25 Easy Indian Recipes That Make Delicious Weeknight Dinners, from Curry to Tandoori
Shrimp Tikka Masala
Intimidated by cooking Indian food? Don't be. While there’s always a time and place for ordering takeout, it’s easier than you think (and healthier!) to recreate the Indian flavors you love in your own kitchen. Our best recipes for curry, tandoori, and more are simple, delicious, and surprisingly quick to make.
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.
Chicken with Roasted Coriander in Coconut-Curry Sauce
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.
Tandoori-Marinated Chicken with Cucumber, Lime, and Chiles
Upend your roast chicken routine, go 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 southern Indian-style 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.
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. Ready for more meat-free goodness? Check out the rest of our Vegetarian Recipes That Will Make You Want to Move to India.
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.
Combine lamb shoulder with potatoes, chicken broth, and tons of aromatics and spices in your pressure cooker, and 24 minutes later, you’ll be rewarded with a rich, flavorful curry. Magic!
Masala-Spiced Rib-Eye Steaks with Tomato-Okra Relish
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.
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.
Curry is a wonderful cold-weather comfort food, especially when you throw in sweet winter squash like Kabocha or butternut to temper the spice.
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.
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.
Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Israeli Couscous
Garam masala is an Indian spice mix of black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, and coriander. It will totally change your weeknight chicken game!
Tandoori-Style Chicken Burgers
Classic tandoori flavors are transformed into juicy chicken burgers that everyone will love. 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.
Cinnamon Broiled Chicken with Raita
Sprinkle cinnamon on chicken and serve with raita, a yogurt-based condiment with cumin and cilantro, for a simple-to-make meal.
This crowd-pleasing curry takes shrimp in a fiery new direction.
Make the most tender, flavorful grilled chicken you’ve ever had by immersing it in garam masala-spiked yogurt first. Serve with a crunchy cucumber and onion salad and naan.
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.