Easy Indian recipes

Dum Aloo Recipe

Looking for Indian recipes? Want to make your own roti? Try our fragrant Indian recipes, including spicy curries, Indian street food snacks and takeaway staples (check out that butter chicken!). 

As well as popular classics, we have plenty of Indian household favourites from different regions of Indian, such as dum aloo and Goan pork balchao. Many of our Indian recipes come from Mumbai-born Indian chef and food writer Maunika Gowaardhan. Try her fish fofos and more below. We also have recipes from some of our favourite Indian restaurants including Dishoom and Darjeeling Express.

Tuck into your Indian food and escape to India virtually with our road trip in Kerala.

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Indian recipes

Rajasthani lamb curry (laal maas)

Maunika Gowardhan’s trip to Udaipur in Rajasthan was made really special by meeting locals from the region and discovering this stellar recipe for a traditional laal maas – a slow-cooked lamb curry with bone marrow, chillies and spices.

Rajasthan laal maas

Aloo gobi with poached eggs

For a soothing midweek dinner, try Asma Khan’s twist on this popular Indian delicacy by serving it with runny poached eggs.

Darjeeling Express Aloo gobi on a blue plate

Mutton keema

Jersey Royal bombay potatoes

Make the most out of seasonal Jersey Royals with this dish, spiced with turmeric, cumin, mustard seeds and garam masala. Great served with an egg for brunch or as a side with curry and rice.

Jersey Royal bombay potatoes

Saag chana masala

Maharashtrian anti dahl

olive’s Indian cooking expert, Maunika Gowardhan, shares her recipe for a classic sweet and sour vegan dahl from Maharashtra.

Maharashtrian amti dahl

Ragda pattice

Each mouthful of these ginger and chilli potato patties is a flavour bomb. They can easily be made ahead and heated up for a spicy sharing treat.

Ragda pattice with chilli garlic chutney

Keralan chicken and cashew curry

Also know as ‘chertha kozhi kari’, this chicken curry has classic flavours from Kerala, with ginger, green chilli, whole fragrant spices and a light, creamy gravy enriched with cashew nuts.

Chicken and cashew curry with ginger, cardamom and chilli (chertha kozhi kari)

Goan pork balchao

Balchao is a classic curry in most Goan homes, often made with prawns. This pork version from Maunika Gowardhan is divine. Cooked with chilli, vinegar and black pepper, the resultant balchao has a rich consistency, with the spiced gravy clinging to the pork.

Pork Balchao Recipe

Dum aloo (potatoes in a thick nut gravy)

A version of this dish is cooked in almost every traditional Indian household – this particular recipe with new potatoes comes from Asma Khan, chef-patron of Darjeeling Express. Serve with fried bread such as puris.

Dum Aloo Recipe

Spiced coffee kulfi

Nik Sharma’s Indian frozen dessert is flavoured with coffee, cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. A perfect kulfi should contain ice crystals, so look out for them!

Three different shaped containers full of coffee kulfi

Kombdi masala

Try Maunika Gowardhan‘s hearty curry that uses classic spices synonymous with west India for a lively entertaining dish.

Kombdi Masala Curry Recipe

Chettinad chicken fry

Maunika Gowardhan‘s super-simple version of chettinad chicken flavours thigh fillets with ginger, turmeric, fennel seeds, cinnamon and dried red chillies. It’s adapted from the classic curry and can be prepared in much less time.

Olive Chettinad Chicken Fry-1

Brinjal pickle

Try Maunika Gowardhan‘s classic Indian condiment packed with plenty of spice and a slight sweet hit for a great addition to any curry.

Brinjal Pickle (Aubergines) Recipe

Dishoom’s gunpowder potatoes

Dishoom’s gunpowder potatoes, using deggi mirch chilli powder, are the ideal side to any Indian feast. This recipe was created by Dishoom’s executive chef, Naved Nasir.


Chana masala

Packed with plenty of spice, this vegan chickpea curry has less than 200 calories. Eat it with roti for a more filling meal that the whole family will love.

Chana Masala Recipe

Spring onion bhajis with mint and coriander chutney

Homemade mint and coriander chutney is the perfect condiment to eat with these crispy spring onion bhajis. Serve as a starter, snack or side at an Indian-themed dinner.

Spring Onion Bhaji Recipe with Mint and Coriander Chutney

South Indian-style hake curry

This south Indian-inspired hake curry feeds four in under an hour and has less than 500 calories per serving – perfect for a healthy midweek meal. We have more fish curry recipes where this came from, too.

5 Best Hake Recipes

Duck samosas

Samosas are popular Indian street food snacks, often filled with potato and veg. Our version sees tender duck wrapped in flaky pastry and served with a fresh coriander chutney.

Samosa Recipe with Duck

Shahi paneer

Here, Indian cheese stars in a rich and creamy cashew and tomato curry. This vibrant Indian-style dish is an easy veggie curry recipe that’s also gluten-free. We have lot’s more great paneer recipes over here.

This veggie biryani from The Curry Guy, Dan Toombs, is great served on special occasions – lift the lid at the table and enjoy the fantastic aroma as the steam fills the room.

Vegetable and paneer dum biryani

Mutter paneer

Mutter paneer is a traditional north Indian curry. The texture of fresh peas stands up well against the paneer, but frozen is fine too. This version can be ready in just 30 minutes. It’s easy to make your own paneer – here’s how to do it.

Best curries - mutter paneer

Black dahl with paneer-stuffed naan

Lashings of butter and cream give this dahl the X-factor. The beans need time to soak, but once it’s in the oven it looks after itself.

Black Dal Recipe With Paneer-stuffed Naan

Mulligatawny soup

Indian-style spiced sweet potato cakes

Traditionally cooked in Indian households as a snack, these potato cakes are packed with warming spice and served with a fresh, crunchy kachumber salad. Using sweet potato keeps them lighter.

sweet potato cakes

Chettinad chicken

This is our take on a fiery curry from Southern India. The marinating takes time but the recipe is quick to prepare and cook. Fans of spicy chicken curries will love this. Serve with rice or naan alongside.

Chicken Chettinad Recipe

Southern Indian-style chicken curry

This fragrant southern Indian curry is unusual in that it gets all its heat from black pepper rather than chilli. For maximum flavour from the spices, marinate the chicken for as long as you can, then it’s a speedy curry to make.

Indian Chicken Curry Recipe With Garlic and Black Pepper

Sesame naan bread

Make your own flatbread from scratch. The ideal accompaniment to any curry dish, this naan is kicked up a notch with the crunch of sesame seeds.

Sesame seed encrusted naan

Lamb shank rogan josh

We use lamb shanks for our rogan josh – they’re seriously tender and full of flavour. No need for a takeaway when you can devour these straight from the oven.

Lamb Shank Rogan Josh

Cheat’s butter chicken curry

We’ve created a super-easy version of this curry house classic, ready in 45 minutes. The combination of butter, almonds and yogurt magically creates a rich, creamy sauce.

Butter Chicken Curry Recipe

Indian-inspired kofta sandwich

Upgrade your sarnie with our Indian-spiced fish sandwich with creamy raita and punchy chutney. These easy flatbreads are quite magical, starting off puffy and scone-like then gradually becoming moreishly chewier as they cool down.

Indian Kofta Recipe with Fish

Cauliflower pakoras with pomegranate raita

Almost any vegetable can be used to make pakora, or even paneer, but we love this version with cauliflower. Find gram (chickpea) flour in Indian grocers and larger health food shops.

Cauliflower Pakora with Pomegranate Raita


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