Best Dinner Recipes Indian

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Are you seeking out the best dinner recipes indian for yourself or for someone in your family such as grandma, mom or sister? If so, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this post. Let us briefly look at the benefits that indian dishes add to our lives.

What type of dinner is required for Weight Loss?

So exactly what to eat at night to lose weight, if you are on a Strict low calorie diet and eating every 2 hours like the Diet I follow, then you have already taken enough nutrition and calories in day time. So now it is time for a light meal, which will help you to maintain your metabolism and nutrition for body development during night time, and let your body burn excess fat, which will compensate for the required calories.

If you eat just 3 times in a day and just want to lose weight with 3 meals a day, then you can eat 400-500 calories in dinner and those calories should have 50% Carbs, 20% Protein,30% fat and around 8 grams Fiber. So your body gets enough protein for development process during night. Fiber maintains your digestion and metabolism, and carbs prevent you from late night snacking.

Is Skipping dinner good for weight loss?

As per our prior discussions, I have mentioned many a times that skipping meals is not beneficial to the health, especially when you are trying to lose weight. Skipping meals can make you hungry, which leads you to binge- eating, and you end up eating more. It also slows down your metabolism, which lowers the weight loss process as well, as you end up burning fewer calories.

Low calorie intake would risk your health as well, and you would be drained out of energy to exercise. Few studies suggest that skipping dinner is good but as per my 28kilo weight loss experience, I feel a light dinner meal is better and necessary.

FOR STRICT LOW CALORIE WEIGHT LOSS DIET

1. Vegetable Soup Recipe

 How does This Help in weight loss?
This dinner food consists of whole vegetables, which as we all know, are quite nutritious and help in losing weight as well. The ingredients in the soup work individually in losing weight. For instance, potatoes are full of fiber which keeps you full for a long time and help in avoid cravings. Capsicum has 0 g of fat and essential vitamins and minerals, and beans are loaded with protein, which help in building muscles and burning fat.

Other vegetables such as cauliflower, carrot and peas are low in calories and loaded with fiber, which is again useful for weight loss. Black pepper helps in eliminating the formation of new fat cells and increases metabolism.

Ingredients

  • 750 ml water
  • 1 potato
  • ¼ cup peas
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup sweet corn kernels
  • ½ cup chopped cauliflower
  • 4 chopped french beans
  • ½ chopped capsicum
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Preparation
Heat 750 ml water in a pan and add 1 chopped potato. Cover it with a lid and let it boil for a while. After the potato is half cooked, add ¼ cup peas and 1 chopped carrot. Let it boil for 3- 4 mins again.

Add sweet corn kernels, chopped cauliflower, french beans and capsicum to it. Add salt, oregano and black pepper powder. Mash the vegetables using a blender and add olive oil to it. Let it boil for 3- 4 mins and serve this food hot.

2. Chia Seeds lemon Drink

Weight Loss Benefit – This is the best food to eat at night to lose weight.  As Chia seeds are enriched with fiber content, almost 10 grams per 2 tbsp, which helps in keeping you full and does not allow cravings.

It also comprises of an essential component known as leptin, which is useful in reducing your appetite and does not let you exceed the daily caloric intake. Apart from that, chia seeds and lemons are also useful in detoxification of the body and hence burning fat.

Ingredients

  • 1 table spoon chia seeds
  • 1 glass of water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Black salt to taste 

Easy Dinner Recipe
Firstly, soak 1 tbsp of chia seeds in one glass water for at least 1 hour. The glass will would be full of chia seeds. Add lemon juice or salt to taste and stir well and drink it.

3. Bottleguard Juice (My Favorite dinner diet)

Weight Loss Benefit – Lauki is almost entirely made up of water, which is around 96% of water content. It has a low calorie count and is rich in protein, which is helpful in building and toning muscles.

It helps in increasing your metabolic rate, which is useful in burning calories at a faster pace. Bottle gourd is also rich in antioxidants and thus helps in eliminating toxins out of the body.

Ingredients

  • 30 gm ghiya roughly chopped
  • 1 tomato  chopped
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing
  • 5-6 black paper crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • Ginger a small piece chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp oil

Recipe
Firstly, take a pressure cooker and add oil in it. Saute cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves , black paper, garlic and finally tomato for 1 min and then add ghiya and salt at the last .

Put the lid on the pressure cooker and take 2 Whistles. Turn off the flame and while all pressure releases, take off the lid and allow it to cool down a little bit. Now, blend it in a smooth mixture, and drink it warm.

4. Vegetable Spinach Salad

How does this salad help in weight loss?
As we all know, spinach is one of the most nutritious food items in the list of vegetables. This salad is a combination of a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber, cabbage, spring onions and spinach.

