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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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Tofu and Spinach Parathas
Recipe# 22404
26 Nov 07

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Visually appealing and amazingly tasty, these Parathas look very good thanks to the green hue imparted by the spinach purée. There are different varieties and brands of tofu available, both Indian and international. Indian tofu is softer in texture and less expensive than the international ones. You ....
Tofu and Sprouts Subzi
Recipe# 22411
26 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Yin and yang. Black and white. Life always becomes more interesting when opposites come together! in this recipe, the crunchiness of sprouts and the softness of tofu come together in one bowl to steal your heart! this dish is easy to make but absolutely delicious! you can use a combination of sprout ....
Tofu in Black Bean Sauce
Recipe# 41393
10 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
In this exotic dish, melt-in-the-mouth tofu is combined with crunchy and juicy veggies and flavoured with black bean sauce. Red chilli roundels add to the spice quotient of the Tofu in Black Bean Sauce making it a truly rare treat. The black bean sauce gives the dish a fabulous flavour that you ....
Tofu in Manchurian Sauce
Recipe# 41896
10 Jan 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
While on a tired day, you might settle for having Fried Rice with chilli-garlic sauce or tomato ketchup, on a more leisurely day you would surely want to have a more exciting accompaniment, like this spicy Tofu in Manchurian Sauce! You are sure to enjoy the contrast between the spicy, tangy, tota ....
Tofu Stuffed Bhindi
Recipe# 22424
26 Nov 07

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A bhindi curry, which becomes rather exotic-thanks to the interesting grated tofu stuffing. The onions are grated to give a smooth texture to the gravy. If made as a sukhi (dry) subzi by simply cooking in oil without the masala, it makes for a great snack too.
Tofu, Broccoli and Red Cabbage Stir Fry
Recipe# 22332
07 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Cause a stir with this fiery concoction of low-sodium vegetables! no processed foods have been used, making it safe for people with high b. P.
Tomato and Cheese Pizza
Recipe# 1823
03 Sep 15

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by Tarla Dalal
A quick and easy Pizza that you can put into the Oven minutes after you get back from office! Made of all-fresh ingredients, without requiring any pre-packaged pizza sauce, this Tomato Cheese Pizza has a ni ....
Tomato and Coconut Subzi
Recipe# 40893
31 May 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
With the lingering tanginess of tomatoes and the peppy flavour of a special coconut masala, this Tomato and Coconut Subzi is sure to make you lick your fingers in delight. Choose firm tomatoes to prepare this subzi, and do not add any water while grinding the masala. These precautions will hel ....
Tomato Methi Rice ( Iron Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35073
06 Oct 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Iron-laden methi greens are combined with vitamin C rich tomatoes which helps in the absorption of iron. For an additional fibre touch, I have use ....
Tomato Rasam ( Eat Well Stay Well )
Recipe# 33475
27 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tomato rasam, a perfect, low-calorie recipe to enjoy the true flavours of home-made south indian cooking. Serve this protein- and vitamin-packed rasam as an accompaniment to plain steamed rice. Tomatoes are bountiful of vitamin a, folic acid that helps boost immunity. This recipe is low in calories, ....
Tomato Rice( South Indian Recipes )
Recipe# 32889
09 Mar 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
This spicy and tangy rice preparation is ideal for packing in a lunch box, and sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike. Enjoy it hot and fresh with papads or pack it with a katori of coconut pachadi; either way it will taste just as appealing, as it combines an assortment of ingredients that compl ....
Tomatoes Stuffed with Bean Sprouts ( Low Calorie Healthy Cooking)
Recipe# 1410
23 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Tomatoes stuffed with protein-rich sprouts and then baked, so as to make it healthy and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Tondali Chya Kacharya
Recipe# 40184
01 Jun 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kacharya is a way of preparing crispy veggies, popular along the western coastal regions. A dry subzi with a traditional tempering and a garnish of freshly grated coconut, kacharya usually involves stir-frying the vegetable till it is crisp. Ivy gourd is an ideal choice for such a preparation, as it ....
Toovar Dal and Mixed Vegetable Masala Khichdi
Recipe# 38453
20 Sep 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Delicious masala-stuffed vegetables, rice and dal are carefully cooked together in this one of a kind recipe. A great one dish meal, Toovar Dal and Mixed Vegetable Masala Khichdi when served with buttermilk, also makes a fabulous potluck lunch.
Toovar Dal with Vegetables
Recipe# 22171
14 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Toovar dal with vegetables is a wholesome dish, full of vegetables and protein-rich dal. You need not stick to the veggies i have used – just open your fridge and throw in anything you find. You will love the fact that such a tasty and sumptuous dish can be prepared with just about no oil! remember ....
Toovar Dal, Toovar Dal with Onions
Recipe# 40694
27 Jan 19

 
 
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 ....
Tortellini with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Sauce
Recipe# 3298
16 May 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tortellini is an interesting type of homemade pasta with a nice cheesy filling. It can be combined with veggies and sauces to make mouth-watering dishes. In this recipe, we go from the ground up showing you how to make the cheesy tortellini, and then proceed to cook it with pesto sauce and sun-d ....
Tortillas For Wraps and Rolls
Recipe# 32621
23 Dec 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
If you wanna dabble with Mexican cooking, this is one of the first recipes to learn. Authentic, maize-flour based tortillas are key to the success of Mexican wraps and rolls. Maize flour gives the tortillas a classic texture, while carom seeds and spice powders g ....
Tostadas,  Veg Mexican Tostadas Recipes
Recipe# 1269
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A whole crisp fried tortilla makes the bottom layer on top of which beans and cheese are piled high. The ingredients traditionally offer contrasts of soft and crisp, hot and cold, sharp and mild. While the Mexicans put meat in their tostadas, this recipe ....
Trevti Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 615
23 Nov 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
As the ‘trevti’ in the title suggests, this is a combination of three dals simmered with spices. The use of three dals imparts a special feel to this otherwise simple day-to-day dal, which goes very well with bajra rotla and lehsun ki chutney. As a variation, you can use urad dal instead of yellow m ....
Triple Schezuan Rice
Recipe# 22768
21 Nov 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
If you cannot decide on rice or noodles, just have this! triple schezuan rice is a well-balanced combo of rice and noodles with typical chinese vegetables like carrot, cabbage and capsicum and flavour enhancers like ginger and garlic. While it might take a little while to prepare the vegetables, the ....
Turai Aur Moong ki Dal
Recipe# 3577
03 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Turai is disliked by many of us due to its unusual appearance. It is actually one of those vegetables that absorbs other flavours beautifully and has been made more delicious and nutritious by addition it to moong dal. Moong dal is one of the easiest dals to digest and also provides plenty of prot ....
Turai Aur Moong ki Dal (  Dals)
Recipe# 4785
16 Jul 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Not sure how to use up the remaining ridge gourd lying in your fridge? Make some delicious dal using ridge gourd an ingredient. Sautéed ridge gourd, onions and spice are cooked together with pressure-cooked moong dal and a sizzling hot tempering poured over it. Serve hot, it tastes delicious!
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Main Course
5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again