45 Indian Recipes | olivemagazine

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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.

Rajasthani Lamb Curry Recipe

Chicken tikka

These juicy chicken skewers, marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic and spices, make a great starter for an Indian-inspired feast.

A tray of golden spiced chicken pieces on metal skewers with a bowl of pink pickled onions

Lamb biryani

Skip the takeaway and recreate this Indian classic at home. Tender, melt-in-the-mouth lamb takes the spotlight, accompanied by subtly spiced rice and saffron cream.

Plate of lamb biryani topped with pomegranate seeds and coriander leaves

Tarka dhal

Serve this nourishing tarka dhal with plenty of roti for a classic Indian feast.

Two bowls of dhal next to a plate of rice and a wooden bowl with chilli and herbs

Chilli paneer fry

Chilli paneer is a vegetarian dish that’s a popular street food in India. This version by Maunika Gowardhan makes the perfect speedy meal for four.

A bowl of chilli paneer fry with a silver spoon on a wooden table


Mop up saucy curries or dhals with these homemade chapatis – they’re really easy to make at home with only a handful of ingredients required.

A white plate topped with a chickpea and paneer curry with two chapatis on the side

Naan bread

It’s well worth making your naan from scratch for your next curry night – aim for nicely golden and blistered on the outside, and soft and fluffy inside.

a black plate filled with blistered naan breads with a small bowl of melted butter

Tandoori king prawns

No need to wait for barbecue season to enjoy these tandoori prawns. They’re ideal as a starter with a kachumber salad or as a dinner party canapé – juicy, flavourful and no tandoor required.

A platter of king prawns cooked in spices served with wedges of fresh lime

Sabzi dhal

This is a great wholesome one-pot dish. It is also an excellent way to use up leftover fresh or frozen vegetables, or combine the two in this dhal.

Dhal in a pot topped with chilli, coriander and oil

Karak chai

Originating in India, this strong, hot tea is perfect for waking you up at the start of the day.

Two mugs of karak chai on a plate with cinnamon sticks and a bowl of cardamom pods

Pilau rice

Make this pilau rice as an accompaniment for one of our Indian-style curries.

A bowl of yellow pilau rice with bay leaves and a cinnamon stick

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

Golda chingri

Coconut milk is mixed with fragrant garam masala to create a creamy, spiced sauce for fried prawns. This recipe comes from Lila Di at London’s Soho restaurant, Gunpowder.

A bowl filled with fried prawns in a creamy orange sauce

Langarwali dhal

Langarwali dhal has come to mean a hearty dark brown dhal that is slightly lighter in flavour than the more well-known dhal makhani. For the best dhal, soak the lentils overnight before cooking – they will absorb more flavour when cooked the next day.

Brown lentil dhal in a bowl with coriander on top next to a bowl of rice

Sindhi dhal pakwan

Try Maunika Gowardhan’s Sindhi dhal pakwan, a classic Sindhi breakfast. Enjoy it sprinkled with chopped onions and a squeeze of lemon.

Two bowls of dhal next to a pile of pakwan bread and a ramekin of chopped onions

Mutton keema

In this recipe from Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express, mutton mince is mixed with cardamon, Indian bay leaves and cumin seeds to make a satisfying and aromatic dinner.

A mutton curry with mint leaves on top

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

This veggie side dish from Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express promises plenty of kick due to the addition of green and red chillies.

A chickpea curry with spinach and a red chilli on top

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.

Keralan chicken curry in a serving dish

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

Vegetable hakka noodles

Combine noodles with lots of crunchy veggies in this Indo-Chinese dish – it makes a quick and easy side dish for four.

A wooden bowl filled with noodles and veg on a green background

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.

Shahi Paneer Recipe

Vegetable and paneer dum biryani

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

Our version of a hearty Indian soup, packed with vegetables and chicken, and spiced with curry powder. If you’ve got a food processor, use the grater blade to speed up the prep for this recipe.

A bowl of mulligatawny soup with shredded chicken and herbs

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.

Aloo Tikki Recipe

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.

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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 in a Serving Dish

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

Vegan aubergine dhansak curry

Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy vegan curry.

Vegan Aubergine Curry in a Large Dish with Naan Bread

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