Healthy vegetarian recipes under 300 calories

Mushroom stroganoff

Swap beef for porcini and flat mushrooms to create a rich vegetarian version that doesn’t compromise on flavour. Our easy meat-free meal comes in at under 300 calories a serving.

Courgette fritters

Top our lightly spiced courgetti fritters with poached eggs for a quick weekend brunch or light lunch with fewer than 250 calories.

Preserved lemon, spinach and cherry tomato pilaf

Packed with subtle perfume flavours and zesty preserved lemons, this vegan pilaf is a hearty and healthy all-in-one midweek meal for the family to enjoy.

Aubergine dhansak

Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy vegan curry.

Coronation chickpea and apple salad

Make this classic lunch favourite vegetarian by replacing the chicken with chickpeas. Refreshing, crunchy and full of flavour, this easy salad recipe is ready in just 20 minutes and low in calories.

Tex-Mex baked veggie frittata

Try our quick and easy frittata with roasted red peppers, spring onions and punchy pickled jalapeños. This vibrant vegetarian meal makes for great leftovers to brighten up lunchtime at work.

Gigantes plaki (Greek baked beans)

Ready in under an hour, this Greek one-pot is packed with plenty of fresh flavours as well as protein and fibre, making it a healthy vegetarian meal idea with less than 300 calories.

Vegetarian chilli soup

Try this punchy vegetarian soup with red kidney beans and crunchy veg. This easy recipe is packed with flavour, ready in less than an hour and under 300 calories.

Stir-fried tofu vegetarian noodles

Check out our easy veggie stir-fry with crispy tofu and crunchy broccoli. This simple low-calorie recipe is packed with plenty of flavour, plus it’s high in protein too.

Mushroom dhansak

Check out this easy dhansak recipe with mushrooms and punchy red chilli. Serve this simple low calorie curry recipe as a vegetarian dinner for four.

15-minute mushroom and tarragon stroganoff

Our quick and easy vegetarian mushroom and tarragon stroganoff makes for a great, healthy midweek meal, ready in just 15 minutes and under 300 calories. Try making it for a healthy dinner recipe.

Pan-roasted cauliflower steaks with sauce vierge

Our pan-roasted cauli steaks with sauce vierge are a great way to use cauliflower. They’re vegetarian, ready in 30 minutes and under 300 calories. Make one of our cauliflower recipes here

Vegetarian ‘meatballs’ with fresh tomato sauce

Lentils are a great way to make a meal vegetarian. Swap these for your usual meatballs for a low-cal dinner that’s ready in just 40 minutes.

Low-calorie spiced cauliflower soup

Check out our creamy spiced cauli soup recipe. This simple veggie soup is low in calories and ready in under an hour. Try our soup recipes here…

Spring greens shakshuka

We’ve given shakshuka a green twist by adding asparagus tips and broad beans for a vibrant veggie meal. Try our low calorie breakfast ideas here

Mushroom chilli with lime soured cream

Try our simple healthy twist on a family classic, chilli con carne. This version is vegetarian, low in calories and gluten free too, a great midweek meal.

Vegan miso shiitake ramen

In need of a healthy yet warming midweek meal? Try our low calorie, vegan miso shiitake mushroom ramen for an easy dinner for two.

Turmeric-fried veggie rice

Make our vibrant turmeric-fired rice. This colourful recipe is packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make. Plus, it comes in under 300 calories per serving.

Penne alla norma

Check out our easy gluten free tomato pasta with aubergine topped with fresh basil. This simple recipe is veggie friendly and low in calories.

Roast pumpkin and chickpea salad with coriander dressing

Try this roast pumpkin and chickpea vegetarian salad for a healthy dinner recipe. Our super easy gluten free recipe makes an ideal midweek meal for the family. Plus, it’s low in calories, too.

Beetroot rice with feta

You’ve heard of courgetti and cauliflower steaks, but what about beetroot rice? Try this beetroot rice recipe for a low calorie, healthy dinner.

Turkish ratatouille with yogurt sauce

Try our recipe for Turkish ratatouille with yogurt sauce. This dish is quick, easy and simple to make, a great low fat vegetarian midweek meal.

Chickpea and squash coconut curry

Hunker down with a big bowl of our warming chickpea and squash coconut curry. Our veggie curry makes for a healthy way to feed a family.

Freekeh risotto with spring greens

Use freekeh to make this spring greens risotto. This healthy dinner recipe is a hearty dish that’s also low calorie. Try our favourite risotto recipes here

Courgetti som tam salad

Our quick and easy vegan som tam salad uses courgetti for extra colour, taste and substance. Try making our vegetarian salad for a healthy lunch recipe or a light dinner.

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

Our broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and easy midweek meal. It’s on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it’s low-cal and 5:2 diet-friendly.

Yaki udon noodles

Our easy vegetarian yaki udon noodle recipe is ready in 20 minutes and under 300 calories. Make this low calorie meal for a healthy dinner recipe.

Aubergine bhaji

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and low in calories. Made with aubergines and packed full of spices, this dish is the perfect go-to dinner for a midweek meal.

Vegetarian spinach and ricotta filo pie

Our spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour you can make it ahead and cook it when you need it.

Aubergine and sesame stir-fry

A quick, easy and healthy vegetarian stir-fry that makes for a simple midweek meal to serve two.

Spring veg and lemon broth

Our recipe for spring veg and lemon broth is a quick, easy and healthy meal to make midweek – plus it’s under 300 calories. Try making this vegetable broth for a warming winter dish.

Indian dinner recipes or Indian food recipes for Bachelors, novice cooks & beginners. I have compiled 30 simple & top easy Indian food recipes that you can make for dinner. This collection includes restaurant and home style recipes which you can plan for your weekend and weeknight dinners.

Here are the different sections of this collection. Restaurant style side dishes, Rice dishes, Indian soups, home style veggie sides, popular fusion dishes & Instant recipes.

I have included 8 rice dishes in this post. For more varieties you can check this link on rice recipes. You can also check dal recipes here.

Indians typically eat rice, veggies (curries), roti (chapati), dal or soups for dinner. Many people even love to eat only breakfast for their dinner as it is easier to prepare. I have included only some Instant recipes here. For more you can check this link on breakfast recipes.

