5 Indian Classics
Not all Indian cuisine is hot–flavors vary from region to region, and there's something for everyone.
The traditional "tandoori" method of cooking involves marinating meat in yogurt to tenderize it. Serve with naan–that fluffy, warm, tortilla-like bread– or on top of a salad.
Curried Spinach with Fresh Cheese (Saag Paneer)
Sag Paneer is basically an exotic creamed spinach featuring paneer, a simple cheese that is super easy to make at home. The paneer's fresh flavor complements the warm spices and spinach.
This classic one-dish rice meal is made fragrant with cardamom, nuts, cumin, and cinnamon. It's pretty enough for company but simple enough for a weeknight meal. You can also substitute chicken or your favorite vegetable for the shrimp.
Raita (Indian Yogurt and Cucumber Condiment)
Raita, or Indian yogurt salad, is traditionally used as a cool complement to spicy entrées. This version features chopped cucumbers, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and spices mixed with whole-milk yogurt.
Roasted Potatoes with North Indian Spices
Jazz up roasted potatoes with garlic, ginger, mustard seed, cilantro, mint, and lime juice for a delicious side that pairs well with any Indian main dish.