Do you have favorite dishes that you order at an Indian restaurant? You can cook them at home and enjoy that lively, spicy taste any time you want. From tandoori chicken to palak paneer, the recipes are relatively easy if you stock your kitchen with some essential ingredients found in Indian cuisine. There’s even a recipe for naan so you can learn to make that tasty flatbread from scratch.
Butter chicken is one of the top orders at any Indian restaurant in the West and it is delicious. This sultry poultry dish tastes great with kaali daal (black lentils), naan, and a green salad. The daal and naan recipes are below so you can have a full, home-cooked Indian meal tonight.
The best part about this recipe is that the only ingredient you may need is curry powder. Besides that, you’ll need common items like olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, butter, and tomato puree.
Next on the list is that famous Indian barbecue chicken recipe. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t fall in love with tandoori chicken. Serve this one over basmati rice tossed with turmeric and add a few slices of fresh onion for an extra kick.
Once you have the basic recipe for tandoori masala, prepare and store it so you can cook tandoori chicken anytime you feel the urge. Trust us, this will become your family’s new favorite chicken dinner.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken tikka masala is a delicious grilled chicken dish that is unforgettable after the first bite. The thick, creamy gravy of spiced tomato works perfectly with the chili, garlic, and ginger marinated chicken that ends up with a great smoky flavor.
As you’re exploring these Indian recipes, don’t let the ingredient lists scare you off. The majority of it is made up of spices and condiments that you’ll use many times as you explore this cuisine.
The literal translation for the name of this dish from Kashmir is “red lamb.” The color comes from Kashmiri dry red chilies. While the name may sound fiery, the heat of the dish is toned down by the cream that is added at the end.
A trip to your local international food market should set you up with things like cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and garam masala. They’re often sold in small bulk quantities, so they’ll last for quite a long time.