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Indian Recipes To Spice Up Your Life

Oct 10, 2012 | Updated Apr 30, 2014

We're huge fans of Indian food here at HuffPost Taste. It's spicy, earthy, saucy and filling. With such a wide range of dishes and styles, it's impossible to get bored with Indian food -- in fact, it's hard to even scratch the surface.

While we're no stranger to eating Indian food, we wish we were better versed in cooking it. The flavors are so layered and complex that cooking Indian food ourselves sometimes feels a little daunting. As such, we find ourselves all-too inclined to seek out our favorite Indian restaurants rather than whipping up Indian food at home. But no longer! It's time to start bringing these awesome scents and flavors into our own kitchens.

Approaching a culinary tradition practiced by an entire nation can seem daunting. For starters, blanketing all of India's cuisine under one, small menu would be as glaring an error as leaving the differences between Southern food and Midwestern dinners unacknowledged. Still, you have to start somewhere, which is why we've rounded up recipes for some of our favorite Indian dishes -- from dals to desserts to curries.

And speaking of curry, allow us to debunk a myth. The word does not only refer to curry powder -- the potent yellow stuff that evokes a love-it-or-hate-it response. "Curry" actually refers to a number of Southeastern dishes that involve a combination of spices. They can be "wet" (heavy on the sauce) or "dry." Armed with this knowledge about curry, you're already on your way to learning more about Indian cooking.

To go one step further, check out these 38 delicious Indian recipes:

  • 1 Methi Murgh
    Indian Simmer
  • Get the Methi Murgh recipe from Indian Simmer
  • 2 Aloo Gobi Paratha
    Veg Recipes Of India
  • Get the Aloo Gobi Paratha recipe from Veg Recipes Of India
  • 3 Saag Paneer
    Black Dog Food Blog
  • Get the Saag Paneer recipe from Black Dog Food Blog
  • 4 Indian Curry Paste
    Indian Simmer
  • Get the Indian Curry Paste recipe from Indian Simmer
  • 5 Palak Kachori
    Indian Simmer
  • Get the Palak Kachori recipe from Indian Simmer
  • 6 Spinach & Radish Thepla
    Lite Bites
  • Get the Spinach & Radish Thepla recipe from Lite Bites
  • 7 Dal Makhani
    Veg Recipes Of India
  • Get the Dal Makhani recipe from Veg Recipes Of India
  • 8 Masoor Dal (Lentil Curry)
    He Needs Food
  • Get the Masoor Dal recipe from He Needs Food
  • 9 Mung Dal And Paneer Samosas (Lentil And Cheese Stuffed Pastries)
    US Masala
  • Get the Mung Dal and Paneer Samosas recipe from US Masala
  • 10 Methi Matar Malai
    Veg Recipes of India
  • Get the Methi Matar Malai recipe from Veg Recipes of India
  • 11 Chicken Tikka Masala
    Manu's menu
  • Get the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe from Manu's Menu
  • 12 Naan
    JoCooks
  • Get the Naan recipe from JoCooks
  • 13 Samosas
    Veg Recipes Of India
  • Get the Samosa recipe from Veg Recipes Of India
  • 14 Garam Masala
    eCurry
  • Get the Garam Masala recipe from eCurry
  • 15 Tandoori Chicken
    Simply Reem
  • Get the Tandoori Chicken recipe from Simply Reem
  • 16 A Simple Homey, Coconut-y Red Lentil Dal
    Food52
  • Get the A Simple Homey, Coconut-y Red Lentil Dal recipe by Nicholas from Food52
  • 17 Cucumber-Mint Raita
    Simply Recipes
  • Get the Cucumber-Mint Raita recipe from Simply Recipes
  • 18 Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)
    Herbivoracious
  • Get the Chana Masala recipe from Herbivoracious
  • 19 Spicy Mango Chutney
    Confections of a Foodie Bride
  • Get the Spicy mango Chutney recipe from Confections of a Foodie Bride
  • 20 Vegetable Biryani
    Rak's Kitchen
  • Get the Vegetable Biryani recipe from Rak's Kitchen
  • 21 Mushroom Tikka Masala
    Rasa Malaysia
  • Get the Mushroom Tikka Masala recipe from Rasa Malaysia
  • 22 Sambar (Spicy South Indian Vegetable Stew)
    The Tiffin Box
  • Get the Sambar recipe from The Tiffin Box
  • 23 Semiya Payasam
    Rak's Kitchen
  • Get the Semiya Payasam recipe from Rak's Kitchen
  • 24 Mango Kulfi (Ice Cream)
    Kurry Leaves
  • Get the Mango Kulfi recipe from Kurry Leaves
  • 25 Rogan Josh (Lamb Curry)
    Plateful
  • Get the Rogan Josh recipe from Plateful
  • 26 Jalebi
    Indian Simmer
  • Get the Jalebi recipe from Indian Simmer
  • 27 Dosa (Lentil And Rice Crepes)
    Veggie Belly
  • Get the Dosa recipe from Veggie Belly
  • 28 Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower And Potatoes)
    What's for Lunch, Honey?
  • Get the Aloo Gobi recipe from What's for Lunch, Honey?
  • 29 Sweet Lassi
    Veg Recipes of India
  • Get the Sweet Lassi recipe from Veg Recipes of India
  • 30 Goan Shrimp Curry
    Seasaltwithfood
  • Get the Goan Shrimp Curry recipe from Seasaltwithfood
  • 31 Butter Chicken
    Baked Bree
  • Get the Butter Chicken recipe from Baked Bree
  • 32 Moong Dal Dhokla
    Veg Recipes of India
  • Get the Moong Dal Dhokla recipe from Veg Recipes of India
  • 33 Dal Tadka
    Veg Recipes of India
  • Get the Dal Tadka recipe from Veg Recipes of India
  • 34 Saag Paneer
    Merrill Stubbs from Food52
  • Get the Saag Paneer recipe by Merrill Stubbs from Food52
  • 35 lahsuni bhindi (garlic bhindi)
    Veg Recipes Of India
  • Get the lahsuni bhindi recipe from Veg Recipes Of India
  • 36 Tandoori Chicken
    Simply Recipes
  • Get the Tandoori Chicken recipe from Simply Recipes
  • 37 Chana Masala
    Veg Recipes Of India
  • Get the Chana Masala recipe from Veg Recipes Of India
  • 38 Gulab Jamun
    The Tiffin Box
  • Get the Gulab Jamun recipe from The Tiffin Box

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