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Indian Dinner Recipes (Easy Dinner Ideas)

By Swasthi on August 28, 2022, Comments,

Indian Dinner Recipes for any day of the week! Enjoy the wonderful flavors of authentic Indian cooking in the comfort of your home. From classic curry recipes, biryani, pilaf, flatbreads and many more to enjoy for dinner, this post gives you a ton of variety to choose from both North Indian & South Indian cuisines. Explore these Dinner Ideas that are my hand-picked favorites!


Indian dinner recipes & ideas

These tried and tested recipes are a family favourite & are sure to please everyone. This collection includes restaurant and homestyle recipes which you can plan for your weekend and weeknight dinners.  

Easy Indian Dinner Ideas

If you are wondering what to make for dinner, then this may help you. Usually South Indians eat rice, curry, veggie stir fry, sambar and rasam for dinner. Some people also eat chapathi and vegetable curry.

Many people even love to eat only breakfast foods like Idli, crispy dosa for their dinner as it is easier to prepare. I have included only some Instant recipes below. For more you can check this link – BREAKFAST RECIPES.

South Indians also love their easy rice dishes like curd rice, coconut rice, ghee rice and coconut milk rice. I have included only a few rice dishes in this post. For more you may check this link – RICE RECIPES. You can also check DAL RECIPES here.

North Indians eat roti, sabzi, dal, chawal for their meal. A special dinner has dal makhani, chana masala or chole with bhatura.

You can also check these links for more choice
Sandwich Recipes
Pasta Recipes
Recipes using bread
Oats recipes
Ragi Recipes

Indian dinner recipes

I have divided this Post into Various Sections so it is easy for you to decide. Here is what you will find:

Top Indian Dinner Recipes

1. Paneer butter masala is a delicious & creamy Indian dish made with Indian cheese aka paneer, butter, spices & herbs. This recipe will help you to make the best butter paneer at home with minimal effort. This butter masala or makhani sauce can also be made ahead and refrigerated. This goes well with Jeera rice or butter naan. For more similar recipes check this collection of paneer recipes.

paneer butter masala for indian dinner recipes

2. Chana masala is a popular dish made by simmering chickpeas in a onion tomato gravy. Chana masala is made almost in every region of India with so many variations. This recipe will give an unique, flavorful and one of the most delicious curries.You can also check this Punjabi chole for variation. Both these dishes can be eaten with bhatura, paratha or poori.

chana masala

3. Kadai paneer is yet another amazingly flavorful dish made with fresh ground spice powder known as kadai masala. This post shares 2 recipes. First one to make a gravy version and the second to make a semi dry kadai paneer. Similar recipe made with kadai masala is this kadai mushroom.

kadai paneer for indian dinner recipes

4. Palak paneer needs no introduction as it is hugely popular among the Indians. This dish is prepared by adding Indian cheese or paneer to palak or spinach gravy. This recipe will give you one of the best delicious and creamy palak paneer you can make at home.

palak paneer

5. Rajma masala is a North Indian curry made by simmering red kidney beans in a spicy onion tomato gravy. Jeera rice goes very well with this.

rajma masala for indian dinner recipes

6. Veg biryani is a one pot simple, flavorful & delicious dish that can be made in just 30 mins. This is not a dum style biryani so it saves a lot of time and effort without having to spend much time in the kitchen. This goes well with a raita or plain curd. You can make this in a regular pot, pressure cooker or Instant pot.  You can also check this Vegetable dum biryani, Hyderabadi style paneer biryani and mushroom biryani.

veg biryani

7. Khichdi is similar to the South Indian Ven Pongal. It is a one pot healthy, wholesome & quick dish made with rice, dal, veggies, ginger and minimal spices. This 30 mins khichdi is only not nourishing but also comforts the tummy.

You can also make this with any whole grains like millets, quinoa, steel cut oats etc. Please use the search box to find – dalia khichdi, oats khichdi and steel cut oats. Serve khichdi alone or with some pickle or chutney and papads.

khichdi

8. Bisi bele bath is hugely popular in Karnataka. It is made with rice, lentils, bisi bele bath powder and veggies. This is a spicy version of the khichdi. It takes about 50 to 60 mins including the preparation. You can just serve it with some papads.

Recipes that are popular on the same lines are these sambar rice, vangi bath & rava bath.

bisi bele bath

9. Fried rice is a classic dish made in Indo Chinese restaurant style. This post will teach you how to make the best veg fried rice using simple ingredients like rice, veggies and garlic. This can be made just under 15 mins if you have the precooked rice and some frozen or chopped veggies.

