Main Course with Gravy or Rice

March 11, 2018mayurisjikoni


   What constantly baffles me is when people who usually prepare meat and fish dishes cannot think beyond simple potato curry for vegetarian options or a simple pea pulao for rice options. I’m seriously hoping that all die hard non vegetarians will think of vegetarian world beyond potatoes.

   When you’re a member of a group like Blogging Marathon, there can never be a shortage of new dishes, new ideas or a twist to any dish. For the BM#85 one of the themes that members could choose was MAIN COURSE WITH GRAVY OR RICE. Indian Cuisine definitely does not have a shortage of how many types or styles of gravies or curries one can serve to Vegetarians. Simple potato curry to more exotic koftas can grace the table for lunch or dinner. Neither is there a shortage of the styles of rice one can prepare, right from the simple and humble jeera rice to an elaborate biryani.

   For the #85 BM theme, we had 32 dishes which were gravy or rice preparations that one can enjoy as a meal. While the gravy dishes are served with rice, roti or parathas, the rice dishes are usually enjoyed on its own with side salad, yogurt or raita.

   Here’s what some of the members prepared. Check out the dishes. To find the recipe simply click on the name of the dish.

Srivalli made
  1. Easy No Tomato Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker which is so flavorful but quick and ideal for lunch boxes.
  2. A healthier version of makhani using sprouts – Sprouted Moong Makhani
  3. Paneer Lababdar with a touch of honey…yes you read right with a touch of honey
Jayashree made
  1. Have you tried a drumstick gravy which is made with tamarind? If not check out her Muringakkai Puli Kuzhambu
  2. Pulingari which is a Kerala gravy dish that her family enjoys
  3. A colorful, tasty full of vegetables Schezwan Fried Rice
Mireille made 
  1. A flavorful, hearty one pot Easy Shmeezy Oven Jambalaya – which is a traditional New Orleans dish.
  2. After New Orleans Mireille transports us all the way to Bengal with her sweet and slightly spicy  Mishti Pulao
  3. A simple and yet flavorful veg pulao, Uttar Pradesh style, Tahiri
Sandhiya Bali made 
  1. A vibrant colorful Beetroot Rice with the right balance of sweetness and spiciness
  2. And a famous Karnataka dish Bisi Bele Bath which for many is comfort food
  3. A Paneer Fried Rice in which she did not fry the paneer to make it a bit healthier
Sandhya Ramakrishnan made 
  1. Vegaya Vathal Kuzhambu. Did you know you can transform onions, a few spices and tamarind into a satisfying delicious curry? Well, check out her recipe.
  2. Instant Pot Rajma Masala – she also has several other IP recipes on her blog.
Pavani made
  1. the vegetarian version of the famous Korean rice dish Vegan Bibimbap Fried Rice
  2. Gutti Vankaya Pulao, which simply translated is a baby eggplant pulao where the eggplants are first marinaded in some yogurt and cooked.
  3. And a dill flavored one pot rice Dill Tomato Rice

Ritu made
  1. An easy to make but everyone’s favorite Aloo Matar
  2. Mushroom Masala which is both her son’s and her favourite
  3. And she transformed some left over rice into a nice flavorful aromatic rice dish – Coriander Rice
Harini made
  1. A delicious nut based gravy Mixed Vegetable Gravy  using an instant pot
  2. Have you tried dhaba style Kadai Paneer? Check out her recipe as she highly recommends using coriander seeds for this dish
  3. And my favorite curry which she has made in a Rajasthani style, Jaisalmeri Kala Chana
Sapana made
  1. A delicious North Indian Style Baby Corn Masala  with a thick tomato onion gravy
  2. Some koftas, in a very rich looking gravy – Malai Kofta Curry
  3. A simple but most comforting rice dish – Masala Matar Rice
Vaishali made
 biryanis that are a meal on its own
  1. I heard of cholera biryani but have you heard or tasted Tikki Chole Biryani? Check the recipe out.
  2. A flavorful and filling Rajasthani Gatte ka Pulao served with some salad and yogurt
  3. A tempting Awadhi Biryani with vegetables, spices and kewra.
 that’s me 🙂 I decided to deviate from the normal tomato based gravies to make sabjis with different kind of gravies:
  1. I used spinach to make the gravy for this Mushroom Spinach Curry
  2. A traditional Himachali curry Madra using yogurt as the gravy base
  3. And finally a traditional Goan curry Tondak using coconut as the gravy base

Hope you find these main course dishes interesting. If you do try out any of the dishes please share some love by commenting on the recipe post. Thank you.


  • Usha

    March 11, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Nice round up! Pinned the post for future reference.

  • Pavani N

    March 11, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    What an lovely round up Mayuri. SO many options for rice dishes and gravies. Every dish looks amazing. Thank you for doing the round up.

  • Chef Mireille

    March 11, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    great roundup – so many dishes to explore!

  • vaishali sabnani

    March 12, 2018 at 5:10 am

    What a beautiful round up with lot of efforts . It’s always nice to see all recipes under one title , makes it so easy .

  • Srivalli

    March 12, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Beautiful round up and what efforts! thanks for taking so much efforts in writing such a useful collection!

  • TerriSue

    March 19, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Wow Mayuri, What an amazing list of dishes. I have spent the last hour looking at them. Some sites I had never been to. Thank you for listing it. I guess I am partial but yours looked the best to me. Thank you for the work you put in.

  • indian starters

    October 10, 2022 at 5:14 am

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    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 12, 2022 at 5:18 am

      Thank you so much, am so happy that you liked this post.

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