Indian-Inspired Recipes

Indian cuisine boasts a long-list of vibrant dishes packed with spices and herbs, many of which are also vegetarian-friendly. Here you'll find Indian-inspired recipes for marinades and condiments, stews, curries, rice, chicken and lamb dishes, and so much more.

Staff Picks

Broccoli-and-Potato "Samosa" Pie

Inspired by Indian samosas, here’s an appetizer to feed a crowd and—most importantly—avoid a vat of oil. Store-bought puff pastry crisps up beautifully in the oven, and a mixture of cumin, mustard seeds, and coriander spices up a basic potato and broccoli filling. The pastry is formed into a long rectangular package so there is plenty of surface area for maximum crunch.


The main ingredient in this good-for-you savory porridge is yellow mung dal, split mung beans that break down and thicken as they cook.

Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala

No cream here! This healthy take on the Indian takeout classic—Chicken Tikka Masala—relies on yogurt for its rich texture. Broiling the chicken thighs before braising gives the meat a hint of smokiness.

Instant Pot Chicken Curry

This instant winner recipe puts a delicious chicken curry on the table in about 30 minutes—as much time as it would take a (speedy) takeout order to be delivered. Made with chicken thighs, warm spices like coriander and cumin seeds, and zippy fresh garlic and ginger, this dish packs a lot of flavor into just one pot. Before starting, put on a pot of fluffy rice to serve on the side, and the whole dinner will be ready at the same time. 

Spicy-Sweet Chicken Wings

Rating: 3.5 stars 20
This great recipe for spicy-sweet chicken wings is courtesy of Suvir Saran and can be found in "American Masala." They make for a delicious appetizer.

Quick Chickpea Curry

Rating: 4 stars 142
This fiber-rich, meatless, and low-sodium meal is delicious with rice or warm whole-wheat pitas.

Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice

Rating: 3.5 stars 179
All you need with this one-pot dish is a quick salad. Toss sliced cucumber and tomato with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Chicken Biryani

Popular throughout India, Pakistan, and the Middle East, this chicken dinner varies depending on the region but typically consists of rice layered with lavishly spiced meat or vegetables. Our take calls for toasting and grinding herbs such as cloves, peppercorns, cardamom, cumin, and coriander for depth of flavor.

Shrimp Tikka Masala

Rating: 3 stars 35
One pot, family-friendly, and under one hour? Sign us up for this flavorful recipe inspired by the Indian-American classic. This recipe can also be made with one pound of sliced skinless chicken breasts. Both variations pair well with a bright and juicy mango chutney.

Spicy Indian Chicken Soup

Rating: 4 stars 17
Onion, ginger, and garlic -- a classic flavor trio in Indian cuisine -- form the base of this soup, which takes on a pleasing spiciness when finished with cumin, coriander, and chile. A squeeze of orange juice adds a touch of natural sweetness.

Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro

One of the world's oldest health foods, lentils are nutritional powerhouses. Their high protein and fiber content steadies blood sugar, staving off hunger. Create this Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro for a tasty and nutritious meal. 

Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

Rating: 4 stars 89
This is a hearty Indian-style stew without meat but chock full of protein.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Easy Indian Recipes That Make Delicious Weeknight Dinners, from Curry to Tandoori
It's easier than you think to recreate the inspiring Indian flavors you love at home. Our recipes for curry, tandoori, and more are delicious and come together fast.
Slow-Cooker Indian-Style Fish Curry
The best part about making curry in a slow cooker? No stirring! Give it a couple of hours to thicken and to let the flavors meld, then add your favorite white fish 20 minutes before serving. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).
Indian-Spiced String Beans
Rating: 3 stars 41

Serve these spicy string beans with our Shrimp in Coconut Curry.