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.
Ragi Sankati also known as Ragi Mudda is made from cooked rice and ragi flour (finger millet flour). Serve it with any spicy curry veg or non veg it tastes equally good. If you have some cooked rice on hand then ragi Sankati can be made in 15 minutes. Its an excellent way to use up the leftover rice too. If you want you make it vegan avoid using ghee.
Did you know- Ragi besides being fortified with calcium and soluble fibre is believed to be natural body coolant. During summers when sun is ...
Oh yes! You read it right. Today’s recipe is cauliflower fried rice which can be cooked within 15 minutes. Well actually there is no actual rice in this recipe. It is just made with grated or shredded cauliflower which resembles rice. The same procedure of making fried rice is followed to make this cauliflower fried rice, hence the name. This is a low-carb and healthy recipe which can be prepared in a jiffy and packed in the lunch box too.
Did you know- Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and since ...
Vaangi Bhaat or Brinjal Rice is a quintessential Maharashtrian rice preparation made using Brinjals, flavoured with some spices. Usually the purple-black variety of Brinjals is used. Like most recipes, there are many variations of Vaangi Bhaat too. This no onion/garlic preparation is simple and is part of many festivities. The Vaangi Bhaat spice mix can be made ahead and stocked.
Serve Vaangi Bhaat with Lauki Raita, Burani Raita or any other Raita of your choice.
If you like this recipe, you can ...
Dal Chawal is an all time comfort food all over India. Dal is prepared made differently in every home and every cook's hands. This recipe is the very famous Dal Chawal with a slight twist!
Serve Khatti Meethi Dal Chawal on its own with a papad for a weeknight meal.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Rice recipes such as
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Mushroom Pulav spiced up with green chillies and cinnamon makes a perfect one dish dinner that can be made under an hour. Mushroom as a vegetable might be a little bland and sometimes doesn't please everyone's taste buds. But with the right mix of spices and aromatics, this simple vegetable produces a dish quite scrumptious. All the flavours of the exotic spices infuse into the rice giving this pulav the perfect flavour.
Serve Mushroom Pulav along with Boondi raita for a weekday lunch or dinner.
Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhat is a super simple recipe of making the classic south indian dish using aval, also known as poha or beaten rice. The Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhat is a wholesome, hearty & delicious recipe that has the goodness of all the vegetables and lentils along with the good carbs combined into one dish.
Serve Avalakki Bisi Bele Bhat along with Boondi Raita and some Namkeen for a light and tasty weekday lunch or dinner.
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Vangi Bath simply translates to Brinjal rice and everyone has their own way of making it. This recipe uses quinoa instead of rice and a simple substitution secret, if you don't have access to Vangi bath powder. Enjoy this protein rich vangi bath with chilled yogurt for a soulful breakfast.
Serve Quinoa Vangi Bath with plain yogurt, tomato onion cucumber raita or any other raita of your choice.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Quinoa recipes such as
Spicy Thai Style Tofu with Quinoa
I consider the variety in rice dishes is a blessing! When you are in a hurry to cook up a meal or too lazy to make an elaborate meal, the variety of rice dishes come handy. Not just that, variety rice recipes works fantastic for left over rice. I can safely call it instant rice dish( all you need is left over rice to be ready in hand). Among all the variety rice recipes, Milagu Sadam or Instant pepper rice is the most simplest. It’s a straight forward dish which uses minimal, common ingredients ...
Curd Rice Style Overnight Oats brings together the comfort of curd rice and the benefits of oats in one. This recipe is for everyone who prefer savoury oats over sweet. A dish for anytime of the day and extremely simple to make. South Indian style tempering takes this dish to the next level.
Serve Curd Rice Style Overnight Oats on its own with Elai Vadam and Cauliflower Thoran for a healthy and light dinner.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Oats recipes such as
Oats Mor Kali
Curd Oats is a delicious and creamy oatmeal dish cooked and mixed with cold silken curd and tempered with simple south indian spices. Oatmeal is a healthy super food having high fibre and low fat making it a wonderful substitute against complex carbs. Regular consumption of oats is suppose to lower the bad cholesterol and aid in weight loss as well. Since, this recipe uses minimal spices, it is lighter on the tummy as well.
Serve this delicious Curd Oats for a light lunch or early supper along with ...
