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22 AIP Indian Recipes That Will Spice Up Your Diet Safely

Louise | August 31

If you thought your AIP diet would prevent you from ever eating Indian food again, you were wrong.

AIP is all about finding the best solutions to enjoy good food, without letting it make you feel worse – and that’s exactly what we’re doing with these awesome Indian recipes!

Whether you’re looking for something completely vegetarian, or one of your favorite Indian dishes with meat or fish, you’re going to find it on this list.

I guarantee you’re going to love the many curry recipes, as well as the creamy sauces that I’ve always loved about Indian food. You probably won’t believe they are dairy-free!

You’ll get completely nightshade-free versions of your old favorites, so you won’t have to worry about a thing when eating these. You can even enjoy tikka masala again!

My favorite things about these AIP Indian recipes are:
1) Turmeric and ginger – several of these recipes include one or both of these ingredients, which is great because they are anti-inflammatory.
2) These meals taste even better the next day; spicy food often does. That’s why I tend to make a double batch, to make sure I have leftovers.
3) Crockpot options – I love using my slow cooker to cook these flavorful recipes to perfection. It works especially well on meaty dishes!

I like to choose white fish for the fish recipes because it tends to hold its shape better, even when I’m using the slow cooker.

And let’s not forget about snacks and desserts! One of my all-time favorite AIP-friendly snacks is on this list; I bet the coconut turmeric snack balls are going to make your mouth water, too! They are extremely easy to make, and they’re perfect for those afternoons when you feel like you need an extra treat.

Here are just a few of the AIP Indian Recipes we’ve included:

22 AIP Indian Recipes That Will Spice Up Your Diet Safely https://healingautoimmune.com/aip-indian-recipes

AIP Indian Curries

Fragrant AIP Coconut Curry

– Healing Autoimmune

Fragrant AIP Coconut Curry

Ingredients: avocado oil, zucchinis, white button mushrooms, onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coconut milk, salt, cilantro, cauliflower white rice.

Here is a vegetarian recipe for a tasty and satisfying curry to give you a warming dish that does not take long to make – perfect for dinner on a busy day! You have the traditional flavors and aromas of garlic and ginger and the earthy turmeric, which adds flavor and color. This AIP dish is filling because you are using meaty mushrooms and zucchini, so you don’t need any meat to bulk it up.

Colorful Vegetable Curry

– Paleo Flourish

Colorful Vegetable Curry

Ingredients: broth or water, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, turmeric powder, salt.

This is a great vegetable curry which is hearty and delicious and so versatile as you can add in whatever veggies you have! The lovely golden color comes from the turmeric which could help to reduce inflammation. To make the broth into more of a sauce, you can thicken it with arrowroot and either enjoy it straight from the bowl or serve it over Paleo cauliflower rice.

Green Curry

– Autoimmune Wellness

Green Curry

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: coconut oil, yellow onion, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, garlic, cilantro, coconut milk, sea salt, limes.

With its origins in Indian and Thai cookery, this delicious AIP green curry forms a sauce to serve over any protein such as chicken breasts or shrimp. It has a tangy flavor from the lime juice, but if you don’t tolerate citrus you can use apple cider vinegar instead. This curry freezes well so you can cook it in batches and freeze to use later. If you can’t get fresh turmeric, just use powdered turmeric but half the quantity.

Golden Chicken & Kale

– Grazed & Enthused

Golden Chicken & Kale

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: coconut oil, chicken thighs, coconut milk, honey, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic powder, sea salt, kale.

When you are following a strict autoimmune protocol for health reasons, it is sometimes difficult to get the curry flavors since a lot of the spices are a no-no, so that’s where this recipe comes in handy! The gentle spice makes this a family-friendly dish and could be a good way to increase your kale intake, however if your family won’t eat kale you could use spinach instead.

Crockpot Beef Pumpkin Curry

– Fed Fulfilled

Crockpot Beef Pumpkin Curry

Photo Credit: Fed and Fulfilled

Ingredients: ground beef, butternut squash, onion, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, bone broth or beef stock, turmeric, garlic, ginger, honey, coconut aminos, cinnamon, fish sauce, ginger powder, garlic powder, sea salt, cilantro.

Crockpots are such great utensils for busy people as they allow you to make tasty comfort food without being tied to the stove. This hearty and filling curry can be prepared in the morning then forgotten until dinner time! You don’t even need a side with this as it is great on its own, but you could serve it over cauliflower rice if you want an even more satisfying meal.

AIP Fish Curry with Butternut

– Adventures in Partaking

AIP Fish Curry with Butternut

Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: olive oil, red onion, garlic, ginger powder, dried turmeric, dried fenugreek leaves, fish stock or any broth, butter squash, sea salt, water, coconut milk, fish fillets, fish sauce.

