Indian dishes are full of flavours and offer so many different options for vegetarian and meat-based recipes. If you love eating Indian meals and would like to be able to cook your own, but are not an accomplished cook, you can try some of the easiest dishes to get you started before gradually progressing to more complicated ones.
We have selected three of the easiest Indian meals with the most basic cooking processes, so that you can try and master your favourites and impress your dinner guests.
Aloo curry is one of the most basic curries that can be quickly made when you are short for time.
The main ingredient is potato, so it is a filling but also fairly cheap dish to prepare. It is a great dish to serve with rice or a chapati.
To cook Aloo Curry, you will need to
Cube three medium-sized potatoes.
Heat a pan on medium flame, adding 3 tbsp of cooking oil and 1 tbsp of garlic paste (or 3 garlic cloves crushed or finely chopped).
Cook for 30 seconds and then add the cubed potatoes to the pan.
After cooking for 2 minutes, add 1 tbsp of red chilli powder (adjust for preference), 1 tbsp of garam masala powder and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder.
Add salt to taste.
Stir for a few seconds and then add 2 cups of water that should cover the potatoes. Now cook the potatoes on a low heat for 20 minutes (or until the curry has thickened), stirring occasionally.
Garnish with coriander.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken tikka masala is a popular Indian dish (developed by the British) that is preferred by people who do not enjoy very spicy curries. This is a creamier dish with a tomato-based sauce.
Put 4 chicken breasts in a large bowl and mix with the 3cm x 3cm piece of ginger (crushed), garlic (2 cloves, crushed), chilli powder (to taste), salt (to taste), 2 tbsp of coriander leaves, the juice of one lime and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Set aside to marinate.
Heat a wide pan and add the chicken mix. Cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is browned on all sides.
Heat the oil in another large pan and cook one diced onion for 10 minutes until golden brown. Add 1 tsp turmeric and cook for 1 minute.
Stir in 250ml of cream or greek yogurt and simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add the chicken to the creamy sauce and simmer for 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Add lemon juice to taste, and adjust for salt preference.
Garnish with fresh coriander and serve immediately with rice or naan bread.
A Punjabi curry is a tomato-based curry that uses traditional spices and it is similar to a Balti. The easiest way to make a delicious Punjabi curry is to use the Haldii recipe. You can make this dish with your choice of meat or your favourite vegetables, such as potatoes, chickpeas or aubergine.
The Haldii meal kit includes all the fresh ingredients needed such as tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic cloves, green chillies, fresh coriander, packs of whole spices and packs of all the mixed spices you need. You will also need some vegetable oil and a non-stick pan with a lid, as well as your choice of meat (chicken or lamb) or vegetables for the vegetarian option.
Follow the easy-to-follow Haldii recipe instructions to create a tasty North Indian
dish that your family and friends will love. Order your Haldii Punjabi curry now and amaze yourself with your new culinary skills!