Indian Rice Main Dish Recipes

From classic Indian mixed rice dishes like biryani, to curries with rice, we have 30+Indian main dish rice recipes for you to try.

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Rating: 4 stars
Yummy, healthy, comfort food. This simple dish of beans and rice is tasty and helps cleanse the body and heal digestion for all body types. I also love this dish for an easy, healthy, pantry meal I can throw together when I have nothing else in the house. Top with ghee, salt, liquid aminos, or whatever you like. I like lemon pepper, sriracha sauce, and feta cheese.

Lamb (Gosht) Biryani

Rating: 4.53 stars
Biryani is a bit of a project and is time-consuming, but I have never been disappointed with the results. Since it is such a festive dish, I usually make it for dinner parties. It is a huge hit.

Ven Pongal

Rating: 5 stars
Popular South Indian breakfast dish prepared mainly with rice and lentils. Ideal dish for any time of the day. Can be served with spicy chutney and vatral-kozhambu (spicy and sour sauce).

Biryani with Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Rating: 3.78 stars
This is, as called by my mom, my signature biryani recipe. It's healthy and has half of the calories of a normal take-away so that's a bonus!

Kheema Pulao

Rating: 4 stars
This is a sort of lazy man's biryani. Basically you cook the kheema masala first and then layer and cook the rice on top. It is very easy and it always a hit. Serve with raita.

Coconut Curry Fish

Rating: 4.07 stars
A wonderfully exotic but quick dish! Serve over brown rice, millet, or quinoa.

Vegetable Biryani

Rating: 4.49 stars
A very tasty and interesting biryani; the color looks appetizing and the taste is great! It's delicious served with mint chutney or simple, plain yogurt.

Indian Vegetable Rice

Rating: 4.06 stars
A lovely vegetable recipe full of flavor which can be eaten by itself. Delicious if eaten with plain yogurt. Create your own variation with different vegetables and spices.

Vegetable Biryani (Tehri)

Rating: 4.33 stars
Tehri was originally concocted by kings in northern India as a vegetarian equivalent to the Mughals' mutton or chicken biryani. This modern-day version has deliciously soft sweet vegetables and flavorful long-grain rice. Serve with chilled yogurt and spicy curry on the side.

Instant Pot® Chicken Biryani

Rating: 4.43 stars
Traditional chicken biryani made in an Instant Pot® cuts down on time but not flavor. The rice comes out fluffy and the chicken comes out tender. You can't ask for more. Serve with yogurt raita to complement the spices.

Ground Beef Lentil Curry

Rating: 4 stars
Simple, one-pot meal of ground beef lentil curry. Very tasty on a chilly evening.

Curried Pork Chops and Cauliflower with Basmati Rice

Rating: 4.36 stars
Curry and apple chutney combine to make wonderful flavors.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Vegetable Biryani (Tehri)
Rating: Unrated
This northern Indian dish was originally made for kings, but you can easily enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.
Curried Pork Chops with Basmati Rice
Rating: Unrated
"This was easy and delicious to make!" – *Sarah*

Slow-Cooked Chicken Biryani

Rating: 4 stars

This is a variation on two of my favorite biryani recipes, adjusted to fit my family's preferences and time limitations. Biryani can be a time-consuming dish, but this is an easy way to make it from scratch. The end result is packed full of flavor and can be spicy. Best eaten with yogurt or Indian raita.