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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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Cabbage Rice (  Microwave Recipe)
Recipe# 2771
14 Nov 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Want a tasty and wholesome meal, but not in the mood to make anything elaborate? Well, this Cabbage Rice is just what you need! Made quickly with minimal ingredients, this delectable rice preparation is extremely satiating. Loaded with nutritious veggies like cabbage, capsicum and onions, flavored s ....
Cannelloni
Recipe# 1401
23 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Cannelloni is a homemade pasta, generally prepared with plain flour and a rich garnish of cheese. Here is a healthy 207-calorie version of this tasty main course, prepared with whole wheat flour and low-calorie mozzarella cheese. The cannelloni sheets, stuffed with spinach and low-fat paneer, radiat ....
Chawli Bean Subzi
Recipe# 22208
13 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This unique Chawli Bean Subzi is sure to please your palate with its exciting sweet, sour and spicy flavour. With tamarind, jaggery and chilli powder, not to forget a quick and traditional tempering, the fiber and iron-rich chawli bean becomes a tangy treat that you will love to munch on! Use th ....
Chinese Stir- Fried Vegetables
Recipe# 1411
23 Nov 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Chinese Stir-Fried Vegetables, typically, Chinese cuisine uses a lot of oil in its stir-fried preparations, which makes the food unhealthy. Less oil has been used in this stir-fried preparation, which brings out the flavour of the vegetables with the Chinese flavourings. A truly guilt-free one-dish ....
Crispy Cottage Cheese Mini Tortillas
Recipe# 1247
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
In this innovative creation, homemade tortillas are topped with a luscious mixture of sautéed onions, capsicum and tomatoes along with succulent paneer cubes, herbs and spices. The crisp tortillas are made in a handy, mini size, so that they become easy to serve at parties. Keep loads of grated chee ....
Danyachi Usal, Maharashtrian Peanut Curry
Recipe# 1740
09 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A tongue-tickling and scrumptious preparation of cooked peanuts perked up with a traditional tempering and a flavourful coconut paste, the Danyachi Usal can be served with meals or separately as a tea-time snack. Ready within 10 minutes, this satiating dish is also easy to prepare. Just make s ....
Recipe# 40646
23 Aug 16

 
 by MSangeetha
No reviews
Green Peas Pulao, tasty and easy to make. This pressure cooked pulao is spiced and aromatic. Sauteing the rice in ghee gives a nice flavour. Interesting combination of garlic ,spices and green peas compliment each other and impart an aromatic flavour to the pulao.
Hakka Noodles ( Chinese Cooking )
Recipe# 318
23 Aug 12

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by Tarla Dalal
Hakka noodles are tossed in with vegetable juliennes, chilies, spring onions, crushed white pepper and a dash of chili oil. These noodles taste wonderful served with vinegar, chili and soya sauces. Try chopping up colorful vegetables and crunchy vegetables like broccoli and baby corn to give the noo ....
Hara Chana Coconut Curry with Methi Muthia
Recipe# 1683
12 Aug 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
When you deep-fry dumplings of fenugreek leaves bound together by wheat flour and besan, you get really tasty Methi Muthias. These muthias have a wonderful crispness, an enjoyable level of bitterness and a mildly spicy flavour. They get even better when served in the Hara Chana Coconut Curry, ....
Hare Mutter Ke Parathe
Recipe# 1614
08 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Hare Mutter ke Parathe have a simple yet lingering flavour and texture that appeal to all. Mouth-watering whole wheat parathe made with a delicious stuffing of boiled and crushed green peas, this main course is not only sumptuous but also excitingly crisp and flavourful. It is amazing how a few gree ....
Khatta Makai Palak,know Your Green Leafy Vegetables
Recipe# 32791
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A luscious dish that can be pepped up even more by adding a little lemon juice. Keeping the gravy intact, you can add a variety of ingredients like potatoes, koftas, dumplings etc. To make various gravy dishes. You can also try other subzis like Sai B ....
Recipe# 40907
30 May 16

