Try your hand at homemade Indian foods with this list of top 30 Indian foods!
These recipes offer an easy and tasty introduction to the delightful culinary world of Indian cooking.
Indian culinary culture is very rich and diverse and usually has exotic and unique spices that will take your taste buds on an explosive adventure unlike any other.
Generate some excitement in your kitchen with one or all of the 30 easy-to-follow tasty and exotic recipes.
Any of the Indian desserts, Indian snacks, full Indian meals great for lunch or supper, Indian bread, soups with an Indian twist, and some Indian-inspired recipes will work just fine for you and yours.
From Paneer Tikka to the frozen dessert Kulfi to the savory stew Sambar, you’ll find your new favorite right here.
This simple recipe yields crunchy and crispy appetizers or hearty snacks that will soon be a familiar favorite in your household.
Satisfy your munchies with these snacks that also make a great side dish for veg rice.
The spicy sauce also goes well with pretty much everything on your table.
This is a savory snack perfect for evenings, tea time, or back-to-school snacks.
These crunch and spicy delights are great appetizers and good starters, especially with a crowd.
They can be safely stored for up to 10 days in an airtight jar.
3. Paneer Tikka
This appetizer is a sure crowd-pleaser that adds zing and cheers to any table thanks to its playful party of flavors.
Serve your tikkas on skewers at a celebration to permit mingling, as finger foods for your little ones, or even as a full dinner for your family.
Any leftovers can be used in sandwiches, wraps, and even pizza. No waste.
This recipe is simple and with practice, you will be folding samosas like a pro!
The best part is, that you can use varied stuffings for your samosa.
My favorite is minced meat/keema.
This is a famous snack for kids and adults and you will be serving seconds.
Did I hear thirds?
Use less seasoning with kids and rev it up with adults.
Substitute the potatoes for sweet potatoes for a sweeter taste and bake them instead of deep-frying!
Who knew that carrots could be this delicious?
Indulge your sweet tooth with this decadent carrot pudding that is ready in 45 minutes.
Serve it with a cup of chai or top it with some cashew nuts and a dash of cinnamon.
This is an excellent after-dinner dessert prepared with thick yogurt and dressed up with saffron, cardamom, and sugar.
A great substitute for plain yogurt is thick Greek yogurt which is easily available with the same amazing results.
Top it with any nuts for some crunch and enjoy!
This remarkable fool-proof recipe will be ready in 20 and only needs 4 ingredients.
Dedicated coconut is available in most supermarkets and must not be confused with shredded coconut.
You can try lemon zest or vanilla rather than cardamom and still enjoy amazing flavors.
Double or triple this recipe depending on the crowd.
You have to try this recipe at least once!
This is a thick yet creamy rice pudding sweetened with saffron and a dash of cardamom powder.
You can add your preferred flavors to make it more exotic making it a house party favorite.
This recipe uses basmati rice but any fragrant rice will do for an amazing pudding everyone will relish.
Best served chilled.
This will soon be your go-to dessert recipe thanks to its simplicity and surprisingly awesome results.
This frozen treat will be an instant hit with everyone especially those who have a thing for saffron and cardamom.
Use this recipe as a base to build different Kulfi flavors for you and your tribe.
Your taste buds will be charmed.
This is the undisputed King of Punjabi curries and will soon be a family favorite.
It is wonderful comfort food and perfect for cold evenings and rainy days.
Prepare it for lunch or dinner and serve it with some rice, chapati, roti, or naan bread.
Everyone likes naan but have you tried garlic butter naan?
Naan bread must incorporate butter, right?
If you use olive oil it is alright.
We won’t tell anyone.
This is a fun and delicious recipe that makes perfect naan for mopping up most curries.
The naan bread will also work well for tortillas and naan pizzas.
You will find it hard to stop at one!
13. Veg Biryani
This formidable vegetable Biryani holds its own against meatier Biryani because of its adaptability.
Every bite of this fragrant biryani will be an explosion of flavors that will hit all the right spots!
This is a full meal on its own but I like to finish it off with some lassi.
Care to join me?
This easy and fast recipe infuses the rice with a wide variety of vegetables and is ready in under 30 minutes.
Your bland leftover rice and stray vegetables will never taste the same after you try this easy Indian recipe.
The addition of Indian spices to the rice gives it a new life and flavor and it’s all in ten minutes.
15. Aloo Paratha
Fans of bread and potatoes will love this recipe that yields a humble meal that offers comfort every time.
It is best served alongside yogurt.
This is easy to make Indian vegetable stew with tamarind and a special blend of spices for flavor.
I like to make this stew when cleaning out the fridge as this recipe can use any vegetable available with the same amazing results.
You can serve it alone as a stew or over rice as a curry.
