You’ve been living off mason jar salads all summer long, but now that the weather is getting chillier, you’re craving cuisine with a little more comfort. Challenge yourself to think outside of the pizza box and with these exotic Indian dishes. Here are 15 delicious ideas to try.


1. Baked Samosas: Skipping the fryer makes these way healthier than their deep-fried counterparts, but what makes them truly stand out is the potato filling inside. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

Baby Corn Hara Masala

2. Baby Corn Hara Masala: For the lazy chefs out there, this tasty side cooks in 10 minutes flat. Pssst…the secret is in the (green masala) sauce. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)


3. Basundi: Found all over India, this dessert is like a rice pudding without the rice. It’s so thick and rich, even a small serving is sure to satisfy. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

Dhokla Gujarati Bread

4. Bread Dhokla: For all the gluten-free fans out there, this one’s for you! Once you mix up your batter, keep it warm overnight and then steam it for 20 minutes to achieve its delicious consistency. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)


5. Diwali Dessert: A perfect celebration dessert, this dish gets its sweet flavors from nuts and dal. Serve it on a chilly night for a dose of comfort. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

Indian Spiced Horchata

6. Indian Horchata: Using Indian flavors like cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks, this recipe puts a new spin on a Mexican classic. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

indian stuffed pepper

7. Indian Stuffed Peppers: Stuffed with Paneer cheese and spices like turmeric, Kashmiri chili and garam masala, this isn’t your usual recipe for stuffed peppers. Serve with a side of rice and you’ll have a complete meal in no time at all. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

pumpkin curry

8. Kerala Pumpkin Curry: ‘Tis the time of year for pumpkin-flavored everything, and that includes curry. This easy curry dish is quick to make and perfect for warming you up on a chilly night. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

Indian Style Spinach

9. Indian Style Spinach: Kick up your usual veggie side with this spicy take on spinach. It’s a perfect accompaniment for your next #MeatlessMonday meal. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)


10. Laddu: Looking for a sweet morning or afternoon treat that is also gluten-free? Try some Laddu. Stuffed with nuts and golden raisins, they’re a perfect companion to your morning coffee or afternoon tea. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)


11. Indian Style Fries: We have a serious love of fries, and these are no exception. Flavored with serrano chilis, brown mustard seed and ground peanuts, the flavor combination is out of this world. Pan crisped, they’re also a lot healthier than the deep-fried kind. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

Lentil Puffs

12. Lentil Puffs: With these spicy gluten-free puffs, you can’t just eat one, so make sure you make a big enough batch to share. Usually served with a complementary dipping sauce, they make for a tasty afternoon snack break. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

Mathanga Thoran

13. Butternut Squash Coconut Thoran: Traditionally made with chopped vegetables and spices, this dish gets its flavor from a seasonal favorite — butternut squash. It’s a delicious side for your Thanksgiving table. Bonus: It’s also really easy to make. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)


14. Indian Style Turnips: Spice up your dinner tonight with this flavor-packed vegetable side. An exotic twist on tyipcal turnip recipes, this dish gets its flavors from turmeric, Kasmiri chili, amuchur powder and a whole slew of other spices. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)


15. Payasam: Sweet, milky and incredibly fragrant, this South Indian dessert is a must-try. Made with gluten-free pasta and a combination of flavorful spices, it’s like no dessert you’ve ever come across before. This recipe is versatile enough that it can be made vegan or dairy-free. (via Kathy Gori on Snapguide)

Have a favorite Indian dish or a dish you can’t wait to try? Sound off in the comments below!