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 easy Indian recipes are for you. They're flavorful, hearty, healthy, and sure to please. Weeknight dinner inspiration awaits.
Ahead, take a look at 17 of our favorite easy Indian recipes to consider cooking this week.
Tandoori Chicken With Vegetables
This easy Indian recipe for tandoori chicken with vegetables from Foodie Crush can be made in the oven on a single sheet pan. 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
This dish substitutes cauliflower rice for the usual basmati rice and goes well with roasted vegetables. The Minimalist Baker recipe is prepared in just one dish, and 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.
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 prepped, 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 comes 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 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.
Indian Kati Rolls With Curried Cauliflower
In just 30 minutes, 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. Other than that, you'll simply prepare grilled chicken and curry. The rest comes together in a snap—30 minutes to be exact.
You can make a big batch of the Makhni sauce and freeze it for another night to save time.
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. 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. 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.
Garlic Naan Bread
You can't have Indian without naan, and this recipe from A Couple Cooks teaches you how to make it yourself at home. It's brushed with garlic butter for extra flavor and finished with chopped fresh cilantro. Once you taste this, you'll never go back to store-bought!
Indian Baked Eggs
This Half Baked Harvest recipe is a must-have addition to your next Sunday brunch. Eggs are baked in a combination of Indian spices, tomatoes, and coconut milk, then topped with goat cheese and sliced almonds and served with naan. It's a dish that'll please everyone at your breakfast table.
This A Couple Cooks recipe brings a classic Indian dish straight to your kitchen. Masoor dal is made with red lentils, ghee, and turmeric, and it's served on top of garlic bread or naan. Best of all, this meal is healthy, gluten-free, and vegan!
Indian Pumpkin Butter Chickpeas
Try this fall twist on Indian food from Half Baked Harvest. The recipe combines Indian spices with coconut milk, pumpkin, tomato paste, butter, and chickpeas. Everything is served over rice with a side of naan. It's indulgent, but it's fall comfort food at its finest.
Tomato Lime Indian Soup
We're loving this Indian twist on tomato soup from A Couple Cooks. The soup recipe is creamy thanks to plain yogurt and gets some tang from limes. It packs a serious flavor punch from spices like cayenne, cumin, and cardamom. If you're looking for a new soup to add to your rotation, this is it.
Creamy Cashew Indian Butter Paneer
No need to order in—this Half Baked Harvest recipe is better than anything on a menu. Make a creamy cashew Indian butter sauce and mix in some fried paneer. The result is totally indulgent, but you'll be happy to know this is actually a healthier version of the classic dish, so you can eat without guilt!
Instant Pot Basmati Rice
Basmati rice is a staple in Indian cuisine and it goes seamlessly with almost every dish. This A Couple Cooks recipe teaches you how to make prepping it even easier (and quicker!). Simply combine everything in your Instant Pot and it'll be ready to go in 15 minutes or less.