Indian cooking is a mixture of different spices and ingredients. Generally, in lunch time, Indians have varieties of dishes in one plate, known as "Thali." The lunch includes rotali (bread), vegetable curry, daal (soup made out of lentils), rice, and other appetizing side dishes. Basically, in Indian cuisine all the curries or daals are prepared with spicy, strong, and flavorful herbs like spices. So, having some cool and fresh side dishes would help in enjoying the flavorful meal at its fullest. These are some of the quick and easy to make delightful and healthy recipes for the sides.

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It is made out of yogurt, which would help in cooling down the fiery effect of curries or daals. The use of cucumber and cilantro would add refreshing effect.



Serves: 4


3 cup of Plain YogurtRaita

1 1/2 cup of Finely Grated Cucumber

1/2 cup of Chopped Cilantro

2 teaspoon of Powdered Mustard Seeds

2 1/2 tablespoon of Sugar

Salt to Taste





- Get the chilled container and pour the plain yogurt in to it.

- Whisk the yogurt until it gets the smooth creamy texture.

- Add the finely grated cucumber and cilantro. Make sure to squeeze out

some of the excessive water from the cucumber before adding in to the


- Add the powdered mustard seeds, sugar and salt as per the taste.

- Gently, mix all these ingredients well.

- Garnish with cilantro and let it chill in the refrigerator before serving

the food.



Tangy Tomato-Onion Salad




The Tangy Tomato-Onion salad would bring out more flavors, colors, and texture to the whole vegetarian meal. The vitamins of tomatoes and onions would surely add the nutritional value to the overall serving of food.



Serves: 4

Ingredients:Tangy Tomato-Onion Salad (29581)

2 cup of Freshly Cut Tomatoes

2 cup of Freshly Cut Onions

2 teaspoon of Cumin Powder

1 1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper Powder

2 tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Salt to Taste




- In one big salad plate, add the freshly cut tomatoes and onions.

- In one small bowl, pour the lemon juice and add the cumin powder, black pepper powder, and salt.

- Whisk all these dry ingredients in to the lemon juice and keep it aside.

- After few minutes, pour this liquid mixture on to the tomatoes and onions.

- Mix it well and keep it in refrigerator until it's ready to serve.

- One can garnish with finely chopped cilantro and green chili pepper.



Mango Chutney




This sweet and sour chutney (sauce) would help in getting some sweet taste while having hot and spicy curries. Green-Unripe Mangoes are needed to make this chutney which might be easily accessible in American Grocery stores too. This chutney is infused with several aromatic spices which would make food more tasteful.



Serves: 4Mango Chutney


2 tablespoon of Oil

2 teaspoon of Whole Cumin Seeds

2 small Dried Red Chili Peppers

2 teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder

2 teaspoon of Clove Powder

1 teaspoon of Black Pepper Powder

2 1/2 cup Sugar

3 1/2 tablespoon of Lemon Juice or Vinegar

2 cup of Unripe Green Mangoes – Small Pieces

Salt to Taste





- Put a saucepan on the medium heat. Add the oil and let it heat up.

- Add the whole cumin seeds and dried red chili peppers.

- Add the powdered cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper.

- Immediately, add the sugar, salt as well as lemon juice or vinegar.

- Let it simmer until it gets thick consistency.

- Add the mango pieces in to the pan and mix all the ingredients together.

- Cover the saucepan with the help of lid and let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until it gets golden brown color.

- Let it cool at room temperature before serving.

Most of the ingredients can be found at American or certainly in Indian grocery store. One can increase/decrease the amount of all the ingredients according to the serving size as well as per their taste. If one has to make food for 2-3 people then take half of the amount or if making for 6-8 people, double the amount of ingredients. These side dishes can be used with other meals too, so don't limit to try out different flavors with regular meal. Enjoy these tasteful, aromatic, and refreshing quick and easy to make side dish recipes at home with family and friends.

Tips & Warnings

If you would like to know more vegetarian recipes and side dishes, then you can check out these articles:

Chutney: Sweet Red and Spicy Green Chutneys (Sauce)

Pumpkins Recipes for Low Fat Healthy Diet

If you would like to know the reason behind how people make food choices, you can check out this article of mine of Info barrel:

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