South Asian Cuisine Guides

Curious about the cuisines of South Asia? Read our guides and essays to deepen your knowledge of South Asian food history, cooking techniques, ingredients, and more.

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How to Make Tadka
How to Stock an Indian Pantry: Spices, Dals, and More Essential Ingredients
Ask a Sommelier: Wine to Pair with a Few Favorite Indian Dishes
Kodampuli, an ingredient used in Kerala-style Indian cooking.
Spice Hunting: Kodampuli
Never Heard of Khoja Ismaili Cuisine? It's Time for a Change
Saapaadu Ready: Travels With My Mother's South Indian Kitchen
A collage of nine spices commonly used in Indian cooking, including cumin seed, star anise, brown mustard seeds, green cardamom pods, amchoor or mango powder, and whole nutmeg.
Indian Spices 101: The Benefits of Frying Spices
Ajji's Cooking: Preserving an Unsung Cuisine
A plate of composed papri chaat (a type of Indian street food made of multiple components) highlighting the sev topping.
Sev (Crunchy Fried Chickpea Noodles)
Bright green Palak Paneer in a white bowl one an orange back next to some roti
Palak Paneer
Saag in an earth-toned orange bowl with roti in the background
Sarson Ka Saag (Braised Mustard Greens and Spinach) Recipe
Cropped view of grilled paneer and chickpea salad on a blue plate
Grilled Paneer and Chickpea Salad
Fresh paneer on a brown plate on a blue backdrop
Fresh Paneer
A plated portain of Biryani on a pale purple plate on a bright blue background
Vegetable Biryani
Overhead view of a portion of vegetable qorma served next to white rice on a blue plate, on a textured blue fabric
Vegetable Qorma
Aloo tikki on a plate with a dipper of tamarind chutney alongside
Aloo Tikki
Bowl of semolina halva topped with spiced nuts and dried fruit
Halva With Spice Dried Fruit and Nuts
A sweating glass of cold nimbu soda with large slices of fresh lime
Nimbu Soda (Indian-Style Lime Soda)
Better Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken Recipe
Spiced Okra With Tomatoes Recipe
Channa masala and white rice on a blue plate decorated with white lines. The plate is on a dark blue surface.
Channa Masala Recipe
Tamarind chutney in a bowl with fried samosas.
Sweet Tamarind Chutney Recipe
a bowl of Indian Village Chicken Curry
Indian Village (Gavthi) Chicken Curry Recipe
A small bowl filled with a large pile of chaat spice mix
Chaat Masala (Indian Street Snack Spice Blend) Recipe
Papri Chaat (Indian Street Snack With Potato, Chickpeas, and Chutneys) Recipe
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Sooji Upma (Indian Semolina Breakfast Dish)
The anda bhurji on a white ceramic plate with toasted white bread and a pat of butter on a stone counter
Anda Bhurji (Spicy Indian Scrambled Eggs) Recipe
Carrot Raita Recipe
Yogurt- and Mint-Marinated Chicken Thighs With Pickled Nectarines Recipe
Mulligatawny Soup Recipe
Kaju Katli Recipe
Mustard Oil-Dressed Cucumber Salad Recipe
Chicken tikka masala in a white speckled ceramic bowl. In the top left corner is a small bowl holding cilantro leaves and on the top right edge of the image is a plate holding naan bread.
The Best Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
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Crab Masala Fry Recipe
Cucumber Raita (Indian Yogurt Condiment) Recipe
 Overhead shot of Pork Vindaloo
Pork Vindaloo Recipe
A double-handled serving crock with chickpea, coconut, and cashew curry. Some naan and a bowl of steamed rice are next to it.
Chickpea, Coconut, and Cashew Curry Recipe
Cabbage Thoran (Kerala-Style Stir-Fried Cabbage) Recipe
Shankarpali (Diwali treat)
Shankarpali (Shakarpara) Recipe
Deep-fried spiralled chiroti on a silver serving platter.
Savory Chiroti
Shining a Light on Diwali Treats: An Opinionated Guide
A metal dish filled with vegan saag paneer made with tofu
Creamy Vegan Saag Paneer (With Tofu) Recipe
Dosa (Indian Rice-and-Lentil Crepes) Recipe
Easy Pressure Cooker Chicken and Chickpea Masala Recipe
Overhead view of fodni bhaat on a blue and yellow stripped linen
Fodni Bhaat (Indian Fried Rice) Recipe
A stack of aloo paratha with spiced potato filling on a plate.
Aloo Paratha With Spiced Potato Filling Recipe
A bowl of homemade chicken tikka makhani, also known as butter chicken
Floyd Cardoz's Butter Chicken (Chicken Tikka Makhani) Recipe
Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry Recipe
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Chicken Pepper Fry Recipe
Garam Masala Recipe
Capsicum Besan Sabji (Bell Pepper and Chickpea Flour Stir-Fry) Recipe
Black Pepper Papads (Poppadoms)
Ultimate Chicken Curry
Ultimate Chicken Curry (Tamatar Murghi) from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded'
Chaat-Spiced Chex Mix Recipe
Potato and Pea Curry (Aloo Matar) Recipe
Dal Tadka
Three golden brown gulab jamuns soaking in syrup in a grey bowl
Gulab Jamun Recipe
Beyond Curry: Indian Mackerel Fry Recipe