May 19, 2017

10 Easy Indian Recipes for Beginners – A selection of simple Indian recipes

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There are thousands of Indian recipes that you will find on the internet and cookbooks. But not all are fit for those new to cooking Indian food. These selected recipes are truly easy Indian recipes, tried and tested at home. 

10 Easy Indian Recipes for Beginners

Many people find cooking Indian food intimidating and complicated.

But everyday Indian cooking does not involve complex cooking methods or ingredients.

An Indian meal can be cooked in under an hour and even in 30 minutes by using simple and limited ingredients and spices.

An average Indian household in India cook 3 meals a day from scratch that is breakfast, lunch, and dinner( I have not counted myself within this average). The need is to stick to minimalistic easy Indian food recipes.

There are simple tricks to cook Indian food in 30 minutes that one can follow.

Cooking complex lengthy dishes is not always practical. There may be days especially a Sunday, special occasions or holidays that call for a more indulgent meal.

However such elaborate dishes are not expected on a day to day basis.

Tips On How To Choose Easy Indian Recipes

Given the varied and confusing choices which are thrown at you when you google the term ‘Easy Indian recipes’ can be quite daunting.

Below are few tips on how to narrow down your choice and select an easy Indian food recipe to cook:

  1. Choose recipes that have few simple ingredients that you are familiar with.
  2.  Stick to recipes that lists these  5 essential Indian spices you need to start cooking Indian food at home.
  3. If you know how to cook lentils, then choose an Easy Indian recipe of lentils. It is one of the easiest Indian dishes to make.
  4.  A pictogram of the cooking steps should indicate the cooking process and give you a rough idea of how you can make it at home.
  5. Look at few videos too to understand the traditional cooking process to get the authentic Indian taste.

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10 Easy Indian Recipes for Beginners

Below is a list of 10 easy Indian recipes I have picked up for you from various Indian recipe sites to make your search a bit easier. They are a mix of blogs, including mine, websites, and youtube videos.

1Spinach Mushroom Pulao Rice 

A simple easy to prepare wholesome healthy one-dish rice meal delicately spiced with only 1 spice.

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2. Egg Bhurji – Indian style scrambled Eggs 

A spicy Indian version of scrambled eggs popular in most Indian household as a quick main meal with any bread.

Cooking Note: You can substitute the Pav Bhaji Masala in the recipe ingredient with curry powder. 

3. Alu Matar – Potatoes and peas curry

Lightly spiced potato and peas in a thin tomato gravy. A favorite in most Indian households as quick to make main which goes well with rice or roti.

Cooking Note: This particular recipe uses a pressure cooker but you can use a normal pan, however, increase cooking time by 15 minutes more until the potatoes and peas get cooked.

4. Gajar Bean ki Sabji  (Spicy Beans and carrots)

Add a hint of spice and turn boring vegetables into a colourful flavorful palette.

An extremely easy Indian side dish that can also be eaten as main with any Indian bread or plain buttered rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Masoor Daal 

This everyday lentils dish is a regular in most Indian household.

Dal and chawal (boiled rice and lentils) is a favourite combination of many.

Simple, wholesome and delicious.

Cooking Note: The recipe includes Asafoetida spice. You can omit the spice or use a substitute for Asafoetida

6.  Prawns Masala 

Make it fiery hot or just subtle, this is one prawn dish you must try to make.

Using a handful of spices its an easy dish to make if you crave that spicy kick!

easy Indian recipes - prawns masala

6.  Butter Chicken 

Probably the most famous and popular of all Indian dishes, within and outside India.

Succulent pieces of chicken in a mild creamy tomato gravy. A must try and better still pretty easy to make.

7.  Lamb Bhuna 

Stir-fried lamb in a spicy onion tomato sauce with freshly grounded spices.

This dish requires only 4 spices but you will be amazed by its taste.

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8. Pumpkin curry with coconut milk 

A south Indian style easy tangy-sweet pumpkin curry made with coconut milk.

Using the 5 essential Indian spices, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes.

Cooking Note: Although the recipe uses pumpkin, you can add or substitute any vegetables of your choice to this dish.

Easy Pumpkin curry recipe with coconut milk and beans

9. Alu Gobhi 

Another everyday easy Indian recipe from Northern India.

There are many versions of this dish but I like this one as frying the potatoes and cauliflower a little beforehand gives this dish a yummy flavour.

You, of course, have the choice to skip the frying part if you wish.

10.  Fish Korma 

This recipe ups the game a bit, yet easy to cook.

Fish fillets in a creamy cashew gravy. Mild and delicately spiced this is one of my easy Indian recipes for the whole family.

Cooking Note: Substitute cashew paste with a paste made of almond powder. It tastes just as good. 

easy Indian recipes - Fish curry in cashew gravy

Start Cooking Your Own Indian Meal

Unlike the list of the many ‘ easy Indian dishes’ you see on the internet, the above recipes are truly for complete beginners.

They use minimal spices and ingredients which can be bought from any local store.  In case you have problems sourcing specific spices such as asafoetida or curry leaves then you can skip using them.

I would really recommend you to try and cook a few dishes at home and enjoy the subtle homemade Indian flavours.

Are there any recipes that you have made that I can include in the list?

Please let me know as this will help others make some real simple and easy Indian curry recipes.

 

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