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10 Delicious Veg Dinner Recipes To Pull You Out Of A Cooking Rut

Dal chawal is the ultimate comfort food for so many of us, but let’s face it, cooking and eating the same meal over and over again for dinner can get mundane and boring real quick. If dinner meals at your home have started looking the same these days, why not spice things up by trying something different for dinner every now and then? If you’re looking for some interesting and delicious veg dinner recipes, you’ve come to the right place! From easy and quick veg dinner recipes to some delicious veg dinner recipes for weight loss- these dishes will charge up your taste buds! 

Healthy Veggie Dinner Recipes 

Looking for veg dinner recipes that are tasty and healthy at the same time? We have compiled some delicious and healthy veggie dinner recipes that you can try! 

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Palak Paneer veg dinner recipe

Palak Paneer Ingredients:

  • 2 large bunches of spinach leaves
  • 200 grams paneer (cut into cubes)
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 8-10 garlic cloves chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp fresh cream

Method To Cook Palak Paneer:

  • Wash spinach thoroughly, and blanch in salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Take it out and wash it in chilled water. Squeeze out excess water.
  • Grind the spinach leaves and green chilies to form a puree.  
  • In a pan, heat some oil, and add cumin seeds.
  • Add garlic, and saute for a few seconds. Add spinach puree, salt and cook on medium flame. Add water as required for the gravy.
  • Once the gravy comes to a boil, add cottage cheese and mix well. Add in lemon juice, and finally, add some fresh cream.
  • Mix it all together, and let it cook on low flame for 2 minutes. This healthy veg dinner recipe is ready! Serve it hot with rotis

Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Baingan Bharta veg dinner recipe

Baingan Bharta Ingredients:

  • 1 kg large brinjals
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 medium-sized onions chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1.5 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 chopped green chillies
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

Method To Cook Baingan Bharta:

  • Prick the brinjals using a fork and roast them on open flame until the skin of the brinjal begins to blister. Set them aside. Once cooled, peel and mash the brinjals.
  • Heat some oil in a pan, and add cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds. Add onions and saute until they turn translucent. Then add green chillies, and ginger, and saute for 1 minute.
  • Now add chilli powder, mashed brinjals and saute for about 8 minutes on medium heat while stirring continuously.
  • Add salt, tomatoes, and cook for 6-7 minutes more until the oil separates.
  • Garnish with coriander, and serve with rotis.

Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Dal Makhani veg dinner recipe

Dal Makhani Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup urad dal
  • ¼ cup rajma (red kidney beans)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium sized onion (finely grated)
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh cream
  • Salt to taste

Method To Cook Dal Makhani:

  • Soak rajma and urad dal in 3 cups of water overnight.
  • In the morning, drain the water. Transfer rajma and urad dal to a pressure cooker, and add 1 tsp salt and about 3.5 cups of water.
  • Pressure cook the rajma and urad dal on a medium flame for about 10 whistles, and then on low flame for another 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the flame, let the cooker depressurize on its own, and then open the lid to make sure that urad dal and rajma have been cooked well.
  • Mash urad dal and rajma, then let the dal simmer on low flame for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, you can make masala for makhani dal.
  • In a pan, heat 2 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp ghee. Add grated onions, and cook until it turns light golden.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, and cook for a minute.
  • Add tomato puree, and cook for a few minutes until the oil starts separating.
  • Now, add in the boiled dal and mix well. Add garam masala, red chilli powder, salt, ½ cup water and stir it all well. Let it simmer on low flame for about 45 minutes while stirring every few minutes.
  • Add sugar, 1 tbsp butter, and fresh cream. Let it simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Garnish makhana dal with more butter, and serve it hot. This veg recipe for dinner is a bit time-consuming but totally worth the wait!

Easy And Quick Veg Dinner Recipes

Having to cook dinner after a long day can get really tiring. At times like these, what you need are recipes that you can whip up quickly, without too much hassle. Lucky for you, we have listed some easy and quick veg dinner recipes that are simple to prepare, and can be cooked within 30 minutes or less! 

Veg Fried Rice

Veg Fried Rice veg dinner recipe
Unsplash– Veg Fried Rice veg dinner recipe

Veg Fried Rice Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of cooked Basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup carrots
  • ¼ cup capsicum
  • ¼ cup French beans
  • ¼ cup green onions
  • 1 slit green chilli
  • ½ tsp black pepper powder

Method To Cook Veg Fried Rice:

  • Heat oil in a pan and fry chopped garlic for a few seconds.
  • Add chopped vegetables- carrots, capsicum, French beans, green onions and chilli- and fry for 3 minutes until they are slightly cooked.
  • Add in soy sauce and vinegar, and mix.
  • Add rice, salt and black pepper and mix it all together. Let it fry for 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with spring onion! This veg dinner recipe can be served with manchurian or chilli paneer. 

Tawa Pulav

Tawa Pulav veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Tawa Pulav veg dinner recipe

Tawa Pulav Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiled rice (can use leftover rice)
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 2 tbsp capsicum chopped
  • 2 tbsp peas
  • 2 tsp pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 potato boiled and cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Method To Cook Tawa Pulav:

  • Heat butter in a kadhai, and add cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add onion and ginger-garlic paste, and saute well.
  • Now add carrot, capsicum, peas, and salt, and stir fry until the vegetables are slightly cooked.
  • Add tomatoes and saute until they turn soft.
  • Next, add pav bhaji masala, red chilli powder, and saute until the oil separates.
  • Add boiled potato, boiled rice and gently mix it all together.
  • Lastly, add coriander leaves and lemon juice, and mix. Street-style tawa pulav is ready! 

