Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and culture, the cuisines across regions vary significantly from each other. Every cuisine and almost every region, uses its own available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices, traditions and festivals that are passed on from generations.
A traditional vegetarian diet in India typically consists of lentils, legumes, vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy products and more. In this section you will find more than 200+ main course recipes that are ranging from Sambars, Rasams, Curries, Poriyals, Kuzhambu, Rice from the South to the Dals, Rajma, Chana, Kadhi, Dry Sabzi, Pulao, Biryani Parathas and more.
Chettinad Style Mulaikattiya Pasi Payaru Kuzhambu is a spicy Chettinad preparation made of sprouted green gram. Low in calories but high in fibre it is a healthy ingredient to include in your daily diet. Chettinad cuisine from Tamilnadu is popular for it's spicy and aromatic flavours. This kuzhambu is a delicious way to get your daily doze of sprouts. Flavourful and aromatic, it is best eaten with Steamed Rice and ghee, but can also be served with Set Dosa or Phulka.
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Vendakka Stew Recipe is a wonderful mildly spiced Kerala style okra stew. The simple stir fried okras are cooked with coconut milk and flavoured with ginger. It pairs very well with the steamed rice or appams. Since, it does not use many spices it is fairly light on the tummy.
Serve the Vendakka Stew along with steamed rice or appams for a weeknight dinner.
Other stew recipes that you can try are:
Kerala Style Vegetable Stew Recipe with Coconut Milk
Persian Eggplant Stew Recipe (Khoresht ...
Mor Kuzhambu is a mildly spiced yogurt based south indian curry. Tirunelveli Style Mor Kuzhambu Recipe is a variation to the regular Mor Kuzhambu. The spiciness of the red chillies and the sourness from the tamarind brings in a distinct flavour variation from the regular Mor Kuzhambu. You can try making Tirunelveli Style Mor Kuzhambu Recipe using local ingredients like Green Bell Peppers, Cayote Squash (Chow Chow), Carrots or Drumsticks. I have tried using variety of these local ingredients and it ...
Green Mango Masoor Dal Recipe is a delicious simple preparation of red lentils with green mango. This dish is flavored with tangy mangoes and spicy green chili. Mustard oil if used for seasoning, gives additional earthy flavor and punch.
Green Mango Masoor Dal Recipe is a delicious accompaniment hot Steamed Rice or hot Tawa Parathas. This dal is perfect to go for quick weeknight dinner or lunch.
Try more such delicious dal recipes like Phalguni Dal Recipe, Sindhi Dal Pakwan Recipe and more.
Huli Tovve is a speciality from Karnataka and is a must have curry in a traditional wedding meal. Huli Tovve is a kind of sambar made using ground masala with a lot of mixed vegetables.
Serve Huli Tovve with hot steamed rice and Elai Vadam.
If you like this recipe, you can also try Kerala Style Varutharacha Sambar and Tomato Onion Sambar.
The Pudalangai Milagu Kootu Recipe is a delicious dish made from snake gourd combined with lentils and coconut. This classic south indian kootu recipe is perfect high protein recipe that is nutritious and healthy. Kootu is usually vegetable cooked with lentils and grounded coconut masalas. The Pudalangai Milagu Kootu Recipe a typical Brahmin dish that is popular in all parts of Tamil Nadu.
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Navrang Dal is a mix of nine different types of lentils cooked together in a medley of aromatic Indian spices. Dal is a staple food in Indian homes and is served every day. It is as creamy as Dal Makhni without the use of cream in it. It is a healthy dish that provides a good amount of protein to your body.
Serve Navrang Dal for a weeknight dinner or lunch.
Navrand Dal can be served with Luccha Paratha or Peas Pulao and raw mango raita.
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Hunase Gojju, tamarind curry is one of the most lip-smacking dish. Hunase gojju acts as a side dish. It gives you tangy flavour from tamarind and the spice touch through the chillies that are used. It is a thick gravy consistency dish which can be mixed with rice and had.
Hunase gojju can be served for lunch with hot rice or Pongal.
Here are other recipes from Karnataka which you will enjoy.
Mavina Hannina Gojju
Karnataka Style Sooji Upma Recipe
Erissery is a traditional coconut based gravy dish that is prepared especially on the day of Onam. It is generally prepared with yam. Other vegetables like the pumpkin, raw bananas are also used. In this Chena Kaya Erissery, 'Kaya' refers to the raw banana and 'Chena' to Elephant Foot Yam. Both the vegetables are cooked and gently mashed. They are then simmered in a coconut gravy flavoured with jeera/cumin seeds. The tempering of the erissery by itself is a process and is so tasty. Grated fresh coconuts ...
Dal Makhani or Dal Makhni Dal Makhani is a popular North Indian dish (especially in delhi & punjab). The primary ingredients in dal makhani are whole black lentil with red kidney beans, cream and butter. In it whole black lentils and kidney beans are soaked in water overnight and then boiled and simmered in spices and cream. It has very rich and creamy texture because of lot of butter and cream.
Serve Creamy Dal Makhani with Jeera Rice and Tawa Parathas for a delicious meal.