You can also check these links for more choice
Sandwich Recipes
Pasta Recipes
Recipes using bread
Oats recipes
Ragi Recipes

30 Indian dinner recipes

Restaurant style side dishes

Restaurant style dishes that can be served with paratha, roti, naan, jeera rice or ghee rice. These are great to make for special dinners like on the weekends, parties, celebrations etc. These dishes will need about an hour to prepare the curry and the rice.

1. Paneer butter masala is a delicious & creamy Indian dish made with Indian cheese aka paneer, butter, spices & herbs. This recipe will help you to make the best butter paneer at home with minimal effort. This butter masala or makhani sauce can also be made ahead and refrigerated. For more similar recipes check this collection of paneer recipes.

2. Chana masalais a popular dish made by simmering chickpeas in a onion tomato gravy. Chana masala is made almost in every region of India with so many variations. This recipe will give an unique, flavorful and one of the most delicious curries.You can also check this Punjabi chole for variation. Both these dishes can be eaten with bhatura, paratha or poori.

3. Kadai paneer is yet another amazingly flavorful dish made with fresh ground spice powder known as kadai masala. This post shares 2 recipes. First one to make a gravy version and the second to make a semi dry kadai paneer. Similar recipe made with kadai masala is this kadai mushroom.

4. Palak paneer needs no introduction as it is hugely popular among the Indians. This dish is prepared by adding Indian cheese or paneer to palak or spinach gravy. This recipe will give you one of the best delicious and creamy palak paneer you can make at home.

5. Rajma masala is a North Indian curry made by simmering red kidney beans in a spicy onion tomato gravy. Jeera rice goes very well with this.

Indian dinner recipes

Rice dishes

Rice dishes that are great to prepare for the weeknight dinners. Most of these are quick and can be made under 30 mins except for the bisi bele bath.

6. Veg biryani is a one pot simple, flavorful & delicious dish that can be made in just 30 mins. This is not a dum style biryani so it saves a lot of time and effort without having to spend much time in the kitchen. This goes well with a raita or plain curd. You can make this in a regular pot, pressure cooker or Instant pot.

If you are keen to make a dum biryani, then you can check this veg dum biriyani.

7. Khichdi is similar to the south Indian ven Pongal. It is a one pot healthy, wholesome & quick dish made with rice, dal, veggies, ginger and minimal spices. This 30 mins khichdi is only not nourishing but also comforts the tummy.

You can also make this with any whole grains like millets, quinoa, steel cut oats etc. Please use the search box to find – dalia khichdi, oats khichdi and steel cut oats. Serve khichdi alone or with some pickle or chutney and papads.

8. Bisi bele bath is hugely popular in Karnataka. It is made with rice, lentils, bisi bele bath powder and veggies. It is a spicy version of the khichdi. It takes about 50 to 60 mins including the preparation. You can just serve it with some papads.

Recipes that are popular on the same lines are these sambar rice, vangi bath & rava bath.

9. Fried rice is a classic dish made in Indo Chinese restaurant style. This post will teach you how to make the best veg fried rice using simple ingredients like rice, veggies and garlic. This can be made just under 15 mins if you have the precooked rice and some frozen or chopped veggies.

If you eat eggs then you can also check this – egg fried rice.

10. Veg pulao is another one pot rice pilaf which is super quick to make either in a pot or cooker. It can be made under 30 mins. The recipe can be made with mixed veggies or even with a single veggie like potato, mushroom or even with only peas.

11. Curd rice is great to enjoy during summers or when you wish to have a comforting meal with less effort. I usually make lemon rice and curd rice both for the same meal. I cook the rice together and then make the seasoning different for both.

12. Lemon rice is a refreshing dish made by tempering rice with spices, curry leaves lentils and peanuts. A generous amount of lemon juice and turmeric is used for a nice color and flavor. Serve it plain or with curd. Coconut rice is another similar recipe you can check.

13. Tomato rice is quite popular in Tamilnadu and great to have when you do not have much time. All you need to prepare is an onion, few tomatoes and herbs. The recipe can be done under 30 mins. You can also check this thakkali sadam which is made with precooked rice.

Indian soups

Sambar & rasam are an everyday comfort foods made in south Indian homes.

14. Sambar is a popular south Indian lentil soup made with mixed veggies, spices and herbs. This is eaten with rice, idli, dosa, ven pongal or even with vada. Each state has their own way of making sambar. I have shared my mom’s own best sambar recipe which is a rough adaptation from Karnataka and Andhra cuisines.

15. Rasam is another comforting soup made with spices and herbs. We usually eat rasam along with rice and veggie stir fry on the side. Rasam is very light on the tummy & makes you feel hungry very quickly. So fill up your meal with lots of veggies.

This post shares instant rasam recipe which tastes very close to the one served in south Indian restaurant meals /thali. You can also check this Andhra style Tomato rasam.

Veggie sides

Homestyle veggie dishes that are healthy and delicious. Serve these with plain rice, chapati or roti.

16. Bhindi masala is a dish made with okra or ladies finger.

17. Mixed veg kurma is a south Indian dish made by simmering mixed veggies in a kurma gravy. To cut down the preparation time, you can us frozen chopped veggies like carrot, beans and peas.

18. Aloo gobi is another simple dish made by stir frying potato and cauliflower. This post shares 2 recipes. First one is a semi dry dish or sabzi and the second one is a gravy dish.

19. Mushroom masala curry is a simple dish made by simmering mushrooms in a onion tomato gravy. I have also shared another recipe made with peanut gravy.

20. Potato curry is one of the most basic curry recipes. You can also add some different veggies and make variations.

Aloo matar & Potato drumstick curry are some similar dishes.

Indian dinner dishes

Popular fusion dishes

Here are some fusion dishes which are not authentic Indian but loved by most Indians. So I have included them here.

21. Masala pasta is a super simple pasta dish made in Indian style with Indian spices. This is a kids’ friendly dish and will be loved by everyone.

22. Gobi Manchurian is another popular Indo-Chinese starter or appetizer made with gobi aka cauliflower. It can be served as a starter or as a side with noodles & fried rice. You are short of time you can also serve this with plain basmati rice. Make sure you make the manchurian a bit more saucy.

23. Hakka noodles is an Indo-chinese dish that you can make under 30 mins. This post shares the veggie version. You can also add in some eggs or even shredded chicken.

24. Chilli paneer is another popular Indo-chinese appetizer made by tossing fried paneer in chilli sauce. This can be eaten with hakka noodles or fried rice or even with plain basmati rice.

