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.
Elevate your weeknight dinner routine by making one of these easy Indian-inspired recipes. We've gathered some of our favorite recipes, including Instant Pot Chicken Curry, the dish that's shown here, Shrimp Tikka Masala, and more. They are simple, delicious, and surprisingly quick to make, making them winners in the world of weeknight dinners.
The recipes here will give you an insight into some of the many facets and techniques of Indian food—it's definitely one of the great cuisines of the world—but we've kept it simple enough that any home chef can recreate the flavors they love from traditional cuisine. If Indian food isn't already part of your regular cooking routine, you'll want to stock your pantry with some essentials. Renowned expert and Indian chef Madhur Jaffrey says there are 10 essential spices necessary for most Indian cooking: dried red chiles, cinnamon sticks, fenugreek seeds, cayenne pepper, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamon, brown mustard seeds, ground turmeric, and asafetida. You'll be able to find these ingredients at most grocery stores and your local Indian grocer.
Kick off your next family dinner by serving homemade tandoori chicken (no tandoor oven needed!) or a tasty spin on the dish like Tandoori-Style Chicken Burgers. Lamb stars deliciously in a multiplicity of Indian dishes, but we suggest trying this recipe for Northern Indian Lamb Meatballs or opting for this rich, melting Lamb Curry. For an easy, healthy vegetarian meal, try Stewed Lentils with Yogurt, Cucumbers, and Green Chiles.
Once you've gotten into cooking these easy-to-make Indian-inspired recipes, be sure to check out the elemental recipes of Indian food expert Madhur Jaffrey.
Chicken with Roasted Coriander in Coconut-Curry Sauce
You have to try this take on dakshini murgh, a southern Indian-style chicken dish packed with flavorful ingredients like coconut milk and roasted fenugreek and coriander seeds.
Sauteed Okra with Coconut and Indian Spices
A quick turn in the skillet and a handful of spices are all you need for super flavorful, tender okra. We go the extra mile with fresh coconut, which adds just the right amount of sweetness, and a squeeze of lime at the end, which brightens the versatile side dish.
Shrimp Tikka Masala
We lighten up this classic curry by swapping in yogurt for the usual heavy cream. You can use chicken breasts instead of shrimp for an equally delicious result.
Stewed Lentils with Yogurt, Cucumbers, and Green Chiles
Simple, affordable, good for you—the list of attributes for this vegetarian dish goes on and on. Serve the flavor-packed lentils over rice with cooling yogurt and a spicy cucumber-cilantro relish.
Tandoori-Marinated Chicken with Cucumber, Lime, and Chiles
Upend your roast chicken routine by going for the tandoori treatment. Rub the bird with a bold mix of spices, onion, and yogurt. You'll enjoy tender, flavorful meat every time.
Serve this rice dish as a side or even a light vegetarian main—it's that good and comes together in just 35 minutes. Curry leaves are the MVP ingredient here—they add an incredible aroma.
Combine lamb shoulder with potatoes, chicken broth, and aromatics and spices in your pressure cooker, and 24 minutes later, you'll be rewarded with a rich, flavorful curry. Magic!
Quick Chicken Curry with Spinach and Peas
Cook once, eat twice! This simple one-pot recipe makes a rich, spicy chicken dinner that's just as delectable the next day for lunch.
Tandoori Chicken Wings
How do you take chicken wings from good to great? Marinate them in garam masala-spiced yogurt, broil, and glaze with mango chutney. Buffalo wings will be a thing of the past after you taste these.
Masala-Spiced Rib-Eye Steaks with Tomato-Okra Relish
Northern Indian Lamb Meatballs
These fluffy lamb meatballs have a sweet surprise on the inside: prunes! Serve with plenty of naan to soak up all that spicy tomato sauce and pickled carrots to cut the richness.
Tandoori Fried Chicken
You've never had fried chicken like this before. Marinated in traditional tandoori flavors and served with cucumber spears and herbed red onions, this bird is undeniably delicious.
Curry is a wonderful cold-weather comfort food, especially when you throw in sweet winter squash like Kabocha or butternut to temper the spice.
Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower
Go for the gold with this sunny supper that flavors plump shrimp and tender cauliflower with curry powder and ginger. It's ready in just 25 minutes.
Spicy Indian Chicken Soup
Move over, chicken noodle! This piquant soup is our new go-to dish for when we've got the sniffles or just need a bowl of something super comforting.
Tandoori-Style Chicken Burgers
Classic tandoori flavors are transformed into juicy chicken burgers. Tuck them into pitas instead of buns and serve with a cooling cumin yogurt sauce and slices of sweet watermelon.
Salmon with Indian Spices
It calls for just a few spices, so you can put together this zesty salmon dish in less than 20 minutes.
Chicken and Pork Seekh Kebabs
Ingredients borrowed from Indian cuisine give far-flung flavors to these kebabs. Naan and a summer-fruit chutney cool the spicy dish.