12 Most Popular Indian Dishes and Recipes (1)

Create your favorite Indian restaurant foods at home

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    Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)

    Authentic Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken)

    Murgh Makhani (butter chicken) is one of the top orders at any Indian restaurant in the West and for good reason—it is delicious. This sultry poultry dish tastes great with kaali daal (black lentils), naan, and a green salad.

    If you have a well-stocked spice drawer, the only pantry ingredient you may need is kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves). Otherwise, this recipe calls for common ingredients like olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, butter, and tomato puree.

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    Instant Pot Butter Chicken

    Instant Pot butter chicken in a dish with rice.

    If you love murgh makhani but don’t have a lot of time, try Instant Pot butter chicken. It has all the delicious flavors of butter, cream, tomatoes, garlic, and spices like garam masala, cumin, ginger, and coriander, but with less cooking time.

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    Tandoori Chicken

    Tandoori Chicken

    It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t fall in love with tandoori chicken, that famous Indian barbecue chicken recipe. Although traditionally cooked in a clay oven, you can prepare the yogurt-marinated chicken in a regular oven (or on the grill). You do need to plan ahead, as the coated chicken should sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you prefer, you can sear the marinated chicken cubes first on the stovetop to achieve that signature tandoori char.

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    Chicken Tikka Masala

    Chicken tikka masala

    Chicken tikka masala is a delicious grilled chicken dish with a thick, creamy gravy that is unforgettable after the first bite. A tomato-yogurt sauce is spiced with chili, garlic, ginger, and garam masala, the ubiquitous Indian spice blend. The chicken is marinated overnight, grilled, and then gently cooked in a slightly smoky gravy. You will want to serve this dish over basmati rice with warm naan bread for soaking up the sauce. For a quick version, try making it in the Instant Pot.

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