25. Garlic mushrooms is a unique and hot dish made by tossing mushrooms in a fresh made spicy chilli garlic sauce.

Instant recipes

These Instant recipes are of great help when you need to cook something immediately and do not have much time. All these dishes can eaten with a chutney.

26. Wheat dosa are instant dosas made with whole wheat flour and water.

27. Oats dosa are another healthy instant crepes made with oatmeal, spices and herbs.

28. Chilla are gram flour pancakes made without fermentation.

29. Rava idli are instant steamed cakes made without fermentation.

30. Akki rotti is are karnataka style flatbreads made with rice flour, curry leaves and spices.

For latest updates on this blog you can check this link on Latest Indian Recipes.

15 Indian Dishes You Can Make In 15 Minutes

Not all of us have the time to whip up eleborate dishes every single day. For those who want save time, yet enjoy cooking there are a whole list of dishes out there.

If you don’t have the patience to stand in the kitchen for long hours, we have just the solution for you. Take a look at 15 dishes you can rustle up in 15 minutes!

1. Achaari Paneer

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You’ll never go hungry if you’ve got paneer stocked in your fridge. You can make so many dishes with this particular food item, it’s unbelievable! However, achaari paneer is the easiest to make. Take a bowl and mix fennel seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Heat oil in another pan and add the seed mixture. When they crackle, add onions and saute till the onions turn pink. Add the paneer, turmeric, chilli powder, black salt and stir for some time. Later, add coriander and salt and bring to a boil.

2. Anda Curry

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Those who stay away from home, swear by eggs. And anda curry is easy and hassle free. Just heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan and add chopped onions, garlic and ginger paste. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions change colour. Once the onions are fried, add some turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Stir it well. Now add the tomato puree, salt and boiled eggs. Boil the curry for 10 to 15 minutes until you see the eggs are coated well with the curry.

3. Methi Pakoras

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On a rainy day, if you’re in the mood for some quick pakoras, here’s how you go about it. Mix methi leaves, besan, rice flour, ginger, finely chopped green chilli, onions, curd, cooking soda, red chilli powder and ajwain in a bowl. Add water gradually, and make it a thick batter. Heat oil in a wok and drop the battered pakora one at a time. Deep fry till they turn golden.

4. Aloo Kurkure

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Combine potatoes, mint leaves, green chillies, cumin seeds powder, lemon juice and salt in a bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into round balls and keep them aside. Take some plain flour in a different wok, add little water to make a thick and smooth paste and keep aside. Dip each potato ball in the flour paste and then roll in powdered rice flakes till they are evenly coated from all the sides. Heat oil in another kadhai and deep-fry the potato balls a few at a time till they are golden brown in colour.

5. Phodnicha Bhaat

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All you need is some leftover rice, onions and chilli powder. And, you are done! ‘Phodni’ basically means ‘tadka’ in Marathi. Add rice to the tadka of cumin seeds, mustard and chilli powder, add some salt and you’re done!

6. Idli Upma

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Mash leftover idlis by hand till they break down to small pieces. Heat oil in a vessel. Add mustard, urad, chanaa dal, red chillies and curry leaves, and keep it on a low flame. Once the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turns a healthy golden color, add onion and turmeric powder for a desired colour. Once the onions turn brown, mix the mashed idlis and add salt.

7. Anardaana Raita

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You can make this yummy raita for dessert too. Just whisk the yogurt to make it creamy, add a pinch of salt and some red chilli powder. Add the pomegranate juice and the seeds to yogurt mix. And, you’re done!

8. Bhurjee

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Be it paneer or with eggs, bhurjee takes hardly 10 minutes to cook. All you need to do is saute cumin, onions, hing, green chillies and curry leaves in oil and add eggs or paneer. After adding salt, you’re done!

9. Moong Usal

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For people who are on a diet, this is the perfect food to carry for lunch. Sprouts are healthy and are also rich in proteins. For moong usal, heat oil in a pan, add mustard, turmeric powder and curry leaves to it. Add the sprouts, salt, red chilli powder, and water. Mix well, cover and cook on a low flame for five minutes and it’s ready.

10. Bhindi Fry

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If you have a jiffy to cook a vegetable, pick bhindi and fry it because it won’t take much of your time. Wash and dry the bhindi, cut both the ends and cut into two-inch-long pieces. Heat the oil in a kadhai and add the cumin seeds. When they turn brown, add the onions and saute till the mixture turns light golden. Add the green chillies and saute for half a minute. Add the bhindi and sprinkle the red chilli, coriander and turmeric powders. Mix well. Add the salt and amchur (only if you want the sweet and sour taste). When the bhindi is almost cooked, increase the heat and cook for two minutes.

11. Curd Rice

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This comfort food is easy to make and completely satiates your hunger. You can either mix curd with rice and have it, or give it a spicy tadka of spices. All within 15 minutes.

12. Egg Maggi (Banned)

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Instead of making the usual Maggi, give it a twist by adding an egg to it. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, peas, beans, tomatoes or any other vegetables of your choice. Now add the noodles, water, tastemaker and one egg. Cook till the water evaporates. Simple, isn’t it?

13. Shahi Tukda

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If you’re bored of sandwiches, here’s a sweet dish you can make with bread. Make a thick rabadi, by adding sugar, nutmeg powder, elaichi powder, almonds and pistachios and keep it aside. Toast the bread slices and pour the warm rabadi over the slices. Refrigerate the slices for two hours. Add more almonds and pistachios for a great taste.

14. Cheela

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For cheela, you need to take besan, wheat flour, onions, garlic pods, salt, coriander, green chillies and red chilly powder in a bowl and add water to make a paste. Heat oil in a pan, and pour the batter on the pan. Fry till they turn brown.

15. Aloo Mattar Sandwich

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Why go to a sandwich stall if you can make a healthy, crispy sandwich at home itself? You will have to boil a potato and some peas. Smash the potatoes and mix the peas and make a filling. Toast the bread slices. Put tomato slices on a toasted bread slice. Top it with the potato-peas filling and cover with another slice of toasted bread to make a sandwich. Layer it with cheese or a sauce of your choice.


15 Easy Indian Vegetarian Dinner Recipes You Will Love Charushila Biswas Hyderabd040-395603080 January 9, 2020

You just. can’t. get. enough of yummy Indian vegetarian food! True to its roots, Indian vegetarian food has the mystic power to tantalize your taste buds with its varied taste and rich aroma.

