Lockdown Recipes: 10 Indian dinner recipes that are quick, easy to make and delicious. There are times when we all need these easy Indian dinner recipes to make wholesome, healthy, comforting meals.
These One pot rice recipes are simply effortless and time savers for a busy day or more importantly now during coronavirus lockdown.
Generally, when I set parameters to the quick, easy and wholesome meal, all the arrows point towards a hearty plate full of one-pot rice meal. Here are my best rice recipes for dinner. These super easy veg recipes for dinner are nutritious as well as delicious.
More often than not I choose rice recipes over other continental one-pot meals like pasta etc most of the time. Simply because rice is a comfort food for me.
Also, this is one basic pantry staple which is available in all Indian kitchens. Rice is evidently a quick source of energy and vegan protein. It is easy to digest and light on the stomach. After a busy day, eating a burger may not fulfil the nutritional requirement.
Indian vegetarian dinner recipes - One Pot Rice recipes
When I say one-pot rice meal, it is not necessarily mean a simple khichdi or a simple veggie pulao. These meals though made in a hassle-free manner will not compromise on the taste meter nor will it turn out to be monotonous. Why so? I have particularly focussed on ‘variety’ while making this list of Indian veg recipes for dinner.
Masale Bhat / Masala Rice
Easy maharashtrian style spiced rice this masale bhat or masala rice recipe is healthy one pot Indian vegetarian dinner recipe. You can pack it for lunch or enjoy a lazy meal with a bowl of curd or raita.
Tava pulav is Another delicious rice recipe from Mumbai street food, you can make this one pot recipe with left over rice and enjoy a quick and easy meal.
Pineapple Fried Rice
Mushroom rice is an One pot rice dish that you can make without a lot of fuss. You can make this spicy Instant pot rice in minutes. This is a nutritious vegetarian meal for the family. Get The Recipe
Sambar sadam Recipe
Sambar Sadam Recipe is lentil rice one-pot meal is delicious South Indian dinner recipes. If you like the tanginess of tamarind and spice tadka of the south this sambar rice is a must cook once in a week.
Nutrition: It has the extra nutrition of proteins from the Dal. is gluten-free and light on the stomach because of rice. This creamy lentil rice dish with a pop of texture in the form of south Indian tadka of spices and lentils is a perfect one-pot rice meal.
Til wali bhuni khichdi
Bhuni khichdi: This is not your regular khichdi, and does not even have any connection with Bengali Bhuni khichuri. This is my families heirloom recipe that is made with rice and lentils.
This is particularly cooked during the winters because it has til/ sesame seeds. Bhuni khichdi is so wholesome and tasty that you can't wait for the winters to arrive.
Nutrition: This recipe has chana Dal and til which are super energy boosters. You can serve this any meal from breakfast to lunch or dinner. Bhuni Khichdi Recipe
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Rajma Pulao Recipe, Rajma and chawal made together in a spicy tasty and easy one-pot meal. This combination has got its recognition because of its filling and healthy ingredients. Rajma rice/kidney beans and rice has been served in a meal or perfect to carry for lunch box.
Chana and Amritsari wadi pulao
Chana Pulao Recipe. Chole or chana and rice is yet another all-time favourite one pot for North Indian recipe. Chana pulao made with spicy crunch of Amritsari wadi and achari masala makes it a really exciting.
It not only is a mix of rice and chana curry but also the tangy pickle. Hearty recipes like these are served on your plate just under 30 minutes.
South Indian coconut rice recipe cooked in a pressure cooker is super simple but with a lot of fresh coconut flavour, this makes a delightful south Indian dinner recipe. All you need is a bowl of yogurt or curd to go with this one-pot rice meal. Coconut Rice Recipe
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Lemon rice or Elumichai sadam. is a popular South Indian recipe, in which cooked rice is tossed with various spices and lemon juice.
Extra spicy veggie fried rice
Make these Spicy Veggie Fried Rice when you have nothing but leftover veggies and want to eat something spicy and healthy, this veggie fried rice recipe one of the best recipe to make with leftover rice.
This recipe has the goodness of veggies added with the kick of extra spices. You can pair it with some dahi or eat it all by itself.
Quinoa Veggie pulao: If you love to eat healthy and have quinoa in your pantry this delicious Indian style quinoa recipe of quinoa pulao is perfect to serve for dinner.
Veg biryani Recipe
Veg Biryani is one of the best options if you choose to make a one-pot meal for your unannounced guests or just your family.
Made with easily available ingredients to give a delectable dish, this biryani is definitely one of my favourites Indian recipes for dinner. It takes time to cook biryani but you can really spend some time when it comes to making a tasty Veg biryani recipe 🙂
Bisi Bele bhaat
Bisibele bhaat is literally hot lentil rice south Indian rice made with many vegetables and spices. It is a wonderful blend of taste in one pot. It is a famous sweet-tangy rice dish from Udupi cuisine. In Karnataka, it is served in breakfast which keeps you full till lunch, but I still love this as delicious Indian dinner idea. Bisibelle bhaat recipe.
Kala chana pulao
Kala chana or brown chickpea pulao is an easy one-pot rice meal. This pulao recipe is made with medium spiced rice, rustic and protein-rich kale chane/black chickpeas with the added flavours of saffron. It is a vegan and gluten-free recipe ideal to be served at lunch or dinners. Kala Chana Pulao Recipe.
Meal Prep Notes for These Indian Dinner Ideas
- Keep some soaked and drained rice in your fridge for a quick meal.
- Keep cut veggies pre-prepped in your fridge racks to save time.
- Soak and boil the lentils before hand such as chana, Kala chana, rajma.
- Add or subtract any veggies of your preference or health chart.
I have always found fried rice and pulaos to be a great way to feed the essential veggies to your elders and kids. You can also try other one-pot meals such as a cauliflower fried rice, schezwan fried rice, little millet pulao or wholesome soups such as tomato pasta soup.
With this list and more such flavourful one pot meals like one pan mushroom pasta and various salads. You are now all set for easy cooking without the hassle of juggling between the utensils. Plus you have less dishes to wash. One pot meals are great for stress free and happy cooking!
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