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10 Indian Recipes You Didn’t Know You Could Air-Fry

You can achieve deep-fried crispiness, minus the oil and calories, with help from an air fryer. From popular snacks like samosas to simple weeknight meals for two, here are the best air-fryer Indian recipes we could find!

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Tikka Masala Sauce Tikka Masala Curry V4Courtesy Soniya Saluja

Tandoori Paneer Tikka

Marinated cubes of paneer, a soft Indian cottage cheese, take center stage in this simple air-fryer Indian recipe by blogger Soniya Saluja, co-founder of The Belly Rules The Mind. Easily doubled, these veg-friendly skewers are a perfect addition to your roster as barbecue season approaches.

Can’t find paneer at your grocery store? Here’s how to make paneer at home.

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Roasted Air Fryer Aloo Gobi Piping Pot CurryCourtesy Piping Pot Curry

Aloo Gobi

Toss evenly cut pieces of potatoes (aloo) and cauliflower (gobi) with spices in this quick, under-30-minute air-fryer Indian recipe by Piping Pot Curry. Don’t forget a sprinkle (or two!) of lime before serving with a side of hot garlic naan or another type of Indian bread.

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Air Fryer Onion Pakoda 1Courtesy Masala Chilli

Onion Pakodas

Commonly served in Indian households at tea time, onion pakodas are deep-fried fritters made of a thick batter of gram flour, sliced onions and spices. Vidya Narayan of Masala Chilli lightens things up with her air-fryer onion pakoda recipe, using only 2 tablespoons of oil for a three-person serving. Best eaten hot, these savory snacks go great with a side of mango or tamarind chutney.

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Roasted Bombay Potatoes 3Courtesy Spice Cravings

Spicy Bombay Potatoes

The key to these crispy air-fried potatoes by Spice Cravings lies in its spice blend. Amchur, or dry mango powder, adds a mild, unique sourness, while chaat masala, a popular spice blend used in a variety of Indian street foods, lends both heat and saltiness, resulting in crisped-to-perfection spuds you just cannot stop eating!

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Easy Indian Salmon Recipe1Courtesy Easy Cooking With Molly

Tandoori Salmon

This under-30-minute air-fryer Indian recipe for tandoori salmon comes from Easy Cooking With Molly and is also gluten-free. Blogger Molly Kumar recommends pairing this flavorful dish with a light salad or rice pilaf for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Gobi Manchurian

Cornstarch-coated cauliflower florets are air-fried to a golden crisp before being added to a flavorful garlic and soy sauce gravy in this vegetarian-friendly air-fryer recipe by blogger Harini Rupanagudi of Tamalapaku. It’s the perfect foray into the wonderful world of Indian-Chinese food, a century-old cuisine developed by the sizable Chinese immigrant community that once called the eastern Indian city of Kolkata home. Pair it with one of our favorite fried rice recipes.

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Punjabi Samosa Air Fried.1024x1024 4Courtesy Spoon Fork and Food

Punjabi Samosa

You can find these triangular-shaped pieces of dough stuffed with everything from minced meats like chicken and beef to potatoes and lentils. During Diwali and other festivals, sweet versions are common. This air-fryer samosa by blogger Shaheen Ali of Spoon Fork and Food keeps it savory with a mashed potato stuffing inside a simple homemade dough.

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Tandoori Chicken 2Courtesy Spice Cravings

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken gets its name from a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven that is traditionally also used to make naan. According to blogger Aneesha Gupta of Spice Cravings, it is the enzymes naturally present in the yogurt marinade that help tenderize the chicken. Using her air-fryer recipe offers tasty results: a perfectly crispy exterior with a succulent interior.

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NippattuCourtesy My Dainty Soul Curry

Nippattu (Rice Flour Crackers)

Traditionally deep-fried, nippattu are savory crackers made primarily of rice flour. You’ll often find them for sale at street food stalls around the state of Karnataka. Sophie G. of My Dainty Soul Curry keeps things light and healthy by making these popular south Indian snacks in the air fryer in under 30 minutes!

New to regional Indian cooking? Here are the best Indian cookbooks to get you started.

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Bread RollsCourtesy Simmer to Slimmer

Indian Bread Rolls

This air-fryer recipe for Indian bread rolls by Simmer to Slimmer results in golden-brown slices of rolled bread stuffed with a savory mashed potato (and sometimes pea) filling. As blogger Anushree Shetty notes, bread rolls are a kid-friendly appetizer traditionally found in school lunch boxes or served as an evening snack.

Christabel Lobo
Christabel Lobo is a freelance writer, digital designer and illustrator. She specializes in writing and content marketing related to travel, food, lifestyle, art and wellness. Her writing has appeared in TripSavvy, October Magazine, Zagat Stories, Lonely Planet, AllRecipes, LIVESTRONG.com, Outrigger Hotels, The Hindu Business Line, Open Skies, Trivago, Fodor's, Barclays Travel, London's Evening Standard, Silkwinds, Leaf.tv, HuffPost, and more. She was responsible for researching and updating the Kerala chapter of Fodor's Essential India 2019 guidebook. In addition to having completed her RYT 200 Hatha yoga teacher training, Christabel is also a mixed media designer focusing on web design, illustrations and surface pattern design.

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