10 Indian Foods to Make at Home

June 12, 2015

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


Spicy Mango Pickles by A Brown Table

More: Here are five ways to make your kitchen more Indian.


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!

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Spice July 23, 2017
A good selection of dishes here for easy cooking. The flavours are more from the south of India and have a very fresh and clean taste. Predominately sour and made with coconut, which are two distinctive south Indian tastes.
If your readers want to learn to cook easy recipes from around the world, I have compiled a list of top 10 tried and tested easy to cook Indian recipes. They were suggested by me to cooks new to Indian cooking and found the recipes simple! Here is a link for your read. Do let me know what you think. Thanks.
BZ June 5, 2016
I began Indian cooking 2 years ago when I discovered Alamelu Vairavan's cooking show on PBS ( - she makes it so easy. You can watch all her episodes at My favorites are the sambhars and poriyals. My only challenge is finding all the ingredients (especially certain spices and dals)...
Rahul May 31, 2016
Nice list, Will try them all at my home!!
Bob December 21, 2015
I'm a great fan of the Indian food. I love spicy food.
Randolph C. September 2, 2015
Can you tell me how to clarify butter for frying that will not break down and burn.
Anita June 14, 2015
Frozen Naan from Trader Joe's is great. I just heat it in the oven until hot. The outside gets just a little crispy.
Khadija F. June 14, 2015
Love Indian cuisine
jaffarsfeast June 14, 2015
For more authentic Royal Indian recipes
louise L. June 13, 2015
I've made baingan bharta several times. Also channa massala and daal.
Bevi June 12, 2015
Panfusine is an amazing source for Indian recipes, as is PaulJoseph , an original member of food52
boulangere June 12, 2015
I've learned volumes about Indian cooking and culture, including wonderful street foods, from Panfusine:
James June 12, 2015
Here's one of my favorite dishes -

Traditionally it is cooked in a clay pot over wood fire and takes few hours to get it done.