So you’ve embraced the whole full-cream dairy, low-carb lifestyle that comes with the keto diet. Phase one, complete. By now, you’re probably looking for recipes that’ll spice up your home cooking, and while the diet isn’t ideal for every type of cuisine, Indian food is about to be your new go-to. From seafood curries and tandoori to vegetable masalas, this list of keto recipes will prove the region offers up complex flavors that keto eaters can dig right into—as long as you’re cool with passing up that beloved naan.
This healthy coconut chicken curry is naturally low-carb and gluten-free, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean it’s bland. When there’s curry powder paired with other Indian-inspired spices like turmeric and cumin, it can only be delicious. It’s then thickened with coconut milk and sweetened with honey and lemon so you’re in good hands. Leftovers will rock too, and may even taste better after your meat marinates in that bold sauce overnight.
You’ll want to eat this creamy, buttery chicken straight from the pot with a spoon thanks to the smell alone. Expect super-tender chicken pieces mixed with tomatoes and your homemade yogurt marinade. Be sure to brown the ingredients on the stove top before mixing them into your special curry sauce—especially those onions for that caramelizing effect.
Marinating (low-carb) veggies in this spiced tomato pureé gets you a tender and juicy dish that can easily hold its own as a main. It’s substantial enough to fill you up for lunch or to be eaten over eggs with breakfast—you won’t even miss the grains.
This one’s foolproof. You’ll be boiling eggs and making a simple homemade gravy made of coconut oil, mustard seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, green chilies, and a variety of spices. Pro tip: The dish is all about its creamy texture so you’ll want to keep the yolk slightly gooey and be careful not to overboil them. Spicy food fans can amp up the heat based on how many curry leaves they dare to add in.
We can’t imagine a time we wouldn’t be in the mood for fried cheese. This recipe is all about frying up paneer (cottage cheese) in turmeric, salt, and red chili powder. It’s then heated together with a sauce made of garlic, ginger paste, green chilies, onions, and tomatoes, proving that sometimes more is better when it comes to flavors.
This warming soup comes together quickly, and your shopping will be minimal, as it’s just a big ol’ bowl of all of your pantry staple spices: cumin, coriander, paprika, ginger, and cayenne. We love the cauliflower here, which adds a bit of texture and fills you up. The kale also adds a nice crunch of green, but go light on it if you’ve had too many carbs that day.
When you want to impress guests (or just need a dose of curry), this recipe will earn you some culinary cred. No need to order the take-out favorite from your go-to Indian restaurant when you can cook it up from home in 30 minutes. Instead of serving it with carb-heavy rice, make your own cauliflower “rice” to add something robust. Seconds will be an immediate yes from the group.
For a light and healthy weeknight meal, opt for a flavorful fish. You’ll want to marinade your fresh filet in tandoori masala, yogurt, and salt and pepper for a few hours (overnight if you can). To cook, throw your fish in the oven or on the stove top using minimal oil. Don’t panic on finding tandoori masala either, you can easily snag it at big retailers like Walmart, Target, and Amazon.
If you’re obsessed with spicy food, chicken vindaloo from scratch is a must. The authentic recipe is the perfect marriage between fiery and sweet. Everything in your pot is cooked down with peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, and serrano chilies. If you can’t take the heat, you can regulate it by going way less heavy-handed on the peppers. To keep this keto-friendly, skip the potatoes. You’ll have more than enough going on without them.