12 Most Popular Indian Dishes and Recipes (2)

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    Chicken Vindaloo Curry

    Chicken vindaloo in a serving bowl with rice and condiments on the side

    This is a mild and sweetly spiced recipe for chicken vindaloo curry. Contrary to current belief, curries do not have to be hot and fiery and, in fact, never started out that way in India. Creating the curry paste is the most important part of this dish, so don’t skimp on the ingredients.

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    Rogan Josh (Red Lamb)

    Rogan Josh - Indian Lamb Dish Recipe

    Rogan Josh, the name of this dish from Kashmir, translates roughly to “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.

    The list of spices called for in this recipe may seem long, but a trip to your local international food market should set you up nicely. Spices such as cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and garam masala are often sold in small bulk quantities, so they’ll last for quite a long time.

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    Malai Kofta

    Malai kofta vege balls recipe

    Malai kofta (vegetable “meatballs” in a thick sauce) is the vegetarian alternative to meatballs. The koftas are made with a mix of potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, and sweet corn, which are cooked and mashed before mixing with spices and paneer, that essential blocked “cheese” that is similar to tofu in texture and a great addition to any vegetarian meal. It’s rather easy to find if you don’t want to make it, especially if you shop at a natural foods market. Malai kofta goes very well with naan or jeera rice.

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    Chole (Chickpea Curry)

    Chole chickpea curry recipe

    A classic and easy chole chickpea curry, is a favorite in Northern India and has become a worldwide sensation. It’s perfect for a crowd, especially if you serve it hot along with fried Indian leavened bread like poori or bhatura.

    The ingredient list looks more intimidating than the recipe is in reality. Once you have the chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes, along with garlic and ginger pastes, all you need are those common Indian spices that make this cuisine unique.

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