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 Indian diet in India typically consists of dals, vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy products and more. In this section you will find more than 1000+ main course recipes spread over North Indian Vegetarian Recipes, South Indian Vegetarian Recipes, Rice Recipes, Non Veg Recipes and much more. Below are some of the collections.
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Pachadi is an essential side dish at any Kerala Sadya (Grand feast), whether it is a wedding or a religious holiday or a birthday. Pachadi is a side dish made from different vegetables like ginger, cucumber, pineapple, lady’s finger, bitter gourd or ginger. The traditional Vendakka Pachadi uses deep fried okra/ lady's finger. But my version of Kerala Style Vendakkai Pachadi Recipe uses baked okra making it healthier with very less oil. A Pachadi usually uses only yogurt for the gravy but I ...
Cabbage & Buttermilk Curry Recipe is one of my mother’s creation adapted from Gujarati kadi recipe. To prepare the curry, spicy buttermilk is mixed with seasoned shredded cabbage.This easy and healthy buttermilk curry is great when had with hot chapati, phulka or plain cooked rice.
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For all those who don't like soya chunks, Soya Pilaf is one such pot meal studded with dry fruits and is simply aromatic that will certainly tantalize your taste buds and make you fall in love with the soya chunks. Trust me, this simple Soya Pilaf is no less than a laborious traditional Biryani. A perfect lunch or dinner option on sudden arrival of guests.
Serve Soya Pilaf with Burani Raita, Beetroot Raita or any other Raita of your choice.
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Mixed Sprouts Curry Recipe is a healthy and easy dish to make. It is a high protein dish made with mixed sprouts of your choice. Prepare sprouts during the previous day to whip up this quick meal the next day. Shorter the sprouted germ, more is the helpful protein within. This Mixed Sprouts Curry Recipe can be served with Pulao for a complete meal.
Take a look at How to make sprouts at home.
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Tomato Gojju is one of the easiest side dish (South Indian Style Tomato Curry Recipe) that can be made, especially when you are pressed for time. Tomatoes are cooked with jaggery and a couple of spices to make this quick accompaniment for rotis or rice. This no onion no garlic side dish is also good for those days when you have majorly tomatoes alone in your crisper. Sweet, spicy and tangy Tomato Gojju with Roti or Rice along with Paruppu Podi makes for a quick weekday or lunch box meal.
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Peanut Curry or Shengdanachi Amti is a Maharashtrian curry made especially during fasting days. This curry is usually served with varicha bhaat which is made using samo seeds. This Varicha bhaat and shengdanyachi amti is usually made during the holy month of Shravan when most people fast. Peanuts are high in protein and fibre and helps to improve satiety and aids in weight loss. They are rich in vitamin B6 and vitamin E and lots of minerals like magnesium, zinc, iron, magnesium, etc. Peanuts also ...
Mushroom Biryani is an easy Indian style biryani made which is spicy in taste. It is easy and can be prepared in less than an hour. This also makes a great dish to serve during your house parties or for weekend dinner with family.
Serve Mushroom Biryani with Burani Raita, Beetroot Raita or any other raita of your choice.
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Crunchy Ginger Capsicum Rice is a very flavorful and colorful recipe prepared using various colored capsicum or bell pepper. Serve the healthy & Crunchy Ginger Capsicum Rice in kids lunch box or along with chicken/vegetable Manchurian to make an interesting weeknight dinner.
Did you know: Capsicum or bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 and magnesium making it a super food for increasing immunity in the body. It also aids in fighting cancer, curing skin ailments and weight loss.
Tofu Masala Rice is a delicious Indian recipe that can be served as a main course as it is, or along with a raita. You could make this one pot Tofu Rice on the days when you are lazy and just want your food to be ready in less than an hour. The Tofu rice recipe is high in fiber and protein. The addition of tofu adds a delicious creaminess to the dish. Tofu as a vegetable sometimes doesn't please everyone's taste buds, but with the right mix of spices, this pulao makes a quite scrumptious dish.
Did you know that India is the largest producer of Ginger? Ginger is a hot, fragrant kitchen spice that is juicy and fleshy with a very sharp taste. Try this ginger mango rice that is packed with flavors from ginger and makes a delicious lunch.
Serve the Ingi Mangai Sadam along with a bowl of yogurt or buttermilk for a lunch box or even along with your main course meal.
