Alert
Close

Last chance – give now. Before 2014 ends, help struggling seniors. Donate

Easy Indian Recipes You Can Make at Home

Taking the mystery out of a delicious cuisine

Vegetable curry with rice, Cookstr Recipes for Easy Indian Dishes (Sue Hiscoe/the food passionates/Corbis)

Vegetable curry with rice is one of many easy Indian recipes you can make at home. — Sue Hiscoe/the food passionates/Corbis

The complex flavors of Indian food might make you consider it a cuisine best left to restaurant chefs, but it's surprisingly easy to re-create some of India's classic dishes in your home kitchen. You'll want to stock up on spices such as cumin, coriander, cardamom, turmeric and ginger, which you'll use in many of the recipes below. And while restaurant Indian food can be high in salt, making these dishes yourself allows you to control the sodium content — always a wonderful benefit of home cooking.

See also: 10 tasty pie recipes for fall

1. Aloo Chokha

by Sanjeev Kapoor

This delectable potato preparation makes use of a flavor combination common in Indian cuisine: coriander, red chile, garlic and cumin. The recipe calls for mustard oil, but it's fine to substitute vegetable oil. You could serve this as a side dish with tandoori chicken or tikka masala.

Per serving: 291 calories, 1g saturated fat, 36g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 5g fiber, 401mg sodium

2. Tandoori Chicken

by Suneeta Vaswani

Tandoori is traditionally made in a tandoor, a clay oven buried in the ground — the Indian version of barbecue. For this recipe the chicken is cooked on a charcoal grill or baked in an oven, after marinating for anywhere from two to 12 hours. It isn't difficult, but it does take time.

Per serving: 195 calories, 2g saturated fat, 4g carbohydrates, 29g protein, 1g fiber, 571mg sodium

3. Vegetable Curry

by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

In the headnote to this recipe, the authors point out that "In Indian cooking, cardamom, cloves, coriander and cumin seeds are all considered 'warming spices' that heat the body from within, making this an excellent winter dish." They're absolutely right: This is a comfort food that's perfect for a chilly night.

Per serving: 185 calories, 1g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 5g fiber, 418mg sodium

4. Sautéed Cauliflower With Anise and Cashews

by Padma Lakshmi

This variation on the traditional Indian dish aloo gobi replaces the potatoes with cashews and the cumin with anise seeds. The result is lighter, with a bit of a crunch.

Per serving: 223 calories, 2g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 4g fiber, 250mg sodium

Next page: 4 more delicious homemade Indian recipes. »

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

SEARCH RECIPES

Enter an ingredient, course or keyword and get cooking!

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Denny's Ranchero Tilapia

Members save 15% all day, every day when dining at participating Denny's restaurants.

Dunkin Donuts

Members get a FREE Donut with purchase of a L or XL beverage at Dunkin' Donuts.

Woman holding smartphone in city, Google map tool

Members can locate discounts via the AARP® Member Advantages Offer Finder mobile app.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

most
popular

Viewed