Main Dish Curry Recipes

Browse more than 500 main-dish curry recipes, from South Asian-style curries to Thai, Japanese, Caribbean, and Anglo-Indian versions.

Staff Picks

Chef John's Tandoori Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars
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.

Shrimp Red Thai Curry

Rating: 3.96 stars
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

Rating: 3.75 stars
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.

Indian Chicken Curry II

Rating: 4.28 stars
This is an adaptation of yellow chicken curry from India. The aromas and flavors are a delight to the senses! It is best served with fresh Naan bread and Jasmine or Basmati rice.

Egg Curry

Rating: 4.21 stars
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.

Weeknight Aloo Gobi Saag

Rating: 4.6 stars
Whenever I am craving Indian food, a golden saag always appears in my mind's eye. Popping mustard and cumin seeds sizzling alongside soft sweet potatoes or cauliflower, adorned with wilted collard greens. Saag dishes are most commonly eaten in the Indian subcontinent in Nepal, Odisha, and West Bengal. It's traditionally served with a maize flour roti, fluffy naan, or chapati in the Punjab region, where it's most commonly eaten.

Indian-Style Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Rating: 4.41 stars
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.

Singapore Noodle Curry Shrimp

Rating: 4.26 stars
One skillet, and it's dinner!

Rajma (Kidney Beans)

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is a typical Punjabi recipe that is enjoyed with rice by all!

Jamaican Curried Goat

Rating: 4.57 stars
He likes it hot, I like it good. We compromise on jalapeno peppers.

Kashmiri Lamb

Rating: 4.61 stars
This recipe has been with me for over 30 years; it was given to me by a Kashmiri guy I shared a house with when I was 17. This is his mum's family recipe. Kashmir's cuisine combines the area's fruits and nuts with the ingredients and the cooking style of the Moghuls. This rich stew makes a marvelous main dish. Serve it with hot steamed rice or crusty breads. This is lovely!

Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

Rating: 4.75 stars
This is a really good recipe for spicy Indian chicken curry. It's pretty easy to make and tastes really good!

Inspiration and Ideas

17 Easy Chicken Curry Dinners from Around the World
The curry flavors are complex, not the preparations.
21 Indian Vegetarian Curry Recipes
Pair any of these Indian curries with rice, naan, or chapati for a winning vegetarian meal.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars

Indian food is one of my favorites, so when my friend made this slow cooker version for my family we were head over heels! I don't think I've had a Butter Chicken that I've liked more. It's wonderful to put into the slow cooker in the morning and come home to the warm Indian spice smell....LOVE IT! Serve with basmati rice and warm naan bread.