Seafood is a great addition to the AIP diet as it is full of flavor and has anti-inflammatory properties and is suitable for curries, stews, salads or grilled dishes! This recipe is for a mild curry that has a creamy sauce made with butternut squash and it is dairy free. This dish works best with firm fish like cod or snapper, which won’t break up too much during cooking, but I bet it would be great with shrimp too!

Beef & Pumpkin Curry

– Adventures in Partaking

Beef & Pumpkin Curry

Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: fat of choice, ground beef, red onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, coconut milk, water or broth, pumpkin/butternut, spinach, carrots, raisins, lime juice, salt.

If you thought you would have to say goodbye to curries on AIP then read on! There are actually quite a few ways to create the flavors but keep things nightshade free and compliant with AIP eating. This is not a spicy curry, but the seasonings and spices used are designed to enhance the flavors of the ingredients. This is winter comfort food in a bowl! One good tip is to soak the raisins for a while to plump them up fully before adding.

Fish Curry Soup with Trumpet Mushrooms

– Autoimmune Wellness

Fish Curry Soup with Trumpet Mushrooms

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: coconut oil, yellow onion, lemongrass, cilantro, ginger, garlic, water or chicken bone broth, turmeric, sea salt, carrots, white sweet potato, coconut milk, whitefish, shrimp, lime juice, green onions.

Curries are a great way to help with inflammatory conditions as the turmeric and ginger both help to combat them – not only that, they taste great! If you have never tried a fish curry, now is the time to try it, but I would suggest a meaty white fish like cod or tilapia works best as it holds its shape during cooking. If you can’t get trumpet mushrooms or don’t like fungi, just leave them out.

Slow Cooker AIP Coconut Chicken Curry

– The Purple Ladle

Ingredients: brown onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, coconut oil or oil of your choice, turmeric, salt, chicken thighs, water, sweet potato, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, broccoli.

This coconut curry uses the flavors of turmeric, ginger and garlic to give that taste of the East that we need from a good curry, but without adding any nightshades that are not AIP-friendly. You can make this a more substantial meal by adding broccoli florets to serve, or by adding cauliflower rice. This dish freezes really well so it would be ideal for cooking in batches to serve as a quick meal after a busy day.

AIP Indian Chicken Recipes

AIP Chicken Korma

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Chicken Korma

Ingredients: cauliflower, coconut oil, sea salt, cilantro, parsley, chicken breasts, onion, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, water, coconut cream, maple syrup or honey.

Korma is not a spicy dish – it is gently spiced and very easy to eat, so would make the ideal curry dish to try if you are new to Indian cuisine. The wonderful golden color comes from the anti-inflammatory turmeric and it has a subtle hint of heat from the ginger. Because you are using coconut cream, this dish is dairy and gluten free and tastes great served over cauliflower rice or with an AIP naan bread.

Chicken Biryani

– The Unskilled Cavewoman

Ingredients: zucchini, sea salt, carrots, red onion, garlic, cilantro, lime, coconut oil or animal fat, chicken, honey, lemon juice, ginger powder, turmeric, cinnamon, clove, dried dill.

Biryani is a type of curry that is quite dry as it does not involve making a sauce. This is good for AIP folks as the sauces are often seed or nightshade-based and could cause an unwanted reaction. This recipe uses zucchini rice, but cauli rice would work just as well here. There is also an added recipe for AIP-compliant curry spices that you can experiment with for other dishes such as curried chicken drumsticks.

Coconut Indian Chicken Spaghetti

– Women On God’s Mission

Ingredients: spaghetti squash, chicken thighs, coconut milk, ginger, coriander, cumin seed (omit), and salt.

This is a simple dish that can be cooked in the oven, or in a crockpot if you are going to have a busy day. You end up with tender chicken thigh meat and veggies of your choice all served in a rich and creamy sauce with gentle spices. If you are new to AIP or follow it strictly, please omit the cumin seeds as they are not allowed, but you can use them on reintroduction phase of this diet.

AIP Indian Spiced Roast Chicken

– Comfort Bites Blog

Ingredients: garlic, ginger, turmeric, coconut yoghurt, lemon, salt, dried coriander, cloves, chicken.

We all love a roast chicken dinner, but wouldn’t it be great to spice things up a bit from time to time? Why not try this Indian spiced chicken which is covered in the spice mix and allowed to sit for ten minutes, letting the spice flavors permeate the meat before it cooks. This delicious chicken tastes amazing served hot with vegetables, but leftovers can be eaten cold with a salad or packed in your lunchbox.

AIP Chicken Tikka Masala

– Comfort Bites Blog

Ingredients: garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, coconut yogurt, lemons, salt, dried coriander, cloves, chicken legs, chicken stock or broth.

