Embarking on a culinary exploration of Indian cuisine opens the door to a world brimming with rich tastes, enticing flavours, and aromatic delights. Often, when contemplating Indian food, the mind conjures images of bold spices and fiery oils, creating a misconception that deters those averse to heat. However, the diverse Indian menu shatters such illusions, offering a delightful array of options catering to all palates.


Prepare your stomach with popular starters like samosas, onion bhajis, and naan bread before the true test of culinary courage arises when selecting a main dish from the extensive list of Indian curry recipes.

Fear not, for we have meticulously curated a list of ten mild yet exceptionally flavorful Indian dishes. These mild curries, often made with cooling yogurt, coconut, and fragrant herbs, promise a palate-pleasing experience with minimal heat.

It's essential to recognise the diversity within this category. Indian curry encompasses a vast array of preparations, each distinct in its flavours and ingredients. From creamy and mildly spiced kormas to the tangy notes of a tikka masala, the realm of Indian curry recipes offers a treasure trove for enthusiasts seeking variety. Whether you fancy a vegetable-laden curry, a succulent chicken rendition, or a delectable seafood option, the options are as diverse as they are delicious.

So, whether you're a seasoned connoisseur of Indian cuisine or a tentative newcomer, let this guide to mild Indian curries be your passport to a culinary adventure where the flavours are as diverse as the country that inspires them.

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1. Classic butter chicken

Pan of butter chicken curry topped with coriander, next to a naan bread

Trade your regular takeout for a homemade delight – butter chicken (chicken makhani). This two-part masterpiece merges tandoori chicken with a luxurious, buttery sauce.

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2. Chicken korma

Chicken korma

This healthy version of a traditional chicken korma uses fat-free Greek yogurt instead of cream to keep it low in calories. It’s a great midweek dinner for when you’re low energy as it only takes 35 minutes from start to finish. For a vegetarian version, check out our butternut korma with mini naans that uses fresh ingredients to enhance a shop-bought curry paste.

3. Creamy tofu curry with homemade roti

Pot of tofu curry topped with coriander

Craft a surprisingly rich and satisfying tofu curry that proudly wears the vegan badge. Not a hint of chilli in sight! Opt for the mildest tikka or masala curry paste to ensure a flavour-packed experience without the heat for those steering clear of spice.

Ditch the meat and check out more of our vibrant veggie-packed vegan curry recipes.

4. Paneer makhani

Skillet of paneer makhani curry

This vegetarian and gluten-free curry is a great dinner party option, as no Indian celebration is complete without paneer cheese. This curry is very mild, with only a teaspoon of Kashmiri chilli powder and a tomato and cream base. However, there is the suggested option of adding a chilli for those who want more heat.

Check out our paneer recipes for more Indian dishes that use this fresh, crumbly cheese.

5. Malai kofta with spicy gravy

Paneer kofta balls in a gravy sauce on a plate topped with almonds

Malai kofta (paneer dumplings with a rich, creamy gravy) is the ultimate North Indian comfort food. It’s often served during Diwali celebrations. Make sure you serve this classic vegetarian dish with roti or paratha to make sure you can mop up every last drop of delicious gravy.

6. Punjabi cauliflower with potatoes (aloo gobi)

Punjabi cauliflower with potatoes (aloo gobi)

Try aloo gobi, a North Indian side dish that seamlessly combines turmeric-spiced cauliflower florets with fried cumin, ginger, and a hint of red chilli powder. This simple yet comforting dish is ideal for entertaining a crowd, boasting delightful flavours and catering to various dietary preferences – it's vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free.

For more dishes great for entertaining friends or feeding the entire family, check out our feed-a-crowd recipes.

7. Khichdi

Dhal with peas topped with bay leaf

Enjoy this classic Indian dhal. Known for its Ayurvedic properties, our version is easy to prepare and full of flavour.

To read more about the health benefits of lentils, check out our helpful guide on the top 5 health benefits of lentils.

8. Squash & cabbage sabzi

Squash & cabbage sabzi

Make this delightful veggie Indian dish at your next feast. Comprising pumpkin, cabbage, and an array of spices, it serves as an excellent side dish alongside dhal and rice. Alternatively, enjoy as a main paired with warm roti. Its simplicity shines with just two easy steps, so it can be on the table in just 20 minutes.

Make the most of autumnal flavours with more of our butternut squash recipes and cabbage recipes.

9. Fried fish & tomato curry

Pot of fish curry

Use a sustainable white fish like pollock in this southern Indian-style coconut and tomato curry with fresh coriander. It’s a great quick midweek dinner that can be ready in 35 minutes. Plus, it's freezer-friendly, making it the perfect go-to for a swift, comforting meal whenever the craving strikes.

Try more fish curry recipes, from Keralan mackerel curry to shellfish masala.

10. Slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Bowl of chicken tikka masala next to a bowl of rice

Get this chicken tikka masala on in the slow cooker in the morning and have dinner waiting for you when you get in – it's perfect for a cold winter evening.

Use your trusty kitchen gadget with more of our slow cooker recipes.


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