10 Easy and Quick Indian Recipes

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Do you want to make Indian food but you're intimidated by the long list of ingredients and instructions and the lengthy preparation times? Many Indian dishes go together fast and you can have a meal ready in 45 minutes or less.

While the ingredient lists can be long, many of them are spices. Once you've stocked your pantry with them as staples, you will be ready to add them to the dishes. Many others are easily modified to use the vegetables you have available. Here's a collection of Indian recipes for dishes you can rustle up real quick.

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    Aloo Matar Gobi

    aloo matar gobi
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    Aloo matar gobi is a blend of potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and green peas (matar) in an onion-tomato based curry. This North Indian curry makes for a quick and easy meal and is perfect when served with hot chapatis or naan.

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    Masala Kheema - Dry Spicy Minced Meat

    Masala kheema dry spicy minced meat

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    You can make this meat dish in as little as 35 minutes and it is easy enough that many people say it is foolproof. You can use any minced or ground meat you prefer, such as chicken, lamb, pork, goat meat. This recipe goes well with other foods, so if you are serving a variety of dishes it will pair well with most of them.

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    Basic Chicken Curry

    Chicken Curry
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    If you think you don't like curry, it could be that you haven't had curry made with the individual spices and garam masala rather than generic store-bought curry powder. This chicken curry is an easy dish to put together that's ready in 45 minutes. It's delicious served with chapati or with boiled rice.

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    Mint-Cucumber Raita

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    It takes only minutes to prepare this side dish that you will see with almost every Indian meal. Use cool cucumbers, mint, and yogurt to make this refreshing palate-cleanser.

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    Daal-Palak Ka Shorba Lentil and Spinach Soup

    Lentil and spinach soup
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    This soup is made from scratch with spinach and lentils, yet it's ready in less than 45 minutes from start to finish. It will warm you up in cold weather. Enjoy it with bread.

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    Sookhi Moong Ki Daal

    Moong Lentils
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    You can enjoy this high-protein lentil dish in less than 40 minutes. Serve it with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or Parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread) and your favorite pickle for a simple yet very filling meal.

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    Baingan Aloo Ki Subji - Eggplant and Potatoes

    Baingan aaloo ki subji recipe

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    Eggplant, potatoes, and tomatoes go together in this easy recipe that turns out a delicious dish. It makes a great meal paired with hot chapatis and cool raita

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    Bhajias - Fried Indian Snack

    Onion Bhajis
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    These snacks can be made with any vegetables of your choice, such as potato, cauliflower, spinach leaves, onion, or paneer. Mix and match with what you have for a great rainy day snack.

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    South Indian Lemon Rice

    South Indian Rice
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    Lemon rice is a common dish in South India. It's usually eaten alone or with raita, yogurt, chutney or kosambari (a type of salad). What makes it great for a fast dish is that you can make it with leftover rice.

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    Anda (Egg) Curry

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    There are several different styles for making egg curry. This recipe is North Indian in origin. You can make the gravy for it ahead of time and freeze it. Now you are ready to simply boil the eggs, heat the gravy, and combine them for favorite comfort food. You can make it as spicy or mild as you wish. Serve it with a vegetable side dish and rice.