It's hard to find anyone who doesn't fall in love with tandoori chicken, that popular Indian chicken recipe. Although traditionally roasted in a clay oven, you can make the yoghurt-marinated chicken in a regular oven or on the grill. It needs prior planning, as the coated chicken should sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you prefer, you can sear the marinated chicken cubes first on the stovetop to achieve that signature tandoori char.
2. Palak Paneer (Spinach and Cottage Cheese)
The most popular and healthy paneer recipe at Indian restaurants is, by far, palak paneer. It is a mild-flavoured dish that is super healthy, as it is nothing more than spinach and cottage cheese (the paneer), along with the typical Indian spices.
The large pieces of spinach and fenugreek leave included in the recipe; this dish takes on a dark green colour. The cubed paneer are pan-fried first, contributing a nice texture to the plate. Palak paneer gets even more satisfying when served with your favourite flatbread.
3. Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken tikka masala is a tasty and exotic grilled chicken dish with a thick, creamy gravy that is unforgettable after the first bite. A tomato-yoghurt sauce is spiced with chilli, ginger, garlic, and garam masala, the universal Indian spice blend. The chicken is marinated overnight, grilled, and then gently cooked in a slightly smoky gravy. You will want to serve this dish over basmati rice with warm naan bread for soaking up the gravy.
4. Rogan Josh (Red Lamb)
The literal translation for Rogan Josh, the name of this recipe from Kashmir is "red lamb." The colour comes from Kashmiri dry red chillies. While the name of the dish may sound hot, the warmth of the dish is toned down by the cream that is added at the end.
The long list of spices called for in this recipe, but it is available in the local market of your city. Spices such as cardamom, turmeric, cumin, and garam masala are often sold in small bulk quantities, so they'll last for quite a long time.
5. Naan (Leavened Indian Flatbread)
Though naan is cooked in a tandoor or earthen oven, you can make it in your oven. The ingredient list includes yeast, sugar, flour, and water, as well as ghee and yoghurt.