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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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Tendli and Matki Subzi, Pressure Cooker Tendli Aur Matki ki Subzi
Recipe# 32827
15 May 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
It looks and smells so wonderful, it is hard not to be tempted by this Tendli and Matki Subzi. Thankfully, it is as tasty as it looks! A brilliant combo of ivy gourd and sprouted matki is pressure-cooked with onions, tomatoes and spice powders, to make a mouth-watering subzi. The
Tendli Bhaat, Maharashtrian Tendli Bhaat, Ivy Gourd Rice
Recipe# 1967
28 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A real spicy preparation of rice and tendi, which totally masks the sober nature of tendli transforming it into an exciting ingredient that will be loved by all. This Tendli Bhaat actually has a double dose of spices! Not only is the rice cooked with sautéed spices, but it is also seasoned wit ....
5 Spice Mushroom Rice
Recipe# 4167
10 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Five-Spice Powder is a must-have ingredient in any Chinese kitchen. Made of aromatic spices like fennel and cloves, this spice powder elevates the flavour and aroma of any dish it is added to, giving a facelift to even bland ingredients like mushroom as you will ....
5 Spice Tofu and Bean Sprouts Rice
Recipe# 22769
21 Nov 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
As the name suggests, Five Spice Tofu and Bean Sprouts Rice gets its special flavour from the popular Chinese masala, the five spice powder that consists of star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, fennel, cinnamon and cloves. You are sure to notice that this recipe does not contain any dominating vegetabl ....
Achaari Dahi Bhindi
Recipe# 22779
11 Apr 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
A double-tangy subzi with the combined sourness of curds and tomatoes, perked up with a wide assortment of seeds and spice powders, which give it a super peppy flavour and aroma too. The ladies finger is sliced and shallow-fried before preparing the gravy, so that it has a nice texture and does ....
Achari Baingan
Recipe# 30888
17 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is one of the most delicious methods of cooking brinjal or Baingan. The achaaris masala is very popular in Punjabi cooking and contrary to popular belief does not use any actual achaar or pickle. It is a flavourful blend of carefully chosen spices and curds. The achaaris masala is truly represe ....
Achari Paneer Pulao Or How To Make Achari Cottage Cheese Rice Recipe
Recipe# 7555
21 Nov 07

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 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer, marinated with achari spices like fennel and nigella is tossed together with rice, which is cooked to perfection with typical spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and caraway. This gives the feeling of having a nice pulao with a mild pickle, but it comes in a single package, making it conv ....
Ahmedabadi Pizza ( Street Side)
Recipe# 39834
11 Dec 14

 
 
by Swapnil Thakkar
No reviews
Age old very very famous ahmedabadi street side pizza made of very crispy pizza base and sweet-tangy sauce, with a lots of grated cheese on top... Everyone must try it once in their life.
Ajwain Leaf Kadhi
Recipe# 36111
07 Feb 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Take a break from hot kadhis…. This one is served at room temperature with rice. Spicy hot bhajias make savoury accompaniment to this kadhi and rice.
Ajwaini Roti
Recipe# 4390
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Ajwain has such a tantalising aroma and flavour that it can pep up a dish as a standalone spice! You will realise this when you try this mouth-watering Ajwaini Roti. Quick and easy, all it takes it the addition of carom seeds to the flour when making the roti dough, but it makes such a notable diffe ....
Aliv Nutri Paratha
Recipe# 35092
18 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Aliv or garden cress seed is a real treasure-trove of nutrients, and a must have in every kitchen. This little-known Indian food is one of the best vegetarian sources of iron, and is worth including in the diet, whether as a powder or in seed form. This delicious Aliv Nutri Paratha is a great wa ....
All Green Paratha
Recipe# 35677
28 Oct 11

 
 by Radha Hoizal
No reviews
This includes some green vegetables and some green pulses to make it protein and vitamin A rich.Enjoy these parathas with butter
Almond Biryani
Recipe# 39565
20 Sep 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
You are sure to have tried cashew pulao, but how about Almond Biryani? An innovative rice preparation rich with the aroma of spices, the Almond Biryani combines French beans and green peas with sliced almonds adding a dash of crunchy fun to each mouthful. Using cooked rice and readily available biry ....
Aloo and Kand Rasawala Shaak, Faraal Recipe
Recipe# 41478
26 Apr 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
This recipe is a mouth-watering preparation of kand and potatoes in a base of curds, thickened with rajgira flour. The Aloo and Kand Rasawali Shaak gets its finger-licking flavour and appetizing aroma from green chilli paste and a tempering of cumin seeds. The best part is that you can have this ....
Aloo and Paneer Roll
Recipe# 39145
23 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Fresh rotis lined with green chutney play host to an astounding stuffing of potatoes and paneer flavoured naturally with chillies, coriander, mint and cumin. A scrumptious salad accompanies the soft potato-based stuffing to add an exciting crunch to the aloo paneer roll.
Aloo Aur Kaddu ki Subzi
Recipe# 4346
20 Apr 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Soft potatoes and fibrous red pumpkin cooked with an aromatic tempering of assorted seeds and spices, a couple of traditional spice powders, a dash of curds and tomatoes, the Aloo aur Kaddu ki Subzi is a choice you will not regret, whether for a homely meal or a friendly gathering. It burgeons with ....
Aloo Baingan Subzi
Recipe# 15490
08 Apr 19

 
 by manju_bijoy
Both brinjal and potato are common veggies available in our local markets all round the year. This simple subzi brings these two ingredients together with daily masalas. The Aloo Baingan Subzi has a homely yet appetising flavour, which combines the tang of tomatoes with the peppy taste of ginger ....
Aloo Beans Subzi
Recipe# 38589
26 Jul 13

 
 by Sandipan
No reviews
A very healthy and tasty dish. Quick and easy to make. I frequently make this dish for my office lunch or sometimes even have it as a snack.
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, ....
Aloo Bhindi, Punjabi Style Recipe
Recipe# 42469
02 Mar 18

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by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Who doesn’t like the combination of aloo and bhindi? Combining it with potatoes makes ladies finger appealing even to little kids! Here is one way to cook the duo in a flavour-packed Punjabi style. Here the Aloo Bhindi is perked up with a r ....
Aloo Capsicum Special
Recipe# 11019
14 Mar 11

 
 by sonaprem
No reviews
A punjabi cuisine specialty aloo capsicum special or potato and capsicum vegetable preparation in true north indian style is irrestible!
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5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again