cheese sauce, topped with sautéed veggies ....
Sukhi Karela Subzi
Recipe# 7460
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A fantastic recipe that makes karela appeal to all! This Sukhi Karela Subzi is an interesting way to consume potassium-rich karela, which helps to control blood sugar levels by increasing the action of insulin in the body. Although we have not added any sugar to this recipe, the little amount of oil ....
Karela and Capsicum Subzi
Recipe# 4311
14 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Bitter though it is, karela has a unique taste that transforms it into a delicacy if prepared in the right ways. Here, an innovative combination of bitter gourd, onions and colourful capsicums are sautéed with a traditional tempering, resulting in a flavourful and aromatic subzi that goes well w ....
Chick Pea, Broccoli and Carrot Stir Fry, Protein Rich Recipe
Recipe# 33260
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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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 ....
Cauliflower Stir-fry
Recipe# 22677
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
As soon as you taste this Cauliflower Stir-Fry, you are sure to wonder how a sober vegetable turned into such an exciting ingredient! The magic is all thanks to the classic flavour bestowed by kasuri methi, with a little help from tomatoes and coriander too. You are sure to notice the presence of co ....
Cauliflower with Chutney
Recipe# 2176
14 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ready in minutes, you will love this delicious snack, whether as a tea-time treat or as a starter. Sautéed cauliflower is coated with a creamy coconut-coriander chutney and cooked till the flavours are absorbed. A dash of lemon juice imparts a welcome tang, while a topping of potato salli makes the ....
Cauliflower, Methi and Carrot in White Gravy
Recipe# 39680
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The pleasing bitterness of fenugreek leaves goes beautifully with the creaminess of cauliflower and the mild sweetness of carrots. This thoughtful assortment of veggies becomes all the more desirable when combined with a lip-smacking white gravy made of onions, milk and myriad spices.
Cauliflower Paneer Subzi
Recipe# 6399
14 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Both cauliflower and paneer are sober ingredients, with similar colour and blandness, and so you might not have thought of combining them in one subzi. However, the Cauliflower Paneer Subzi turns out to be a true winner! The duo absorbs the flavours of the spice powders and tomato pulp quite well, r ....
Palak Toovar Dal
Recipe# 3885
14 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Toovar dal has a knack of combining well with greens, providing the right mushiness without becoming gooey. Here, palak and toovar dal come together, smartly pressure-cooked and hand-blended to the right consistency. A couple of whole spices added as a tempering impart a fresh aroma and irresistible ....
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 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again