Puli Keerai is a traditional South Indian Recipe that serves a main course. It is more like a sambar or rasam that goes well with rice. Puli Keerai is a simple recipe that doesn’t need any special ingredient. The spinach that is used gives good amount of iron to the body. This can be packed even for lunch. Puli Keerai is a quick dish that can be prepared in minimum time on a busy day.
Serve the Puli Keera Recipe (Tamarind Spinach Curry) with rice and Vendakkai Poriyal.
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Curd Rice is more often eaten by the south Indians as a part of their meal. It makes a great summer food as well. Rice and curd are the 2 main ingredients that go towards making this. It is called as ‘thayir sadam’ in tamil and ‘daddojanam’ in telugu. It is an easy and quick recipe which can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
Serve Curd Rice With Carrots as a side dish with your delicious meal or have it on its own for a light and healthy lunch. You can also pack it for your lunch box.
Peshawar, a popular city in Pakistan in known for its rich art and culture. It is also known for its delicious cuisine which is rich and has a prominent use of flavorful and tangy spices. Most of our Punjabi cuisine in India is influenced by the Peshawar style of cooking. Peshawari Kala Chana Recipe is simple to make, yet flavorful with nutritional benefits of sprouted black chickpeas or kala chana.
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Mavina Hannina Gojju is a Karnataka Style Curry Recipe which is prepared from ripe mangoes. This curry is a cascade of spicy, tangy and sweetish taste. It requires fewer ingredients to make this finger licking Mangalore special maavina hannina gojju. The dish is traditionally made from fibrous mango variety (wild mangoes or kaadu maavu) which are sour and sweet and hence provide a unique flavor.
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Tangy Tamarind Pumpkin curry is delicious, quick and easy side dish to prepare. Tamarind adds tangy flavour to the curry and takes it to another level. Plus, it adds the health benefits of having pumpkins. You can serve Tangy Tamarind Pumpkin Curry Recipe with chapati, Spicy yogurt chapatior paratha as a side dish for weeknight dinner.
Did you know: Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamin A and antioxidants which are good for vision and maintaining supple body tissues. Potassium in it is good for ...
Spiced Turnips with Spinach Recipe is a nutrient-packed spicy side for Indian bread like naan, chapati or parathas. My mom used to feed this with hot chapatis saying that they were actually potatoes since I never used to like the idea of turnips. But once I grew older enough to understand its nutritional benefits, I started liking turnips as well.
Did you know: Turnip is a good source of vitamin C, A, K and calcium.
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Rabodi Ki Sabzi is one of the oldest traditional dish from Rajasthani cuisine. Rabodi is made from buttermilk and makai. When makkai is in season and available in plenty, people make this rabodi and store it in air tight containers. To cope up with harsh climate conditions in Rajasthan, people make this rabodi and use it when there is scarcity of vegetables to cook. Rabodi Ki Sabzi is simply rabodi soaked in water until tender and cooked in curd with other basic Indian masalas. You can serve this ...
The Beans and Carrot Masala Pulav with Black Eyed Beans, is a wholesome and delicious combination of rice along with spices. Combining black eyed beans (known as Lobia, or Kara Mani or Chora in various Indian languages) along with rice, spices and nuts was one of the best dishes I have savored in my lifetime of marriage into the Gujarati food. Black-eyed beans are one of the few beans that easily absorb the spices thrown into it and it dresses the Pulav deliciously.
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Avarekaalu or Broad beans are available in Karnataka during the winter season. This bean is soft, mushy and has a distinct aroma. My mom used to prepare a number of dishes using this bean. Avarekaal rotti and avarekaal usli have been my long time favourites since then. Avarekaalu Usli is a simple gravy recipe made with Broad beans and spices.
Serve Avarekaalu Usli with Roti or Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha for your weekday lunch or dinner.
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If you are in hurry and want to serve a delicious meal on the table quickly, try this quick one pot meal of Spicy Watermelon Seeds Rice Recipe. Watermelon seeds are loaded with essential nutrients and addition to rice makes a complete meal to savour.
This nutty watermelon seeds rice is served warm or at room temperature makes an excellent meal just like you like having Lemon Rice Recipe,Coconut Rice,Tamarind Rice etc.
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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.
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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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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