Sure, you can order in Indian take-out or dine at an Indian restaurant any time, but you can also make dishes inspired by the cuisine from the comfort of your own home. If you've yet to try your hand at cooking this flavorful type of food for yourself, it's not nearly as intimidating as it might seem. In fact, there are so many easy Indian recipes you can make for yourself or for a crowd. Many of them won't even take longer than an hour to prepare and some can even be made in a single pot, sheet pan, or slow cooker.
Whether you frequently prepare Indian-inspired dishes at home or if you're thinking about trying something new for the first time, these recipes are for you. Make everything from tandoori chicken with vegetables and Badami paneer to chicken tikka masala and Kati rolls. Ahead, take a look at 10 positively mouthwatering easy Indian recipes to consider cooking this week. They're flavorful, hearty, healthy, and sure to please. Weeknight dinner inspiration awaits.
Tandoori Chicken with Vegetables
This easy Indian recipe is for tandoori chicken with vegetables and can be made in the oven on a single sheet pan. From the food blog Foodie Crush, it's a simple, reimagined version of the traditional dish typically made in a clay oven. Simply marinate boneless, skinless, chicken thighs before baking on a pan with your choice of vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, or butternut squash. You'll need to carve out an hour to let the chicken marinate, but other than that, the recipe calls for just 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cook time.
Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower
If you're looking for a vegan dish that's bursting with traditional Indian flavors, look no further than this coconut butter cauliflower recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Cauliflower replaces the traditional chicken and instead of heavy cream and butter, you'll use coconut milk and coconut oil to produce a similarly creamy and rich meal with far fewer calories. With basic ingredients and just 30 minutes of cook time, there's no reason to order in.
Cauliflower Rice Kitchari
A one-pot Indian recipe inspired by the traditional Ayurvedic dish Kitchari, this dish substitutes cauliflower rice for the usual basmati rice and goes well with roasted vegetables or more grains. The traditional dish is typically made for someone who's not feeling well and this version from Minimalist Baker would make for a comforting dinner when you're feeling under the weather. Prepared in just one dish, you'll need serrano peppers, diced tomatoes, cauliflower rice, and plenty of flavorful seasonings. Serve up the hearty, healing food with roasted beets, sweet potatoes, and cilantro.
For the uninitiated, Badami paneer combines curry, a type of Indian cheese, and almond gravy for a soothing, rich dish that's sure to impress. This recipe from Playful Cooking calls for almonds—you'll need to soak them in water and peel of the skin—bite-size chunks of paneer, onion, tomato, and extra flavor from ingredients like fennel seeds, cloves, coriander, and turmeric. When it's all prepared, the easy Indian recipe takes just 20 minutes to cook.
Slow Cooker Potato and Cauliflower Curry
What could be easier than an Indian-inspired recipe that all come together in a slow cooker? This potato and cauliflower curry from Half Baked Harvest practically cooks itself. All you'll have to do is toss the yummy ingredients into the slow cooker and wait. It calls for Thai red curry paste, coconut milk, vegetable broth, soy sauce, pomegranate molasses, potatoes, cauliflower, spinach, and a variety of spices. With just 10 minutes of prep before you let the dish sit in the slow cooker for five hours, this Indian recipe is almost too easy.
Indian Kati Rolls with Curried Cauliflower
In just a half hour, you can make Kati rolls with curried cauliflower, an easy Indian recipe from Salt & Wind. The vegetarian meal is essentially the Indian version of a burrito. It calls for ingredients like cauliflower, red-skinned potatoes, baby peas, yellow onion, serrano chile, and spices all rolled up in soft flatbreads. You can use anything from roti or naan to lavash or tortillas to wrap together your creation.
Chicken Tikka Masala
You can make one of the most popular Indian dishes—chicken tikka masala—for dinner tonight with this easy recipe from Playful Cooking. The most challenging part of preparing the meal is making the Makhni sauce. Although it calls for many ingredients, you can make a big batch of it and freeze it for later. Other than that, you'll simply prepare grilled chicken and curry. The rest comes together in a snap—30 minutes to be exact.
Indian Butter Chicken
In order to make this easy Indian butter chicken created by The Modern Proper, you'll start by marinating chicken breast in Greek yogurt. This makes the chicken extra tender. Then you'll add seasonings like tikka masala and ginger before letting the chicken sit some more. Use a dutch oven to finish off the meat by melting on a buttery yogurt spread and even more spices. The result is a healthy, easy Indian-inspired meal. Serve the chicken over rice and with a side of naan.
Spiced Lamb Biryani Rice Dish
With less than an hour of hands-on time, this easy Indian recipe for spiced lamb biryani rice from Salt & Wind deserves a spot in your usual recipe rotation. The dish combines basmati rice, spices, and meat for a hearty and warming meal. You'll need lamb, papaya, Greek yogurt, onion, basmati rice, chicken or vegetable broth, clarified butter, and flavorful add-ins like coriander, cloves, garlic, and cardamom pods. Top the finished dish with fresh herbs for an aromatic dinner that's not short on flavor.
Tikka Masala Soup
This tikka masala soup is inspired by the traditional Indian dish. Thanks to The Modern Proper, this variation is as comforting as it is Whole30-friendly. It's a creamy, hearty soup that's bursting with flavors and perfect for a cold winter's night. You'll need shredded rotisserie chickens, coconut cream, crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, onion, and seasonings like cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon. It's comfort food with a healthy twist.