10 Classic Indian Dishes Food Lovers Could Recreate From Home
If you have never had Indian cuisine, this is the place to be. Indian food is often described as creamy, spicy, flavorful combinations that will leave your taste buds wanting more. We have put together our top 10 must haves when it comes to Indian dishes that are easy to make from home.
1. Tandoori Chicken
I bet you looked at this picture and your mouth watered! This amazing tandoori chicken is an Indian dish full of bold and spicy flavors. You won’t believe it, but you marinate the chicken in yogurt! Of course with the inclusion of many other delicious spices. The name ‘tandoori’ derives from its traditional way of cooking in a clay oven known as a tandoor. Of course, you will not need a clay oven for this recipe as it will come out just as delicious on a grill. Marinate your chicken for 30 minutes, throw it on the grill and serve it over some coconut lime rice to have the full tandoori chicken experience.
With mango season just around the corner, we are so excited to try this recipe. This mango chutney is considered to be a quintessential Indian condiment that is used on top of many Indian appetizers. The primary ingredients in this chutney are mangos, vinegar, sugar, and spices. You must prep the mangos ahead of time to guarantee they have the perfect consistency for the magic sauce. Another great tip for ‘pre-prep’ is to sprinkle them with salt, so they suck the moisture out of the fruit and become soft.
After doing some research on this delicious treat, we could not get over how crispy they look. Buzzfeed even refers to them as the Indian version of empanadas which is a Latin America pastry. These deep-fried pastries are a staple in Indian snacking, and that is not all, they are filled with spiced potatoes and vegetables that will leave your mouth watering. You can even pair these samosas with the mango chutney you made from the recipe above – delicious.
This recipe looks absolutely delicious! Reminds us of a similar dish in the Caribbean called arroz con pollo (yellow chicken rice). Often referred to as ‘Indian fried rice’ this dish is a quick meal in merely 40 minutes. The plate is made up of primary rice mixed in with meats (chicken), vegetables and even some dried fruits. With some practice, you will be making your biryani in no time and be enjoying this dish throughout the week.
Any bread lover will understand how the most delicious recipes are the simple ones. Naan is an Indian food that is used to soak up any sauce on your plate to complete your meals. If you have ever visited an Indian restaurant, you have most likely enjoyed some naan with a dip of garlic butter or brushed with oil and herb. This bread is an excellent opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and creating some unique sauces for dipping!
These potato crispers are a very popular appetizer in Northern India and are made with mashed potatoes and spices. Most of the common ingredients in Aloo Tikki is ginger, cilantro, garam masala, and cumin to give the potatoes a great flavor. Go to your local grocery store, buy some potatoes and get frying.
Chana dal is a custom dish in Northern India made with chickpeas and seasoned with spices such as turmeric and ingredients such as garlic and tomatoes. The word ‘dal’ might also refer to other grains such as peas or lentils that could be used in the soup like dish. When using lentils, for instance, the recipe will have a sweet and nutty taste. It will only take 15 minutes to cook this delicious dish so give it a try!
Bring on the spicy! Vindaloos is a spicy curry originating in Goa, India that was brought by Portuguese colonists. The great sauce is served as an Indian staple and carries its name by how spicy it is. The sauce in the dish is made with spices such as Hungarian paprika and Indian chiles. If you love spicy food, we recommend you give this recipe a try and moderate how mild you want the sauce to taste.
Was the chicken vindaloo too spicy? Try out these great mango drink. Mango lassi is a great drink to help you cool down from spicy food. The favorite drink is very similar to a milkshake in America except sometimes it does take some spices for a kick. The main ingredients are still milk, yogurt, and mango as well.
Are you ready from some Indian rice pudding! This light recipe will leave you speechless. Rice kheer is a traditional Indian rice pudding that is thick and rich with flavors. After the rice is soaked in water, it is flavored with saffron and cardamom, topped with any nuts you prefer such as almonds. The result, a creamy blend that will leave you wanting more.
Magdianis Martinez is a University of Florida advertising alumni and a marketing specialist intern at US Ready. She was born in Cuba but spent most of her childhood growing up in Miami, Florida. From a young age, she embraced her ethnicity and is prideful in being able to help other international students find their passions through the comfort in the United States. Her favorite things about growing up in Miami was the food and high representation of culture within the city.