But who has the time to cook dinner after working 8-12 hours?! Luckily, we have a fix for you. Try these super quick 15 tasty Indian vegetarian dinner recipes. Scroll down!

15 Indian Vegetarian Dinner Recipes You Must Try

5 Light And Healthy Indian Vegetarian Dinners

1. Paneer Tikka

Serves – 2; Cooking Time – 30 mins

Just a handful of ingredients, and you can get restaurant-style food at home! Try this quick and easy paneer tikka recipe.

  • 1 cup paneer chunks
  • ½ cup green bell pepper squares
  • 1 cup red onion squares
  • ½ cup hung curd
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cilantro for garnish
How To Prepare
  1. Mix curd, all the spices, salt, and mustard oil in a bowl.
  2. Toss in the paneer cubes, capsicum squares, and onion squares. Coat all the sides of the paneer cubes well.
  3. Thread the paneer, capsicum, and onions using a bamboo or steel skewer.
  4. Heat a grill pan and add the olive oil.
  5. Add in the skewers and cook for 2 minutes on each side.

2. Low-Carb Daal

Low-carb, high-protein – this daal or dahl soup is a true example of traditional cooking meeting new-age cooking.

  • ½ cup red lentil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 dry red chili
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • ⅔ cup water
  1. Pressure cook the daal using ⅔ cup water, a pinch of salt, and turmeric powder.
  2. Add the ghee in a pan.
  3. Add in the dry red chili and cumin seeds. Let it splutter for 10 seconds.
  4. Add in the chopped garlic and let it turn brown.
  5. Pour in the boiled daal and let it come to a boil over medium flame.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and a little bit more ghee.

3. Nutritious Lauki (Bottlegourd)

Serves – 2; Cooking Time – 20 mins

Simple and nutritious, this homely lauki curry is for you if you are on a diet. Lauki works amazingly well for weight loss and is also good for your skin.

  • 1 cup cubed lauki (bottle gourd)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 dry red chili
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan.
  2. Add in the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Toss in the lauki cubes, salt, turmeric, and cumin powder. Stir-fry for 4-5 minutes over medium flame.
  4. Add in the water, cover the lid, and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.

4. Pumpkin Stir-Fry

This sweet and savory pumpkin curry is going to blow your mind. Two opposite tastes blend perfectly and hit the right notes in your taste buds.

  • 1 cup cubed pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 dry red chili
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 small green chili, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Add olive oil to a pan.
  2. Add in the mustard seeds, fennel, and fenugreek seeds. Let them splutter for 5 seconds.
  3. Add dry red chili and fry for 5 seconds.
  4. Add in the pumpkin cubes, salt, turmeric powder, and chopped green chili.
  5. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add a little water, cover the lid, and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Open the lid and stir-fry for 10 minutes more.
  8. Garnish with cilantro.

5. Spicy Quinoa Khichdi

Healthy meets spicy in this dish. This khichdi is super quick and fuss-free.

  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ¼ cup sweet corn
  • ½ cup cooked black beans (or any other leftover beans that can add flavor and texture to the quinoa khichdi)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 medium red chili, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a saucepan, add the quinoa and water and let it cook.
  2. In another pan, heat the ghee and add crushed coriander seeds, cumin powder, chopped red chili, Kashmiri red chili, turmeric, corn, and black beans.
  3. Stir-fry for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and add it to the pan.
  5. Add salt and toss to combine everything.
  6. Garnish with cilantro.

5 Quick Indian Vegetarian Dinners

6. Baingan Ka Bharta

Serves – 4; Cooking Time – 30 mins

Smokey and flavorful, baingan ka bharta is an Indian delicacy (also a loved recipe of the Mediterranean region) that takes minimum effort to cook.

  • 1 large eggplant (baingan)
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Place the eggplant on the gas burner and roast it. You can also steam it.
  2. Use a knife to peel the skin.
  3. Mash the eggplant with the back of a fork.
  4. Heat olive oil in a pan.
  5. Add in the chopped onion and let it fry for 2 minutes over medium flame.
  6. Add the tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Add green chilies, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, and Kashmiri red chili powder. Cook for a minute.
  8. Add in the mashed eggplant and salt. Combine everything.
  9. Cook for one more minute.
  10. Drizzle a teaspoon of ghee on top and garnish with cilantro.

7. Crispy Bhindi Fry

Serves – 2; Cooking Time – 25 mins

Crispy and flavorful, bhindi or okra fry is loved by almost every Indian. Pair it with roti/chapati/chawal (rice), and you will know why.

  • 1 cup sliced bhindi or okra
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan and add in the sliced bhindi.
  2. Add salt, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, and green chilies.
  3. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Cover the lid and cook for 8-10 minutes.

8. Aloo Palak

Enjoy the goodness of spinach combined with delicate, mushy potatoes. You can savor it with roti, paratha, or chapati.

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 ½ cups spinach
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  1. Pressure cook the potatoes.
  2. While they are cooking, make a paste of onion, tomato, and green chili.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  4. Add the clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and cumin seeds and add the spinach paste.
  5. Add the onion paste to the pan.
  6. Add salt and ginger-garlic paste.
  7. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes over medium flame.
  8. Add the spinach paste, cover, and cook for 5 minutes over medium flame.
  9. Peel the potatoes and cut in cubes.
  10. Add the potatoes to the pan.
  11. Stir and combine well.
  12. Add a little water, cover, and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  13. Sprinkle garam masala.

9. Patta Gobi Matar

Gobi or cabbage, a cruciferous vegetable, is super healthy. Adding green peas (or matar) to it can take the taste of the simple cabbage fry curry to a different level.

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil/rice bran oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Add oil to the pan.
  2. Add in the cloves and cumin seeds.
  3. Let them splutter for 10 seconds.
  4. Add the shredded cabbage, salt, and turmeric.
  5. Stir-fry for 4 minutes.
  6. Add frozen peas, a little water, and cover the lid.
  7. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Give it a good stir and cook for 4-5 minutes more. Your dinner’s ready!

10. Jeera Aloo

Super quick and super delicious. Goes best with paratha or chapati.
Serves – 4; Cooking Time – 30 mins

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  1. Pressure cook the potatoes.
  2. Peel the skin and cut the potatoes in chunky cubes.
  3. Add oil to a pan and toss in the cumin seeds and green chili. Cook for 20 seconds.
  4. Add in the boiled potato cubes, salt, and turmeric.
  5. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Garnish with cilantro.

