Rice Recipes | Collection of Best Veg Indian Rice Recipes
Get here the most popular veg Indian rice recipes on blog in one place. Click on photo or link to read a detailed recipe post.
Rice is a staple food in many parts of our country, especially in the southern and eastern parts. Rice can be prepared in many ways. You just need to play around with ingredients.
There are many such rice recipes that are still in my to-do list especially South Indian ones. Some are yet to post on the blog which I will update soon. So in the meantime, I have collected all rice recipes here for all my readers.
As I said there is no limitation to any recipes as such. You can play around with ingredients to create some delicious recipes.
For example, there is not much difference between jeera rice and ghee rice. In Jeera rice, cumin seeds play a major role and put in more quantity than any other rice so that rice will get a nice nutty earthy flavor of cumin seeds.
Similarly in ghee rice, the main ingredients are ghee and nuts (like cashew, raisins) to bring in that rich aroma and flavor in the rice.
Sweet rice (meetha bhaat) is another rice recipe that is similar to ghee rice but we use jaggery to sweeten it. You can add vegetables to this also. This is again good for kids and toddlers. You add some coconut to the sweet rice and it will be traditional Maharashtrian Narali Bhaat.
So it’s all about the dominant ingredient and spices in a rice recipe along with the process used to cook. There are a different varieties of equipment we use for different rice (as per the cooking method). Many times we use a pressure cooker (instant rice biryani, Pulao, tehri etc), an instant pot (an instant pressure cooker), Rice Cookers, Biryani Cooking Pots, sometimes on an open pan or Kadai (Mexican rice) and sometimes on tawa or flat pan (tawa pulao).
When rice is cooked with aromatic spices, it itself is a complete dish. You just need some tangy raita or salan kind of dish to accompany rice.
Read here some side dish that will go best with any of our rice recipes:
Veg Raita: a combination of curd, cucumber, tomato, onion, chilies, and coriander leaves.
Boondi Raita: a mixture of curd and boondi, added herbs and spices.
Bagara Baingan: tangy spicy eggplant curry cooked in authentic Hyderabadi style
Bhindi ka salan: This is also a tangy okra recipe in Hyderabadi style
Dahi Baingan: Eggplants are cooked in curd based gravy. I have a collection of 3 types of dahi baingan on blog. Try them.
Here is a collection of simple Indian rice recipes for our everyday food and you may love to make them on special occasions.
Indian Rice Recipes | Collection of Best Indian Rice Recipes (Vegetarian & Vegan)
Instant veg biryani is a mix vegetable biryani recipe that is cooked in a pressure cooker or rice cooker. This is a vegetable loaded rice recipe that is not only easy to make but also quick biryani recipe. Aromatic whole spices of biryani masala make this rice flavorful.
Mixed veg fried rice is stir-fried with lots of veggies and mild spices. This is cooked in an Indian fried rice style. However, this is a quick recipe and one of the best twists to your leftover rice. Mix veg fried rice has all goodness of vegetables. Add vegetables and paneer to your fried rice. Serve with raita.
Methi matar pulao is a delightful aromatic rice pulao cooked with fenugreek leaves and green peas. This is a winter special rice recipe as you will get fresh methi or fenugreek leaves as well as peas. However, you can use frozen ones also. This is a quick tiffin box recipe also.
Mexican Fried Rice is basically a vegetarian version of Mexican rice. Normally Mexican rice is prepared with chicken stock which I have replaced with vegetable stock. Like other Mexican food corn, tomatoes plays an important role in this rice. This is a quick one-pot rice pulao and a wonderful tiffin box idea.
Narali bhat or coconut rice is a sweet rice recipe which is a delicacy of Maharashtra. This is made on the Shravan Poornima occasion. You can make it any other day also. I have used jaggery or jaggery powder or sugar to sweeten the rice. Peanuts and shredded coconut is important along with some aromatic whole spices. This is a must-try recipe.
Another fragrant and flavorful rice recipe that I have adapted from my mom. This rice has so many nostalgic memories linked to my golden childhood days. This is loaded with lots of healthy vegetables, nuts, and raisins. I have made this using a pressure cooker. Rice cookers and instant pots are other quick ways to make this.