This salad is low in calories and is full of fiber, which helps you to keep full and does not increase your caloric count. These vegetables are also rich in antioxidants, which helps in detoxification of the body and thus burns fat. Plus, they are rich in protein content as well.

Ingredients

  • ½ bunch of regular or baby spinach
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 1 medium sized cucumber
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped spring onions
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Preparation
Boil the spinach for 2- 3 mins before adding it in your salad, or you can also shred it in tiny pieces after proper washing if you wish to consume it raw. Mix all the chopped vegetables together and add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

5. Oatmeal – Satisfying dinner recipe

How does it help in weight loss?
As compared to other grains, oats have a very less calorie count and are loaded with fiber. Having just one bowl of oatmeal for dinner can count for 166 calories, which is very less compared to other grains. Fiber content will not let you binge eat on late night snacks and thus help you control your caloric count. All in all, oats are a great ingredient for losing weight.

Spicy – Fiber rich Oats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of oats (I used quaker oats)
  • 2 ½  cup of water
  • 1 ½ cup of chopped vegetables (carrot, peas , beans, bell pepper, cabbage etc)
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium sized finally chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ginger finely chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon hing
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 10-15 peanuts roasted and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder( dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • salt to test
  • Pinch of garam masala (optional)
  • 1 tables spoon finely chopped coriander (dhaniya patta)
  • 2 teaspoon oil

Indian Recipe
Take oil in a pan and saute cumin seeds and hing for a min. Add curry leaves ,chilies , onion, ginger and saute for another 10 seconds. Add chopped vegetables and cook for 1 min. Now add tomato and cook for another 1 min.

Next add spices like dhaniya powder, haldi and salt. Now, add water and take a boil. Next, add oats. Now cook oats for 4-5 mins and add crushed peanuts. Finally cook for 1 min. Garnish with dhaniya patta.

6. Boiled Vegetables

Weight loss Benefits – One of the best dinner food for weight loss. We have heard that eating raw vegetables for weight loss is more beneficial but let me tell you, boiling and steaming them before consumption helps a lot.

Firstly, steaming them can help you from frying or grilling them, which in turn does not let you consume oil and thus saves calories. This method also helps in conserving all nutrients and increasing the antioxidants in the vegetables, which can accelerate your weight loss process.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup chopped cauliflower
  • ½ cup chopped french beans
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • ½ cup chopped capsicum
  • 1.5 – 2 liters of water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method
Heat the water in a deep saucepan, add salt and let it boil for a while. Salt helps in preserving nutrients, making them tastier and brings the water to boil rapidly. You can also use a steamer for the process of boiling the vegetables.

Add the vegetables in the pan and let them cook for around 2 minutes. Insert a fork and check the tenderness. If they are cooked, shock the vegetables by putting them in ice cold water to preserve flavor and to avoid overcooking. Add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste in this dinner food.

7. Pumpkin Soup

weight loss Benefit –  Many people do not prefer pumpkin due to its taste but this food is quite useful in losing weight. It is rich in fiber content and can help in keeping you satiated for long. It is also extremely low in calories, around 26 calories per 100 grams, and helps you to sleep well in night due to its sleep inducing properties, and hence reducing weight.

Ingredients

  • 1 bowl grated onions
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt, red chili powder and pepper powder to taste

Preparation
Heat some olive oil in a pan. Add grated onions to it and cook until it turns golden brown. Add the remaining ingredients, cauliflower, pumpkin and ginger and add salt, red chili powder and black pepper powder to it. Cook for a few minutes until it begins to boil. Serve hot.

Note – These Recipes are according to 2-3 peoples, select your portion according to your daily caloric intake.  Also No need to use all ingredients, they are just for suggestion to increase recipe’s weight loss property and taste.

Creating an Indian Food Menu

Friends and blog readers often ask me what dishes to pair together when creating a menu. While there are no set rules, I typically aim to serve dishes that differ in taste and texture. I pair a “wet” dish (e.g., Butter Chicken) with a “dry” dish (e.g., Corn Kadai). And I also try to include a good variety of vegetarian and non-veg.

Take a look at my sample menus below, and feel free to switch recipes out! Check out all of my Indian Recipes and all of my Instant Pot Recipes. Nearly all of the recipe suggestions in my sample menus are Instant Pot recipes because they are easy to make and perfect for parties!

Snacks/Appetizers

Before I get into what to serve for lunch or dinner, I want to talk about snacks. Depending on the type of event you’re planning, you might want to have some snacks. If you’re having a small dinner with a few friends, you can skip this part. But if you’re having a party with several guests, you’ll want to include snacks.

