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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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French Beans and Carrot Thoran, Kerala Dry Sabzi
Recipe# 41546
11 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
french beans and carrot thoran recipe | carrots beans thoran | Kerala style carrot thoran dry sabzi | with 25 amazing images. french beans and carrot thoran recipe is a
Fatless Maa ki Dal
Recipe# 7464
12 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Think dal and the first thing that comes to mind is mother’s cooking. While moms are generally fond of pampering their children with oodles of ghee and butter, we must learn to tone down on these fatty ingredients as we grow up! So, here a fatless version of Maa ki Dal, which not only retains the s ....
Layered Potato and Spinach Baked Dish
Recipe# 246
10 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Layered Potato and Spinach Baked Dish is a luscious treat of potatoes and spinach baked with a creamy and cheesy topping. A mix-in of coriander and green chillies gives the potato layer a peppy flavour, while the team work of fenugreek, onions and cumin gives the spinach layer a fabulous taste. ....
Paneer in Coconut Gravy
Recipe# 252
07 Aug 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The combination of onion-green chilli-ginger paste with coconut milk makes paneer in coconut gravy taste like a variety of keralite-stew. It goes well with roti and rice, and is very comforting if served hot, with a generous sprinkling of coriander, on a cold winter’s day!
Green Peas Ambti
Recipe# 1486
11 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Green Peas Ambti is a classic Maharashtrian preparation of coarsely crushed peas and tomatoes. It uses a rich and spicy masala paste that is to be freshly prepared with onions, coconut and a traditional selection of spices. Serve hot with
Layered Corn and Spinach Rice with Tomato Sauce
Recipe# 74
06 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Surely this elaborate dish requires a spot of extra effort, but the mouth-watering result is absolutely worth it! “Flash, Bang, Wallop” is how your taste buds will react to this awesome dish, which features a splash of colours and vibrant flavours. Layers of freshly made tomato sauce, a creamy ....
Zunka
Recipe# 4372
09 Jun 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Traditional Maharashtrian and spicy, the Zunka is considered by many as a dry version of the famous pitla. It is like a curry of ginger, green chillies, garlic, onions and coriander perked up with a very flavourful tempering. Although a variety of spices are used, the curry leaves in the tempering l ....
Bhindi Sambhariya
Recipe# 4333
10 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An elaborate masala of sesame, coconut and coriander together with other spices and powders is at the heart of this mouth-watering preparation of fresh ladies finger. Small and tender okras are stuffed with this aromatic masala and cooked with a tempering of asafoetida. Cover and cook the stuffed o ....
Mor Kuzhambu, South Indian Curd Curry
Recipe# 42447
06 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An all-time favourite South Indian curd curry, the Mor kuzhambu, South Indian Curd Curry is marked by its mild tang, creamy mouth feel and rich taste. Nevertheless it is quite easy to make and uses common ingredients. It is basically whisked curd flavou ....
Mixed Dal Chillas, Healthy Breakfast, Snack Recipe
Recipe# 42217
09 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
These thin, savoury pancakes are so tasty you will love to snack on them any time; at the same time they are so satiating that you can even have them for breakfast. Made with a batter of mixed dals perked up with ginger, green chillies and other ingredients, the Mixed Dal Chila is both tasty and ....
Baked Mexican Rice with Cheese Patties
Recipe# 1078
05 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Baked Mexican Rice with Cheese Patties is simply party perfect! Although it involves preparing the Mexican rice, cheese patties and a special tomato sauce too, each of these is quite easy to prepare and will not take too much time. You can prepare all these in advance and arrange them in a baking di ....
Bajra Khichdi (  Rajasthani)
Recipe# 3894
16 Nov 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
bajra khichdi recipe | Rajasthani bajra khichdi | healthy black millet Indian khichdi | with amazing images. When one thinks of homely food, khichdi is the first option that comes to mind. A wholesome khichdi can wa ....
Baked Pav Bhaji Pasta, Pav Bhaji Pasta
Recipe# 40837
09 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
baked pav bhaji pasta recipe | pav bhaji pasta | Indo Italian pav bhaji pasta | with 36 amazing images. When an all-time favourite desi snack crosses paths with a popular Italian dish, the result is this fascinating ....
Spicy Paneer Burger  ( Burgers and Smoothies Recipe)
Recipe# 36338
04 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Think spicy and our Indian masalas are sure to spring up in your mind! Yes, this cutlet features a blend of common Indian spices, ensuring a top rating by our desi taste buds. The mint chutney used in this recipe uses a good lot of onions, resulting in a very unusual flavour. When teamed with ma ....
Dum Aloo, Popular Restaurant Style Punjabi Dum Aloo Recipe
Recipe# 33534
04 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
dum aloo recipe | restaurant style dum aloo | Punjabi dum aloo | dum aloo curry | with 43 amazing images. Our dum aloo recipe is also called P ....
Hariyali Dal (  Cooking with 1 Teaspoon Oil)
Recipe# 3573
05 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Spinach and chana dal complement each other perfectly in this aromatic dish which is an excellent source of protein, iron, vitamin A and calcium. Try this dal with steamed brown rice or rotis. This is a good recipe for entertaining too!
Dal Baati Churma
Recipe# 3645
04 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
dal baati churma recipe | Rajasthani dal baati churma | authentic dal baati churma | with 50 amazing images. This three-in-one treat dal baati churma is a typical
Beetroot and Coconut Sabzi, South Indian Sabzi
Recipe# 41484
04 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An easy and tasty South Indian recipe, which features grated beetroot, flavoured with a traditional tempering and a scrumptious mixture of coconut, garlic and spice powders. Since the beetroot is grated, it cooks very fast, so you can make this Beetroot ....
Restaurant Style Vegetable Manchurian Gravy
Recipe# 316
01 Aug 20

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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 ....
Layered Spicy Vegetable Pulao
Recipe# 2433
01 Aug 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A delicious preparation of rice layered with a preparation of assorted veggies and marinated capsicum in tomato ketchup, the Layered Spicy Vegetable Pulao is actually a one-dish meal in its own right. It has everything from cereals and veggies to spices and tomato ketchup too, and baking the arrange ....
Maharashtrian Patal Bhaji, Paatal Bhaji
Recipe# 770
29 Aug 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Colocassia leaves are frequently used in Maharashtrian and Gujarati cooking, not only for their unique flavour but for their nutritional benefits as well. Maharashtrian Patal Bhaji, made with colocassia leaves and chana ....
Varan Bhaat, Maharashtrian Varan Bhaat
Recipe# 40855
01 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Varan Bhaat is a famous Maharashtrian dish of steaming hot rice topped with ghee and lentil curry. The toovar dal is prepared in a simple and homely manner that will appeal to everybody. Onions, tomatoes, green chillies and spices add to the flavour o ....
Brown Rice – Parsi Style
Recipe# 3582
31 Jul 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A simple dish of long-grained rice cooked with whole spices and onions is a treat, when you prepare it the way the Parsis do! What makes this dish different from usual pulaos is that the rice is sautéed with the spices and onions till it turns a light brown in colour, and only then it is cooke ....
Gujarati Kadhi
Recipe# 106
31 Jul 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
gujarati kadhi | traditional gujarati kadhi | how to make gujarati kadhi | with 12 amazing images Kadhi is a traditional Gujarati preparation of a wonderful sweet and spicy curd mixture thi ....
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Main Course
5
 on 10 Jul 20 12:20 AM


Looks scrumptious:)
Main Course
5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again