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10 Indian Foods to Make at Home

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It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: Don't let the hard-to-find spices on the ingredient lists get you down—here are 10 achievable Indian food recipes to make and enjoy in your own kitchen.

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If Indian food isn't already in your cooking rotation, making it for the first time can be intimidating. Many of the spices and ingredients might be outside of your cooking comfort zone, but it's exactly those ingredients that make it such a delicious and unique cuisine. There may even be a scientific reason for why Indian food is so addicting: The ingredients in Indian and many South Asian dishes often have opposing flavor combinations, while most other cuisines rely heavily on pairing ingredients with those that have agreeable flavors. Our tastebuds love the zing of so many flavors battling for attention in our mouths at once. So pick up some pav bhaji masala and turmeric and set to work on these 10 Indian staple recipes:

Pav Bhaji (Spicy Indian Vegetables with Buttery Bread Rolls) by Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room

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Spicy Mango Pickles by A Brown Table

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Indian Fried Chicken by Michelle Peters-Jones

 

Indian Sambar by Chitra Agrawal

 

Paneer by kulsum Kunwa

 

Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney) by Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room

 

Naan by Carey Nershi

 

Madras Curry Powder by Michelle Peters-Jones

 

Kothu Paratha by Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room

 

Coconut Chutney by A Brown Table

What Indian dishes do you love to make at home? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: Indian food, naan, curry, paneer, chicken