If you’re craving Indian food you can make kheema, which is an Indian chili, or try tackling mulligatawny, an Indian lentil soup. The possibilities are endless. Step out of the curry comfort zone and try something new — you won’t be sorry. Here are three non-curry Indian dishes to get you started:
Created in the time of the Raj, this creamy lentil soup enriched with coconut milk takes its name from a Tamil phrase "milagu thanni," meaning pepper water. — Susannah Blake
Indian Spiced Cookies (Nankhatai) Recipe
These are Indian shortbread cookies called nankhatai. A nankhatai is a simple eggless cookie with butter, flour, and sugar as the main ingredients. Some spice is added to give the cookies an extra zing. I used a mixture of besan (chickpea flour), all-purpose flour, and semolina as the base. Black pepper adds warmth to these sweet, buttery cookies and a little bit of fruity jam or almond on top gives these thumbprint cookies their last finishing touch. You can use any kind of nut or jam of choice. — Prerna Singh
Kheema ("Indian Chili") Recipe
This dish is very similar to a comfort food classic — chili. The recipe includes potatoes, onions, lamb, and peas and it all gets coated with a garam masala blend.