8 Top-Rated Indian Recipes You Need to Try RN

I recently returned from an incredible trip to India. WOW to Taj Mahal, the Gandhi Memorial and the historic spice market in Old Delhi. The adventure was a full-on sensory experience… in the best possible way, but especially when sitting down to eat the brilliantly seasoned, often fiery foods from the Northern part of this vast country. Many of the dishes were familiar from dining at Indian restaurants around the U.S., but there were also some new discoveries. I wanted to recreate all of it at home, so I explored the more than 300 Indian recipes on our site and pulled together a collection of top-rated dishes I couldn’t get enough of while eating my way around Delhi. Try one or make ’em all.

1. Indian Butter Chicken

Simmered in a rich, tomato-cream sauce, this comforting creation scored raves for its ease of preparation and big, bold flavors, though one seasoned cook suggests tripling the amount of garlic and ginger and adding coriander and cumin.

Reviews: More than 800 weighed in, giving this dish an average of 4.5 stars.

Photo by Lena

Photo by Lena

2. Eggplant Bhurtha

Ginger, garlic, cumin and cayenne give this veggie dish a whole lot of complexity, along with onions, shallots and tomatoes. Combined with oven-roasted eggplant, and you’ve got a memorable stew that’s often served with roti bread.

Reviews: More than 130 gave this recipe an average 4.5 stars.

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

3. Gobi Aloo (Cauliflower with potatoes)

Sure, they’re wonderful on their own, but together, cauliflower and potatoes prove perfect partners, with the creamy potatoes nicely contrasted by the slight crunch of the Brassica. Spoon it over steamed basmati rice.

Reviews: More than 15 reviews for an average of 4 stars.

Photo by Cece Guzman

Photo by Cece Guzman

4. Naan

The flatbread that puffs up and turns golden when baked is the vehicle that’s used to scoop up many of the saucy curries. It’s often finished with chopped garlic, butter and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and, recently has become a go-to platform for way flavorful pizzas.

Reviews: More than 1,600 gave this one an average of 4.5 stars.

Photo by Naz

Photo by Naz

5. Roti

This is the less famous cousin of naan, an even flatter bread that looks like a flour tortilla. Many praise it as a rice substitute, and as slightly easier to prepare than naan.

Reviews: Nearly 50 give this fabulous flatbread an average of 4.5 stars.

6. Black Pepper Goat Curry

The assertive spices complement the slightly game-y character of “the other red meat.” (Want a good reason to try goat? It’s a whole lot leaner than beef.) If you cannot find goat, substitute lamb.

Reviews: So far, 15 have rated this dish an average of 4.5 stars.

Photo by Meredith

Photo by Meredith

7. Red Lentil Curry

Often referred to as dal, this slow-simmered vegetarian stew makes for a satisfying side dish. It can also shine as the main event when paired up with rice and basmati rice.

Reviews: More than 800 have rated this popular dish highly, making for an average of 4.5 stars.

Photo by Lea Eats

Photo by Lea Eats

8. Chicken Tikka Masala

Marinated in yogurt and spices, this bird is skewered and finished on the grill, basted in the rich sauce. Chopped cilantro is always a pretty way to garnish these colorful curries.

Reviews: More than 2,000 awarded this main course an average of 4.5 stars.

Photo by Meredith

Photo by Meredith

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