If you eat eggs then you can also check this – egg fried rice.

veg fried rice

10. Veg pulao is another one pot rice pilaf which is super quick to make either in a pot or cooker. It can be made under 30 mins. The recipe can be made with mixed veggies or even with a single veggie like potato, mushroom or even with only peas. Peas pulao and Kashmiri pulao are other similar dishes.

veg pulao for dinner

11. Lemon rice is a refreshing dish made by tempering rice with spices, curry leaves lentils and peanuts. A generous amount of lemon juice and turmeric is used for a nice color and flavor. Serve it plain or with curd. Coconut rice is another similar recipe you can check.

lemon rice

12. Tomato rice is quite popular in Tamilnadu and great to have when you do not have much time. All you need to prepare is an onion, few tomatoes and herbs. The recipe can be done under 30 mins. You can also check this thakkali sadam which is made with precooked rice.

tomato rice

Traditional Indian Dinner

13. Aloo Paratha are the most popular stuffed North Indian flatbreads. These have a spiced potato filling and are super delicious. I have shared 3 easy ways to roll them perfectly. No matter even if you are a beginner you will easily make them.

aloo paratha

14. Sambar is a popular south Indian lentil soup made with mixed veggies, spices and herbs. This is eaten with rice, idli, dosa, ven pongal or even with vada. Each state has their own way of making sambar. I have shared my mom’s own best sambar recipe which is a rough adaptation from Karnataka and Andhra cuisines.

sambar

15. Rasam is another comforting soup made with spices and herbs. We usually eat rasam along with rice and veggie stir fry on the side. Rasam is very light on the tummy & makes you feel hungry very quickly. So fill up your meal with lots of veggies.

This post shares instant rasam recipe which tastes very close to the one served in south Indian restaurant meals /thali. You can also check this Andhra style Tomato rasam.

rasam

16. Dal makhani is another most popular restaurant dish made with black lentils, kidney beans, butter and spices. This slow cooked creamy and super flavorful dish is amazingly delicious. Serve it with butter naan.

dal makhani

17. Bhindi masala is a dish made with okra or ladies finger. Okra are stir fried and then simmered with a spicy and flavorful masala. This is one of those homestyle veggie dishes that is healthy and delicious. Serve this with plain rice, chapati or roti.

bhindi masala

18. Mixed veg kurma is a South Indian dish made by simmering mixed veggies in a kurma gravy. To cut down the preparation time, you can use frozen chopped veggies like carrot, beans and peas. I also have the Instant pot instructions for this recipe.

19. Aloo gobi is another simple dish made by stir frying potato and cauliflower. This post shares 2 recipes. First one is a semi dry dish or sabzi and the second one is a gravy dish.

aloo gobi for indian dinner recipes

20. Dum aloo is a delicious restaurant style dish made by simmering potatoes in a aromatic yogurt and cashew gravy. This is a great dish to make for occasions and surprise your family. I have the instant pot instructions for this recipe. Simple Potato curry and Aloo matar are some similar dishes.

21. Dal fry is the simplest and the most delicious lentil dishes from India. Made with basic ingredients this is healthy, nutritious and simple to make. I have included the instant pot instructions for this recipe as well. Serve this with plain rice, roti or Jeera rice.

Here are some fusion dishes which are not authentic Indian but loved by most Indians. So I have included them here.

Fusion Indian Dinner Ideas

22. Masala pasta is a super simple pasta dish made in Indian style with Indian spices. This is a kids’ friendly dish and will be loved by everyone.

masala pasta

23. Gobi Manchurian is another popular Indo-Chinese starter or appetizer made with gobi aka cauliflower. It can be served as a starter or as a side with noodles & fried rice. You are short of time you can also serve this with plain basmati rice. Make sure you make the manchurian a bit more saucy.

gobi manchurian

24. Hakka noodles is an Indo-chinese dish that you can make under 30 mins. This post shares the veggie version. You can also add in some eggs or even shredded chicken.

hakka noodles

25. Chilli paneer is another popular Indo-chinese appetizer made by tossing fried paneer in chilli sauce. This can be eaten with hakka noodles or fried rice or even with plain basmati rice.

chilli paneer

26. Garlic mushrooms is a unique and hot dish made by tossing mushrooms in a fresh made spicy chilli garlic sauce.

garlic mushrooms for indian dinner recipes

Instant Dinner Ideas (No Prep Ahead)

These Instant Indian dinner recipes are of great help when you need to cook something immediately and do not have much time. All these dishes can eaten with a chutney.

27. Wheat dosa are instant dosas made with whole wheat flour and water.

wheat dosa

28. Oats dosa are another healthy instant crepes made with oatmeal, spices and herbs.

oats dosa for indian dinner recipes

29. Chilla are gram flour pancakes made without fermentation.

chilla

30. Akki rotti is are karnataka style flatbreads made with rice flour, curry leaves and spices.

akki roti for indian dinner recipes

Meat & Seafood Dinner

Egg Curry is a simple dish of boiled eggs simmered in a spicy and flavorsome curry base. This comforting and delicious curry is made in numerous ways all over India. But this Punjabi style egg curry is a favorite with many Dhaba food lovers. Egg Masala, Egg Butter Masala & Egg Bhurji are some of the other choices.

egg curry

Chicken Biryani is a layered dish of chicken & rice, cooked with yogurt, spices and herbs. My easy recipe is will help you whip up a quick and flavorsome dish without having to go through the hassle of long hours of cooking. This Hyderabadi biryani and Chicken dum biryani are the other options you can try out. A biryani is a meal in itself, all you need is a Raita on the side.