Dal khichdi is a comfort food which is not only quick but also a lifesaver for your lazy days when you don’t feel like spending some hours in the kitchen. This is a one-pot recipe and it’s one of the healthiest dishes on earth. This is a simple recipe with rice and dal. Normally we take moong dal (husked/dehusked). But you can choose any lentils of your choice. But for that, you need to soak lentils for a little longer as the rice gets cooked easily than that of lentils.
Dahi rice or curd rice originally belongs to South India. But it’s one of my favorites. This is a kid-friendly dish. Even my kid is very fond of this rice. This is one of the simplest rice yet it’s flavourful because of curry leaves, mustard seeds. It has a distinct taste that makes it different from other rice dishes.
Another delicious rice with a heavenly combination of mushrooms and green peas. To keep the earthy flavors intact, I have added minimal ground spices and more of whole spices. Extremely easy and one of the best and filling tiffin box recipe. However, you can add other vegetables to make this even more healthy. But alone this combination also tastes great.
Vegetable tehri is a North Indian name for veg pulao. This is an aromatic rice pilaf cooked in a pressure cooker along with lots of vegetables. This rice pulao is a one-pot dish and a quick rice recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare this. This veggie-loaded rice is perfect for the tiffin box. Otherwise, it goes very well with raita, curd, buttermilk, etc.
I loved this cauliflower schezwan fried rice. This is a perfect blend of schezwan sauce along with cauliflower balls or sticks. Perfect for lazy days when you want to rely on your comfort food collection. To bring in more flavor add lots of spring onions to this Indo-Chinese rice. Again one great tiffin box idea.
Nutty Lemon Rice is tangy flavorful rice which is crunchy also because of the fried peanuts. Originally this is a South Indian rice. This is a perfect combination of flavors that remind you of our south food. Lemon juice adds that extra punch of flavor along with lots of curry leaves. You can make it spicy also to enhance the taste. Again this is a kid’s friendly rice and another quick tiffin box recipe.
Baby potato dum biryani is basically potato dum biryani. But I love baby potatoes and they look good in any dishes. You can take normal potatoes cut in larger chunks. The aromatic spices add so much flavor to the rice that you would love to make this again and again. I have used dum cooking method to prepare this biryani. Use long grain basmati rice or biryani rice.
This soyabean biryani is a one-pot dish similar to veg biryani. I have replaced vegetables with healthy and protein-rich soya chunks. More than that this is a quick biryani as you don’t need to do any chopping and preparation for this. It takes 2 minutes to soften the soya chunks before adding to our biryani. Hence one of my best kids tiffin box recipe on the blog.
Tawa pulao is one famous Mumbai street-side food. This spicy tangy rice is generally available in almost all pav bhaji stalls. The reason is that this is quite similar to our Mumbai special pav bhaji. We use almost the same vegetables, seasoning and spices to make this rice. This is best with leftover rice and another rice recipe for your tiffin box.
Sama chawal or samvat is a popular millet in India. Normally we make this rice during our fasting days when we refrain ourselves from eating regular grains like rice or wheat. So this is a quick and filling fasting recipe. You can add potatoes, bottle gourd, and tomatoes that you can eat on such days. Use rock salt in place of regular iodine salt.
This is an one-pot Indian rice recipe that is spiced up with aromatic spices. Masale bhat is an Authentic Maharashtrian rice recipe made with Goda Masala.
Crispy Crunchy outside and cheesy inside. Arancini is an Italian dish that is a cheesy rice ball. This is a perfect snack for my kid. I have made this from leftover dal khichdi. But you can make this from fresh ones also. Take only cooked rice or mix some cooked lentils to give this a protein pack twist.
An easy dessert of rice and milk. It’s one of the quickest desserts on earth you can make. It hardly takes 10 – 15 minutes to make this rice kheer. Extremely delicious and creamy dessert. Here you can use sama rice if you want to make your kheer for fasting days.
Kheer puda is a Punjabi dessert. This is normally a combination of two sweet dishes like kheer (rice pudding) along with puda (malpua). Both are heavenly combination indeed. Here the puda I have made is whole wheat malpua which is better than that of refined flour ones. Nuts and raisins give this kheer puda little crunchy bite and add to the flavor.
Here I would request you to read other posts like mushroom matar masala, paneer tikka masala, gatte ki sabzi, palak paneer. Also read matar paneer curry, dum aloo, bagara baingan, lauki kofta curry, malai kofta curry, shaam savera curry.
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