Easy Healthy Indian Dinner Recipes


Do you want to prepare simple healthy and yummy Indian dinner recipes at your home? Below are some easy healthy indian dinner recipes that you can prepare using available Indian spices at your home.

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Healthy Indian-Inspired Recipes for Weeknights

On busy weeknights, you can enjoy a bold and delicious Indian-inspired meal with ease. The key is to use plenty of spices in your meal because they can add a punch of flavor in a short amount of time. Recipes like Lemon Rice (Chitrannam), Okra Fry (Bhindi Masala) and Easy Saag Paneer are healthy and satisfying on any night.

Lemon Rice (Chitrannam)

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Lemon Rice (Chitrannam)

Use up leftover rice and make it into something delicious with this healthy Indian recipe. Because cooked rice refrigerated overnight dries out a little, it’s better suited to absorb all the flavors in this dish without getting sticky or mushy. In a pinch, use frozen or shelf-stable precooked basmati rice, available in many stores. Urad dal and roasted chana dal add texture and authenticity to the rice–look for both types of dal in Indian markets or online.

Chickpea Curry (Chhole)

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Chickpea Curry (Chhole)

Made with convenient canned beans, this quick and healthy Indian recipe is an authentic chickpea curry that you can make in minutes. If you want an additional vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower florets. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.

Easy Saag Paneer

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Easy Saag Paneer

The paneer cheese in this fast and easy dinner doesn’t melt when it cooks. It browns instead, giving a toothsome texture to this Indian classic packed with spinach and spices. Serve over brown basmati rice to round out this healthy meal.

Cashew Butter Chicken Masala

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Cashew Butter Chicken Masala

Butter or even heavy cream usually gives butter chicken its rich, satisfying quality. In this healthy version of a butter chicken recipe, cashew butter creates an equally luxurious texture. Chickpea flour thickens the sauce, but is optional if you don’t have it on hand. For weeknight speed, marinate the chicken ahead of time and you can have this dish on the table in about 30 minutes. Serve with steamed spinach and basmati rice.

Slow-Cooker Dal Makhani

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Slow-Cooker Dal Makhani

Using a slow cooker for this dal curry recipe is brilliant–the lentils cook until they’re perfectly tender. For the creamiest results, use whole urad dal (versus split), which you can get online or at Indian markets. This particular bean breaks down beautifully, giving the dish its rich, creamy texture. For a stovetop variation, see below. Serve it over rice with Indian-style green chutney and a side of plain yogurt.

Okra Fry (Bhindi Masala)

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Okra Fry (Bhindi Masala)

To avoid the sliminess that turns many people off okra, Indians cook it over high heat in a lot of oil. In this healthy okra recipe, we get similar results with less oil using a nonstick pan. For an authentic taste, use a hot, smoky Indian chili powder, such as reshampatti. Serve with brown basmati rice and yogurt.

Scrambled Egg Curry

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Scrambled Egg Curry

This mildly spiced Indian scrambled egg recipe makes a great light lunch or light dinner. Tuck the curried eggs into a warm whole-wheat tortilla or an Indian flatbread, like paratha, which can be found in the freezer case at Indian markets. Serve with a dollop of yogurt.

Cilantro Chutney (Kothmiri Chatni)

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Cilantro Chutney (Kothmiri Chatni)

Indian chutneys (or chatnis) are savory, vibrant and exploding with flavor, with a thin, saucy consistency. In this green chutney recipe, cilantro creates the basic sauce that serves as a condiment for many Indian snacks, street foods and sandwiches. The serrano chile gives it quite a blast of heat, so use less if you like a tamer sauce. Try this chutney in place of your favorite hot sauce.

Savory Summer Squash Muffins (Dhoodhi Handvo)

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Savory Summer Squash Muffins (Dhoodhi Handvo)

Indian handvo are savory quick breads traditionally made with lauki (also called calabash), a large, mild squash found in India. In this healthy recipe, we use easier-to-find zucchini and bake them in a muffin tin so they all get delightfully crispy edges.

Curried Shrimp & Potato Kebabs

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Curried Shrimp & Potato Kebabs

This curried potato and shrimp kebab recipe cooks in less than 5 minutes on the grill and packs plenty of flavor thanks to a generous amount of curry powder, garlic and cilantro.

Indian vegetarian dinner recipes that’ll blow your mind

Midweek meals looking a bit same-same these days? Spice it up with these Indian-inspired dinner ideas, from fragrant curries served with naan to mop up all the delicious sauce to easy throw-together biryanis. This gallery is brought to you by Mission Wraps.

Curried burger

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Combine chickpeas, corn kernels and black beans to make a delicious vegan burger the whole family will enjoy.

Vegan chickpea tikka masala

12Vegan chickpea tikka masala

For a meal everyone can enjoy try this vegan chickpea curry made with hints of coconut and ginger.

Indian-style potato and pea smash

13Indian-style potato and pea smash

Frozen vegetables come good in this tasty potato and pea Indian treat. The best part – it’s ready in 20 minutes!

Spiced potatoes and chickpeas

14Spiced potatoes and chickpeas

Spice up your life with these tasty spiced potatoes and chickpeas.

Turmeric cauliflower steaks

15Turmeric cauliflower steaks

Add some colour to your cauliflower with turmeric. These cauliflower steaks are easy to prepare and would make an excellent vegetarian side or main dish.

Garam masala potato salad

16Garam masala potato salad

The humble potato salad is given an update and would sit well alongside a picnic of bring-a-plate meals. If you’re planning to transport this dish, check out our notes for pack and travel tips.

Crispy spiced eggplant

17Crispy spiced eggplant

Our new favourite fries are made from eggplant and served with spicy chickpeas and a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

Indian-spiced tofu burgers

18Indian-spiced tofu burgers

Looking for a vegetarian option for the barbecue? Look no further than these Indian-spiced tofu burgers.

Masala egg curry

19Masala egg curry

Make meat-free Monday part of your routine with this hearty vegetarian curry.

Spiced lentil soup

20Spiced lentil soup

A speedy spicy soup – vegetarian and low in fat – ready in 30 minutes.

Indian one-pan roast vegetables

21Indian one-pan roast vegetables

Give roast vegies a modern makeover with Indian spices and flavours.

Curried lentil and vegetable pie

22Curried lentil and vegetable pie

For a hearty vegetarian meal try this flavoursome curried lentil and vegetable pie.

Potato curry with roti

23Potato curry with roti

A hearty vegetarian main dish, high in fibre, low in saturated fat and ready in just 30 minutes.

Tempeh and vegie curry

24Tempeh and vegie curry

This hearty vegetarian curry is super quick and easy to prepare.

Spicy rice and sweet potato biryani with baked eggs

25Spicy rice and sweet potato biryani with baked eggs

This spicy rice and egg dish is a delicious vegetarian dinner idea.

Spiced couscous and chickpea patties with carrot salad

26Spiced couscous and chickpea patties with carrot salad

Enjoy these budget-friendly patties warm for dinner or cold in your work lunch the next day.

Warm paneer and lentil salad with chutney dressing

27Warm paneer and lentil salad with chutney dressing

Enjoy the spicy flavour of this warm vegetarian salad.

Potato and pea curry

28Potato and pea curry

Make the most of peas and potatoes in this simple, yet hearty winter curry.

Kumara and lentil soup

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This warming kumara ‘stoup’ is thicker than a soup, but thinner than a stew.

Vegetable pakora salad with fruit chutney yoghurt

30Vegetable pakora salad with fruit chutney yoghurt

Before you do a grocery top-up, make our crispy vegie salad with what’s left in your kitchen.

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