5 Main Course Indian Vegetarian Dinners

11. Mushroom Curry

This mushroom curry is loaded with protein and flavors and goes well with rice/roti/chapati.

  • 1 cup diced button mushrooms
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • ½ cup canned tomato
  • ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons rice bran oil
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Heat the oil and add in the onions. Cook for 5 minutes over medium flame.
  2. Add in the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add in the cumin powder, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
  5. Cook until the oil starts to separate from the masala.
  6. Add in the mushrooms and combine everything well.
  7. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Stir and cook for 5 more minutes.
  9. Sprinkle a little bit of garam masala.
  10. Garnish with cilantro.

12. Eggplant Yogurt Curry

A popular brinjal curry in India, this one tricks you into thinking that it takes a whole village to make it, which isn’t true!

  • 6-8 small brinjals, cut at the tips
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons rice bran oil
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Whisk yogurt and gram flour in a bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add asafoetida, cumin seeds, and ginger-garlic paste. Cook for 10 seconds.
  3. Add in the brinjals. Stir and cook for a minute.
  4. Cover the lid and let it cook for another minute.
  5. Add coriander powder, fennel seeds, salt, turmeric, and chili powder.
  6. Combine everything well.
  7. Add in the yogurt and besan mix.
  8. Gently stir, cover, and cook for 5-7 minutes over medium flame.
  9. Garnish with cilantro.

13. Rajma Chawal

Similar to Mexican kidney beans chili, rajma chawal is one of the most popular foods in the Northern part of India. It can, in fact, rightly be called the “soul food.”

  • 1 cup soaked rajma
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green chilies
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 pods of cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3 tablespoons rice bran oil or olive oil
  • A little bit of kasuri methi
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Add the soaked rajma (with the water) to a pressure cooker and wait for 6-7 whistles.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the chopped tomato, chopped onion, green chili, ginger, and garlic into a blender and make a paste of the ingredients.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok and add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and bay leaf.
  4. Cook it for 10 seconds.
  5. Add in the cumin seeds and let it splutter for 20 seconds.
  6. Add in the masala paste, salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, and coriander powder.
  7. Turn up the heat and cook until the oil starts to separate from the masala.
  8. Open the lid of the pressure cooker and pour the boiled rajma into the pan.
  9. Stir and mix everything well.

14. Matar Paneer

Quick and delicious! You can also use tofu instead of paneer if you want to go vegan. It goes best with roti/chapati/paratha.

  • 1 cup cubed paneer
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium-sized onions
  • 2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 3 cloves
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 10 soaked cashews
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon jeera
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish
  1. Toss the onions, tomato, garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cashews, coriander seeds, and green chilies into a food processor.
  2. Make a paste.
  3. Heat ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  4. Let it splutter for 10 seconds.
  5. Add the masala paste, salt, chili powder, and turmeric powder.
  6. Stir and cook over medium flame until the oil starts to separate from the masala paste.
  7. Add in the frozen peas and a little bit of water. Stir, close the lid and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the paneer cubes and carefully combine everything.
  9. Add sugar and garam masala powder. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Switch off the burner and garnish with cilantro.
  11. Top it with cream, and your dinner’s ready!

15. Lemon Rice

Yummy and popular in the Southern part of India, lemon rice is savored during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have leftover rice, a couple of red chilies, some mustard seeds, curry leaves, peanuts, and lime at home – your dinner is sorted.

  • 2 cups leftover rice
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or groundnut oil
  • 1 handful of peanuts
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chilies, and peanuts.
  2. Stir and fry for 20 seconds over medium flame.
  3. Add in the rice, salt, and turmeric powder.
  4. Stir and combine everything well.
  5. Squeeze in the lime juice and stir again.

Cooking vegetarian dinners is not really time-consuming or tough. You can also get creative with the leftovers. Restrict eating out to once or twice a week and cook at home. You will see a lot of improvement in your health and skin. You also get to save a lot for the next trip you are planning (wink)! Cheers!

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11 Best Indian Lunch Recipes | Easy Indian Lunch Recipes

Indian Lunch Recipes To Try At Home

Indian Lunch Recipes- Who doesn’t wish for a wholesome lunch? But the times we live in today, getting even 15 minutes off to savour our meal seems like a distant reality. As such we tend to quickly grab a meal without caring much about the calories or the nutritional content, and this is where we go wrong, causing harm to ourselves. The lunch hours of the day are when our metabolism is at its peak. You’re partially burned out and are looking forward to the first long break of the day. You might huddle in front of a television, eat at your desk or at the small table in your office cafeteria, but what you need to remember is that lunch helps you recover from the first half of your day and recharge you for what’s about to come. Which is why it needs to be the ideal balance of protein, fiber, sugar and fat – basically all things good.
According to Rev. Benita Francis Chemnitz, author of the book How to Maximize Your Brain, “the calories you consume at lunch should have fewer carbohydrates and more protein. Increase your intake of protein foods like seafood, turkey, tofu and legumes. And eat them before you eat the carbohydrates because they’ll wake up your brain!” A light and lean source of protein helps provide your muscles with amino acids they need to continue rebuilding and reshaping themselves.

Add some vegetables to this mix and we promise you’ll feel healthier than ever. Some basic dishes you could try are healthy chickpea and corn salad, chicken sandwich, a bowl of quinoa, poha or a big bowl of soup and chicken. Roger Troy Wilson, author of the book ‘Let’s do Lunch’ says, “adding vegetables and fruits in your lunch provides lots of valuable vitamins and minerals to a person’s overall eating plan. This includes potassium, folate, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and B12, vitamin C, minerals and phytochemicals.” He also suggests that you lose potato, rice and foods made from flour. This means no rolls, buns, bagels, pasta, noodles or crackers. Not unless they’re made with whole wheat flour.

So, learn to cook. Food that’s new and the kind that you’ll want to savour. Don’t sweat the meal prep and just follow our lead.

Take a look at our 11 heart-stoppingly delicious recipes. Find an apron and get cooking!

1. Masala Bhindi

A delicious dish made with freshly bought okra. Grab some mustard oil, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, finely-chopped onions, ginger and a pinch of amchoor. We promise you’ll make this recipe a regular affair in your weekly menu.
Masala Bhindi is a perfect side dish for lunch which you can cook in a jiffy.

