Indian food is so good — but if it's uncharted territory for you, whipping some up at home can seem a little intimidating. Luckily, the best Indian food transpires when you keep things simple. We've got some easy Indian recipes that are perfect for at-home cooks who are curious about the cuisine. Just one bite of any of these dishes, and we promise you'll be a fan.
1. Homemade naan recipe
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Start your meal with this amazing homemade naan bread recipe, made with white whole wheat and yogurt.
2. Indian chickpea fries recipe
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Indian chickpea fries are the perfect Indian appetizer — even better when dipped in a fruity chutney sauce.
3. Vegetable samosas recipe
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Try your hand at making these vegetable samosas, and your guests will love starting their meal with these pockets. Add shrimp or chicken if you'd like to add some protein to this appetizer.
4. Vegan aloo tikki recipe
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Not only are these vegan, but they're gluten-free as well, perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy the classic vegan aloo tikki.
5. Indian mango chutney recipe
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Indian mango chutney is perfect to serve as a dipping sauce or to dollop on grilled chicken.
6. Spinach and onion pakora with green chutney recipe
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Try these spinach and onion pakora with green chutney as a snack before a meal or even as a treat midday. They are wonderfully crispy and delicious.
7. Slow cooker chicken tikka masala recipe
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Let the Crock-Pot do all the cooking in this recipe for slow cooker chicken tikka masala. Serve over rice, and enjoy an Indian meal at home without much effort.
8. Simple coconut chicken curry recipe
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Coconut milk adds a luscious texture to curries, like in this amazing recipe for simple coconut chicken curry served over steamed rice.
Up next: Grilled tandoori chicken
Originally published April 2015. Updated July 2017.
9. Grilled tandoori chicken recipe
Spring is the best time to make grilled tandoori chicken outdoors. It's a delicious spiced dish.
10. Slow cooker butter chicken recipe
Oh, how we love our slow cookers, even during the spring and summer. This recipe for slow cooker butter chicken takes a traditional Indian recipe and re-creates it with modern appliances.
11. 2-Potato vindaloo recipe
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Need a vegetarian dish to bring to the table? This two-potato vindaloo is just the thing.
12. Red lentil dal recipe
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We're loving this gorgeous, colorful, red lentil dal, perfect for cool spring nights.
13. Indian mango lassi recipe
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Indian mango lassi — basically all we want to drink during the hot summer months. Take full advantage of mango season when they are the most flavorful.
14. Cardamom, rosewater and pistachio kulfi recipe
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Cool off with classic Indian ingredients and flavors in this cardamom, rosewater and pistachio kulfi recipe.
15. Indian spiced stew with chicken and potatoes recipe
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Similar to tikka masala and butter chicken, this Indian spiced stew with chicken and potatoes is perfect for cold weather and can be made days ahead of time.
16. Indian sticky chicken recipe
Get the most out of your chicken's flavors with this Indian sticky chicken recipe. It's perfect for the family and easy to make.
Up next: Masala-stuffed okra
17. Masala-stuffed okra recipe
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Try this masala-stuffed okra recipe that can be made using spices and other flavors of your choice.
18. Khaman dhokla recipe
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Khaman dhokla can be eaten for any meal during the day as a side dish or a snack.
19. Baingan bharta (smoky mashed eggplants) recipe
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You can serve this baingan bharta as a side, a dip or as an appetizer. Eat it your own way.
20. Bhelpuri recipe
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Bhelpuri is one of the most popular snacks on the streets of Mumbai, and now you can make it from the comfort of your own home.
21. Spinach and cheese curry (palak paneer) recipe
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This palak paneer dish is great as an appetizer for guests or as a snack during any time of the day.
22. Mango kulfi recipe
Take a break from the spice, and cool down on a hot day with this mango kulfi.
23. Vegetable momos recipe
These vegetable momos are a popular food on the mainland of China but also a popular street food in Northern India. Be sure to try them with some hot sauce.
Additional reporting by Alexi Velasquez