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Chakolaya Recipe ( Maharashtrian Varan Phal) is an amazing meal on its own which is more or less like Rajasthani Dhokli. The Dish is made up of wheat dumplings and is cooked in a toor dal mixture and is allowed to get the flavours from the dal. The recipe resembles more like Rajasthani Dal Dhokli but the spices used in maharastrian style is different.
Enjoy the Chakolaya Recipe (Maharastrian Varan Phal) as a meal on its own for a yummy lunch.
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Garlic Dal is one of the simplest but the yummiest dal to prepare. If you love garlic then this will surely go into your list of favorites. This creamy dal is filled with the garlic punch along with it being spicy and tangy. Garlic dal is best served with hot lachha paratha or steamed rice or ragi mudde along with a dollop of ghee.
Other tasty dals that you can try as well:
Lauki Chana Dal Recipe
Arhar Ki Dal with Lahsun Tadka
Navrang Dal Recipe
Katachi Amti is a typical accompaniment to the quintessential Maharashtrian sweet Puran Poli. Majority of the festive fares in Maharashtra feature Puran Poli- Katchi Amti combo as its star attraction. Katachi Amti is made from the stock leftover from cooking Chana Dal, which is used as a stuffing for Puran Poli. This stock is thinned down and flavoured with different spices.
Spicy Katchi Amti complements the sweet Puran Poli or you can also serve it with steamed rice.
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Mint has many health benefits as it is good for digestion, detoxifies the body etc. This recipe is simply a moong dal just flavoured with mint leaves. Really an aromatic tasty dal it is and is perfect for your weekday meals.
Serve Pudina Moong Dal along with Capsicum Usili and Phulkas for a weekday lunch or dinner.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Dal recipes such as
Katachi Amti Recipe
Ulava Charu Recipe
Delicious Dal Makhani Recipe
Palak Tambuli is a spinach based gravy recipe from Udupi, Karnataka. It is a simple, healthy and comforting side dish. Tambuli with green leafy vegetables are neither spicy nor oily. Tambuli is a light, nutritious, mild and soothing recipe, served with hot rice and pickle for simple dinner.
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Dhingri aka Mushrooms along with peas, made with a delicate combination of spices makes this dish truly delicious. The addition of yogurt adds a special sourness. The ground poppy seeds and cashew nuts paste made it rich texture. I typically avoid the cashew nuts as I like to to be low in fat content. The poppy seeds do give the richness that is required in the gravy. You do want to add the cashews, then you can roast them slightly and add it as a garnish. Serve Dhingri Matar Recipe (Mushrooms ...
Kadala Curry is a very traditional dish of kerala, where kala chana, also known as the desi chana is cooked and simmered in a spiced coconut gravy. This dish, is an inspired version of the original where we have played with the tastes by making it sweet and spicy. The addition of Dabur Homemade Tamarind paste along with Dabur Homemade Coconut milk and jaggery makes the kadala curry lip smacking delicious.
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Sorekai Majjige Huli Recipe (Bottle Gourd In Coconut Yogurt Curry Recipe) is a traditional curry originated from Mysore which comes under Karnataka. The curry is a buttermilk based curry which is made by mixing in the pressure cooked bottle gourd which is then simmered with spicy coconut paste. There is a different style of the yogurt based bottle gourd curry made in the region of Mangalore or Udupi, the spices added to it differs which makes it less spicy.
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Awadhi Style Sultani Dal Recipe is a an authentic recipe that has been picked up from one of the royal cuisines of India which is the Awadhi Cuisine. This dal is one of the staple food prepared during the time of Mughal empire. It is made from toor dal simmered with milk , cream, and yogurt to make it a rich dish for the emperors to consume during their daily feast. A tempering of ginger, garlic , green chili, and spices give it a strong flavor which lifts the whole dish up.
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Awadhi Style Dal Masoor Musallam Recipe is a classic dal preparation from Awadhi Cuisine, it is traditionally prepared from the Masoor dal also known as Brown lentil. The dal being the staple food for most of the Indian eater, this recipe will be something unique and give it a rich flavor to the meal.
This will also help in increasing the protein content as one cup of this dal serving will provide almost 15 grams of protein into your diet.
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Chettinad cuisine is usually associated with its aromatic and spicy recipes. However, there are a few interesting recipes that are simple and flavourful, cooked in the Chettinad household's every day. Chettinad Keerai Mandi Recipe With Amaranth Greens is one of those simple dishes cooked on a regular basis. Mandi means the leftover water after washing the rice in Tamil. The recipe uses very basic ingredients found in the kitchen, yet turns out to be pretty flavourful. The use of coconut milk is optional ...
Subz Noor E Chashm Recipe (Nawabi Curry Recipe) is a rich and creamy curry filled with assorted vegetables which go well with Indian bread. The curry was originally from Awadhi cuisine, which was a feast for all the royal families. Thus the gravy consists of almonds and cashew nuts to give it a rich and luscious consistency.
The curry can be made with any different kinds of assorted vegetables that are locally grown at your place to make a delicious and comforting meal for the day.
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