Curry Main Dish Recipes

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Chef John's Tandoori Chicken

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Tandoori chicken gets its name from the clay oven it is traditionally cooked in, the tandoor. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and an incredibly complex mix of spices, and then roasted in the extremely hot tandoor oven. Don't worry if you don't have a tandoor clay oven sitting in the backyard; a grill will work just fine.
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Shrimp Red Thai Curry

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This is the quickest and easiest shrimp red Thai curry recipe ever. Great for an impressive dinner party, because it tastes great but hardly takes any time at all (especially if you buy your prawns already peeled). Serve with hot jasmine rice.

Vietnamese Beef And Lettuce Curry

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A delicious mild curry to serve with steamed or boiled rice that's relatively simple to prepare. The use of lettuce in cooked meals is also an interesting novelty for Western tastes used to having it only in salads and buffet dishes.

Egg Curry

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This is a quick solution to a curry when there is no meat or fish. Best eaten hot over white rice. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Thai Chicken Curry with Pineapple

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This chicken curry is made with coconut milk and sweetened with pineapple.

Indian-Style Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

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This is a North Indian style of chicken curry. Serve garnished with sprigs of fresh coriander. If possible, purchase dried red chile peppers or ground red chile powder from an Indian grocery store, instead of using American-style chili powder in this dish.

Channa Masala (Chickpea Curry)

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Fantastic Indian vegetarian curry recipe that I got from my mom. This is great with Indian bread (parathas, naan) or with rice. This is my husband's favorite!

Singapore Noodle Curry Shrimp

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One skillet, and it's dinner!

Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

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This is a really good recipe for spicy Indian chicken curry. It's pretty easy to make and tastes really good!

Jamaican Style Curry Chicken

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This is a recipe that I have put together over some various websites, verbal consultations and just experimenting on my own and with my family. Rich and hearty with a great flavor when you can't get the real thing in the islands. Try a variety of hot peppers to change the flavor - even sweet bell peppers give a different taste. Use fresh thyme to really bring out the fresh taste.

Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce

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A classic curry-stand recipe. This is not haute cuisine; this is the kind of nuclear-orange tikka masala that you crave when you stumble out of a pub at 2 a.m. I make vast quantities of the sauce at one time, and it freezes very well. I also added much more cayenne pepper than 1 teaspoon, but I give out the recipe like this for people who don't like heat.

Red Lentil Curry

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This is a rich and hearty lentil curry, great as a main meal rather than as a side dish like the more traditional Indian dhal. Don't let the ingredient list faze you, this really is an easy dish to make. This dish is great served with basmati rice.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Vindaloo

"Wonderful recipe—very easy to make and full of flavor. Received rave reviews from my husband and kids. Omitted potatoes and served with whole wheat naan." – Cindy

Kashmiri Lamb

"High-end restaurant-style. The sauce was creamy and full of wonderful flavors. Served it with onion kulchas and ginger basmati. Truly a wonderful dish." – Terry Inskip

Indian Shrimp Curry

Rating: Unrated

This is a subtle yet richly flavored curry that complements shrimp perfectly. A very authentic taste, and a very easy meal to prepare when you are in a hurry. Make sure you pop the shrimp tails off before adding to skillet. Serve with rice.