No one can deny their love for Biryani and the type of Biryani varies from region to region. Biryani is one pot meal and a must in a royal feast. The type and preparation for Biryani vary from region to region. The ingredients used also varies according to the culture and people. Biryanis can be prepared spicy in Hyderabadi style or can be made sweet like Kashmiri ones. Biryanis are versatile and can be prepared with either chicken, meat, prawns, fish or even with vegetables.
Prepare this spicy ...
With the morning rush we always prefer to have some dish which can be cooked faster and at the same time it should be healthier too. Cooking Black rice consumes a lot of time as we need to soak them for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours. However, black rice congee is one recipe which can be cooked very fast if the congee powder is prepared in advance. This soup or congee is a combination of black rice, barley, flax seeds roasted and powdered coarsely and cooked along with tossed garlic & spinach. Black ...
Vempampoo or Dried neem flowers are generally used in various tamil cooking recipes. This is a simple but very healthy recipe of tempering of dried neem flavours with spices and finally tossing the black rice with them. I generally take these flowers from my mom’s place where we have a neem tree. The flowers would automatically fall down between march to may month. So we generally put a cloth below the tree and collect these flowers. The process does not stop here, we would then dry them up in ...
'Varagu Arisi' or Kodo Millet is a nutritional grain with high amounts of fibre and antioxidants. It is fast becoming a substitute for wheat as it is also gluten free. The Varagu Arisi Pongal is wholesome with the right balance of lentils and grains and the healthy tempering of cumin seeds, ginger and peppercorns also adds to the taste and flavour to the dish. It is a meal by itself and is most ideal 'fasting food' during Navratras. Adding a teaspoon of ghee in the tempering gives the pongal it's ...
Kanji Payar Recipe is comfort food of Kerala. It is healthy, tasty and simple. Kanji is rice gruel and it is had hot with green gram (moong) thoran and papad. It is easily digestible hence it is recommended food during sickness or stomach upset. Green gram is a super food for weight loss and is loaded with vitamins. The papad can be deep fried or roasted on low flame. This recipe calls for no oil at all.
Serve Kanji Payar with Tomato Garlic Chutney Recipe and Kerala Vendakka Thoran Recipe (Okra ...
This Tomato Pulav is a Karnataka style recipe with tomatoes and rice cooked in a melange of spices ground to paste. This one pot wonder makes for a perfect relaxed spicy Sunday brunch.
Serve Tomato Pulav with Burani Raita or any other raita of your choice for a delicious meal.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Pulav Recipes such as
Hare Chane Ka Pulav
Lemongrass Coconut Rice makes for a quick one pot meal. This no onion/garlic recipe is very simple to prepare. The rice is cooked with coconut milk, lemongrass and vegetables.The subtle flavors of lemongrass and coconut are very soothing to the palate, and vegetables can be added as per your preference. In case its difficult to find tender stalks of lemongrass, make a bundle of leaves and use instead, and discard the same before serving.
Though Lemongrass Coconut Rice is delicious on its own, it ...
Ulundorai / Ulundogorai is made at Srirangam Temple in Trichy and offered to Lord Balaji especially on Saturdays. Most traditional dishes at South Indian Temples are based on rice. All of these offerings made in temples are free of onion - garlic.This dish is fragrantly spiced with Urad Dal (split black gram) and other spices and makes for a great tiffin box option too.
Ulundogorai can be served as it is or with lauki raita and papad.
Other rice variants that you can try
Lemon Rice Recipe
This quick and tasty rice is made for offerings to God (Naivedyam). Thengai Sadam (or coconut rice) is healthy given the nutritional benefits of coconut and makes for an excellent tiffin box option too. Make sure to use fresh coconut for great results.
Thengai Sadam can also be served with kurma or curd.
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Vangi Bhath or Brinjal Rice is a quintessential Maharashtrian rice preparation made using Brinjals, flavoured with some spices. In this recipe, we are using Preethi Electric Pressure Cooker in one single pot to prepare the Vangi Bath in one single pot using freshly ground spices.
Serve Vangi Bath with Burani Raita or any other Raita of your choice for a quick weeknight dinner or even pack it into your lunch box.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other rice recipes such as
There are days when we want to get away with a little cooking. Carrot And Capsicum Rice recipe is perfect for such days as it is easy and tasty at the same time. Carrot and capsicum give a different texture when it is mixed with the rice. Capsicum gives the crunch as well. Do try this recipe at home! This an easy recipe for lunch box as well. Serve Carrot And Capsicum Rice Recipe with raita of your choice.
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