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.
Dalma is a dish made from Toor Dal and Vegetables. It is a traditional curry from Odisha, which is a part of Chappan Bhog served in Puri Jagannath Temple. Dalma is generally made from toor dal and contains chopped vegetables like Elephant yam, Unripe Banana, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Radish, Drumstick etc. It is tempered with panch phoran masala and garnished with coconut and coriander. In temples the Dalma is made in earthen vessels using the authentic recipe, though the recipe has many variations too.
Parangikkai Keerai Kuzhambu is a yellow pumpkin curry combined with spinach to make a delicious weeknight dinner. This is a favorite preparation where the combination of green chillies and coconut along with coriander seeds and jaggery adds a touch of spice and sweetness. We love the pumpkin spinach curry (Parangikkai Keerai Kuzhambu) at home and typically savor it with steamed rice or broken wheat.
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Goan Kaju Curry is yet another delicious dish from the western coast of India or the Konkan region. Goan Kaju Curry is normally made using the best quality goan cashew nuts and served as a vegetarian delicacy in goan weddings and parties. The Goan Kaju curry is made by following the traditional style of goan cooking which consists of roasting grated coconut along with onion, garlic and spices and addition of tamarind. Tamarind is used as a souring agent in most of the Goan dishes.
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Ringna No Olo Recipe is char roasted brinjal delicately flavored with ginger and spices. Ringna No Olo is a classic dish made from roasted brinjals and when combined with green chillies, ginger and spices they release flavors that are absolutely delectable. This dish known as Baingan Bharta in some regions of India, is prepared in a similar way with subtle variations. The family favourite of savoring Ringna No Olo Recipe dish is along with Bajra Na Rotla or Bhakri and Gujarati Kadhi or Fajeto.
Soya Chunks Masala in Coconut Milk is a spicy preparation of protein rich soya chunks in coconut milk which has its own list of benefits. This gravy pairs up perfect so well not only with hot steamed rice but also with wheat phulkas. The spiciness of the gravy can be adjusted according to the palate. The preparation of the soya chunk masala is an effortless affair with subtle flavours of spices and coconut milk, hence can be a top option of a lazy weekend menu.
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Sautéed Aubergine With Tamarind Recipe is a perfect dish for dinners or lunches. Makes an elegant dish for the lent season as well. The flavor comes from the tangy tamarind juice or paste which leaves your taste buds tingling and wanting more. Sautéed Aubergine With Tamarind Recipe is a super simple and abundantly flavorful dish that is perfect as a side for rotis/chapathis or plain rice.
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Navratan Korma, refers to ‘nine gems’ which could be the combination of either 9 vegetables or a mixed combo of dry fruits and vegetables. I have used 5 vegetables and 4 dry fruits in the recipe. This is a rich, filling and nutritious curry made without cream. Coconut milk can be replaced by milk and cream.
Serve Navratan Korma with Whole Wheat Lachha Parathas and Mushroom Pulav for a delicious lunch or dinner.
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Badanekaayi Gojju or Brinjal curry is one lip-smacking curry. A creamy, spicy, tangy curry that can be served with roti or rice. If you are bored of the usual Brinjal sabzi, you can give this recipe a try and it will surely be loved by your family members.
Serve Badanekaayi Gojju with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha and Lauki raita for a perfect weekday lunch.
You can also try our other Brinjal recipes like
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Cauliflower Curry with Bell Peppers and Carrots is simmered in a in spiced milk gravy is simple and quick to make for those busy weeknight dinners. Spices like saffron (optional) and cardamom along with cumin with the crunchy florets make it delicious. Serve itCauliflower Curry with Bell Peppers and Carrots in spiced milk gravy along with plain parathas or phulkas or even a pita bread toasted with butter.
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Mulakootal Recipe is a very old, traditional Palakkad Brahmin recipe. It’s a curry made from a combination of lentils and vegetables and coconut gravy. It is a mildly spiced gravy that goes well with steamed rice and ghee. There are some variations of mulakootal, basically depending on the type of vegetable one uses in cooking it. There is keerai mulakootal made with lentils and spinach, there is pumpkin mulakootal made using pumpkin and vegetable mulakootal uses different types of vegetables. ...
Cook Pakoras in this South indian style rich, nutty gravy and give your taste buds a different pakora curry experience. This preparation is very popular in Andhra cuisine.
Serve Pakodi Koora with a bowl of hot steamed rice and south Indian style Papadums.
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Bendekaayi Gojju is also known as Saasive Gojju (Mustard seeds curry) as it uses raw mustard seeds. This creamy gojju is a tangy, sweet and spicy curry that goes well with roti and rice. You can serve it for a weekday lunch or dinner.
Serve Bendekaayi Gojju with phulka or steamed rice for a healthy and satisfying weekday meal.