chicken biryani

Butter Chicken is curry lovers favorite! This authentic butter chicken is the best you will make. Spiced Yogurt marinated chicken is grilled to perfection and later simmered in a delicious, creamy and rich tomato gravy. For a variation you may take a look at this similar Chicken Butter Masala. You will need either Butter naan, roti, paratha or basmati rice to serve with this butter chicken

butter chicken

Chicken Curry made the simplest way. It has tons of flavors with a delicious sauce. If you have never made an Authentic Indian Chicken curry, you are missing out a lot. Its’ time for you to give this chicken curry a try. Chicken Chettinad, Kerala Coconut Chicken Curry, Achari Chicken are some more choices for you.

chicken curry

Tandoori Chicken is India’s greatest grilled chicken dish where chicken is marinated overnight with spices, yogurt and spices. It is later grilled to perfection on a grill or in the oven. You can also air fry this. Tender Chicken Kebabs and Malai Chicken kabab are other options for you.

tandoori chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala, a full flavored Indian dish of chicken tikka simmered in a super flavorful and delicious tikka masala gravy.

chicken tikka masala

Chicken Korma, made the authentic North Indian way with a small personal twist, this dish tastes delicious, easy to make and goes well with basmati rice, roti, naan or parathas.

chicken korma

Mutton Curry is an Indian dish of goat/lamb meat simmered with onions, tomatoes, spices, yogurt and herbs. This comforting and fall-apart tender mutton is simply delicious! Plan it for a weekend dinner as red meat takes time to cook. I also share the pressure cooker instructions for this recipe.

mutton curry

Keema is South Asian Version of minced mutton/meat, cooked with plenty of spices, herbs and other pantry staples. If you want to make the chicken version, take a look at this Chicken Keema and the Egg version, do check out this Egg Keema.

mutton keema

Fish Curry made with fish, spices, coconut and herbs. If you are a sea food lover, you are surely going to love this easy and flavorsome fish masala. For variations, you may check this Salmon Curry or Fish Tikka Masala.

fish curry

Faqs

What is the best indian food for dinner?

South Indian dinner ideas – chapatti – veg kurma, ghee rice – soya chunks curry, Bisi bele bath & sweet corn vada.
North Indian dinner ideas – Paneer tikka, poori – potato masala, jeera rice – butter paneer/ chana masala, kulfi or kheer.

What should I eat for Indian dinner?

Non-Vegetarian dinner ideas – Chicken curry / butter chicken/ chicken tikka masala with butter naan, roti, cumin rice or ghee rice.
Vegetarian dinner – Dal makhani / Vegetable korma/ potato curry/ paneer butter masala with butter naan, roti, paratha, cumin rice or pulao.

Indian Dinner Recipes (Easy Dinner Ideas)

About Swasthi

I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills.

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Thanks for all the detailed recipes didi… It’s very helpful for me when I search for new recipes to try. Thanks again🙏

Great. Your receipes are simple and write ups are wasy to follow. Ingredients also easy to get. Not much of tongue twisters. But taste is tongue pleaser. God bless

That’s nice to see variety foods and recipes. I saw that you are not marketing and you are publishing the recipes that are tested. And you have been doing it from 2012. That’s quite good amount of time. Good luck.

Very nice Recipees.
Thank you.

Dear Swathi,

I had written to you before after trying your upma which I know really well now. Lately I have been making your tomato rice and it is delicious! Your proportions are perfect. Trying your aloo palak today.

Thanks
Sharmistha

Hi Swasthi,I tried your butter chicken and garlic butter rice.Excellent,every body thought so.Hope you keep sharing more wonderful dishes.

Hello there! Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes for trying !! I hope you will share more in the future!

Dear Swathi Madam,
it is an honour to look at your recipes and learn and accomplish each dish . thanks a lot. keep on doing the great awesome innovation in cooking. expecting more form you dear chef.

Thank you for sharing your recipes. I love Indian food and they all sound delicious. I am more for the vegetarian recipes and chutneys. I will be giving a lot of them a try. Thank you again and much appreciated.

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I tried Veg Palav, it was very delicious and healthy, thank you

Hi swasthi.. thank you so much for the recipes. I’m a beginner and your step by step guided recipes has helped me so much!

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We love ur recipes ?
Thank you for sharing…☺️

Very interesting blog. Definitely gonna try some rice recipes.

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Why do you not provide a PRINT RECIPE option? Your website is great! I have been cooking Indian recipes since I lived in London in the early 70’s and I find your website enjoyable, entertaining and very informative. Thank you for sharing!!!

Excellent collections of recipes, Hats off to you.

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Please keep the title as it is.
Easily searchable.
Well known ,widely known.. word.

Thank you for sharing such a wide variety of recipes.

I have one critical feedback though.

Calling it “Indian Recipes for Bachelors” is sexist. It makes the assumption that cooking is the wife’s job.

Times are changing. Perhaps it is good to change the title of this article to “Indian Recipes for Beginners”..

I actually find the title useful. Clicked on it solely because I was looking for easy recipes. You can change it to bachelors and bachelorettes. We need this, too, you know. 😉

Infact i think its not sexist its for bachelors means bachelors can make it themselves and need no women to cook it for them.