10 Easy Indian-Inspired Recipes

These chicken recipes, vegetarian dishes, and popular curries are full of pleasing ingredients such as cardamom, coconut, lentils, and nuts. We show you how to make Indian food that's approachable and delicious.

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Indian-Style Lamb Curry

    Apple juice, curry powder, ginger, and golden raisins give this scrumptious lamb-and-veggie-filled casserole spicy-sweet flavor.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Naan Bread

    This chewy Indian flat bread is perfect for sopping up flavorful sauces and juices.

Serving size: 8 naan rounds
Prep   30 mins 
Rise  1 hr 
Bake   3 mins  475°F 
Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

    With pantry-ready ingredients such as garbanzo beans, canned tomatoes, and chicken broth, this slow cooker supper is a snap to make.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Slow Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high)
Ginger Curry Chicken with Lentils and Leeks

    All by itself, the cooking liquid -- chicken broth flavored with ginger, oranges, and leeks -- would be a great soup. Chicken and lentils make it a meal.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   55 mins  to 1 hr 
Cardamom Tea Cookies

    Fill the house with an exotic aroma: These rich and buttery sugar cookies get an Indian twist with cardamom spice.

Serving size: 44 cookies
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  1 hr 
Cool   1 min 
Apricot-Custard Pie

    Ginger, cardamom, and apricot preserves flavor the creamy filling of this luxurious pie.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   52 mins  450°F 
South Indian-Style Macaroni and Cheese

    Spiced with turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper, this crowd-pleaser features peas, bread crumbs, and two different kinds of cheese.

Makes: 6 servings
Bake   25 mins  to  30 mins 
Cook   3 mins 
Indian Curry Chicken

    An intriguing blend of spices makes this slow-cooked chicken and potato dish sizzle with flavors that are typical of Indian cuisine.

Makes: 5 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Slow Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high) plus 15 minutes (high)
Cranberry-Chai Cupcakes

    Tart cranberries complement the spicy flavors of chai in these beautifully decorated cupcakes.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   15 mins  to  20 mins  350°F 
Beef with Cucumber Raita

    Yogurt, cucumber, red onion, and mint create a fresh and flavorful sauce for spooning over sizzling meat.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 

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