Indian Main Dish Recipes

Curry, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, aloo gobi, and more--Allrecipes has over 440 trusted Indian main dish recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Easy Indian Butter Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 1245
A creamy butter chicken made with fragrant spices and simple ingredients.
By mn

Cholay (Curried Chickpeas)

Rating: 4 stars 78
This is a very flavorful recipe from North India, usually eaten with fried bread like bhatura or puri. I like to serve it over rice for a very filling meal. You can also try it as a quick snack over toasted bread. This recipe is much quicker to make if you use precooked canned beans, but I like to think that the authentic flavor comes from doing it the hard way!

Vegetarian Korma

Rating: 4.5 stars 1674
This is an easy and exotic Indian dish. It's rich, creamy, mildly spiced, and extremely flavorful. Serve with naan and rice.

Curry in a Hurry

Rating: 5 stars 10
This red lentil curry in a hurry is made in a multi-functional pressure cooker and is perfect for a quick and hearty vegetarian meal.

Instant Pot® Chicken Biryani

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Traditional chicken biryani made in an Instant Pot® cuts down on time but not flavor. The rice comes out fluffy and the chicken comes out tender. You can't ask for more. Serve with yogurt raita to complement the spices.

Butternut Squash Coconut Curry

Rating: 4 stars 11
This is a quick and delicious mild-to-medium spicy south Indian stew that is best served over hot white rice.

Reshmi Kebab (Silken Kebabs)

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
This is a traditional Muglai dish prepared in India. It gets its name from the succulence of the meat after prolonged marinating and light braising. Traditionally, chicken, beef or lamb meat is used, but prawns or scallops are good substitutes too for this smooth as silk kebabs. Serve with chatnis (dips made from coconut, cilantro and mint, usually found in Indian grocery stores) or tomato sauce.

Indian Chicken Curry I

Rating: 4.5 stars 220
My friend's father, who is from India, showed me how to make this! It's delicious! Serve with hot cooked rice and veggies if desired; make sure that you do NOT eat the cloves, the flavor is too strong!
By Allrecipes Member

Easy Chicken Madras Recipe

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Takeaways: the great British institution. We love them. In fact, all of us, on average, have 2 takeaways a week. I love them, too. They're delicious, but should be an occasional treat. I love Indian food and I discovered Madras whilst at an Indian restaurant. It comes from a region known as Madras in southern India, which is now modern-day Chennai. This is a perfect swap - with fewer calories! Serve with a big spoonful of basmati rice, yogurt, and a fluffy naan.

Spicy Lentil Quinoa Curry

Rating: 5 stars 14
Lots of flavor packed in this Indian-spiced curry! This recipe is very adaptable and can be made to fit your preferences. You can also change up the veggies you use, alter the amount of spice, etc.

Delicious Chana Masala

Rating: 4.5 stars 51
A delicious dish of chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes! You will love this stuff! I suggest eating this with fresh fried naan.

Indian Style Sheekh Kabab

Rating: 4.5 stars 133
This is a spicy and extremely flavorful recipe which will surely be a hit at any BBQ party.
By Yakuta Rasheed

Inspiration and Ideas

Punjabi Chicken in Thick Gravy
Rating: Unrated 72
"This is one of the best chicken dishes ever. Incredibly flavorful." – Modest Brown
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Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)
Rating: 4.5 stars 1128

This is an easy recipe for Indian chicken curry with just the right amount if spice.