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Kosamalli Recipe is a very popular dish from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu. It is usually served with hot idiyappam or string hoppers. It is prepared using minimal spices, hence it is lighter on the tummy. Serve Kosamalli (Chettinad Style Brinjal and Potato Mash) with string hoppers/Idiyappam or idli or dosas for an interesting weekend breakfast.
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Kathirikai Rasa Vangi (Egg Plant is a Tangy Sweet Coconut Gravy) is a very traditional recipe from the households of Tamil Brahmins. The freshness of the dish comes from adding the freshly ground spice paste to brinjal/ eggplant. It has a very distinct flavour with the addition of coriander seeds and peppercorns. Serve Kathirikai Rasa Vangi with Steamed Rice and Potato Curry to make it a complete weeknight meal.
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Multani Kaali Arbi is usually prepared with basic ingredients and lacks onion, tomato and spices. It is a watery vegetable curry. The dish is usually prepared using traditional Indian Kadhai which gives arbi, the purple colour and adds flavour to the recipe.
Serve Multani Kaali Arbi Recipe with hot phulkas or steamed rice for a weekday meal.
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Mulakootal is essentially a home style south Indian curry made with a medley of vegetables, lentils and coconut. A part of many routine lunches and often made with whatever vegetables handy at home. Mulakootal is also said to be the inspiration behind the famous "Mulligatawny Soup". The curry is healthy and spells comfort of a home meal in every bite, helps that it is super easy to make.
Serve Mulakootal with hot steamed rice for a perfect summer lunch.
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Paneer Matar Butter Masala is a very healthy calcium enriched recipe, and the taste is awesome. Ideally this curry tastes fantastic and is best served with Indian flat bread like naan or tandoori roti in the restaurants. This makes a great house party dish too.
Serve Paneer Matar Butter Masala with Phulkas or even steamed rice for a delicious weekday meal.
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Vendaikai Puli Kootu Recipe is a popular dish in Tamil Nadu and is usually prepared in almost every home to serve along with rice. Vendaikai Puli kootu is okra curry simmered in tamarind sauce with grounded spices. The dish can be prepared in few minutes without any fuss. It can be either gravy or dry one based on your preference. The grounded cumin, ginger and garlic adds unique flavor to the dish.
Serve this Vendaikai Puli Kootu along with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha for a perfect lunch.
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lunch is a traditional Chettinad dish which is commonly prepared in all households of Chettinad with brinjal and potatoes. Brinjals and potatoes are cubed and cooked with spices in a tamarind – tomato base. The addition of tamarind and tomato lends sour taste to the gravy and addition of spices lends a spicy taste. The combination of sour and spicy makes it as a perfect accompaniment for rice. The gravy lasts for a couple of days due to the addition of tamarind and sour.
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Nawabi Mixed Vegetables Recipe is a mildly spiced and rich dish without the use of cream in it. It is quite flavourful and simple to cook. It is easy to prepare and has a very royal taste to it.
Serve Nawabi Mixed Vegetable Gravy at one of your house parties lunch menu along with rotis, Pudina tawa paratha or jeera rice.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Gravy based recipes such as
Gobi Ke Kofte
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Aal Ke Kofte is a delicious combination of bottle gourd pakoras and spicy gravy. It is a perfect dish to make when you have guests at your home for dinner. Try this recipe and you will make it again and again.
Serve Aal Ke Kofte with Lauki Raita and Tawa Parathas for a perfect weekday meal.
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Arbi Dahi Wali Sabzi
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Tamter Wangun is an authentic Kashmiri Pundit recipe with no garlic and in some case prepared with or without onions. This is a simple yet flavorful dish prepared by cooking fried eggplants in a tomato base gravy and with spices. It is a tasty vegetarian dish from Srinagar.
Serve Tamter Wangun for dinner or you can also pack it for kids lunch box. Jeera Rice and Aloo Naan make a good combination for the Tamter Wangun Recipe.
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Kerala, God's own country, is known for its greenery. What can be more fitting compliment to this visual experience but a culinary experience like Kerala Special Vegetable Stew. An array of vegetables like carrots, peas, beans, potatoes are cooked in coconut milk. You can extract fresh coconut milk or use the ready made ones. They are mildly flavoured with Kerala's authentic spices. One does not need too many ingredients to prepare this delicacy. This is a gluten free and vegan dish with international ...
Aubergine in Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe is made with Aubergine/eggplant which are the vegetables that are probably less versatile in Indian kitchen. This Aubergine in Spicy Peanut Sauce is a mildly spiced curry with very distinct Thai flavours. It is a flavourful dish which is very easy to make in no time. You can also substitute ginger with the Thai galangal to make it even more pungent and flavourful. Serve the Aubergine in Spicy Peanut Sauce with Chilli Coriander Fried Rice for a light lunch.