Side dishes are a great way to add flavor, texture, and color to your meals. Adding side dishes to your meal can help you eat more veggies, fiber, and whole grains.
A perfect side dish for chapathi is a must-have in your kitchen. Chapathi is an Indian flatbread that is a staple of Indian cuisine. It goes well with any kind of curry, but it’s especially good with paneer masala, a mild Indian cheese dish. It’s also a great way to use up leftover rice or potatoes!
19 Best Side Dish For Chapathi
1. Palak Dal
Palak Dal is a delicious, creamy lentil soup made with spinach and spices. It’s a vegan Indian dish, full of protein and green nutrients. I like to make this Palak Dal in my Instant Pot or on the stovetop.
2. Palak Tofu
This easy Indian dish is made with tofu and spinach in a creamy sauce flavored with spices. This Palak Tofu recipe will become a staple in your weekly meal planning.
3. Eggplant Curry
Eggplant is a great vegetable to cook within the Instant Pot, it cooks quickly and comes out soft and creamy. This dish is made with potatoes, eggplants, onions, and tomatoes. The flavor comes from a blend of spices and coconut milk which makes it so delicious. This is a simple dish that tastes amazing!
I often make this on busy days when I don’t have much time to cook as it only takes 30 minutes to make. It’s also a great option for meal prep if you want to try out some new Indian flavors.
Instant Pot Rajma
4. Dum Aloo
Dum Aloo is a traditional potato dish that is very popular in Northern India. It is made by cooking the potatoes in a spicy gravy until they get soft and tender. The dish is usually eaten with chapati or naan breads.
Rajma is a popular North Indian curry made from red kidney beans. It tastes best when cooked for a long time over low heat until the beans become soft and mushy. In this recipe, we will be using an Instant Pot to cook our rajma curry in 30 minutes!
6. Chow Chow Kootu
Chow Chow kootu is a simple and delicious curry made with chayote, potatoes, tomatoes and coconut milk. It is a dish from Kerala cuisine. The chow chow kootu can be served with rice, chapathi or even parotta. The best thing about this dish is that you can make it with minimal ingredients. So, if you don’t have many items in your pantry, you can still make this simple and delicious dish.
7. Easy Mushroom Curry
This easy mushroom curry is so easy to make in the Instant Pot! The mushrooms are cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices until they’re tender and full of flavor. Serve over rice or with naan bread.
8. Black Eyed Peas Curry
I’m a huge fan of beans and peas, so I make sure to include them in my diet as often as possible. They’re a great source of protein and fiber, they’re low in calories and they’re super versatile.
Black-eyed peas are easy to cook and can be served on their own or in soups and stews. This recipe is perfect for those who don’t have much time to cook during the week but still want to eat healthy meals at home.
This recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare, so you can have it ready on the table in no time. It’s full of flavor and healthy ingredients like spinach, garlic, and tomatoes that will fill you up without making you feel weighed down afterward!
9. Green Moong Dal
Black Eyed Peas (Lobia) is a legume that is high in protein and fiber. It’s a staple food in India, where it’s cooked with rice or eaten on its own as a snack. It’s also common to use it as a base for dal makhani, which is one of the most popular dishes in Indian cuisine.
This recipe for Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry takes advantage of the Instant Pot’s ability to cook legumes quickly, and it uses spices like garam masala and coriander powder to give them great flavor. You can use this recipe as a side dish for chapathi or as part of an Indian meal with naan and other curries.
10. Potato Masala
Potatoes are a great addition to any meal. This masala is one of the most popular in North India, especially during winters. The best part is that it can be had as a side dish with chapatis or rotis or even rice.
Potatoes are boiled and then fried in oil with cumin seeds, onion, and green chilies. Once they turn golden brown, chopped tomatoes and more spices are added to make this delicious masala.
11. Aloo Matar
Aloo matar is simply potatoes sauteed in oil along with peas and green chilies. In some places, it is also made using mashed potatoes instead of whole ones. This dish is usually served with rotis or parathas but can also be had with rice if you want something light on your stomach after eating a heavy meal!
12. Vegan Butter Chicken
A vegan butter chicken that tastes just as good as the original! It’s made with chickpeas, tomatoes, coconut milk and spices. This recipe is super easy to make and it’s also gluten-free!
13. Cauliflower Masala
This Cauliflower Masala is one of my favorite Indian side dishes. It’s so delicious and flavourful, you won’t even miss the meat! You can serve it with rice or chapathi or just enjoy it on its own as a snack.
14. Black Bean Curry
Black beans are a staple in Brazilian cuisine. The beans are cooked with onion, garlic, tomato puree and spices. This curry is quick to make and goes well with chapathis or parathas.
Gassi is a traditional Maharashtrian dish made with vegetables like brinjal, carrots, bottle gourd/lauki and other seasonal vegetables. It can be made using either fresh or dried red chillies depending on how spicy you want your meal to be.
16. Spinach Dal
This dal is a simple, nutritious and delicious dish. It is made using spinach leaves, which are cooked with lentils and seasoned with spices. This dal can be served with chapathis or parathas.
In a pressure cooker, add the dal, potato and turmeric powder. Add water to it and cook for 5 minutes on high heat. Once the pressure builds up, reduce the heat and cook for another 10 minutes or until both the dal and potatoes are soft. Add salt and garam masala powder now to the cooker. Mix well and switch off the flame. It only 15 minutes time for meal.
17. Potato Capsicum Curry
The combination of potato, capsicum, and onion creates a delicious curry that goes well with chapathis or rice.
This curry is a favorite side dish for chapattis in most Indian households. It is quick to make and very tasty too! The sweetness of the potatoes along with the tangy capsicum is just perfect! This curry goes well as a side dish for chapattis/roti/paratha or even plain rice (it doesn’t have much gravy). It has a subtle flavor of spices which makes it taste awesome with any kind of bread too!
18. Sweet Corn Curry with Coconut Milk
Sweet corn is a vegetable that is commonly used in Indian cuisine. Sweet corn curry is made by sautéing the sweet corn kernels with spices and then adding coconut milk to it. This sweet corn curry tastes heavenly with hot chapathi or poori and also goes well with rice or roti.
19. Cabbage Kofta Curry
Cabbage kofta curry is one of the most popular vegetarian curries in India. Cabbage koftas are prepared from cabbage, carrots, and gram flour (besan). These koftas are deep-fried until golden brown, then boiled in a spicy gravy made from onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, and other spices. This deliciously flavored cabbage kofta curry tastes best when served hot with chapathi or poori
Sweet Corn Curry is a very good side dish for chapathi. It is not only tasty and healthy, but it also has the ability to satisfy all your taste buds. The sweetness in the dish complements the spicyness of the chapathi, and vice versa. This combination makes it a delight to eat.
This can be prepared on special occasions like festivals or parties. It can also be served as an accompaniment with chapathis or rotis during lunch or dinner time.
Other side dishes such as paneer tikka, dahi ke chawal, bhindi sabzi, aloo jeera, palak paneer and so on can also be considered as good options for a chapathi but they take longer to prepare and may not be as healthy as potato wedges.