Our 15 Most Popular Indian Recipes
Cooking your favorite Indian dishes at home can be a fun experience. Visit your local Indian grocery store, grab some new spices or ingredients, and tie on your apron. From butter chicken to saag paneer, these are the dishes our readers search for the most often. You can learn to make your own naan, seasoning blends, and even desserts with this helpful collection of recipes.
Indian Chicken Curry
This creamy curry sauce is perfect for cooking chicken in until its fall-apart tender. "I used this recipe when I made curry myself for the first time ever," says Nadia Orawski. "I loved it!"
A leavened flatbread, naan completes any Indian meal. Use it for sopping up sauces, drizzle with chutney, or just eat as-is.
Red Lentil Curry
This vegetarian curry is incredibly thick and rich, thanks to cooked-down red lentils. For serving, spoon over rice or scoop up with flatbreads.
Kheer (Rice Pudding)
Coconut and dairy milk combine for a doubly creamy dessert. "This recipe makes very nice kheer. The coconut milk is a creative addition that really enhanced the flavor," says user annebonannie.
Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)
The ultimate decadent curry, murgh makhani relies on heavy cream and butter for its rich texture. It's extra saucy, so be sure to serve it with a side of naan, rice, or both to soak up the sauce.
Chana Masala (Savory Indian Chick Peas)
You can get curry in a hurry by using canned chickpeas for convenience. As a bonus, this recipe also happens to be vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Indian Style Basmati Rice
By subbing spiced rice for steamed rice, you'll have an even more flavorful meal. "I love this rice!" says heathery. "I am awful at cooking rice and it usually ends up gummy and sticky, but this recipe produced rice like I'd buy in an Indian restaurant."
Gulab jamun are tender pieces of fried dough simmered in a rose water syrup to infuse them with floral flavors.
Indian Tandoori Chicken
By marinating chicken overnight in a spiced yogurt mix, you're sure to have flavor in every bite. If you like, replace the food coloring with a dash of turmeric and a little paprika.
Potatoes, cashews, peas, and peppers lend a world of flavors and textures to this curry dish. Recipe reviewer cwprice says, "A great korma. Just as good as our favorite Indian restaurant makes, and not as heavy."
Indian Chapati Bread
Five ingredients are all you need to whip out these tender Indian flatbreads. A quick trip to the skillet and after thirty seconds on both sides, you'll be rewarded with a delicious side dish.
Easy Garam Masala
Although it's traditionally made from whole spices that are then toasted and blended, this recipe for garam masala relies on pre-ground spices for a quick and easy version.
Authentic Saag Paneer
In this recipe, creamy spinach curry is mixed with paneer (a firm Indian cheese) after being fried until perfectly crisp. "This turned out great!" says user Shelly Davis. "Easily as good as what I've had in many restaurants."
This vegetarian-friendly main dish features potatoes and peas that are cooked down in a spiced tomato sauce until tender.
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