Many people find cooking Indian food intimidating and complex. But everyday Indian cooking does not involve complex cooking methods or ingredients. An Indian meal can be cooked in under an hour by using simple and limited ingredients and spices.
Home cooks or day to day Indian cooking involves simple easy Indian recipes that can be made with minimal effort and within a short time. An average Indian household in India cook 3 meals a day from scratch ( I have not counted myself within this average). Cooking complex lengthy dishes is not always practical. There may be days especially a Sunday, special occasions or holidays that call for a more indulgent meal. However, it’s not expected on a day to day basis.
How to choose Easy Indian Recipes
Given the varied and confusing choices which are thrown at you when you google the term ‘Easy Indian recipes’ can be quite daunting. Below are few tips on how to narrow down your choice:
- Choose recipes which have few simple ingredients that you are familiar with.
- Stick to recipes which lists these 5 Essential spices you need to start cooking Indian food at home.
- If you know how to cook lentils, then choose an Easy Indian recipe with lentils. It is one of the easiest Indian dishes to make.
- A pictogram of the steps of cooking should indicate the cooking process and give you a rough idea on how you can make it at home.
- Look at few videos too to understand the cooking process.
10 Easy Indian Recipes for Beginners
Below is a list of 10 easy Indian recipes I have picked up for you from various Indian recipe sites to make your search a bit easier. They are a mix of blogs, including mine, websites and youtube videos.
A simple easy to prepare wholesome healthy one dish rice meal delicately spiced with only 1 spice.
A spicy Indian version of scrambled eggs popular in most Indian household as a quick main meal with bread.
Lightly spiced potato and peas in a thin tomato gravy. A favorite in most Indian households as quick to make main which goes well with rice or roti. Note: This particular recipe uses a pressure cooker but you can use a normal pan, however, increase cooking time by 15 minutes more.
Add a hint of spice and turn boring vegetables into a colourful flavorful palette. An extremely easy Indian side dish which goes great with any Indian bread or plain buttered rice.
5. Masoor Daal
This everyday lentils dish is a regular in most Indian household. Dal and chawal (boiled rice) is a favourite combination of many. Simple, wholesome and delicious.
Make it fiery hot or just subtle, this is one prawn dish you must try to make. Using a handful of spices its an easy dish to make if you crave that spicy kick !
Probably the most famous and popular of all Indian dishes, within and outside India. Succulent pieces of chicken in a mild creamy tomato gravy. A must try and better still pretty easy to make.
7. Lamb Bhuna
Stir fried lamb in a spicy onion tomato sauce with freshly grounded spices. This dish requires only 4 spices but you will be amazed by its taste.
A south Indian delicacy made with assorted vegetable in coconut yogurt gravy. You can add any vegetables of your choice to this dish.
9. Alu Gobhi
Another everyday favourite from Northern India. There are many versions of this dish but I like this one as frying the potatoes and cauliflower a little before hand gives this dish a yummy flavour.
10. Fish Korma
Fish fillets in a creamy cashew gravy. Mild and delicately spiced this is one of my family favourites.
Make Your Own Indian Meal
Unlike the list of all the so – called easy Indian dishes you see on the internet, the above mentioned recipes are truly for complete beginners. They use minimal spices and ingredients which can be bought from your local store. In case you have problems sourcing specific spices such as asafoetida or curry leaves then you can skip using that.
But whatever the case, I would really recommend you to try to cook few dishes at home and enjoy the subtle homemade Indian flavours.