An Introduction To Indian Cooking – 4 Easy Recipes to Try

Indian cuisine is diverse and flavorful, and although many people have tried it from their local takeaway or at a restaurant, they’re intimidated to try and cook it at home. Perhaps it’s the wide variety of spices used in Indian cuisine or the fact that they don’t believe themselves to be able to replicate the flavors that they love from their local takeaway, but the truth is that Indian food is extremely simple to make at home and is often also much healthier than the Indian food served by restaurants and takeaways. So if you’re keen to give it a try but just aren’t sure where to start, then here are 4 recipes to try. 

  1. Jeera Rice
    If you’re new to Indian cooking and don’t want to jump straight in with a curry, then you have to try this jeera rice recipe. Jeera rice is a very simple Indian side dish, with just a few herbs and spices needed to give it a delicate flavor of cumin and cardamom. It can be made on the stovetop or in an instant pot and pairs perfectly with saucy dishes that need a little rice to mop up their juices.

  2. Masala Keema
    Masala Kheema is a minced meat dish, traditionally made with minced beef but that can also be made with other minces if you prefer. Although there are a few more spices to consider the dish is very simple to make and is very versatile, tasting great stuffed into roasted bell peppers or inside a naan bread, what’s more, it keeps well in the fridge and tastes even better the next day.

  3. Slow Cooker Curries
    There’s no need to slave over the stovetop to make a delicious Indian curry, simply make use of your slow cooker and let time work its magic on the flavors within. To get the most out of your spices, you will want to give them a little toast in a dry pan first, this develops their flavor and only takes a few minutes to do. Other than toasting your spices, the rest of the ingredients for your favorite curry recipe can be put straight into the slow cooker on low for 4 hours or on high for 7 hours. Slow cookers don’t only reduce the work you need to put in but are a great way to get tougher meats such as lamb, to become nice and tender too, so give it a try.

  4. Aloo Gobi
    Aloo gobi is a delicious Indian side dish of cauliflower and potato. The recipe requires very few ingredients and goes well with virtually every other type of Indian dish. Simply parboil your potatoes, then stir fry your cauliflower, add your spices and parboiled potatoes into the pan, give it all a good stir and let the flavors get to know one another and serve with a generous sprinkle of fresh coriander. The whole dish can be put together in just 15 minutes and uses very cheap ingredients, making it a perfect weeknight option. 

And there you have it, 4 easy Indian recipes to try. All of the above recipes can be adapted to suit your heat tolerance, so don’t feel like you have to make them spicy if you don’t want to, and enjoy!