It’s very common during “Indian parties” to serve a few different appetizers. This way, you have food ready for friends to munch as soon as they arrive. They can enjoy the snacks while you wait for all of your guests to arrive.

I personally love having a table filled with a few appetizers – at least two vegetarian and one non-veg. I think snacking on apps is the most fun time during a party because you get to walk around and socialize between bites.

Here are some ideas for snack and appetizers:

  • Lazy Tikki
  • Dhokla (savory chickpea flour cake)
  • Samosas with chutney (store-bought samosas with homemade Chutney)
  • Pani Puri (made with chickpeas and potatoes and store-bought puris. I’ll also sometimes serve chutney on the side (amchur chutneytamarind date chutneytamarind chutney, and green chutney)
  • Chicken Bhuna
  • Kerala Meat Cutlets
  • Chickpea Sundal
  • Black-Eyed Pea Chaat
  • Stuffed Aloo Tikki
  • Sweet Potato Tikki
  • Khandvi

Lunch and Dinner

Serve the following with each menu listed below:

  • Plain Basmati Rice or Matar Pulao or Jeera Rice
  • Naan (when organizing a lunch or dinner party, I serve naan that I buy from Costco or Trader Joe’s)
  • Salad
  • Raita (yogurt thinned out with a little water, salt, and roasted cumin powder)
    • Try my simple Beetroot Raita
  • Pickles or Chutney (I always have a jar of achaar in the pantry/fridge at all times)
  • Indian Pickled Onions

Here are Several Sample Menu Plans:

Lunch Party Menu (as pictured in the very top photo of me standing by my kitchen island)

This is the menu from the photo above of me standing next to several dishes. On the day this photo was taken, we had around 12 adults and 11 kids at our place, and so I doubled all the recipes below in my 6 quart Instant Pot. We had a good amount of leftovers (except for the butter chicken). Everyone finished all the snacks I mentioned in the snack section, so if you’re not going to serve snacks, you likely won’t have leftovers.

  • Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)
  • Keema
  • Vegetable Korma
  • Langar Dal
  • Aloo Beans (Punjabi Potatoes and Green Beans)

(For this particular event, I prepped/cooked everything needed for the snacks as well as the butter chicken, keema, and langar dal the day before. I cooked the korma, aloo beans, and matar pulao the morning of the party).

Fancy Dinner Party Menu

  • Chicken Biryani
  • Paneer Onion Masala Stir-fry or Paneer Butter Masala
  • Corn Kadai or Tangy Tomato and Fresh Corn Soup
  • Spiced Buttery Lentils (Dal Makhani)
  • Potato and Eggplant in Pickling Spices (Achari Aloo Baingan) or Vegetable Korma (though I wouldn’t serve the korma if you are serving the paneer butter masala)
  • Mango Cheesecake or Kheer (Creamy Cardamom Rice Pudding)

Fancy Dinner Party Menu (All Vegetarian)

  • Egg Biryani
  • Vegetable Korma or Butter Chickpeas
  • Corn Kadai or Aloo Methi
  • Spiced Buttery Lentils (Dal Makhani)
  • Indian Cheesecake or Sweet Saffron Fruit and Nut Rice (Meethe Chawal)

Holiday Menu

See all Indian Holiday Recipes here.

  • Tandoori Whole Chicken with Potato Curry
  • Green Bean Thoran
  • Corn Kadai
  • Pumpkin Dal
  • Masala Chai Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato Halwa

Holiday Menu 2

See all Indian Holiday Recipes here.

  • Murgh Musallam
  • Aloo Beans OR Aloo Methi OR Arbi
  • Mushroom Do Pyaza
  • Tangy Tomato and Fresh Corn Soup OR Corn Kadai
  • Masala Chai Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato Halwa

Weeknight Menu

  • Spiced Ground Meat and Rice (Keema Pulao)
  • Yellow Lentils with Spinach (Dal Palak) or Langar Dal
  • Cabbage and Peas or Potatoes and Cauliflower (Aloo Gobi) or Aloo Beans (Punjabi Potatoes and Green Beans)

Vegan Menu

*substitute ghee with coconut oil and heavy cream with full-fat canned coconut milk

  • Vegetable Korma
  • Masala Dal
  • Potato and Eggplant in Pickling Spices (Achari Aloo Baingan) or Aloo Methi
  • Carrot Pudding (Gajar ka Halwa)

Vegetarian Menu

  • Masala Egg Roast (Nadan Mutta Roast)
  • Lentils in Coconut Curry (Kerala Parippu)
  • Mushrooms in an Onion Gravy (Mushroom Do Pyaza)
  • Moong Dal Halwa or Sweet Potato Halwa

