Desi accompaniments as good as the main dish

by Sanjeev Kapoor

You know how your dish is incomplete without namak swad anusar. Similarly, every meal calls for a great side dish to complete it. Accompaniments are not given so much importance as much as the main dish but they deserve all that attention we’re going to give them today. It’s time to realize the fact that just one fun accompaniment can turn a regular meal into a special one. These recipes are not just exciting to make, but incredibly tasty and quick too. But, don’t fill up on these already, because once you start munching, there ain’t no stopping!

Read on and make a note of these exciting side dishes from the khazana of Indian cuisine. These are surely going to add charm to your everyday meals.


Bhindi ki Pachadi

You know like raita is a North Indian favourite, South Indians have pachadi to accompany their fabulous meals. Now, this one’s made with ladyfingers and tastes good with literally everything. The fun part is that it has an exciting tadka in it too! If you have not tried it yet, you need to ASAP.

Fresh Turmeric Chutney

Chutneys are the real player in most of our Indian meals and we don’t even realise it. We have dozens of chutneys from every regional cuisine to pair our meals with. This one’s another delicious pick if you haven’t tried it already. It’s not just flavourful but super healthy since it’s made with fresh turmeric which also happens to be in season. So, go on, make it and enjoy it with any of your favourite meal.

Papad Churi

One of the most loved accompaniments in our Indian cuisine. Presenting you papads in a slightly different avatar! It is very popular in Rajasthan, served with almost every Marwari meal and is also served as a snack quite often. This one is quick, easy and makes for an amazing side dish with khichdi, dal-chawal, pulaos or anything you want to enjoy it with.


This is a very famous accompaniment across Maharashtra. Their favourite flatbread, bhakris are served with this fiery side dish. It is coarsely crushed like chutney but has a thicker texture than the regular chutneys. The main ingredient for Thecha is green chillies. So, if you’re planning on preparing this beauty, make sure to stock up some fresh green chillies before.


Do you also end up in a dilemma when your mom says ‘kaun sa achaar doon?’ If yes, I can relate because, right now, I am in a pickle to pick just the perfect pickle for you. So, I’m giving you a wide range of pickles to choose from this exclusive list. Enjoy a new achaar with your meals every day.

Kachumber Salad

Kachumber means a mix or combination and this accompaniment is also a favourite to us, Indians. It goes well with almost every meal and consists of freshly chopped vegetables and greens. All you need to do is chop ‘em and serve it with a dressing of tamarind water, sugar and red chilli powder. It’s easy, nutritious as well as super delicious!



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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.