2. Chana Kulcha

A classic dish that never goes out of style. The quintessential chana kulcha needs only a few ingredients – cumin powder, ginger, coriander powder, carom powder and some mango powder, which is what gives the chana it’s sour and tangy taste.
A popular dish from Punjab that is loved throughout the country.

3. Shahi Egg Curry

Eggs are a versatile food that can be cooked for any meal of the day. From breakfast to dinner, it can be a go-to food. Here is a mildly-spiced egg curry made with garlic, onions, a whole lot of kasuri methi, fresh cream, yogurt and fresh coriander. It can be paired with plain chapati, paratha, rice, biryani or pulao depending upon your choice. You can also serve pickle along with it

This egg recipe is super easy and quick to cook for lunch or even a dinner party.

4. Gujarati Kadhi

A staple in almost every household, Gujarati kadhi is a lovely curry which is simple, light and it’s very easy to make. A lovely Gujarati-style kadhi made with yogurt, gram flour, curry leaves and ginger, this one has sweet undertones. This cooling curry is great to escape the heat.
A kadhi with a sweet and sour tinge. this is easy and quick. Pair with rice for a whole meal.

5. Allahabad Ki Tehri

Also known as vegetable pulao, this one pot rice meal is unique to the rich state of Uttar Pradesh. It’s aromatic, made with a lot of bright vegetables, fiery masalas and topped with desi ghee. Cook for lunch accompanied with curd.
With a spoonful of ghee on top, this Allahabad Tehri recipe is a must try.

6. Low Fat Dahi Chicken

A low-fat chicken curry made with marinated pieces of chicken, turmeric, red chilli, garlic paste, green chilli, tomatoes and fresh coriander. A perfect chicken recipe to cook for lunch, pair with rice or chapati. Relish your favourite chicken, guilt-free!
Your favourite chicken dish made completely low cal.

7. Kolhapuri Vegetables

A vegetarian dish with its root in Maharashtra, Kohlapuri vegetables are made with a string of glorious vegetables, ginger-garlic paste, grated onion, cinnamon, cloves and a lot of coconut.
Kohlapuri vegetables is an eclectic mix of vegetables with dessicated coconut and is traditionally known to be spicy.

8. Black Channa and Coconut Stew

A light stew which brings together delicate vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, bottle gourd and black channa, is one you should be having. Especially if you’re looking for a healthy quick fix.

A host of veggies and herbs come together to make this healthy, hearty treat.

9. Urlai Roast

Oh, this one’s a real delight! Perfectly boiled baby potatoes cooked in a peppery Chettinad masala, onions and tomatoes.
Serve Urlai Roast along with rice or appams and you’ll not be able to resist this dish.

10. Paneer Achaari

Don’t get intimidated by the list of ingredients because not only are already in your kitchen cabinet, but also because all they’ll need is 20 minutes of your time. Chunks of cottage cheese cooked in some exciting spices, yogurt and a pinch of sugar.

A vegetarian’s delight, paneer achaari is packed with chatpate flavours.

11. Dal Makhani

A Punjabi staple, Dal Makhani is a quintessential Indian dish with many variations found in different regions of our country as well as abroad. A luscious, creamy dal recipe loaded with butter, this can be served with naan or paratha or accompany with some cooked rice. YOU can prepare this for lunch or cook for dinner parties as well.

The quintessential North-Indian delight, Dal Makhani is an irresistible dal dish, loaded with butter.
Some of you might find cooking lunch to be a daunting task. With an exhaustive list of chores, pending work and an untidy house, who has the time to wake up early and pack lunch? And even if you were able to drag yourself off the bed, you’ll usually end up cooking what you already know. Where’s the fun in that? If truth be told, there’s a war on health going on and the only way to make it through is to ditch packaged and processed food. And also the local restaurant that’s on your speed dial.

10 healthy lunch ideas for work

It’s late in the morning in the office; your day’s work neatly lined up in front of you. Phone calls, emails, effort – all come together to make your company more profitable.
Then your stomach grumbles, and you realize it’s nearly lunch time. You get your hands on a cup of black coffee or some junk food – anything, no matter how unhealthy. Then your colleague questions you, “Why such unhealthy food every day?” and you have no answer. Well today we’re giving you options. Here are our top 10 office lunch ideas, which will please your grumbling tummy as well as your basic dietary guidelines.
Peas pulao with carrot raita
Half cup of peas pulao served with 111.4gms of carrot raita is a great alternative to plain boiled rice and accompaniment for any main course, be it vegetarian or meat-based.
Peas pulao consists of approximately 168 calories and carrot raita includes approximately 76 calories.
Moong dal khichdi
One plate of moong dal khichdi is a very healthy combination of green moong dal and rice. This is one of the most nutritious rice recipes, which is easy in preparation and tastes great.
One plate moong dal khichdi consists of approximately 176 calories and 5.9gms protein.
Lemon rice
Lemon Rice is a delicious dish you can easily put together when in a hurry. You can also make it with leftover rice.
One plate of lemon rice consists of approximately 249 calories. Don’t forget to add some greens, and protein to it.
Methi parantha with onion chutney and greens
2-3 methi parathas along with onion chutney, is a neat little package, which is healthy, yummy and delicious.
1 paratha includes approximately 170-200 calories. Ensure that it is cooked with little to no oil.
Rice, sambhar and curd
2 cups of rice and 1 cup of sambhar and curd is an easy, quick and simple dish to make. It is a very healthy and nutritious office lunch.
This entire meal consists of approximately 300-500 calories. Ensure that you control the rice portion to less than 60gms and add some vegetables on the side.
Red kidney beans or rajma
Rajma chawal is the most famous delicacy made with red kidney beans cooked in delicious gravy with hot rice. However, skimp on the white rice when picking this for a working lunch as it might make you feel bloated.
1 cup of 100gms of rajma chawal consist of approximately 110- 150 calories.
Pasta salad
Pasta salad is a dish prepared with one or more types of pastas, and often tossed in vinegar oil. It must include fresh vegetables and a simple dressing devoid of any fat and cream.
Serving size of 140gms consists of approximately 58 calories, which is a very healthy and simple option for lunch.
Masala poha
One plate of masala poha is a delicious and nutritious option for lunch. It is light and refreshing, yet filling at the same time.
Serving size of 193.2gms consists of approximately 360 calories.
Chicken sandwich
Simple yet a vey nutritious and stomach filling dish, tossed with lettuce leaves and other greens.
One sandwich consists of approximately 300-350 calories.
Chapati, steamed chicken curry and mixed vegetable salad
2 chapatis and 1 cup of steamed chicken curry and mixed vegetable salad is a very filling and sumptuous meal option.
This entire meal consists of approximately 300-400 calories.
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20 Under 20: Quick Dinner Recipes | 20 Instant And Easy Dinner Recipes

