Indian Side Dishes

Indian cuisine is known for its bold flavors and complex spices. But what many people don’t realize is that Indian side dishes are just as delicious and versatile. From cooling chutneys to savory curries, there’s an Indian side dish to complement every main course.

This comprehensive post will provide you with an array of easy, delicious, and authentic Indian side dish recipes, no matter what your cooking skill level!

PS – Don’t forget about these 25+ easy Indian Appetizers and delicious Indian Desserts too!

The BEST Indian Side Dishes

Overhead closeup view of split pea dal with pickled red onions
This Instant Pot Dal comes together with minimal effort with the help of your electric pressure cooker. These delicious bowls of dal are topped with quick-pickled red onion and tangy yogurt for an unforgettable, vegetarian meal that’s perfect for Meatless Monday or any day of the week. 
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Overhead shot of prepared raita sauce in bowl next to pita pieces.
This Raita Recipe is a popular Indian dip that’s creamy, crunchy and a perfect pair for warming and spicy foods.
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Overhead shot of four pieces of naan stacked on wooden cutting board next to bowl of green chutney.
This Easy Homemade Naan & Chutney Recipe means that you can enjoy naan at home anytime with all your favorite dishes.
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Overhead close up of bowl of lime coconut rice with chopsticks.
This Coconut Lime Rice is fragrant, fluffy, and easy to make. The mild coconut flavor is delectable, making this simple side dish perfect for curries, stir fry, stew, and more. Rice cooker, Instant Pot, and stovetop directions included.
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Indian tomato soup in grey bowl topped with naan croutons.
This Indian Tomato Soup is not your average tomato soup recipe! Made with warm and vibrant Indian spices and topped with homemade naan croutons and a Greek yogurt sauce, it’s a silky smooth vegetarian meal that comfort food fanatics will love.
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Street-style Chole Samosa Chaat is a hearty, tangy, and spicy snack that represents all the best parts of Indian cuisine! It’s perfectly balanced and absolutely comforting when shared with family.
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Here are 4 Street-Style Indian Chutneys. Each one is easy to prepare and so flavorful. Choose from mild, medium, hot and atomic levels of heat!
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Onion Bhaji – Finely sliced onion smothered in a simple, fragrantly spiced batter and fried to crispy perfection.
They’re also naturally gluten free!
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Saag paneer is a spinach-based vegetarian dish combined which combines fragrant spices with paneer, a rubbery Indian cheese.
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Here’s a mini everyday-thali, sans dessert – nothing fancy – just rice, dal, aloo gobi (stir-fried potato & cauliflower), eggplant-almond curry, paratha (whole wheat flat bread), salad & poppadoms.
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Samosa, an indian spicy potato and pea mixture wrapped in a flaky pastry and fried until crispy and delicious!
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Dahi Vada is deep fried, soft lentil fritters served with dahi, chutneys, and spices to make chaat! It’s a delicious dish for special occasions!
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Perfectly crisp, brilliantly seasoned papadum are easy to make at home! Shiitake powder adds umami for a new level of snacking satisfaction.
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Gol Gappay / Pani Puri
Puri (deep fried discs of dough that puff up and become crunchy) are, followed by the fillings typically found in Gol Gappay. I explained that there are tons of flavors and textures happening such as sweet, savory, and tangy, and also lots of crunchy, chewy, and soft textures. Basically a party in your mouth!
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Easy and the best South Indian coconut chutney recipe with step by step photos and video. Serve this delicious chutney with idli, dosa, vada, uttapam, pongal and many more south indian breakfast dishes.
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A delicately spiced aloo gobi recipe that gets its flavors from an onion and tomato base with just a sprinkling of the big three spices of Indian cooking – turmeric, coriander and red chilli powders. It’s vegan, it’s easy and it’s tasty!
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Jeera Aloo is a spiced dish made with cumin, fresh herbs, and is gluten-free and vegan. Jeera aloo recipe is easy & gets under 30 minutes.
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Vegetable Paneer Jalfrezi is a simple Indian vegetarian curry made with vegetables, paneer and Indian spices.This stir fry is low carb and keto recipe too.
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Malai Kofta are delicious fried balls of potato and paneer in a rich and creamy mild gravy made with sweet onions and tomatoes.
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This bhindi masala recipe will convert any bhindi hater! It’s a punjabi style recipe & is full of flavor. Just follow the recipe & it won’t be slimy.
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Pakoras – spiced Indian vegetable fritters, a popular Indian street food snack or starter for an Indian meal. Or pass around as a canapé!
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This crispy gobi 65 recipe is irresistibly delicious, perfectly cooked with crunchy layer makes it better than restaurant style, you will love this fried cauliflower recipe over and over again!
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Hara bhara kabab is a crispy, easy to make vegan kabab recipe with spinach, green peas, potatoes & chickpea flour. Best filling snack!
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Make the popular Indian street food dahi papdi chaat at home with easy ingredients like baked tortilla papri, potato, yogurt and chickpea.
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This Aloo Paratha recipe is a delicious pan-fried Indian potato stuffed flatbread that is easy to make with a simple 3-ingrendient dough and vegan filling.
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Fragrant Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice, a healthy alternative to white rice. Learn to make this vibrant rice on the stovetop or instant pot.
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Indian-Spiced Potatoes and Zucchini
This simple dish of Indian-spiced potatoes and zucchini is a total flavour bomb! Two main ingredients and a handful of spices make up this tasty vegan dish.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these Indian side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

Wine Pairings for Indian Food

  • Indian dishes are heavily spiced and rich with complex flavors and aromas. The key is pairing the complexity with a fruity, cold wine like a sweet Riesling or a floral Rosé. 
  • A crisp Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc also pair well with the spicy, savory flavors.

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25+ EASY Indian Side Dishes

Indian cuisine is known for its bold flavors and complex spices. But what many people don't realize is that Indian side dishes are just as delicious and versatile. From cooling chutneys to savory curries, there's an Indian side dish to complement every main course. Try this Instant Pot Dal. It comes together with minimal effort with the help of your electric pressure cooker.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time for pressure to build and release: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (finely grated)
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger (peeled and finely grated (about 2 tablespoons))
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (more if you like your indian food spicy)
  • cups dried split peas (rinsed)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For Serving:

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (chopped + extra for garnish)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Kosher salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Cooked basmati rice

Quick Pickled Red Onion:

  • 1 small red onion (very thinly sliced into rounds, rinsed)
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Large pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, add heat the oil. Add onions and a pinch of salt and sauté until softened, 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne  and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Hit the CANCEL button and add split peas, water, tomatoes, salt and stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Cover and seal the lid – turn the vent to sealing. Press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 10 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  • Meanwhile, make your toppings.
  • In a small bowl, combine lime zest and juice, red onion, sugar, and a large pinch of salt. Massage the onion for 1 minute to help it soften.
  • Mix yogurt and 2 Tbsp. water in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Once the 10 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid, stir in the cilantro and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve dal over rice drizzled with yogurt and topped with pickled onion and additional cilantro.
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Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 993mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 17.9mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 4.1mg

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