Paneer Capsicum Stir Fry

Paneer Capsicum Stir Fry veg dinner recipe
Instagram- Paneer Capsicum Stir Fry veg dinner recipe

Paneer Capsicum Stir Fry Ingredients:

  • 200-gram paneer cubes
  • ½ cup capsicum (cut in small cubes)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • ½ tsp chilli paste
  • 1 tsp chopped green chillies
  • ½ inch ginger chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

Method To Cook Paneer Capsicum Stir Fry:

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan and saute garlic paste for a few seconds.
  • Next, add capsicum, chilli paste, and saute on low flame for a minute. Add green chillies and ginger and saute again for a few seconds.
  • Add tomatoes, and cook for 2 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add salt and paneer, mix it all gently, and let it cook for 1 minute.
  • Paneer-capsicum stir fry is ready! It is an easy and quick veg dinner recipe that requires very minimal ingredients as well. 

Paneer Bhurji

Paneer Bhurji veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Paneer Bhurji veg dinner recipe

Paneer Bhurji Ingredients:

  • 200-gram paneer (crumbled)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 medium sized tomato chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¾ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves

Method To Cook Paneer Bhurji:

  • Heat oil on a pan, and add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
  • Add chopped onions and green chilli, and saute until the onions turn lightly golden.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, and saute until the raw smell goes away. Then add tomato, salt and turmeric, and cook until the tomatoes turn soft.
  • Add red chilli powder, garam masala powder, and saute for a bit.
  • Add in crumbled paneer and mix well. Stir for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • This easy and quick veg dinner recipe is ready! Serve paneer bhurji with roti or paratha for dinner.

Veg Dinner Recipes For Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s a great idea to consume low-calorie meals for dinner. When it comes to veg dinner recipes for weight loss, try and incorporate foods that aren’t high on carbs, and recipes that require minimum or no oil at all. Below are some veg dinner recipes for weight loss that you can try out! 

Oats Khichdi

Oats Khichdi veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Oats Khichdi veg dinner recipe

Oats Khichdi Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ghee/oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • ½ inch ginger chopped
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • 1 medium-sized tomato chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped potatoes
  • 1/3 cup green peas 
  • 1/3 cup moong dal
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ tsp haldi powder
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • 2.5 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

Method To Cook Oats Khichdi:

  • In a pressure cooker (open), heat ghee/oil. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Let the cumin seeds crackle.
  • Add onions and saute them until they turn translucent. Then add ginger, green chillis, and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add tomatoes, and saute until they turn soft. Then add carrots, potatoes, peas, and saute them.
  • Rinse moong dal well, and add it to the cooker. Mix well. Next, add oats, haldi powder, red chilli powder, salt, and 2.5 cups of water. Mix them well and close the pressure cooker with the lid.
  • Pressure cook on a medium flame for 8 minutes. Once done, turn off the flame, let the cooker depressurize on its own, and then open the lid.
  • Stir the khichdi and ensure it has been properly cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. This veg dinner recipe is ready! 

Low-Calorie Bhindi Masala

Low Calorie Bhindi Masala veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Low-Calorie Bhindi Masala veg dinner recipe

Low-Calorie Bhindi Masala Ingredients:

  • 25 ladyfingers (bhindi)
  • 2 tbsp besan (gram flour)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp jeera powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Method To Cook Low-Calorie Bhindi Masala:

  • To make the masala paste, add onions, coriander leaves, ginger-green chilli paste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, jeera powder, garam masala powder, sesame seeds and lemon juice in a mixer.
  • Add 2 tbsp of water, and grind it to form a smooth paste.
  • In a deep bowl, take gram flour (besan), and add the paste. Mix well, and keep aside.
  • Slit the ladyfingers (bhindi) lengthwise, and stuff them with the masala paste prepared earlier. Make sure to leave some of the paste aside.
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a non-stick pan, and add the leftover masala paste.
  • Add 2 tbsp water and cook for 2 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add stuffed bhindi to the pan, and saute on low flame for 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 8 minutes or until the ladyfingers have been cooked properly.

Oil-Free Rajma

Oil Free Rajma veg dinner recipe
Instagram– Oil-Free Rajma veg dinner recipe

Oil-Free Rajma Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kidney beans
  • 3 medium sized onions
  • 5 medium sized tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 liter water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander

For the spice mix:

  • 1 tbsp gram flour (besan)
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp amchur powder
  • 1 tsp jeera powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi

Method To Cook Oil-Free Rajma:

  • In a blender, add onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and green chillies. Add water (as required), and grind into a paste. Set this paste aside.
  • Now, take 1 cup kidney beans (rajma) and rinse them thoroughly with water.
  • In a pressure cooker, add rajma, and the onion-tomato paste prepared earlier.
  • Add salt, black cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaf in the cooker, and mix. Add about 1 litre of water, and close the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • Let it cook in a pressure cooker on medium flame until 4-5 whistles. After that, turn off the flame, let the cooker depressurize, and open the cooker. Check if the rajma is cooked. It should be soft when pressed.
  • Cook rajma with the cooker lid open, and bring it to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, add gram flour, red chilli powder, coriander powder, amchur powder, jeera powder, garam masala powder and kasuri methi to make spice mix.
  • Add this spice mix into the cooker, and cook with an open lid for 10-15 minutes on medium-low flame.
  • Add lemon juice and coriander on top. Oil-free rajma is ready to serve! This veg dinner recipe is healthy and tasty! Serve it with rice, or chapati. 

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Bookmark these delicious veg dinner recipes, and try them out one by one, for dinner. You can also add your own twist to these recipes to make them more interesting! 

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20 Jan 2022

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