Cooking Indian Food

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If you enjoy eating or cooking Indian food, then you’ve come to the right place! Here on My Heart Beets, I enjoy sharing healthy and delicious Indian recipes. I’ll show you how easy it is to make unique, flavorful dishes!

I’m American (born and raised) but both of my parents are from north India and my husband’s family is from south India. I learned how to cook from my mom and my mom-in-law – between the two of them, I’ve got most. of India covered 😉 (Not being serious there, lol… Indian cuisine is so varied by region, even by household). On my blog, you’ll find varied recipes – from authentic dishes to original Indian-inspired creations.

You can see all of my Indian recipes by clicking here.

If you want even more delicious Indian recipes then be sure to check out my cookbooks!

Before you start cooking Indian food, I have put together a shopping guide for you to check out below – once you have the following items, you will be set with a well-stocked Indian pantry.You can purchase these items from your local Indian grocery store or on amazon.

Indian Kitchen Tools:

Indian Spice Tin
Spice Grinder
Instant Pot
Dutch Oven

Pantry Ingredients:

Grassfed Ghee
Mustard oil
Rose water
Tamarind Paste
Probiotics (for recipes in South Asian Persuasion)


Amchur Powder (dried mango powder)
Bay Leaf
Black Salt/Kala Namak
Brown/Black Mustard Seeds
Carom Seeds (Ajwain)
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Curry Leaves (I buy fresh leaves and keep them in my freezer)
Curry Powder
Fenugreek Leaves (kasoori methi)
Fennel Seeds
Garam Masala and my homemade Meat Masala
Kalonji (Indian Onion Seeds)
Kashmiri Chili (not quite as spicy as cayenne)
Star Anise
White Poppy Seeds

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  1. Gina says

    So excited to start learning how to cook healthy Indian food. I’m wondering if there is a list of the most basic ingredients to get started. It’s a bit overwhelming and my amazon bill is already over 300 just getting spices and supplies. For us novice cooks starting with a few basics would help. Maybe you cover this in the book I just havent read far enough. Thanks for the great recipes.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Gina, I just saw your email! Please check out my Indian 101 series about spices: If you have an Indian store nearby you can find the spices for much cheaper than on amazon!

  2. Kimberly Frankish says

    Hi Ashley! I love palak paneer and am wondering if your recipe for the sarson ka saag would be the one to make and add paneer? I just bought your e-book and am making my shopping list right now! Thank you for putting such an extensive selection of your efforts available to the rest of us! 🙂

      • Kimberly Frankish says

        My husband is from England and I made your slow cooker tandoori chicken this week…. He LOVED it and said it tastes exactly like the curry back home! I have the sarson ka saag ready and just received the great lakes gelatin in the post. I will let you know tomorrow how it all turns out! Thanks for confirming that this is the right recipe.

  3. Ellen Banks says

    My father did some work for a neighbor and in return he cooked us Indian food. It was very good but a little too spicy for me to handle. Are there dishes that are not as hot?

  4. Kristin says

    My husband and I absolutely love Indian food and your paleo recipes are the best! Could I request that you post a recipe for a paleo version of beef vindaloo? It’s my favorite and I’ve been dying to make it but I can’t seem to find a good recipe!!