25 Indian Food Recipes to Make Delicious Meals

25 Incredibly Delicious Indian Food Recipes to Spice Up Your Meal Planning


We've all had those cravings for our favorite neighborhood Indian food whether it's the curry, tikka masala, or paneer, samosas, or the tandoori naan. Sure there are options in the frozen food aisle for Indian cuisine but have trying to bring to life Indian food recipes at home can be downright intimidating. Keep calm and curry on because there are plenty of healthy Indian food recipes, including meatless meals, that are easy Indian recipes great for beginners.

Indian Spiced Veggie Burgers

Indian Spiced Veggie Burgers

Spice up dinner tonight with a twist on the classic veggie burger. (via Brit + Co)

Instant No Yeast Naan

Instant No Yeast Naan This improvised meal shows how incorporating a few Indian ingredients into your meals can make them a little more exciting. Mango chutney and curry powder bring to life a simple dish of sautéed shrimp and rice in this recipe. (via Masala & Meatballs; photo via Alanna Taylor-Tobin)

Vegan Chickpea Curry

Vegan Chickpea Curry Loaded with protein, this vegan chickpea curry is mostly made with pantry staples. Throw in fresh or frozen spinach for a pop of green, and you’ve got dinner. (via Brit + Co)

Vegan “Cheesy” Bread With Chickpea Curry Dip

Vegan \u201cCheesy\u201d Bread With Chickpea Curry Dip These comforting, “cheesy” bread pockets will warm you right up, along with the spiced curry dip. (via Brit + Co)

Veggie-Loaded Butter Chicken Curry

Veggie-Loaded Butter Chicken Curry in a top Indian food recipe This lightened up butter chicken curry relies on yogurt instead of coconut cream to make a luscious sauce, and it’s loaded with extra veggies for added nutrients and fiber. (via Drizzle and Dip)

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry Think of this recipe as a guide to help you make a cozy curry in your slow cooker using whatever you have in the fridge. Add sweet or white potatoes, chicken, pork, or lamb, and some green veggies to your slow cooker along with the other ingredients, then serve with a grain or flatbread once it’s done cooking. (via The Real Food Dietitians)

Healthy Indian Food with Carrot Chickpea Curry

Healthy Indian Food with Carrot Chickpea Curry Carrots lend an earthy sweetness to this simple vegan curry made with chickpeas. Serve with fluffy basmati rice to soak up all of the sauce. (via Krumpli)

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala The “slow and low” cooking time helps the spices (garam masala, turmeric, cumin, and chili powder) blossom. (via The Girl on Bloor)

Butter Cauliflower Bowls

Butter Cauliflower Bowls Swap chicken for cauliflower to make a meatless version of this classic dish. (via Damn Delicious)

Vegan Curried Carrot Soup

Vegan Curried Carrot Soup Creamy and fragrant with curry powder and coconut milk, this soup is one of the tastiest ways to use up that bunch of carrots that’s been languishing away in your produce bin. (via Give it Some Thyme)

One-Pot Cauliflower Dal Green Curry

One-Pot Cauliflower Dal Green Curry Moong dal (split mung beans) are simmered in green curry paste and coconut milk to make a one-pot vegan dinner you’ll want to scoop up using as many pieces of naan as you can. (via Minimalist Baker)

Vegetable Biryani With Baked Tofu

Vegetable Biryani With Baked Tofu Biryani is a rice dish that’s spiced with cloves, ginger, and star anise and usually filled with ingredients like cashews and raisins. Here it gets turned into a complete meal thanks to a topping of marinated baked tofu. (via Connoisseurus Veg)

Indian Food Recipe with Coconut Butter Cauliflower

Indian Food Recipe with Coconut Butter Cauliflower Coconut butter is a rich spread that’s made by puréeing coconut flesh until it forms a paste-like texture. Adding a dollop or two to your next vegetable dish thickens the sauce and makes it creamy without needing any dairy. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Homemade Garlic Naan

Homemade Garlic Naan You’ll want to scoop up your curry, dal, and soup with a piece of buttery garlic naan. If you can keep yourself from eating it plain right off the skillet, that is. (via Host the Toast)

Indian Raita

Indian Raita Raita is an Indian condiment made of yogurt, chopped veggies, and herbs. It’s often served with spicy dishes, as the yogurt has cooling properties that can save your tastebuds from the fire of chilies. (via My Food Story)

Tandoori Chicken Patty Sandwiches

Tandoori Chicken Patty Sandwiches Not authentic but inspired by classic tandoori chicken, these sandwiches are loaded with some of your favorite Indian food flavors. (via Host the Toast)

Beef Kofta With Saag Aloo

Beef Kofta With Saag Aloo Beef kofta (juicy spiced meatballs) are simmered in a creamy tandoori paste curry along with potatoes and spinach. (via Kitchen Sanctuary)

Mango Chicken Curry

Mango Chicken Curry Mango curries are all about balance, and this recipe achieves it. (via Sweet Cayenne)

Chicken Tikka Masala Casserole

Chicken Tikka Masala Casserole

Cook up a chicken tikka masala casserole, complete with meat, veggies, and rice, at home for the whole family. (via Fit Foodie Finds)

Red Curry Lentils

Red Curry Lentils Red curry paste quickly transforms red lentils from lackluster legume to lick-the-plate-clean good. (via Pinch of Yum)

Chicken Madras Curry

Chicken Madras Curry Technically a British invention but inspired by the cuisine of southern India, this dish sees chicken cooked in a lightly spiced, slightly tangy tomato sauce. (via A Communal Table)

Indian Recipe with Cauliflower Korma

Cauliflower Korma Cashews are cooked with spices, butter, cream, and chicken stock, then puréed to create a luscious, velvety sauce to fold into roasted cauliflower. (via Simply Delicious Food)

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup Creamy, vegan cauliflower soup is nourishing and comforting. Try it paired with PJs and a rainy day. (via Cookie + Kate)

Thekua Indian Biscuits

Thekua Indian Biscuits

These biscuits, made with grated coconut, jaggery (unrefined sugar), and cardamom, are just what you'll want to eat with your next cup of chai. (via Awesome Cuisine)

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This article has been updated from a previous post published in March 2019.

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