Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, samosas: Sure, we're all pros at ordering these absolutely delicious, mouthwatering dishes at any Indian food restaurant. But many of us wouldn't dare attempt making them at home. And why would you when you can leave it to the pros?
Little did you know, it's actually very possible to whip up Indian dishes at home. The key is to keep things simple — and start with any of these easy Indian recipes, perfect for at-home cooks curious about the cuisine.
1. Homemade naan recipe
Start your meal with this amazing homemade naan bread recipe, made with white whole wheat and yogurt.
2. Indian chickpea fries recipe
Indian chickpea fries are the perfect Indian appetizer — even better when dipped in a fruity chutney sauce.
3. Vegetable samosas recipe
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
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
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
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
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
Coconut milk adds a luscious texture to curries, like in this amazing recipe for simple coconut chicken curry served over steamed rice.
Next: Grilled tandoori chicken
A version of this article was originally published in April 2015.