Because tikka masala is traditionally tomato-based, you would think it would be banned from the AIP way of eating, but this amazing recipe gives you almost the same flavor but it is totally seed and nightshade free and AIP-friendly. This smooth and tasty sauce can be poured over your choice of protein, or you could add chopped cooked chicken or shrimp and serve it with cauliflower rice.

Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

– The Castaway Kitchen

Ingredients: chicken thighs, lemon juice, salt, turmeric, sweet onion, ginger, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, coconut or avocado oil, garlic powder.

Although this is not a strictly AIP recipe, the necessary omissions and alternatives are clearly listed, letting you enjoy this delicious curry without the worry. There is a very slight heat from the ginger, but this is not a spicy dish, so it would be suitable for the whole family. You can serve this with cauliflower or zucchini rice for an AIP Indian treat for dinner.

Acorn Squash Butter Chicken

– Strictly Delicious

Ingredients: coconut oil, garlic, ginger, chicken thighs, turmeric, oregano, rosemary salt, cinnamon, bone broth, squash puree, coconut cream, cilantro.

In this great Indian recipe, you are using acorn squash and coconut cream to give you a luxurious sauce for the butter chicken. It tastes so smooth and rich that this would be a great main for your next Indian dinner with friends. Like many spiced dishes, this one tastes even better second day, so make a big batch and enjoy the next night too. Serve with vegetable rice or AIP naan.

Chicken Makhani

– A Clean Plate

Ingredients: coconut oil, shallots, onions, garlic, lemon juice, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, mace, bay leaves, coconut milk, tomato-less sauce, chicken thighs.

Chicken makhani is also known as butter chicken, but this is a dairy free version that fits really well with the autoimmune protocol as it is also free of the nightshades that often feature in curries. This dish has a wonderful color and would be an impressive Indian meal to use for a themed dinner party. This dish freezes well and the flavors can be enhanced if you leave it in the fridge overnight then reheat.

Other AIP Indian Recipes

AIP Garlic Cauliflower Naan Bread

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Garlic Cauliflower Naan Bread

Ingredients: cauliflower, arrowroot flour, garlic powder, avocado oil or olive oil, salt.

If you are anything like me, you will love curry with a good naan bread, but obviously this is a no-no on AIP, so imagine my delight at finding this great low carb naan bread recipe that works just as well with my favorite curry! Obviously, it will not look or taste exactly like the Indian version, but it still works well as a side, and is a tear-and-share bread the whole family can enjoy.

AIP Coconut Turmeric Snack Balls

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Coconut Turmeric Snack Balls

Ingredients: coconut, coconut butter, turmeric powder, honey.

If you are having a really busy day or find that your energy levels have fallen during the afternoon, these amazing golden snack balls would help. They are a true mix of earthy and sweet and are a great energy source to get your system back on track. These treats are dairy free and don’t involve using refined sugar so you can enjoy these whenever you need a bit of a boost.

Indian Sweet Jackfruit Dessert

– Paleo Flourish

Indian Sweet Jackfruit Dessert

Ingredients: sweet jackfruit segments, honey, coconut flour, salt, coconut oil.

Indian desserts often involve baked or fried dishes containing fruit, so these delicious little paleo balls would make a delicious dessert for your next Indian dinner party. Jackfruit is common in many countries, either canned or fresh, but if you can’t source them you could use fresh ripe mango instead. I would taste the mixture before adding any honey as the fruit is naturally very sweet.

Mulligatawny

– Rally Pure

Ingredients: avocado oil, garlic, ginger, turmeric, onion, cauliflower, apples, sweet potato, cabbage, bone broth or veggie broth or water, sea salt, black pepper (omit), coconut milk, lime juice, lime, cilantro, scallions, avocado, cinnamon, fenugreek, cloves, mace.

Mulligatawny is a curry-based soup or stew that is normally packed with vegetables, which makes it great for AIP meals. You can either follow this recipe exactly or add in different veggies you have to avoid waste. This is a dairy and nightshade free recipe that gives you instructions for an AIP-friendly spice mix, although if you are following the protocol strictly, you may want to omit the fenugreek as this is derived from seeds.

Sakkarai Pongal

– Provincial Paleo

Ingredients: coconut oil, winter squash, cauliflower, cinnamon, clove, raisins, honey, coconut sugar (omit), sea salt, tapioca starch.

Normally made with beans and white rice, this Indian favorite is often made for celebrations, so no need to miss out just because you are following this protocol. Just use cauliflower and squash instead and you will end up with the same sort of consistency as the traditional one. This is a grain and gluten free recipe that can be made suitable for vegan diets by omitting the honey and using vegan-friendly maple syrup or coconut sugar.