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What To Serve With Ghee Rice – 27 Side Dishes

This article was updated on the 15th of August 2023 for clarity and to improve text readability.

If you’re wondering what to serve with your ghee rice, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 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, satay sweet potato curry, and coconut curry chicken. You can also serve Kadai vegetables, baked cauliflower, and yellow lentils with crispy squash. But for a more refreshing option, go with cucumber raita or onion and tomato relish.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Egg and peas kurma

When eggs are a staple ingredient in your house (like they are in mine), you’ll find this egg and peas kurma recipe a delight. And if you want to make this heartier, add other vegetables such as carrots and potatoes.

Maria uses fresh coconut cream for this recipe, but one recipe reviewer mentioned they’ve had success with evaporated milk and a splash of water.

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

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Cucumber raita

Cucumber raita is an Indian side dish made from yogurt, cucumber, herbs, and spices. It’s designed to cool down all the spicy dishes you’ve been eating and cleanse your palate to prevent your meal from becoming too heavy.

Panning the Globe’s recipe uses English cucumbers because they have thin skins and fewer seeds, which prevent turning your raita watery. Other varieties like Japanese or Persian cucumbers also share the same properties, so you can use them if they’re what you have on hand.

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Coconut curry chicken

This coconut curry chicken recipe takes the humble curry to the next level.

Liza from Salu-Salo uses a combination of coconut milk, tomato paste, and sauce as the base, creating a robust, creamy sauce that’ll have everyone coming back for seconds. This recipe also has the right amount of heat, making it great even for those who aren’t a fan of spicy food.

Whip up this hearty curry to go with your ghee rice for a warm and filling weekend dinner.

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Kadai vegetables

This dish gets its name from the cooking utensil kadai, where the vegetables are cooked.

It features a medley of sauteed onions, tomatoes, and assorted veggies simmered in a kadai gravy. This vegetable curry has a bold flavor that pairs well with your buttery ghee rice.

Cook, Click, and Devour’s recipe uses cream to make the gravy extra thick, but you can swap it with coconut cream to make this dish vegan.

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Satay sweet potato curry

This sweet potato curry is another dish I love pairing with ghee rice. It’s hearty and delicious, but won’t break the bank. Plus, it’s incredibly nourishing because aside from the sweet potatoes, it’s also loaded with broccolini and chickpeas.

But what makes this curry special is its rich, creamy sauce made from coconut cream, peanut butter, tomato paste, and spices. It boasts a mildly spicy kick, with a warm flavor that feels like a hug in every bite.

And have I mentioned this is vegan too?

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Yellow lentils with crispy squash

Looking for another filling and protein-loaded side dish for your ghee rice? You can’t go wrong with this lentils and squash dish.

It’s big on flavor, thanks to the curry leaves and a medley of spices like cumin, chili powder, garam masala, and turmeric. Plus, the roasted squash adds a lightly crisp bite to contrast the soft texture of your rice.

Recipe creator Kylie garnishes this dish with chopped cilantro for color and extra freshness, but you can skip this if you don’t like cilantro.

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Chunky onion and tomato relish 

This relish recipe is a delicious way to jazz up your ghee rice. It’s tangy, sweet, and delicious.

And the best part? Everything comes together in 25 minutes!

The recipe from Oz Braai uses canned tomatoes, which makes prep work a breeze. But if you have plenty of fresh tomatoes to use up, you’ll need to dice about eight of them for this recipe.

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Roasted vegetables with garlic and herbs

This side dish is excellent for everyday meals. Cooking Classy’s recipe features a blend of potatoes, carrots, and green beans seasoned with garlic and delicious herbs.

But if you have a bunch of lingering veggies in your refrigerator, you can swap 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!

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Sweet and spicy baked cauliflower

This is a fun twist to your regular roasted cauliflower. The florets are first coated in a mixture of maple syrup, sriracha, and seasoning before baking, infusing them with a spicy-sweet flavor.

The Fitchen’s recipe uses two tablespoons of sriracha for this, which brings the right amount of heat. You can easily adjust it if you prefer a spicier kick.

Serve these sticky cauliflower florets over a bed of your ghee rice for a tasty and nourishing meal.

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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 egg and peas kurma
  • 1 portion chunky onion and tomato relish
  • 1 portion sweet potato curry
  • 1 portion yellow lentils with crispy squash
  • 1 portion coconut curry chicken
  • 1 portion sweeet and spicy baked cauliflower … and more


  • 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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