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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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White Gravy Biryani
Recipe# 22328
07 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Caraway flavoured brown rice, layered with an assortment of colourful vegetables cooked in a subtly spiced gravy, the White Gravy Biryani is a mouth-watering and sumptuous dish – almost a one-pot meal! It has lots of garlic and ginger, which help to counterbalance the effects of sodium and make this ....
White Sauce Pasta, Indian Style White Sauce Pasta
Recipe# 40459
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
white sauce pasta recipe | Indian style white sauce pasta | pasta in white sauce | with 30 amazing images. White sauce is the main ingredient in making white sauce pasta. White sauce is one ....
Whole Masoor Dal, Sabut Masoor Dal, How To Make Whole Masoor Dal
Recipe# 5293
25 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Using whole masoor instead of the dal helps retain more fibre you your food. This protein and fibre-rich dal also features a spiky spice paste, which makes it very attractive to the desi palate! The whole masoor dal is ideal for those with high cholesterol as the fibre in the dal binds the cho ....
Whole Wheat and Vegetable Khichdi
Recipe# 5584
20 Dec 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Khichdi is one of the homeliest of dishes, which revives and comforts you after a tough day! It is easy and quick to make, yet satiating, nutritious and tasty too, which is probably what makes it popular with almost everybody. Whole Whea ....
Whole Wheat Bhakri
Recipe# 39637
24 Apr 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
bhakri recipe | whole wheat bhakri | soft Gujarati Bhakri | with 13 amazing images. To make bhakri, combine whole wheat flour, ghee and salt in a deep bowl and knead into a firm dough using ....
Whole Wheat Coriander and Sesame Seeds Naan
Recipe# 40859
17 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Um, a whiff of this aromatic naan is enough to kindle your appetite. The peppy smell and flavour of coriander and sesame seeds make this whole wheat naan a brilliant choice for the main course . It has a grand air about it, which makes it apt for a festive menu, ....
Whole Wheat Masala Paneer Naan
Recipe# 37690
30 Oct 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Delicious paneer-stuffed naan is made with whole wheat flour! Follow the dough-making process properly and you will end up with the best naan, which is bound to become the talk of the town. A stuffing of soft and fresh paneer perked up with green chillies and coriander makes the Whole Wheat Mas ....
Whole Wheat Pasta in Low Calorie White Sauce
Recipe# 5589
09 Aug 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Satiating and delicious, the Whole Wheat Pasta in Low Calorie White Sauce is an exciting meal in a bowl. Full of veggies and whole wheat pasta, this dish is a power-packed and fibre-filled treat that helps reduce bad cholesterol. The colourful veggi ....
Whole Wheat Pasta in Tomato Sauce
Recipe# 1404
05 May 20

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by Tarla Dalal
Whole wheat pasta, savour this healthy Italian delicacy, which is also a rich source of protein and fibre! The Italian diet which is known for its high-calorie pasta preparations and its cheesy sauces has been converted into this "96 calorie (per serving), high fibre version". As the name suggests, ....
Whole Wheat Pesto Pizza with Roasted Vegetables
Recipe# 41641
31 May 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Pesto is a world-renowned Italian spread made of walnuts and basil. It is a versatile ingredient, which can be used in many ways – ranging from dip and sauce to salad dressing and pizza topping. This pizza benefits from the pesto, which gives it a luscious mouth-feel and amazingly vibrant taste. ....
Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Spinach Sauce
Recipe# 39647
10 Oct 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A smart combination of the right ingredients is essential to ensure the maximum uptake of iron from a recipe. In this wholesome Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Spinach Sauce, we have done away with cheese because calcium hinders the absorption of iron. Iron-rich red pumpkin is used in the place of milk to ....
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach Dumplings in Pumpkin Sauce
Recipe# 5592
23 Aug 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The steamed spinach dumplings are usually served in a rich cheese sauce, almond sauce or butter sauce. For a healthy combination, this has been substituted with a low cal, yet creamy pumpkin sauce. Make sure to add all the dumplings and the sauce to the whole wheat spaghetti just before serving.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables in Almond Sauce
Recipe# 22458
11 Nov 08

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Vegetables in Almond Sauce is a truly attractive dish replete with colourful and crunchy veggies, a luscious almond sauce and of course, whole wheat spaghetti. We have avoided pasta made from refined flour and used a limited quantity of whole wheat spaghetti instead, to ma ....
Whole Wheat Tortillas, Diabetic Tortillas
Recipe# 33806
26 Nov 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
For all you Mexican food aficionados, the Tortilla is a must-learn item! An inseparable part of Mexican cuisine, Tortillas are traditionally made with maize flour and plain flour. But as these ingredients are high on glycemic index, they must be avoided by diabet ....
Wholesome Deep Dish Pizza
Recipe# 3282
16 May 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Thick crusty pizza bread topped with a delicious mix of vegetable textures, surprising flavours and colourful appearance. This pizza is baked in a deep pie dish or a deep dish. Experiment with your own topping ideas and combinations.
Wholesome Khichdi
Recipe# 39568
06 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Khichdi is perhaps the most popular, comforting and homely of rice dishes, enjoyed by Indians the world over. While there are various versions of khichdi, known by various names, every community has some way of preparing this wholesome combination of rice and moong dal, which is nutritious, energisi ....
Wonton Wrapper
Recipe# 4184
16 May 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Wonton Wrappers, an essential Chinese ingredient, can be easily prepared at home using readily available ingredients. Next time you wish to make steamed or deep-fried wontons, just make the wrappers at home instead of buying them from outside. For soft and pliable wrappers that can be easily folded ....
Yam and Spinach Pulusu
Recipe# 4355
16 May 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Pulusu is a popular preparation style in Andhra cooking, and basically features greens, vegetables or other ingredients in a tamarind-based gravy. A remarkable flavour derived from minimal ingredients and a simple procedure makes the Yam and Spinach Pulusu a great hit with everybody. The pulusu gets ....
Yam Errisery, Chena Erissery, Onam Sabzi
Recipe# 32851
16 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Erissery made with yam and plantains is a part of the festive fare served on Onam , the biggest festival celebrated in Kerala. Alternatively, this recipe can be prepared with pumpkin and red oriental beans too. You can also try other
Yam Kalan, Kerala Curry
Recipe# 32917
20 Aug 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Kalan is a spicy, curd-based gravy recipe from Kerala. However, follow these instructions closely and take care not to overheat the dish, as the curds will separate and leave you with quite an unpalatable dish if you cook it on a high flame. If done right, however, this dish is sure to transport ....
Zaffrani Pulao
Recipe# 38026
28 Jan 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
After having seen Mughlai food it is evident that saffron or kesar is a much-loved ingredient that can be used in a number of dishes. Zaffrani Pulao or saffron rice is simply rice prepared with saffron flavouring. Paneer, cashewnuts and raisins make this pr ....
Zarda Pulao
Recipe# 41795
30 May 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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The magic of spices unfolds, making the Zarda Pulao an experience that stays carved in your memory forever. Perfectly-cooked long-grained rice is tinged with saffron and rose water, enriched with mawa, boosted with spices and embellished with many a nut and dry fruit. Indeed, the Zarda Pulao ....
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Main Course
5
 on 08 Nov 17 01:47 PM


Yes excellent recipe happy to do it again and again