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

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.

Golden Dal with Gingered Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes mingle with ginger, shallots, and cumin atop this Indian-inspired red-lentil stew spiced with sunny turmeric.

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. 

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.


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.

Lamb Koftas with Cucumber Raita

Soothing cucumber and mint raita complements ground-lamb koftas with Indianspices.

Quick Chickpea Curry

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

Indian-Spiced String Beans

Rating: 3 stars 41
Serve these spicy string beans with our Shrimp in Coconut Curry.

Quick Spiced Shrimp with Garam Masala

Transform marinara into an Indian-style simmer sauce for shrimp with the help of garam masala, fresh ginger, and scallions. Serve atop steamed couscous for a quick yet satisfying weeknight dinner.

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.

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).

Quick Curried Lentils in Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 1
In this Indian-inspired vegetarian main, top-notch jarred tomato sauce and canned lentils save hours of work. When chosen well, jarred tomato sauce can rival your own. The best ones include tomatoes and seasonings but are free of preservatives, sugar, and corn syrup.

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.
Chicken Curry
Rating: Unrated 1258
The slow cooker does the heavy lifting here when it's time for dinner. All you have to do is assemble this hearty coconut milk-based curry, which takes just 10 minutes.
Chai Tea with Soy Milk
Rating: 4 stars 23

Chai tea has been a favorite refreshment in India for centuries. Essentially a blend of tea, ground spices, honey, and milk, it can be enjoyed hot or cold. Our version, which replaces cow's milk with soy milk, is served hot.