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Indian Recipes To Spice Up Your Life

Try your hand at making Indian food. We promise, it's not as hard as you might think.

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
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5
Palak Kachori
Indian Simmer
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6
Spinach & Radish Thepla
Lite Bites
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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
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14
Garam Masala
eCurry
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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
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22
Sambar (Spicy South Indian Vegetable Stew)
The Tiffin Box
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23
Semiya Payasam
Rak's Kitchen
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24
Mango Kulfi (Ice Cream)
Kurry Leaves
Get the Mango Kulfi recipe from Kurry Leaves
25
Rogan Josh (Lamb Curry)
Plateful
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26
Jalebi
Indian Simmer
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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?
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29
Sweet Lassi
Veg Recipes of India
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30
Goan Shrimp Curry
Seasaltwithfood
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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
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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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