Indian food is the orange lipstick of International cuisine. It’s exotic, it makes a statement and if you haven’t found your groove, it can be downright intimidating! From curry to chai tea, tikka masala to naan, we’re proving just how easy homemade Indian can be with these 21 recipes to show you the way!

1. Quick Vegan Chana Masala: A lazy girl’s guide to a classic, vegetarian curry. This one makes great leftovers! (via Cookie + Kate)

2. Lamb Madras: This is a rich curry with a classic blend of toasty Indian spices, from turmeric to fennel to cloves and coriander. Buy the spices, thank us later. (via Hari Ghotra)

3. Creamy Saag Paneer: Today is the day you learn how to make homemade cheese. Or you can buy the paneer from the store and we won’t tell on you. Fresh Indian cheese is melted with garlicky spinach for a rich and cozy bowl of yum. (via A Spicy Perspective)

4. Indian Roasted Chickpeas: Humble, little ol’ chickpeas become a crowd-pleasing snack with these crunchy bite-sized flavor bombs. (via A Spicy Perspective)

5. Sweet Potato Samosas With Mango Chutney: This recipe uses sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes for an extra somethin’ special. Homemade mango chutney puts the finishing touch on a crowd-pleasing app or a delicious weeknight dinner just for you. (via Culinary Ginger)

6. Quinoa Cauliflower Biryani: This gluten-free and vegan pick packs a bundle of flavor. Using quinoa in place of rice, it has extra protein oomph, too. (via Vegan Richa)

7. Oven Baked Garlic Naan: Create this quintessential Indian bread at home with a few simple ingredients and a super hot oven. (via My Southern Flavours)

8. Moong Sprouts Masala Vadai: These addictive fritters are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re kid-friendly and great as a snack or appetizer. (via Cooks Joy)

9. Sweet + Sour Coriander Chutney: This versatile Indian condiment is the perfect compliment to any of the above or below dishes, and it’s a much more wholesome alternative to store-bought sauces or spreads. (via Cook With Manali)

10. Whole Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower With Mint Chutney: This whole roasted cauliflower is the perfect centerpiece for a vegetarian dinner party. Feel free to experiment with the spice blend and impress your guests with something completely unique. (via My New Roots)

11. Butter Cookies With Cashews + Almonds: For a bite of something sweet, try your hand at these crisp and crunchy Indian cookies. Perfect with a cup of chai! (via Cook With Manali)

12. Indian Spiced Veggie Burgers: Spice up dinner tonight with an exotic twist on the classic veggie burger, brought to you by Shilpi Gupta, one of our own fabulous contributors! (via Brit + Co)

13. Spicy Egg Curry: Make this simple, spicy egg curry for brunch this weekend. You won’t regret it. (via Messy Kitchen Stories)

14. Indian Lamb Karahi: If you ever wondered how Indian restaurants achieve that silky, luscious red curry, this recipe unfolds the mystery. (via Chef de Home)

15. Paneer Tikka Masala: Bite into this creamy, dreamy vegetarian take on the classic Chicken Tikka Masala. Serve hot with butter and naan. (via Cook With Manali)

16. Roasted Curry Cauliflower: This is a simple roasted veggie recipe that will make the house smell wonderful. Toss leftovers on your salad for a healthy take-along lunch. (via Vegan Dad)

17. Curry Grilled Vegetables With Chick Peas and Creamy Polenta: A delightful diversion from pasta or rice, polenta makes a creamy base for a wholesome mix of veggies and chick peas. (via Naturally Ella)

18. Mango Lassi: For those not well-versed in Indian cuisine, lassi is a creamy, refreshing yogurt drink popular in Northern India. Thick, creamy and refreshing with a burst of mango and a hint of cardamom, this mango lassi is exactly what you want right now. (via Easy Yummy Cookery)

19. Rice Kheer: Not your average rice pudding, this recipe is studded with raisins and nuts for a decadent bowl of happiness. (via UK Rasoi)

20. Curried Cauliflower Soup: Creamy, vegan cauliflower soup is nourishing and comforting. Try it paired with PJs and a rainy day. (via Cookie + Kate)

21. Masala Chai Tea: A soothing cup of chai tea is the best way to end an Indian feast. Brew up this recipe and see what we mean! (via The Kitchn)

Ever tried to recreate your favorite Indian dish at home? Give one (or all) of these a try and let us know what you think!