This is a delicious, aromatic Indian soup with spices, curry leaves, and ripe tomatoes typically served with rice.
This one-pot recipe is perfect for cold evenings or rainy days when we need some comfort.
I add some zing to my Rasam by squeezing some lime juice at the end.
The vibrant color and rich, smooth texture of this flavorful soup make it a favorite of many.
Mop your bowl with a loaf of crusty bread as you watch your kids enjoy their greens with this family pleaser.
Your knees will buckle from the force of sweetness and spicy packed in this creamy Indian soup.
The Indian flare in the ingredients will leave you longing for more.
You can blend the soup or leave the chunks in and the best part is that this soup agrees with pretty much everything in your pantry.
Customize the recipe to suit your palate and enjoy!
This is a winner especially for weeknight dinner because it is quick and easy.
Turn your favorite tikka masala into a comforting soup with a sturdy immersion blender.
Slurping is encouraged.
This recipe gives an easy solution to picky eaters and a welcome reprieve from busy mornings.
Get the kids to help with this easy recipe that can be made in batches and refrigerated.
Grab your ingredients, put them in a jar, pop them in the fridge, and you are done.
No extra cleaning.
A total winner!
Change your toppings every day for a new experience that never grows old!
This hearty Indian breakfast will put a spin on your scrambled egg that will leave your taste buds screaming for joy.
This basic recipe calls for a few in red but feels free to toss in as many vegetables as you can handle.
Serve your Bhurji with some toasted bread or in a roti.
This traditional Indian flatbread goes well with most stew and curries making it perfect for lunch or dinner.
It also goes down well with sweetened chai or any other sweetened drink you have at hand.
24. Methi Thepla
All you need for this recipe is some wheat flour, a few vegetables, and some spices.
The Theplas are soft, flavorful, and can be served hot or cold making them an excellent lunchbox idea.
Dunk them in some masala tea or some yogurt and enjoy.
25. Oats Upma
You will enjoy every spoonful of this flavorful Oats Upma, especially in the morning.
All you need is your vegetables, oats, and various spices for this scrumptious porridge-like dish.
Your veggie burgers will be anything but bland with this easy recipe.
You may convert some meat lovers with these easy yet potent burgers that have everyone beckoning for more.
Capture a piece of heaven with this exquisite recipe that is perfect for cold nights when you need comfort.
This is a one-pot meal which means less cleaning up time and more family time.
It can be prepped ahead of time and can be frozen, making it family-friendly.
Go about your daily routine while your slow cooker works on your tasty Chicken Tikka Masala.
The chicken will melt in your mouth while the perfect flavors will have everyone gobbling everything up while they smack their lips.
Serve your creamy chicken tikka with some rice, naan, or versatile quinoa.
Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you.
Whisk the marinades, pour them over your steak, and leave them in the fridge for about an hour.
Throw all the ingredients for the chew sauce into your blender until it is smooth and creamy.
Lastly, grill and serve.
Whip up this sweet Rocky road in about thirty minutes and watch everyone be amazed.
Swap any of the ingredients with treats of your liking but keep the cardamom and/or cinnamon for a more authentic Indian experience.
The bottom line
Bringing the flavors and aromas of Indian cuisine has never been easier. Just pick one recipe, organize your ingredients and go for it!
Trust me, Masterchef qualifications are not needed to make these amazing meals from the comfort of your kitchen.
By the time you are done with a few recipes, you and your troops will agree with me.
Indian cuisine is second to naan 😉
Looking for more Indian food options, we’ve compiled lists of 23 Easy Indian Side Dishes, and 17 Tasty Indian Appetizers that you should definitely check out.
- Crispy Baby Corn Fry
- Janthikalu (Chakralu)
- Paneer Tikka
- Punjabi Samosa
- Indian Cheese Balls
- Gajar Ka Halwa (Indian Carrot Pudding)
- Shrikhand Recipe (Sweetened Flavored Yogurt)
- Toasted Coconut Balls – Toasted Coconut Ladoo
- Phirni (Firni)
- Paneer Butter Masala
- Garlic Butter Naan
- Veg Biryani
- Indian Fried Rice (Vagharelo Bhaat)
- Aloo Paratha
- Spinach Soup (Palak Soup)
- Indian Mulligatawny Soup
- Chicken Tikka Masala Soup
- Overnight Oats With Chia Seeds
- Egg Bhurji (Indian Scrambled Eggs)
- Phulka (Homemade Indian Roti)
- Methi Thepla
- Oats Upma
- Vegetarian Burger (Indian Style)
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
- Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
- Indian Style Beef Satay With Curried Cashew Sauce.
- Indian-Inspired Rocky Road
- Plan your menu with this list of the Best Indian Foods.
- Pull your ingredients together.
- Start cooking and take your time.
- Let us know your favorite!