Quick and easy dinner recipes

Quick Dinner Recipes: We understand cooking dinner 7 nights a week could be tricky. Life is good when you’re served a hot plate of dinner vs spending endless hours standing in the kitchen. There is a constant thought that goes behind what will be cooking tonight to how to make it quickly. We understand that you may be tired from all day’s work and want to prepare something that is extremely quick and hassle-free to prepare. Well, looks like we heard your plight and have a list of delicious and quick dinner recipes that will make your life in the kitchen much easier. This list of 20 quick dinner recipes will include recipes like basil chicken, paneer bhurji, jeera vegetable, udon noodles and others. So, we went to our NDTV Food archives and compiled a list of 20 dinner recipes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. They range across different cuisines, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, mild and spicy and we really hope you enjoy them!
CommentsHere’s a list of 20 quick dinner recipes that you can enjoy at home:

1. Oriental Basil Chicken

This fabulous minced chicken is cooked with oyster sauce, soya sauce, basil and seasoned lightly for beautiful flavors.

Quick dinner recipes: this chicken is cooked with a lots of sauces

2. Mini Mushroom Pizza

Crunchy toasted pizza’s topped with sauted garlic and onion, tomato puree, and some rosemary and salt.

Quick dinner recipes: Crunchy toasted pizza’s topped with sauted garlic

3. Paneer Bhurji

Everyone loves a paneer bhurji and this simple version can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. Scrambled paneer is cooked with caramelized onions, turmeric and chilli powder and finished of with a sprinkle of chaat masala.

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4. Jeera Vegetables

A potpourri of potatoes, carrots and spinach cooked with the peppery flavoured cumin. The amazing flavour jeera has to offer is unmissable and amazing.

Quick dinner recipes: A potpourri of potatoes, carrots and spinach cooked with the peppery flavoured cumin

5. Rava Fried Fish

Unlike regular fish fry this Goan version is fried in a semolina batter. It’s then laced in chilli powder, salt, tamarind, turmeric, garlic and fried golden brown.

Quick dinner recipes: Unlike regular fish fry this Goan version is fried in a semolina batter

6. Udon Noodles

Colorful and flavourful. A quick and easy recipe to ward of those hunger pangs. If you love noodles, this one’s a twist.

Quick dinner recipes: A quick and easy recipe to ward of those hunger pangs

7. Tomato Paneer

Cottage cheese chunks, tomato puree, a pinch of sugar and mild spices tossed in olive oil is also a low fat dinner alternative. This one’s a vegetarian’s delight.

Quick dinner recipes: This one’s a vegetarian’s delight

8. Curry Pasta

This slurpy curry pasta is the real deal. Boiled pasta is cooked in a decadent puree of tomatoes and meat masala and served in 20 minutes.

Quick dinner recipes: This slurpy curry pasta is the real deal

9. Creamy Mushroom Ragout

This creamy mushrooms cooked with mustard and onions are a good change for a regular night. All you mushroom lovers, this one recipe will surely leave you asking for more.

Quick dinner recipes: this one recipe will surely leave you asking for more

10. Macchi Amritsari

Lean fish fillets coated with a batter of gram flour, yoghurt and deep fried till golden brown. If you are a fish lover, this recipe is sure a delight to eat.

Quick dinner recipes: Lean fish fillets coated with a batter of gram flour, yoghurt and deep fried till golden brown

11. Chicken Penne Arabbiata

Pasta being the ultimate comfort food can take a while to prepare which is why this recipe is ideal for those in a hurry. The goodness of penne and vegetables in a thick tomato sauce and aromatic herbs.

Quick dinner recipes: Pasta being the ultimate comfort food can take a while to prepare

12. Guilt Free Chicken Tacos

Indulge in crispy scrumptious chicken served in a lettuce cup or on tortilla chips. And add a tangy twist to it with some fresh salsa dip.

Quick dinner recipes:Indulge in crispy scrumptious chicken served in a lettuce cup or on tortilla chips

13. Vegetable Fried Rice

Slow cooked rice with layers of vegetables and a variety of masalas. A beautiful melange that is sure to win many hearts at the dinner table.

Quick dinner recipes: A beautiful melange that is sure to win many hearts at the dinner table

14. Tamatar Chaaman

Fried cottage cheese chunks with a hot and spicy tomato gravy. The Kashmiri delight is a real treat for those spice lovers.

Quick dinner recipes:Fried cottage cheese chunks with a hot and spicy tomato gravy

15. Paneer Kebabs

Indulge in the divine taste of paneer with these crispy fried kebabs. you can’t miss these kebabs that will satiate your hunger pangs like nobody.

Quick dinner recipes: Indulge in the divine taste of paneer with these crispy fried kebabs

16. Calamari Fritters

Flour coated squid rings, fried and served with chilli mayonnaise. A delight for seafood lovers!

Quick dinner recipes: Flour coated squid rings, fried and served with chilli mayonnaise.

17. Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Sausages

A simple lip smacking plate of scrambled eggs and fried chicken sausages drizzled with olive oil. These are amazing delights, we promise.

Quick dinner recipes: A simple lip smacking plate of scrambled eggs and chicken

18. Grilled White Fish

This one is grilled using Popiote, which is a method of cooking in which the food is wrapped up paper or foil and then cooked. A healthy alternative to your dinner needs.

Quick dinner recipes:This one is grilled using Popiote, which is a method of cooking in which the food is wrapped

19. Citrus and Garlic Prawns

Prawns grilled and spiced with a tangy orange juice, lime, coriander and garlic. You can’t miss this simple recipe of crunchy prawns.

Quick dinner recipes: Prawns grilled and spiced with a tangy orange juice, lime, coriander and garlic.

20. Masala Bhindi

Mustard oil, jeera, fennel seeds, turmeric and bhindi tossed in a pan till cooked. Enjoy the bhindi with roti, paratha or eat it as it is. If you are a bhindi lover, this simple bhindi recipe will leave you asking for more.

Quick dinner recipes: Mustard oil, jeera, fennel seeds, turmeric and bhindi tossed in a pan till cooked.

