With such a diverse range of regional cultures within a vast country, India offers a rich variety of traditional cuisines that share a commonality in their emphasis on flavours, spices and aromas. Take this Deepavali holiday to try out some new dishes or recreate your go-to restaurant orders at home. Here are 7 gorgeous recipes to inspire you.

1. Malabar Squid Curry

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Using the aromatic flavours from the Kerala region, this curry is a well-balanced mix of spicy, sweet, and tangy. While the recipe isn’t as perishable as regular coconut milk-base curries, it still includes fresh grated coconut, so you can pack it to enjoy on the go in your Thermos® Food Jar, but do consume as soon as possible.

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2. Butter Chicken 

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One of the most popular dishes at Indian restaurants around the world, this creamy curry is packed full of flavours and goes especially well with rice and naans. Try making this delicious staple at home for a satisfying meal that will feed the whole family. Cooking it at home also means you can adjust the heat on the dish or omit it completely for a child-friendly meal.

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3. Chicken Curry


Another Indian staple, the humble chicken curry varies from region to region with the use of different spices and cooking techniques. For this easy recipe, you can easily substitute with your preferred curry mix or switch the ratio of spices to cater to your taste. Use your Thermos® Shuttle Chef® for hassle-free cooking and keep the curry hot while you travel to your dinner gathering.

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4. Tandoori Shrimp

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If you think tandoori-style of cooking is only good for chicken, you’re missing out. These flavourful shrimps are a lighter alternative to poultry, and take only seconds to cook. You can throw them onto a grill pan or on the barbecue. Don’t forget to serve with a freshly cut lime wedge!

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5. Nasi Briyani


A delightful accompaniment for your homemade Indian meal adventure, this nasi biryani recipe is packed with aromatics and a touch of sweetness from raisins that will help to accentuate savoury curries. Steam the rice in your Thermos® Shuttle Chef® and have it kept warm and fluffy throughout your meal without adding to your electrical bill.

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6. Navratan Korma

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A dish fit for a king, Navratan Korma is a staple in the imperial kitchen during the Mughal era in India. The name translates to ‘nine-gem curry’. The royal family of ingredients consists of fruits, vegetables, and nuts - perfect for special occasions or whenever you’re in the mood to impress. 

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7. Mango Kulfi

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This traditional frozen treat from the Indian subcontinent is said to originate from the 16th century. Denser and creamier than regular ice cream, kulfis are also often spiked with aromatics and flavourings, like cardamom, rose, and pistachio. This recipe uses saffron to enhance the bright yellow colour and add a hint of floral sweetness.

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