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What To Serve With Ghee Rice – 9 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your ghee rice, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 9 of the most popular side dishes for ghee rice.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes for ghee rice are egg and peas kurma, sweet potato satay curry, and coconut curry chicken. You can also serve Kadai vegetables, baked cauliflower, and yellow lentils with crispy squash. But for a much more refreshing option, go with cucumber raita or onion and tomato relish.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Egg and peas kurma


When egg is a staple ingredient in your house (like it is in mine), you’ll find this egg and peas kurma recipe delightful and easy to make.

Take note that the key flavor in this kurma is in the wet paste.

For a fragrant and creamy textured kurma, make sure to use fresh coconuts.

You can pack this delicious side dish along with your ghee rice to take for work or simply have it at home for dinner.

You may also customize this scrumptious recipe by adding other vegetables to it such as carrots and potatoes.

Cucumber raita


Cucumber raita is an Indian side dish that’s made from yogurt, cucumber, herbs, and spices. 

It cleanses and refreshes the palate. It’s designed to cool down all the spicy dishes you’ve been eating.

Ideally, you should use long seedless cucumbers for this recipe.

However, if you prefer to use cucumber with its skin on, use English or Japanese cucumbers as they have thinner skin compared to Indian cucumbers.

Did I mention that you only need four ingredients and fifteen minutes to get this cucumber raita dip on your plate?

What are you waiting for?

Coconut curry chicken


This coconut curry chicken recipe takes the humble vegetable curry to the next level. It has tons of protein and a strong flavor profile.

Using coconut milk when making the tomato-based curry sauce makes way for a much thicker creamier sauce that’s also less spicy. 

It’s a delicious Monday night-friendly recipe that can help you recover from all your weekend activities. 

Kadai vegetables


Kadai vegetables are made by using a Kadai, an Indian kitchen utensil. 

You’ll enjoy a medley of onions, tomatoes, and assorted veggies seasoned with a unique flavor from ground roasted spices from Kadai masala in India.

This tasty side dish can also be made vegan. Just swap the dairy cream with coconut cream and this will also help to thicken the gravy.

Trust me, this delicious Kadai vegetable recipe is everything you’d want with your delicate ghee rice.

Creamy sweet potato satay curry


Creamy sweet potato satay curry is an easy budget-friendly curry for a family dinner.

It’s both mild and rich so it’s a great accompaniment to your light ghee rice. 

The sauce is the star of the show in this recipe. You can use it as a base for using up any root vegetable you have at your disposal. 

Add a little more color to the side dish by throwing in a handful of leafy greens like kale, spinach, or spring onions.

Yellow lentils with crispy squash


This traditional Indian dish provides a great textural contrast to the softness found in ghee rice.

It’s big on flavor and contains spices like cumin, chili powder, garam masala, and turmeric.

It’s simple but impactful. And it’s also a great source of fiber.

You can serve yellow lentils with crispy squash with a bit of cilantro on top for a fresh pop of flavor.

Chunky onion and tomato relish 


This relish recipe is tangy, sweet, and delicious. 

It only takes about 15 minutes to make and you can keep it refrigerated for up to a couple weeks.

It’s a delicious way to jazz up your ghee rice.

The great thing about this chunky onion and tomato relish recipe is you can use any variety or color of ripe tomatoes.

And for the onions, you have options of yellow, mild red, and even shallots.

This is a bright colorful side dish you should definitely try!

Roasted vegetables with garlic and herbs


Oven-roasted vegetables are versatile and easy to make.

This simple veggie blend consists of potatoes, carrots, and green beans that are seasoned with garlic and delicious herbs.

If you have a bunch of lingering veggies in your refrigerator, you can swap out some of the vegetables in the recipe, roast them and pair them with your ghee rice. 

Think of it as a basic clean-out-the-fridge type of meal.

This side dish roasted garlic and herb veggies recipe is excellent for everyday meals.

Sweet and spicy baked cauliflower


Sweet and spicy baked cauliflower is a fun twist to your ordinary cauliflower florets.

This oven-roasted side dish is tossed in sweet and sour marinade making it the perfect topping or side dish over our flavorful Indian rice.

It’s also gluten-free.

It’s great for lunch and dinner any day of the week.

Plus you can easily prepare this delicious recipe in 30 minutes.

The best side dishes for ghee rice

  • Egg and Peas Kurma
  • Cucumber Raita
  • Coconut curry chicken
  • Kadai vegetables
  • Creamy sweet potato satay curry
  • Yellow lentils with crispy squash
  • Chunky onion and tomato relish
  • Roasted vegetables with garlic and herbs
  • Sweet and spicy baked cauliflower

What To Serve With Ghee Rice

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your ghee rice.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: ghee rice side dishes, what to serve with ghee rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 360kcal


  • 1 portion ghee rice


  • Prepare your ghee rice according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: egg and peas kurma, cucumber raita, coconut curry chicken, Kadai vegetables, creamy sweet potato satay curry, yellow lentils with crispy squash, chunky onion and tomato relish, roasted vegetables with garlic and herbs, and sweet and spicy baked cauliflower.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 360kcal

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