recipes by course

There is something here for everyone, even if you think you do not like Indian food. The dishes range from simple family fare to exotic and complex festive dishes. There are vegetarian dishes, meat, poultry, fish and seafood dishes. There are breakfasts and desserts, drinks and snacks.

There are recipes here that might surprise you, as they may not be what you usually think of as Indian cuisine.

Just starting out? Try looking at our basic recipes for simple, but inspirational dishes.

a bowl of mussels, cooked in recheado masala, with a portuguese dinner roll

starters

Snacks or starters are often bought from street vendors, but many of these can be easily made at home. These recipes are some of the common, and not so common, dishes used to precede a meal, or as a snack, or even a light meal.

a bowl of mulligatawny soup

soups

These soups are a traditional part of a family meal or a more elaborate festive celebration.

a bowl of south indian mixed vegetables with coconut

vegetarian

Indian cuisine is arguably the most sophisticated vegetarian cuisine in the world. These are some of our favourites, and are mostly dishes from southern India.

egg and coconut milk curry

eggs

There is an egg dish here for everyone and at any time. Egg chaat is not to be missed, nor is akoori, scrambled eggs done the Parsi way.

malabari prawns

fish and seafood

Fish and seafood dishes, featuring recipes from the coastal and riverine parts of India.

a bowl of lamb rogan josh

meat and poultry

Not all Indians are vegetarian, and these are some of our favourite non-vegetarian dishes.

a bowl of kashmiri pulao

rice, pulao and biryani

Rice dishes, pulao and biryanis. You can never claim to have eaten Indian food until you eaten a proper biryani, and there are several proper biryanis in this section.

a stack of naan on a wooden platter

breads

There is a great variety of bread served with Indian food. From naan to roti, to bread-similar dishes like idli and dosa, here are some of the most popular ones. Gluten-free? There are recipes here for you, too.

a platter of corn salad

salads

Salads can be simple accompaniments or side dishes, such as kachumber, a simple chopped vegetable salad, or can be sophisticated main courses, often highlighting fresh seafood.

A jar of apple, peach and apricot chutney

accompaniments

Accompaniments are one of the great parts of Indian cuisine. These are recipes for chutneys and pickles and other small dishes.

a bowl of carrot halwa

desserts

Some family favourites desserts in here include halwa and kheer. Desserts are often sold by specialist sweet vendors, and reflect generations-old approaches.

a glass of masala lemonade

drinks

There are some expected recipes, and some unusual recipes in here, all of which deserve at least one try. You should try nimbu pani and chai. Indian coffee is a treat too.

a portuguese layer cake, with a single serve in forground

baking

People are often surprised that baking is part of Indian cuisine. The Portuguese and Raj influences inspired some wonderful products. Some family favourites are here.

a bowl, with Parsi scrambled eggs and a roti

breakfasts

A breakfast might be some idli with sambar. Or, it might be eggs or even kedgeree, that wonderful innovation of the Raj.

three samosas on a serving plate

snacks

Snacks or starters are often bought from street vendors, but many of these can be easily made at home. These recipes are some of the common, and not so common, dishes used to precede a meal, or as a snack., or even a light meal.