Top 20 Indian dinner recipes – sharing a collection of 20 Indian main course recipes from the blog.

Main course meals are had during lunch and dinners. Though we can have a light dinner, but one should always have a proper breakfast and good lunch. I am sharing a collection of some recipes that can be made for lunch or dinner. The idea is not just to share the recipe, but you will also get ideas based on the collection and can try or make some other recipe not posted here.

I have included both North Indian and South Indian dinner recipes. In north India usually different types of sabzi or gravy recipes are made for dinner and served with roti or phulka. However rajma chawal and kadhi chawal are two popular rice recipes which are made for dinner. for some recipes like chole or chana masala, you do need to do some prep work beforehand like soaking the chickpeas or for kadhi, you need to set the curd overnight before preparing. So do plan accordingly.

In south India apart from chapathi, various rice dishes are also made for lunch and dinner. There are a variety of rice recipes popular in south India like:

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

These rice recipes can be had alone as a dinner or lunch or they can also be served in small quantities along with other dishes. E.g when I make steamed rice with Rasam then I also make some dry sabzi like Carrot poriyal or Vendakkai poriyal to go along with it.

You can also check these popular recipes collections:

  • Top 60 Indian vegetable recipes
  • Collection of 90 paneer recipes
  • Top 30 North Indian recipes

Top 20 lunch or dinner recipes

1. Veg biryani – there are many varieties of biryani made in India. an authentic veg biryani is always slow cooked on dum. this cooking on dum gives the biriyani its uniqueness and originality. This is how the biryani has the beautiful medley of the aromas, flavors and tastes caused by the blending of the ingredients used in making it.

2. Rajma chawal – rajma masala or rajma chawal is one of the regulars at any Punjabi house for lunch or dinner. Mostly its made on weekends. This is a simple and easy one pot Punjabi rajma curry or kidney beans curry that goes well with rice or rotis.

3. Bisi bele bath – bisibelebath recipe is a delicious and healthy complete meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Bisi bele bath is one of the popular recipe from the Karnataka cuisine which you can make for dinner or lunch.

4. Chana masala – there are many ways chickpeas curries are made in regional Indian cuisine. this chana masala is made with freshly powdered spices, onions, tomatoes, herbs making the chana taste like the ones you get on the streets of Delhi. Chana masala is relished with poori or rice or roti or paratha or Naan or Kulcha.

5. Paneer butter masala – an easy, quick and delicious recipe of paneer butter masala. This is one the most popular cottage cheese curry served in most Indian restaurants and is also made for special occasions.

6. Kadhi chawal – a very popular North Indian dinner recipe of Punjabi kadhi pakora. Fried onion pakoras in a creamy & sour yogurt sauce. The kadhi is either served with rice or with roti or phulka.

7. Masala dosa – there are many popular varieties of dosa made in south India like Rava dosa, Neer dosa and Set dosa. they are usually had with Coconut chutney and sambar. You can have dosa any time of the day. From breakfast to lunch to dinner. They are healthy and taste very good. this masala dosa recipe will give you a restaurant style masala dosa, where the dosa is crisp and served with a delicious potato masala.

8. Dal makhani – this is one of the most popular dal recipe made in north India with whole urad dal and rajma. this dal makhani recipe is restaurant style and tastes awesome. If you love authentic Punjabi food then you are going to love this dal makhani even more.

9. Vangi bath – delicious recipe of spiced brinjal rice from the Karnataka cuisine. vangi bath is popular both in the Maharashtrian and Karnataka cuisine. Both the regional recipes taste different as some of the ingredients and the spices that go into preparing them are different.

10. Palak paneer – smooth creamy palak paneer made with fresh spinach leaves, paneer, onions, herbs and spices.

11. Veg pulao – vegetable pulao is a one pot dish made with rice and vegetables. Some spices and herbs are also added to give pulao more flavor and taste. There are many varieties of pulao made in regional Indian cuisine like:

  • Peas pulao
  • Kashmiri pulao
  • Tawa pulao
  • Paneer pulao
  • Brinji rice

12. Kadala curry – spicy black chickpeas curry from the Kerala cuisine. the combo of kadala curry with Puttu or Appam is too good. You can also serve it with Idiyappam or with steamed rice, chapatis. You can also check this Kala chana masala which is made in north India.

13. Tamarind rice – popular South Indian recipe of a tangy, sour & spiced rice. The recipe dish is also known as puliyodharai in tamil language.

14. Chana dal – there are many recipes made with chana dal all over India. In bengal the combo of Cholar dal with Luchi is very popular. In south India chana dal is used in making many delicious recipes like Dal vada or Chana dal payasam. this is a Punjabi style chana dal recipe which is tempered & flavored with Indian spices.

15. Bhindi masala – a semi dry lightly spiced Punjabi bhindi masala made with okra, onions and tomatoes.

16. Sambar recipe – sambar is a South Indian lentil and vegetable stew made with lentils, tamarind and a unique spice blend called sambar powder. Sambar is served With steamed rice, Idli, dosa or Medu vada or Uttapam. you can vary the consistency of sambhar and serve it with whatever dish you are making like idli or dosa or rice. some well known sambar varieties are:

  • Drumstick sambar – made with drumsticks
  • Arachuvitta sambar – sambar made with ground paste of roasted coconut and spices
  • Idli sambar – sambar for idli, medu vada and dosa.
  • Sambar rice – a medley of sambar and rice together

17. Veg kurma – delicious South Indian style kurma recipe made with mixed veggies, coconut and spices. Korma or kurma is a gravy based dish and is served with chapatis, pooris or steamed rice. Few more popular kurma recipes you can make for main course are:

  • Navratan korma
  • Paneer korma
  • Potato kurma
  • Cauliflower kurma

18. Matar paneer – spiced and creamy curry made with peas and cottage cheese. matar paneer is one of the popular paneer recipe made in north India for lunch or dinner.

19. Dal fry – popular Indian dal recipe made with pigeon pea lentils. Dal fry is usually prepared with arhar dal also known as tur, toovar or yellow lentils. You can also use masoor dal or moong dal to make this recipe. both dal fry and Dal tadka are two popular dal dishes served in Indian restaurants.

20. Veg sagu – creamy coconut+spices based curry made with mix veggies. veg saagu goes well with Set dosa, Neer dosa or with pooris, chapatis, paratha.

Easy indian dinner recipes

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