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Easy Indian Food Recipes

Updated on March 24, 2017

Indian Cooking is Easy Delicious and Healthy

My husband is from India and He and I both love eating Indian food. For many years I was intimidated by cooking Indian food. I learned a lot from his aunts and I would like to pass some of their secrets on to you. We always had to drive many miles to get our Indian cooking supplies. Now amazon has everything you need to make easy Indian food. No more driving for hours to get to the specialty grocery store!!!

We always feel good about making Indian Food at home. These meals are always healthy and delicious. Once you know the secrets to easy Indian recipes, you can add almost any ingredients. Vegetarian dishes are flavorful and convenient, just add fresh vegetables, or whatever is in the pantry.

Photo by mariajomith

You Will Need These Indian Grocery Items Before You Get Started

Cooking Indian food is easy if you have the right ingredients on hand. Once you have mastered your first dish you will be using a good deal of the same ingredients in every dish that you make. Here are some staples to get you started...

GOOD RICE (BUY THE BASMATI RICE, YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY)

TURMERIC POWDER

CRUSHED RED PEPPER

CILANTRO

GARLIC

GINGER

I have to admit that I was intimidated by Indian cooking at first. I was so afraid of failure and the recipes were so different from the "meat and potatoes" meals that I was raised on. Let me just say that if I can learn, then so can you. Combine the tips on this page with the video that I created and you will have every single fact that you need to be successful at creating your own meals.

Now it's easy to buy Indian groceries online

The Secret to Great Indian Cooking

Its called Green Masalo

I think this is actually a secret. I never see this printed, but this is what you need to add for that secret delicious flavor of indian food. You will literally add one tbsp of this to any Indian dish, and people will think that you are the best cook they have ever met. To make green masalo you will buy.

anaheim peppers

garlic

cilantro

ginger

combine equal parts of all of these items. Cilantro is stalks and all.

Put all of your ingredients into a blender, you may need a few tbsps water to get the blender going. Blend until you have a fragrant green paste. Put remaining green masalo in your refrigerator for future recipes. Will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Here is a full video I made of my first and easiest indian dish

Now you can make any Indian food Recipe

Just follow the directions from the video and add any other ingredients that you like, and i promise it will be delicious. Give it a try and please let me know what you think.

by mariajomith

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Great tips! I love Indian food as there is so much choice for vegetarians. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the secret tip - green masalo. Gotta give it a try. I love Indian cooking.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yummy, I love Indian foods. I'm sure glad I just ate. :)

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Love your video! I love Indian food, as does my son, but none of our home made efforts have come out quite right yet. Delicious, but missing something. Can't wait to try cooking with green masalo!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      My husband and I love Indian food, and prepare numerous Indian meals frequently. My fave in the restaurants is Saag Paneer. MMMMMM!

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Hi mariajomith. Interesting recipe. The recipe looks good because I enjoy potatoes, rice and the spices you added. I am not sure about the green masalo as I have never eaten that before. Everything else look appetizing though. Thanks for sharing. Please; Pay It Forward!

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      I absolutely adore Indian food, but i'm a terrible cook!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I know it sounds crazy, but I managed to make it to the age of 34 without ever tasting Indian food! Now I think I'm going to have to give it a try...this looks delicious and I think my husband will love it, too. Thanks for sharing the secret to great tasting Indian food...I can't wait to give it a try! :)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm a pretty lazy cook, but my sister lived in India for 10 years. Maybe I can get her to make some Indian food for me. Fortunately I like spicy food.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Great Food Recipes! Well done, Squidlike!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Great Food Recipes! Well done, Squidlike!

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      I always wondered about that unique taste, we were only talking about it last night as I made tandoori chicken and the family loved it. Thanks for sharing the secret

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Indian foods are very delightful and offer a very wide variety indeed! Thank you for sharing this!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the secret. I love Indian food and being vegetarian am always looking for a little secret here or there.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      I liked the lens yesterday but forgot to comment. I didn't realize that you have made that Youtube video - awesome, way to go!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love indian food! Thanks for posting this lens.

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Indian food is my favorite! I appreciate the green masalo tip. I'll have to try that.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      @Mariajomith: Thanks so much for the response. I will try it it for sure.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      @Mariajomith: Thanks so much for the response. I will try it it for sure.

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      maria 5 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: definetly can be frozen, that's what i used to do before i started cooking Indian food so often. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed my lens, and the video. You will be impressed with the new flavor of your indian cooking.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you for the Green Masalo and the Potato Pulao recipes. I have been cooking some Indian dishes for years, but you are right no one ever gave me the green masalo tip before. I loved your video too. Good job. I wonder if the masalo could be frozen in ice cube trays to use as needed.

      *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Food & Cooking » Regional Foods » Indian Food" neighborhood. In fact, you are the 1st lens to be featured in this category. Whoohoo! I am also pinning it to Pinterest. Good job!