Healthy Indian Dinner Recipes


Healthy Indian dinner recipes are a must if you have a lot of hectic activities and are always on the go. The food items for these tasty and healthy recipes are easily available in urban cities and when you need something quick to prepare these fit the bill.

Healthy Indian dinner recipes are dying to be shared, so I feel it’s my duty to start spreading the love. And what better way to share than over a plate of these delicious meals you can make at home, for your friends and family.

Healthy Indian Dinner Recipes

1. Kesari Sabudana Khichdi

The ultimate comfort food of India, khichdi is a light and easy dish to prepare. It is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Huggi in Karnataka, Pulagam in Andhra, and Khichdi in parts North India. It is popularly made with just two basic ingredients – rice and lentil – which bring a sense of warmth and comfort. However, there are many versions of khichdi made in different household around the country. This version of khichdi is cooked with sabudana and garnished generously with saffron, perfect to cook and relish during the Navratri season as well.


2. Palak Paneer

A favourite dinner recipe, palak paneer is a luscious gravy dish that you can savour with rice or roti. It has cottage cheese (paneer) chunks doused in a thick, flavourful spinach curry. Spinach is one of the most nutritious green leafy vegetables that you can include in your diet. Loaded with fibre, vitamin A and antioxidants, spinach (palak) is one healthy yet delicious vegetable to cook for dinner.


3. Low Fat Butter Chicken

If you are a non-vegetarian, you might be already jumping with joy to find butter chicken on the list of healthy Indian dinner recipes. Here is a delicious recipe of a low fat chicken recipe cooked without adding butter. Now, you must be wondering that what’s a butter chicken without butter?! But this version of chicken has still managed to retain the magical flavours that would tantalise your taste buds to the core.

butter chicken

4. Vermicelli Chicken Biryani

Vermicelli is a versatile, healthier ingredient that you can replace or add to any recipe to make a healthier version of it. You can enjoy your favourite biryani recipe packed with mouth-watering, rich spices such as malabar peppercorns, cardamoms, cloves and red chilli powder. Just replacing rice with vermicelli and cooking with the same spices and herbs would make all the difference! Don’t believe us? Then, try it yourself and let us know your experience in the comment section below.


5. Kerala Vegetable Stew

A stew is another comfort dish that requires very little time and ingredients and is extremely light on the stomach. Choose your veggies such as carrots, cauliflower and French beans and prepare this stew at home along with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon green chillies, ginger and curry leaves simmered well in coconut milk.

vegetable stew

6. Moong Dal Ki Khichdi

A perfect one pot meal, easy to prepare with all the essential nutrients and surprisingly light thus considered to be a comforting food.


7. Oats Idli

This nutritious Oats Idli is an easy and light dish to prepare. A perfect breakfast food, this idli has suji replaced with healthy oats which is best for those who are health conscious.


8. Masala Vegetable Khichdi

From crunchy carrots to refreshing matar and the delicious winter gobhi, every single of these vegetables can be added to this masala vegetable khichdi to enhance the taste and health quotient of the dish by doubles!


Healthy Indian Recipes

Mmm, can you smell the fresh cilantro? The scent wafting from that large saucepan is hard to ignore. What’s cooking? It’s a delicious Healthy Indian Dinner Recipe.


Coconut Chai-Spiced Overnight Oats

Give basic cinnamon oatmeal a spice upgrade with the warm and toasty notes of chai. Coconut milk makes these overnight oats ultra-creamy and delicately sweet too.

Curried Lentil Stuffed Squash

Rating: 4.57 stars
In this stuffed squash recipe, a spicy red lentil curry stew fills acorn squash. If you find them at your market use tasty jarred piquillo peppers in this.

Curried Potato Salad

Rating: 5 stars
In this healthy and creamy potato salad recipe, yogurt replaces half of the mayo and we keep the potato skins on for more fiber and potassium. Red bell pepper and green peas add even more color to the yellow-tinted potato salad.
Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

It’s hard to believe you can get such a full-flavored, deeply spiced chicken tikka masala in just 30 minutes, but we did it! And, like the title says, this classic chicken tikka masala recipe really is as easy as it gets.
Mango Lassi Pie

Mango Lassi Pie

Inspired by a lassi, India’s version of a yogurt-based fruit smoothie, this healthy frozen pie recipe gets flavor from a generous amount of cardamom and lime zest. Look for the ripest Ataulfo mangoes, sometimes called champagne or honey mangoes, because they’re less fibrous and more flavorful than the more common Tommy Atkins variety. Top this healthy dessert with a dollop of whipped cream if you like.
Indian Grain Bowls with Chicken & Vegetables

Indian Grain Bowls with Chicken & Vegetables

Look forward to a week of healthy, flavorful lunches with these high-protein meal-prep grain bowls. We’re using bulgur wheat, which cooks up quickly and is higher in fiber than rice, but feel free to swap in any whole grain you prefer. The bowls are topped with broiled chicken (from our popular Indian-Spiced Chicken Pitas recipe) and cilantro chutney (see Associated Recipes). To balance the heat of the chutney, dress these bowls with a squeeze of fresh lime juice just before serving.

Chicken & Celery Root Tikka Masala

Rating: 5 stars
In this 5-ingredient healthy recipe, celery root replaces traditional potatoes for an easy Indian-inspired chicken dinner with a creamy spiced tomato sauce. Pick your favorite jarred Tikka Masala sauce. Serve over brown basmati rice or with warm naan and steamed green beans.

Cilantro Chutney (Kothmiri Chatni)

Rating: 5 stars
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.
Indian-Style Mustard Greens & Kale with Toasted Naan

Indian-Style Mustard Greens & Kale with Toasted Naan

This healthy appetizer recipe features tons of dark leafy greens cooked with chile, ginger and turmeric and topped with the Indian cheese, paneer. If you want to serve it like a flatbread, brush whole naan lightly with olive oil and toast on a grill pan until lightly charred on both sides. Top with greens and cheese.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
Slow-Cooker Indian Lamb & Butternut Squash Stew

Slow-Cooker Indian Lamb & Butternut Squash Stew

We call for lamb shoulder because it’s tougher than other cuts and holds up well throughout the long cook time. If you can’t find shoulder, use boneless leg of lamb in this slow-cooker butternut squash stew.

Curry-Lime Chicken Kebobs

Thanks to a yogurt-based marinade, these chicken kabobs are especially tender. The curry powder lends a kick without too much heat, and to please the vegetarians at your table, you can simply grill the chicken and vegetables on separate skewers.

Cashew Butter Chicken Masala

Rating: 5 stars
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Rating: Unrated
This tofu curry recipe has a rich and spicy tomato-based sauce studded with cubes of pressed, baked tofu. Serve with brown rice and naan bread to sop up any remaining sauce.
Roti is a flattened bread that originated in India. It’s cooked on a griddle or skillet on your stove and can be eaten alongside any meal, or used as a base for vegetables or curries. If you’re grilling a main dish, try cooking the roti bread on the grill!

Rice Pilaf with Lime & Cashews


Slow-Cooker South Indian Tomato Chutney


Okra Fry (Bhindi Masala)

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