19 Easy Indian Dinner Recipes

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There’s something about Indian food that makes us think of warm spices, tender meat, and vibrant colors. From creamy butter chicken to succulent lamb vindaloo, the flavors of Indian Dinner are absolutely delicious. 

We’ve collected 19 easy Indian dinner recipes for you to try. They’re easier to make than you might think, and are a nice change of pace! 

Indian Chicken Dinner Recipes

Butter Chicken

The flavors of butter chicken are irresistible. This recipe only takes 30 minutes and would be wonderful served with steamed rice and naan bread! 

Indian Chicken Curry

This traditional style of curry is actually quite easy to make. It’s ready to serve in just 30 minutes, and would be wonderful served with rice and a green vegetable. 

Chicken Biryani

Some biryanis can be quite involved to make but this dish is really easy! The chicken is marinated in a blend of curry, cinnamon, and yogurt, and is then cooked in a pan along with the rice and the remaining ingredients. 

Tandoori Chicken

This flavorful dish is made with chicken legs, Greek yogurt, and a wonderful assortment of spices. The chicken can be cooked on the grill or in the oven, and is ready to enjoy in under an hour! 

Chicken Madras

If you love the kick of spicier food, this is the recipe for you. The chicken is very flavorful and would be perfect served with warm naan bread and fluffy white rice. 

Kadai Chicken

This spicy chicken dish is easy to make and the recipe includes step-by-step photos to help you along. Serve it with warm roti for a delicious weeknight meal. 

Indian Vegetarian Recipes

Indian Cauliflower Curry

Serve this dish on your next Meatless Monday! It’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly and would be delicious served with plain white rice or even mashed potatoes. Add a bright green vegetable for a healthy meal.

Palak Paneer

Paneer is a traditional type of cottage cheese that’s a staple in Indian cooking. In this dish it’s paired with spinach and is simmered in a gravy made with tomatoes and onions. Serve it alongside rice or with warm naan bread.  

Dal (Indian Lentil Curry)

High in protein and big in flavor, dal is both vegetarian and vegan-friendly. It’s also a comforting dish that is often served with fluffy basmati rice. 

Chickpea Curry

With a couple cans of chickpeas and some warm spices, you’ll have a delicious stew that’s high in protein and vegan-friendly. Enjoy it with fluffy white rice for a hearty meal! 

Malai Kofta

These vegetarian balls are a great dish to enjoy on Meatless Monday! They’re served in a delicious curry sauce and would be wonderful with crusty rolls or warm naan. 

Other Easy Indian Dinner Ideas

Lamb Vindaloo

If you love the flavor of lamb, give this recipe a try! It’s full of authentic flavors of British-style vindaloo curry. The recipe includes photos so you can easily follow along.  

Indian Beef Kabob

Serve these tender beef kabobs at your next casual gathering! The meat is marinated overnight for the best flavor, and is then grilled until tender and juicy. 

Goan Fish

Use a firm white fish in this curry – haddock, cod, or pollock are excellent options. It takes just 20 minutes to cook and is a deliciously comforting meal! 

Aloo Chaat

You’ll love the flavors of this addictive snack food!  It’s a combination of sweet, sour, and spicy, and goes great with a cold glass of beer. 

Okra Masala

If you’re unsure of okra because of its slimy texture, give this recipe a try! It’s a well-seasoned dry curry that would go well with rice or roti, and is ready to enjoy in about 40 minutes. 

Prawn Malai Curry

This dish has a long list of ingredients but is ready to enjoy in just 40 minutes! Serve it on a bed of fluffy rice with a tender green vegetable. 

Lamb Bhuna

Rich and succulent, this authentic lamb curry is slow cooked until tender. Serve it at your next get-together with fluffy rice, warm naan, and a crisp salad! 

Matar Paneer

This is a hearty and delicious dish to enjoy when you’re looking for a vegetarian-friendly dish. Serve it with basmati rice and naan for a comforting meal!

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Indian Butter Chicken

Easy Indian Dinner Butter Chicken Recipe

By: Izzy
The flavors of butter chicken are irresistible. This recipe only takes 30 minutes and would be wonderful served with steamed rice and naan bread!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely minced or crushed
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Fenugreek
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Add oil and butter to a large skillet over medium saucepan.
  • Once the butter is melt, add onions and cook until they are lightly brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add ginger and garlic, stirring for about 1 minute.
  • Add chicken, tomato paste, and seasonings to the skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened. Serve over rice or with naan.

Nutrition information provided is an estimate only and will vary based on ingredient brands and cooking methods used.

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About Izzy

I'm Izzy, a food lover and photographer. Here you’ll find a collection of simple recipes that are perfect for busy people. My blog aims to help you make and enjoy delicious and healthy food at home.

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