 
 by sanchari_jayanta
No reviews
Paneer is a fresh cheese and very famous across the globe to prepare a lot of great delicacies. Paneer is rich in carbohydrates, vitamin and protein and helps to create some great mouth-watering dishes. On the other hand, Mango is a tropical fruit, popularly known as ‘King of Fruits’, mainly avail ....
Methi Mangodi ( Know Your Green Leafy Vegetables)
Recipe# 32781
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Mangodi dumplings are made from soaked and ground moong dal, and when served with methi bhaji curry, hot phulkas and a spicy mango pickle, it makes a true rajasthani fare.
Mexican Cheese Fajita, Veg Fajita
Recipe# 1266
16 May 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A snack that is sure to make you drool, the Mexican Cheese Fajita combines the best of everything – wrap, spread and filling! Here, tortillas are lined with creamy guacamole and juicy green salsa, and stuffed with a mouth-watering paneer mixture. The paneer filling combines cottage cheese with c ....
Mirchi Ka Salan ( Hyderabadi Style)
Recipe# 268
15 Apr 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
The Hyderabadi Biryani experience is simply incomplete without the quintessential Mirchi ka Salan. Mirchi ka Salan is a curry of Bhavnagari chillies, flavoured with a rich paste of roasted peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds and red chillies. The spicy paste gives you a delectable kick, while tamarin ....
Mooli Subzi, Radish Dry Vegetable
Recipe# 32794
29 Jul 19

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by Tarla Dalal
You are sure to enjoy not just the flavour but also the unique mouth-feel of this radish-based dry subzi. Radish by itself is very aromatic and flavour-packed, so just a few spice powders are enough to enhance its flavour to an awesome range! However, what makes this Mooli Subzi truly special ....
Moong Dal with Spinach
Recipe# 1371
15 Oct 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Though prepared in various different ways across the country, Moong Dal with Spinach is nevertheless a favourite combination in desi cooking. Here, we have made a low calorie version of this delicious iron-rich dal. This recipe is chock full of nutrients, as spinach brings protein, garlic has anti-b ....
Mushroom Calzone
Recipe# 804
31 Jan 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A calzone is a traditional Italian oven-baked snack, which is often described as a folded pizza. Basically, a plain flour dough pocket holds delicious toppings, in some way comparable to our desi favourite, the samosa! In this yummy and satiating calzone, ....
Paneer Makhanwala
Recipe# 276
17 Jul 12

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 by Tarla Dalal
Though just a tablespoon, the butter gets a status equal to the paneer in this recipe as you can guess from the name of Paneer Makhanwala. This is because frying the spice powders and tomato-onion puree in butter gives this dish its unique, intensely rich flavour. At each stage, make sure you sa ....
Recipe# 40723
21 Mar 16

 
 by Jyoti V B
No reviews
Red kidney beans are filling and nutritious. This curry is a favourite in Punjab and loved by all. Instead of the usual tomato gravy, I tried a broccoli gravy and it turned out to be delicious. This makes a wholesome meal when served with chapati, rice, bhatura etc.
Restaurant Style Vegetable Manchurian Gravy
Recipe# 316
31 Aug 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
vegetable manchurian recipe | indo chinese veg manchurian | restaurant style vegetable manchurian gravy | with amazing step by step images. Vegetarian Manchurian, a flagship Indo-Chinese re ....
Stir Fried Beans, Capsicum and Tomatoes ( Chinese Cooking )
Recipe# 323
23 Aug 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Stir fried beans, capsicum and tomatoes,quick and nourishing.
Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables in Butter
Recipe# 1788
24 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
You can’t find a stir-fry that is easier or tastier than this! An interesting combination of veggies and mushrooms, when sautéed with garlic in butter, gets a fabulous texture and absolutely mind-blowing flavour. When you taste this Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables in Butter, you will find it hard ....
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Main Course
5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again