20 Easy Indian-Inspired Recipes

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

Turmeric-Ginger Marinated Chicken

Before hitting the grill, this chicken rests in a turmeric, ginger, and Greek yogurt marinade to delevop lots of delicious, Indian-inspired flavor. To make it a meal, serve with basmati rice and a couple lime wedges (perfect for drizzling!).

Indian-Spiced Turkey Kabob Pitas

A homemade curry blend featuring cumin, turmeric, and curry powder makes these grilled turkey kabobs stand out from all the rest. To balance the spice, serve on a pita round with Greek yogurt and a cooling cucumber slaw.

Indian Cauliflower Fried Rice

Give fried rice a veggie-filled makeover by swapping in cauliflower rice for the usual grain. A healthy dose of Indian spices like garam masala ensures that this chicken, chickpea, and veggie fried rice is anything but bland.

Indian-Spiced Roasted Peas

Spice up a simple side of roasted pea pods by sprinkling them with curry powder. To make this veggie side a fun finger food for kids, combine fresh mint with Greek yogurt for a dunkable dip.

Indian Masala Chili

A masala spice mix—made with coriander, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper—turns this chili into an Indian-spiced treat. Jalapeno peppers add even more heat, and garbanzo beans offer a healthy dose of protein.

Indian-Spiced Lentils with Spinach

Turn plain lentils into a side dish that will leave everyone clamoring for seconds. Spinach isn't the only veggie this cumin-spiked recipe is hiding—it also features tomatoes and carrots!

BBQ Chicken with Chaatpati Chutney

Leave the barbecue sauce behind. The chaatpati chutney in this recipe is all you need for a successful, finger-licking cookout! Dates, tamarind concentrate, and Indian spices all play a role in making this better-than-barbecue chicken glaze.

Quick Tandoori-Style Chicken

Be careful: This chicken is hot! A quick coating of Greek yogurt cools down this dish a little, but Madras curry powder brings the fire to these grilled chicken skewers.

Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas

Fresh veggies, garbanzo beans, a quick curry vinaigrette ... what more do you need for a bright and delicious salad? To make this a truly impressive side dish, try serving with homemade pitas and yogurt.

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

There's no shortage of Indian spices in this saucy chicken dinner. Cardamom, cumin, coriander—you name it, this fiery, flavorful dish has it!

Warm Indian-Spiced Acorn Squash Salad

Turn up the volume on ordinary side salads by serving this garam masala-spiced dish. Tender, roasted acorn squash gets sprinkled with spice then served over kale with an easy pomegranate juice vinaigrette.

Roasted Indian Chicken, Vegetables, and Chickpeas

Thanks to this one-pan recipe, you can serve a delicious dinner without spending loads of time cleaning up. Spread chicken, carrots, cauliflower, and chickpeas across one pan, and season with a blend of Indian spices for a quick and easy roasted supper.

Maharaja Riblets

Let your slow cooker do the work for you tonight. Coat ribs with an Indian spice mixture, then drizzle with sauce and let them simmer away in the slow cooker.

Beef with Cucumber Raita

Yogurt, cucumber, red onion, and mint create a fresh and flavorful sauce for spooning over sizzling meat. This low-calorie, high-protein recipe is perfect for serving dinner guests—it's gluten-free and super quick-cooking.

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.

South Indian-Style Macaroni and Cheese

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

Cranberry-Chai Cupcakes

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

Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew

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

Apricot Custard Pie

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

Naan Bread

This chewy Indian flatbread is perfect for sopping up flavorful sauces and juices. (Naan is an especially perfect partner for soups and stews.)

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