The Different Rice Dishes Of India

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

A generous sized bowl of a rice dish, with plenty of dal, raita, kadhi, or pickle, on the side – and it’s a complete, wholesome and delicious meal. Rice recipes are really nutritious, delectably flavorful, super hearty, and surprisingly easy and quick to make! What’s more, it’s a breeze to switch things up and experiment with vegetables or meats based on your preferences.

5 Scrumptious rice dishes to dig in to!

  • Biryani: The biryani features high up on the list of Indian rice dishes. It is a fairly straightforward, albeit a little time-consuming dish that you can customize and swap out various veggies and different proteins. Undoubtedly, one of the best weeknight dinners around, you and your family are bound to love the biryani! A delicious and healthy rice recipe, the biryani is chockfull of nutritious goodness and is exceptionally hearty – green peas, carrots, cauliflower, French beans, fish, eggs, chicken, and mutton; take your pick! All these are tossed in robust spices and herbs. The game changer is – caramelized onions, potatoes and loads of cashews– all sitting on top of the rice mound!
  • Pulav: The pulav is a lighter and a somewhat refreshing version of the biryani. Serve it with curried vegetables, grilled chicken or dal and it makes for a complete meal. We all tend to get caught up in - “what can I cook to go with it”? Well, the pulav sure is an ideal go-to, and you don’t need to stick with the boring old plain rice! The pulav is made with simple ingredients, but contains loads of flavor and vegetables. Choose from peas, bell peppers, carrots and French beans! It is a dish that you feel great about eating, and it does not weigh you down.
  • Bisi bele bhaat: Flavorful veggies, warming spices, and a heavy dose of protein from the dals, this comforting Karnataka dish comes together effortlessly. It pairs salty, spicy, and tangy flavors, which play off each other exceedingly well. Everything in the bisi bele bhaat is fresh, healthy and satisfying. Tamarind, peanuts, kapok buds, mace and desiccated coconut are pivotal ingredients. Abundant protein and loads of fibre - all in one pot!
  • Fried rice: An Indian version of our Chinese favourite! When it comes to fried rice, you can be really creative and experimental! Classic and easy to make, the egg fried rice boasts of warm eggs, vibrant veggies, flavorful herbs and a ton of masalas - all cooked in an appetizing, strongly seasoned sauce. You could swap the eggs for chicken or vegetables. The recipe is fairly uncomplicated, it calls for basic ingredients – green peas, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, French beans, bell peppers and onions. Outcome? A meal that is super gratifying and flavorful!
  • Khichdi: The ultimate comfort food, khichdi ought to be a part of your weekly menu! When you’re craving something that’s appetizing, yet filling – khichdi is your safe bet! Combine rice, with lentils and veggies for a complete meal and pair it with kadhi or raita. Adding a heap of vegetables actually makes the recipe stand-out. Round the dish out with some papad and pickle! Test out various lentils to boost your protein intake – moong dal, masoor dal, toor dal or urad dal. You can also try a healthier version that is a six-grain khichdi from the Tata Sampann Range. This easy to cook options has tons of nutrients, the right amount of spices and unpolished dals to create a perfectly healthy meal.

These dishes may seem a little indulgent but will not break the calorie bank and won’t get you off your weight loss path! Complex carbs, plenty of lean protein and a liberal amount of fibre – along with full-bodied spices, exciting spices, and healthy herbs. Enhance your nutrition and boost your cooking game with these rice-based recipes!


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