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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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Thai Green Stir-fry Rice
Recipe# 22664
06 Mar 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Coconut milk powder and green curry paste make this recipe truly unique. Also try other Thai rice recipes like Thai Pineapple Rice or Babycorn and M ....
Thai Layered Rice (  Thai Cooking)
Recipe# 462
26 Nov 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The thai layered rice features a profusion of colours and flavours! a curry made of fiery masalas, soothing coconut milk, tangy fruits and crispy veggies coats a layer of rice cooked with coconut milk and garnished with peppy coriander. Truly, every mouthful is an adventure, as your taste-buds walk ....
Thai Pizza
Recipe# 1816
17 Oct 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Next to coconut milk and tropical fruits, Thai cuisine also specializes in the smart use of peanuts and sesame seeds, which is the characteristic exploited by this irresistible pizza! The Thai Pizza uses an innovative peanut flavoured sauce, and a crunchy topp ....
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!
Thai Sizzler
Recipe# 4838
16 May 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Thai cooking is a tempting blend of Indian, Chinese and Malay cooking. Varying form the soothing coconut to fiery chillies, these flavours of Thailand on one platter are sure to stimulate your taste buds and your appetite too!
Thai Stir-fried Noodles
Recipe# 8640
16 Dec 08

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Go thai, with this stir-fried noodle recipe! the unusual peanut butter based sauce adds a classy touch to this simple noodle recipe.
Thai Style Vegetable Curry
Recipe# 34201
10 Feb 11

 
 
by Amarendra Mulye
No reviews
Thai Style Vegetable Curry, it is dry spicy vegetable preparation. This curry goes well with plain steamed rice.
Thai Sub Sandwich
Recipe# 41382
11 Jan 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
If you like your sandwich creamy and luscious, then you will fall head over heels in love with this Thai Sub Sandwich. The filling for this sandwich is quite innovative, and has a clear Thai character. It is basically made of veggies ....
Thepla Paneer Wrap
Recipe# 33085
03 Jul 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is an exciting new use for theplas, which you would always have seen as a traditional Gujarati snack. In this recipe, you will find that flavourful methi-tinged theplas transform into an all-new treat when smeared with tangy chunda and packed with a peppy flavoured paneer and cauliflower mixtur ....
Thepla Quesadilla
Recipe# 42145
07 Oct 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Quesadilla is one of the most popular Mexican snacks made by stuffing a pair of tortillas with an exciting mix of veggies, beans and cheese. This is a fusion creation, a totally off-beat Quesadilla made with methi flavoured theplas instead of tortillas. The d ....
Thick Crust Pizza Base
Recipe# 41260
22 Nov 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Thick crust is always in vogue! With its spongy texture and mild taste, the Thick Crust Pizza Base is ideal to make scrumptious pizzas loaded with all-time favourite toppings like capsicum, olives, onions, corn, pineapples and more. It also works very well with desi toppings like spicy chunks of ....
Thin Crust Hawaiian Pizza
Recipe# 38872
11 Jan 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Speak of the tropics and pineapple is sure to crop up! And so it is in the case of the Thin Crust Hawaiian Pizza too. This pizza features a medley of flavours and textures, thanks to spiced pineapple, corn and mushrooms on an oh-so-crisp base. You will love the way the pineapple’s juice oozes out an ....
Three Grain Paratha  (  Gluten Free Recipe)
Recipe# 38602
26 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Soya flour, ragi flour and jowar flour combine to make these mildly spiced parathas. These flours are not only gluten free but also a good source of iron, calcium, fibre and protein.
Three-in-one Rice
Recipe# 1545
28 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tangy orange-coloured rice with accents of tomatoes and carrots; fresh green-coloured, coriander flavoured rice interspersed with juicy green peas; and soothing white rice tinged with shahjeera and loaded with paneer – are all assembled fantastically in an oven-safe bowl and baked till the aroma fil ....
Til Gur ki Roti
Recipe# 3017
23 Jul 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sometimes the contrast between the simplicity of a dish and its complex flavour is striking! Til Gur ki Roti is a perfect example of this phenomenon. With minimal ingredients and an extremely simple procedure, you get a delectable roti that surprises you with its exciting crispness and lingering fla ....
Til Gur ki Roti ( Iron Rich)
Recipe# 5697
09 Feb 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Time for some sweet memories. It is amazing how the aroma of jaggery and til working together always bring back memories of mom’s cooking. This traditional duo reflects mom’s care not just in taste but also in their nutritional richness. The use of both jaggery and til makes the Til Gur ki Roti an i ....
Tilachi Poli
Recipe# 37515
03 Sep 15

 
 by Jyoti V B
No reviews
Tilachi Poli, is a popular Maharashtrian sweet roti. It is stuffed with a mixture of nutty sesame, crunchy peanuts and jaggery. Taste great with a smear of ghee. The sesame seeds are extremely rich in calcium, hence Tilachi Poli is a healthy tiffin snack for kids.
Tilwale Aloo
Recipe# 1975
30 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
What a brilliant way to cook baby potatoes! Sautéing the baby potatoes with regular flavour enhancers like green chilli, ginger and a traditional tempering helps the flavour to seep into the potatoes, while a seasoning of roasted sesame seeds and a dash of lemon juice adds to its intensity, making i ....
Tinda Aur Saunf ki Subzi, Round Gourd and Fennel Vegetable
Recipe# 22485
21 Jan 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
While this dish does have other spices and seeds, saunf is undoubtedly the hero of the show! It proves itself as a perfect flavouring for tinda. Fennel seeds are used generously in this Tinda aur Saunf ki Subzi, both in the tempering as well as in the special tomato-based masala paste. You wil ....
Tindora Masala
Recipe# 38312
04 Oct 18

 
 by BETHICA DAS
Tindora or tendli is very popular in the south, especially andhra. I prepared this dish with a tempering of mustard, curry leaves and asafoetida and finished off with a combination of masalas like coriander and cummin seeds, dry red chillies and sesame seeds. Lemon juice is added instead of tamarind ....
Tittori Dal
Recipe# 4788
16 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A wholesome Parsi dish made of sprouted and peeled vaal perked up with tangy tomatoes and crunchy onions in a soothing base of coconut milk, the Tittori Dal has a very pleasing flavour that will appeal to everybody. While on the one hand, coconut milk gives a rich but soothing flavour and texture, t ....
Toasted Hummus Sandwich with Vegetables
Recipe# 41312
04 Feb 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
A famous dip from the Middle East, Hummus features an amazing combo of chickpeas, garlic and curds. It has a nice texture, a bit of tang and a pungent taste, which are enhanced further in this recipe, by adding crunchy veggies, cheese, and a dash of herbs and spices. This multi-textured and ....
Toasted Methi Rotis
Recipe# 3453
23 Jul 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
These crisp toasted rotis combine the goodness of whole wheat flour, gram flour and fenugreek leaves. They have a high nutritional value and besides being absolutely delicious, they are virtually fat free, being cooked without using any oil. Pre-cook these rotis on a tava (griddle) and then finish t ....
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5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again