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

Tandoori-Spiced Grilled Chicken

An Indian-inspired entrée that will give you a newfound love for chicken halves. They take on the same juiciness and smoky flavor as a whole or spatchcocked bird, but are much easier to move around the grill. A spiced yogurt marinade tenderizes without turning the meat mushy, so you can slather it on well in advance.

Chicken Curry

Rating: 3.6 stars
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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.

Kitchari

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.

Wild-Salmon Kedgeree

Here's an easy and healthy one-pot dinner with salmon fillets. Stateside there isn't much name recognition for kedgeree, but across the pond it is a beloved dish with Anglo-Indian roots. In this version, basmati rice steams with curry powder, onion, and garlic; halfway through, the salmon is nestled on top to cook with the rice. Garnish bowls with hard-cooked eggs, parsley, and paprika for a weeknight meal.

Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice

Rating: 3.55 stars
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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.

Samosas with Potatoes and Peas

Our homage to the savory Indian pastries calls for a cumin-studded dough and a hearty potato-and-pea filling. Serve fresh out of the fryer with a duo of homemade chutneys.

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. 
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Shrimp Tikka Masala

Rating: 2.91 stars
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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.

Peach Shrikhand

Served as either a refreshing summer dessert or a side dish with puris (puffed whole-wheat flatbread), shrikhand is a quintessential Indian dish. It is typically made with strained full-fat yogurt and mango purée; this version swaps in ripe peaches enlivened with Baraka cardamom ($15, diaspora.com) and Kashmiri saffron ($18, diaspora.com)
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Spicy Indian Chicken Soup

Rating: 4.12 stars
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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.

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).

Chai Tea with Soy Milk

Rating: 4.04 stars
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

20 Easy Indian Recipes That Make Delicious Weeknight Dinners, from Curry to Tandoori

Intimidated by cooking Indian food? While there’s always a time and place for ordering takeout, it’s easier than you think (and healthier!) to recreate the flavors you love at home. Our best recipes for curry, tandoori, and more are oh-so-simple and ready in a flash.

Cacao Cookies

These cookies are flavored with cacao powder, ($24, diaspora.com), which delivers a lighter, more milk-chocolaty flavor than regular cocoa; they'll pair especially well with a steaming cup of chai.