Food

13 Popular Indian Recipes to Make at Home

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 3, 2021 • 2 min read

Western perception of Indian restaurants food might be all fiery spice and rich, heavy curries (and the naan, don’t forget the naan), but true Indian cuisine—from Mumbai and Delhi in Northern India to Kerala and Goa in the South—is incredibly nuanced, featuring a wealth of vegetarian dishes and gluten-free and dairy-free options (hello, coconut milk!).

Most people are familiar with the telltale perfume of cumin, or the marigold-hue of turmeric, but a good sense of Indian spices can be always be found in garam masala: a custom, multi-purpose blend that shifts slightly per state, and even household. Other common ingredients vary greatly, from favored spices (curry leaves and asafetida in the South, mustard seeds in the North) to meat preferences (lamb in the North, fish to the West and South), but you’ll likely find flavors of garlic, ginger, and chili are woven consistently through the cuisine.