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With the unusual and complex spices of food, it can be difficult to cook your favorite Indian dishes at home. But, if you stock your kitchen with some essential ingredients found in Indian cuisine, you can easily prepare these dishes and enjoy that vibrant, spicy taste at any time. Recipes ranging from tandoori chicken to spinach paneer are relatively simple. You can also learn how to make delicious flatbread ideal for scooping your naan, rice and sauce.

Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)

Authentic Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken)

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Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken) is one of the top ranked in any Indian restaurant in the West and for good reason - it is delicious. This sizzling poultry dish tastes great with kali dal (black lentils), naan and green salad. If you have a well stocked spice drawer, the only pantry ingredient you may need is Kasuri Methi (dried fenugreek leaves). Otherwise, this recipe calls for common ingredients such as olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, butter, and tomato puree.

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot butter chicken in a dish with rice.

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If you love Murgh Makhani, but do not have a lot of time, try Instant Pot Butter Chicken. It has all the delicious flavors of butter, cream, tomatoes, garlic and spices like garam masala, cumin, ginger, and coriander, but the cooking time is short.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken
Elaine Lemm

It is difficult for anyone to love the Tandoori Chicken, a famous Indian barbecue chicken recipe. Although traditionally cooked in clay ovens, you can regularly prepare yogurt-marinated chicken in the oven (or grill). You need to plan ahead, as the coated chicken must sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you prefer, you can first find the marinated chicken cubes on the stovetop to get that signature tandoori char.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala
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masala Chicken Tikka Masala is a delicious grilled chicken dish with a thick, creamy gravy that is unforgettable after the first bite. Tomato-curd chutney is mixed with chilli, garlic, ginger, and garam masala, the ubiquitous Indian spice. The chicken is marinated overnight, grilled, and then slowly cooked in a little smokey gravy. Serve this dish on top of basmati rice with hot non-bread bread. For the quick version, try making it in an instant pot.

Chicken Vindaloo Curry

Chicken vindaloo in a serving bowl with rice and condiments on the side

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This is a mild and sweet spicy recipe for chicken vindaloo curry. Contrary to current belief, curry does not have to be hot and fussy and in fact, was never started in India in this way. Making curry paste is the most important part of this dish, so do not skimp on the ingredients.