20 Indian Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Indian Dinner Recipes veg Indian Dinner Recipes veg: Seeking culinary inspiration for your next lunch or dinner? Look no further! This compilation offers a treasure trove of 20 of the most beloved and frequently prepared Indian vegetarian main course recipes from our blog.

Vegetarian main course recipes:

Main course meals are typically enjoyed during lunch and dinner, making it essential to start your day with a nourishing breakfast and indulge in a satisfying lunch. Below, you'll find an assortment of vegetarian recipes suitable for either lunch or dinner.

Not only will you discover recipes to try, but this collection will also spark creativity, encouraging you to experiment with other dishes not listed here.

We've curated a mix of North Indian and South Indian dinner recipes. In North India, dinners often consist of various sabzi (vegetable dishes) or gravies paired with roti or phulka. However, two rice dishes, rajma chawal and kadhi chawal, are particularly popular.

For recipes like rajma masala or chana masala, some prep work is required in advance, such as soaking kidney beans or chickpeas.

Dishes like kadhi or curd rice necessitate overnight setting of the curd before preparation.

If you're planning to prepare South Indian recipes like Idli, Dosa, or Uttapam, remember to prepare the batter the previous night.

In South India, besides chapathi, a variety of rice dishes are enjoyed for lunch and dinner. Some popular rice recipes include:

  • Lemon rice
  • Ghee rice
  • Coconut rice
  • Curd rice
  • Tomato rice
  • Peanut rice

These rice dishes can be savored on their own or served in small portions alongside other dishes. For instance, when serving steamed rice with Rasam, complement it with dry sabzi like Carrot Poriyal or Vendakkai Poriyal, or perhaps a simple potato fry or bhindi sabzi.

Ensure your meal is not only delicious but also nutritious and freshly prepared, ideally consumed while still hot. Whenever possible, try to incorporate a veggie salad, raita, one or two vegetable side dishes, or chutney to enhance the meal.

Also Read: Kala Jamun

Now, let's dive into the top 20 indian dinner recipes veg and ideas:

1. Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

In India, biryani comes in many forms, but the authentic vegetable biryani stands out with its slow-cooked dum method. This technique infuses the biryani with a unique blend of aromas and flavors, creating a delightful medley. Variations like Paneer Biryani, Lucknowi Biryani, Kolkata Biryani, Mughlai Biryani, and Mushroom Biryani (Chettinad Style) offer diverse culinary experiences.

2. Bisi Bele Bath 

Bisi Bele Bath

Hailing from Karnataka cuisine, Bisi Bele Bath presents a nutritious blend of rice, lentils, and vegetables, offering a wholesome meal option for both lunch and dinner.

3. Chana Masala 

Chana Masala

This chickpea curry, prepared with freshly ground spices, onions, and tomatoes, brings the flavors of Delhi's streets to your plate. Enjoy it with poori, rice, roti, paratha, naan, or kulcha.

4. Paneer Butter Masala 

Paneer Butter Masala

A quick and delightful recipe, Paneer Butter Masala is a favorite in Indian restaurants and special occasions alike. With a step-by-step guide, you can recreate this creamy cottage cheese curry at home effortlessly.

5. Kadhi Chawal

Kadhi Chawal

A popular North Indian dinner option, Punjabi Kadhi Pakora features a thick and creamy gravy, best enjoyed with rice, roti, or phulka. Variations like Maharashtrian Kadhi, Rajasthani Kadhi, and Gujarati Kadhi offer diverse regional tastes.

6. Masala Dosa 

Masala Dosa

A beloved South Indian dish, Masala Dosa is crisp and served with a flavorful potato masala, making it a perfect meal from breakfast to dinner.

7. Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani

This North Indian delicacy, made with whole urad dal and rajma, boasts restaurant-style flavors and is a must-try for lovers of authentic Punjabi cuisine.

8. Vangi Bath

Vangi Bath

A spiced brinjal rice dish from Karnataka cuisine, Vangi Bath offers a unique culinary experience with regional variations in ingredients and spices.

9. Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

Made with fresh spinach leaves, paneer, onions, tomatoes, and spices, Palak Paneer captures the essence of traditional homemade recipes, passed down through generations.

10. Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao

Packed with the goodness of various vegetables like peas, potatoes, and green beans, Vegetable Pulao is a nutritious one-pot meal suitable for any time of the day.

11. Kara Kuzhambu

Kara Kuzhambu

A South Indian curry dish from Tamil Nadu cuisine, Kara Kuzhambu offers a variety of flavors without lentils, presenting a unique culinary experience.

12. Tamarind Rice

Tamarind Rice

Also known as Puliyodharai in Tamil, Tamarind Rice is a tangy, sour, and spiced rice dish popular in South Indian temples and households.

13. Chana Dal 

Chana Dal

This Punjabi-style chana dal recipe, flavored with Indian spices, offers a delightful culinary experience, whether paired with Luchi in Bengal or used in various South Indian recipes.

Also Read: Neer Dosa

14. Bhindi Masala 

Bhindi Masala

A semi-dry Punjabi dish made with okra, onions, and tomatoes, Bhindi Masala pairs perfectly with soft phulkas or rotis, boasting traditional flavors.

15. Sambar Recipe

Sambar Recipe

 A South Indian lentil and vegetable stew, Sambar, offers a unique blend of spices and flavors, perfect with steamed rice, idli, dosa, or Medu vada.

16. Vegetable Kurma

Vegetable Kurma

A South Indian gravy dish made with mixed veggies, coconut, and spices, Vegetable Kurma pairs well with chapatis, pooris, or steamed rice, offering a delightful main course option.

17. Matar Paneer 

Matar Paneer

A spiced and creamy curry made with peas and cottage cheese, Matar Paneer is a popular North Indian dish suitable for lunch or dinner.

18. Dal Fry

Dal Fry

A popular Indian dal recipe made with pigeon pea lentils, Dal Fry is a versatile dish that can be made with various lentils like arhar dal, masoor dal, or moong dal.

19. Parippu Curry

Parippu Curry

A Kerala delicacy made with moong dal, coconut, and spices, Parippu Curry offers a comforting meal when served with rice, accompanied by side dishes like thoran and pickles.

20. Rajma Chawal

Rajma Chawal

A staple in Punjabi households for lunch or dinner, Rajma Chawal pairs steamed rice with a kidney bean curry that's lightly spiced and creamy. This recipe, passed down from my mom, captures the essence of Punjabi Rajma Masala with its authentic flavors.

These recipes promise a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of India, ensuring a memorable dining experience every time.

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