Indian Curry Main Dish Recipes

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Chef John's Chicken Tikka Masala

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I probably get more requests for Indian food than any other ethnic cuisine, so I was very excited to be posting this recipe for chicken tikka masala; until I found out it's actually a British recipe. This is usually done with heavy cream, but I like to use coconut milk instead; the subtle sweetness it provides works beautifully with the spices in the dish. Serve with steamed rice.
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Palak Paneer Curry

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Palak paneer is an Indian curry with soft cubes of cheese simmered in a mildly spiced spinach gravy. All of the spinach benefits in an easy-to-make and absolutely delicious Indian curry. Serve with hot naan or roti.
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Goan Pork Vindaloo

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The traditional Goan pork dish flavored with chilies, garlic and vinegar. It's spicy and tangy at the same time. Leaves your taste buds tingling for more. Serve with rice or crusty rolls.
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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.
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Instant Pot® Indian Butter Chicken

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This luscious, deeply flavored dish, originally created by a Pakistani food cart vendor in Delhi, is a cinch to make in an Instant Pot®. After an overnight marinade in yogurt and traditional spices, you can use an Instant Pot® to cook every step, from toasting spices to cooking aromatics, to adding the tomatoes and chile. You can even make a batch of basmati rice ahead. This dinner will be such a treat.
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Tamarind Sauce Fish Curry

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Indian-style tangy fish curry. This is famous Chepala Pulusu from Andhra.
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Indian-Style Chicken and Onions

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Amazing Indian recipe that is simple, tasty, and full of flavor. This was the first Indian meal I made, and it has stuck around since all of my friends and family love it! Add more or less chiles depending on your spice preference.
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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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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!
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Indian Chicken Curry II

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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.
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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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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.

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Kashmiri Lamb

"This recipe is fantastic—it has the perfect amount of heat, and the almonds added a nice crunchy texture." – nixonam

Indian Fish Curry

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A very spicy dish. This recipe is inspired by my mother's Bengali fish recipe she used to make in India.