Keralite Menu

  • Kerala Beef Fry (Erachi Ularthiyathu) or Goat Pepper Fry
  • Coconut Rice
  • Beet Stir-fry (Beet Thoran)
  • Mixed Vegetables in Yogurt Sauce (Avial)
  • Sweet Lentils in Coconut Milk (Moong Dal Payasam)

Punjabi Menu

  • Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)
  • Spiced Chickpea Curry (Chole/Chana Masala)
  • Potatoes and Cauliflower (Aloo Gobi) or Potato and Eggplant in Pickling Spices (Achari Aloo Baingan)
  • Spiced Buttery Greens (Saag)
  • Carrot Pudding (Gajar ka Halwa)

Brunch Menu

  • Poha
  • Steamed Rice Cakes (idli) or Crispy Crepes (Dosa) with aloo masala for Dosa (recipe hopefully coming soon)
  • Split Pea & Vegetable Soup (Sambar)
  • Spiced Brown Chickpeas (Sookha Kala Chana Masala)
  • Sweet Saffron Fruit and Nut Rice (Meethe Chawal) or Moong Dal Halwa
  • Masala Chai/Chai for a Party & Stovetop Chai

Easy Diet Dinner Recipes for Everyday normal Indian Lifestyle

  • Multigrain Roti + 1 Medium bowl Low fat yogurt and 1 plate Salad ½ an hour before dinner or 2 Missi Roti

Roti North India’s Staple food. Multigrain roti consists of whole grains such as oats, barley and bajra/makka, which are full of fiber and keep you full, within a small calorie range. Low fat curd also keeps your stomach full and cuts belly fat. Salad consists of vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber and capsicum which are low in calories and keep you full for long.  That makes a complete weight loss dinner.

Missi roti is made up of whole wheat flour and besan flour, which keeps you satiated and within a low caloric diet range.

  • Brown rice with 1 Bowl Mixed Vegetable/1 Small Bowl Dal + 1 glass milk

Brown rice is rich in healthy carbohydrates which helps in increasing your metabolic rate and thus burns fat. Vegetables again keep you full and within low calories. Dal is loaded with protein content, which helps in building lean muscles and thus good for weight loss. Milk is rich in calcium and keeps you full for long.

  • 1 small bowl Tomato soup with stir-fried veggies as toppings. Drink a glass of buttermilk.

Tomato soup is a low calorie dish and tomatoes are known as low density food items, which keep you full and are extremely low in calories. Buttermilk is again a low calorie food item, which fills you fast, and is extremely low in fat as well.

  • 2 Wheat Roti + ½ Bowl Mix Veg/1 Small Bowl Dal + 1 glass milk

Wheat roti is loaded with carbohydrates, which keeps you full for long and gives you energy to exercise more. The weight loss benefits of vegetables, dal and milk are discussed as above.

  • 1 Wheat Roti + 1 Serving brown Jeera Rice + Boied Vegetable with Spices

Roti as mentioned above, provides you with energy. Brown rice increases metabolic rate and spices give thermogenic properties, which burns more calories.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q . What should you eat before dinner to consume fewer calories?

Ans. For Weight loss, you should consume fewer calories, and the most effective way for the same is to eat 1 plate salad just ½ an hour before dinner. Usually, A salad comprising of cucumbers and tomatoes is the best dinner option as it is low in calories and has essential nutrients.  I have listed many other vegetable and fruit Salad options, you can view them here.

Q . Is there any Best Time to have Dinner for weight watchers?

Ans . For Weight loss, It is best to eat before 7.30 pm or at least 3 hours before sleeping. One study shows, if you eat dinner before 7, you will end up eating 248 calories less then late eaters. But In India, Many people reach office after 8, So remember to give at least a 2- hour gap in sleeping and dinner. Also, the most important thing is to avoid late night Binging.

Q . How Many Calories should you have in Dinner?

Ans . People like me who are following a Strict Low calorie diet plan, should consume nutritious liquid during dinner, as they would have already taken most of the calories in day time, in accordance to their daily calorie limit. For weight loss, the normal rule is that dinner should be below 25% of total daily calorie limit, which means that For Easy Dieters, Max 300 calories are fine. And For simple healthy diet, you should not eat more than 500 calories.

Q . How to Avoid late night snacking after dinner?

Ans . Firstly, you need to understand the reason behind Late-night snacking. For instance, you might be eating less during the day due to high work load or strict diet plan, and due to this you become extremely hungry at night.

Or you are facing mood trouble, like Stress, sadness or frustration, which also leads to late night snacking. To fix this, you need to follow a proper healthy meal plan and add Protein in every meal, which can reduce cravings up to 60%. Try to release stress and sleep better at night.

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