20 Aromatic Low Carb Keto Indian Recipes To Tempt Your Tastebuds
Indian food is so flavorful. But it’s often too tempting to order garlic naan or rice when you eat out. Plus, you don’t really know if they added sugar or MSG to your curry or whether they cooked your chicken in canola oil.
Cooking your own ketogenic Indian food is much healthier and can be just as delicious. Many curry recipes use tomatoes, which can increase the net carb count of the dish. So if you’re looking to limit your carb intake more strictly, then consider decreasing the number of tomatoes the recipe asks for.
Lots of these recipes contain turmeric, which is renowned for its health benefits. Dr. Carolyn Anderson, M.D. believes strongly in the benefits of this spice. “Its anti-inflammatory properties are incredibly powerful. In fact, no other food ingredient is more effective at decreasing inflammation in the body.”
In fact, we love the health benefits of turmeric so much we created Turmeric Soothe – a supplement to maximize the beneficial effects of this spice.
We’ve put together this list of keto Indian recipes to help you pick healthy and delicious dishes to make for dinner. This list has a lot of different recipes – some are more authentically or traditionally Indian than others.
We generally suggest you stay dairy-free when you go keto as many people don’t react well to dairy even if they’ve been eating it for their whole life. However, traditionally, Indian recipes have a lot of dairy in them. If a recipe does contain dairy ingredients, we’ve labeled it as such and included non-dairy substitutions.
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Table of Contents for Low Carb Ketogenic Indian Recipes
- Ketogenic Diet Indian Recipes – Curries
- Ketogenic Diet Indian Recipes – Chicken Dishes
- Ketogenic Diet Indian Recipes – Seafood Dishes
- Ketogenic Diet Indian Recipes – Other Recipes
Keto Indian Recipes: Keto Curries
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: chicken breasts, ghee or butter or coconut oil, coconut cream, chicken broth or stock, carrots, celery, tomatoes, curry powder or garam masala, ginger, cilantro, garlic, salt.
Chicken curry…one of the most popular (if not very specific) Indian dishes. This one uses coconut milk to create a creamy and delicious sauce that’s perhaps more reminiscent of Thai curries than Indian ones. But add in garam masala to give a more traditional flavor to your Keto curry recipe.
– My Heart Beets
Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets
Ingredients: eggplants, avocado oil, cumin seeds, white onion, garlic cloves, ginger, Serrano pepper, coriander powder, salt, turmeric powder, garam masala, ground black pepper, paprika, tomatoes, cilantro.
This is a popular Indian dish with lots of different variations. Bharta means mashed vegetables and this dish contains lots of smoked eggplants mixed with tomatoes and tons of spices and seasoning. If you don’t know how to smoke eggplants, don’t worry, Ashley teaches you how to do it using your oven. Serve with spaghetti squash or a large helping of cauliflower rice for a vegetarian (and vegan) ketogenic recipe.
– Seasonal and Savory
Ingredients: salted cashews, coconut milk, garlic, ginger paste, fresh jalapeno, curry powder, ground turmeric, olive oil, white onion, vegetables of your choice, water, salt.
This delicious and easy-to-make korma is also completely vegetarian/vegan (as well as low carb) and can be changed up with whatever vegetables you like. It only takes about 30 minutes to make. Give it a try to add in more vegetables into your keto diet.
– Eat Drink Paleo
Ingredients: coconut oil, lamb, brown onion, long red chili, celery sticks, garlic, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, fennel seeds, ghee, coconut milk, tomato paste, water, sea salt, carrots, lime or lemon juice, fresh coriander (cilantro) or parsley.
While chicken curries are typically the most popular in the UK and the US, lamb curry is actually highly popular in India. This coconut lamb curry is easy to make and can be thrown in the crockpot. It is super tasty and leftovers can be frozen (if there are any).
– Rubies and Radishes
Ingredients: (Chicken) – skinless chicken thighs, coconut milk, green curry paste. (Beef) – beef stew meat, coconut milk, red curry paste.
Everything is easier with a slow cooker and this keto Indian recipe is no exception. You literally throw all the delicious food in and serve in a few hours. And it tastes great with beef or chicken.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: chicken breasts, garlic, ginger, red Thai chili peppers, garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin, whole fat plain Greek yogurt, onion, ghee, tomatoes, salt, cashews, fresh coriander, lime wedges.
We couldn’t put together a list of keto Indian recipes without including chicken tikka masala. Even though this famous recipe is not traditionally Indian! Its exact origins are disputed, but most agree that it originates from the UK… If you’re not familiar with chicken tikka masala, it’s tandoori roasted pieces of chicken in a creamy tomato sauce. To stay dairy-free, use coconut yogurt or coconut cream in this recipe instead.
– Popular Paleo
Ingredients: chicken thighs, full-fat canned coconut milk, tomatoes, ginger root, garlic, white or yellow onion, garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin, kosher salt, red chili flakes, coconut palm sugar, butter or ghee, coconut oil, cilantro (optional).
This keto chicken tikka masala recipe uses the crockpot (slow cooker). So you can prepare it and then forget about it until dinner time. Although, the yummy smells will make sure you don’t completely forget about it!
Keto Indian Recipes: Keto Chicken Dishes
These keto chicken thighs are so easy to make they could be considered cheating. They have an amazing taste that cannot be beaten and with this easy recipe, you can have them in no time. If you’re avoiding dairy, then just use coconut yogurt in this recipe instead.
– Savory Lotus
Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus
Ingredients: chicken drumsticks, coconut oil, onion, cumin seeds, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric, garam masala, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, homemade bone broth (or water), tomato, full fat coconut milk, garlic, ginger, Celtic sea salt, fresh cilantro, cayenne (optional).
This keto Indian recipe is very easy if you plan ahead. Allowing the chicken to marinate in the sweet and savory sauce will add more flavor and make it more tender and juicy.
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: chicken, garlic, ginger, garam masala, ground hot chili, salt, lemon juice, tarragon, onion, ghee, cloves, black peppercorns, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, chicken broth, fresh cilantro.
This spiced whole roasted chicken takes a bit longer to cook, but it makes a super tender and delicious dish that is well worth the wait. Many Indian recipes call for a lot of spices that you might not have readily available in your pantry. But they are a worthwhile investment as those spices will help to make your keto dishes so much more flavorful.
– Plaid and Paleo
Ingredients: chicken, grass-fed butter, garlic powder, ground ginger, ground cumin, turmeric, chili powder, pepper, sea salt, sweet onion, small lemon.
This Indian inspired whole chicken is so juicy and tender that it mostly falls apart when it’s done. This Keto chicken recipe is easy to make and only takes a couple of hours to cook.
While not traditionally Indian, this recipe gives you a ton of Indian flavor. It’s one of the easiest recipes to make and the only spice you’ll need is garam masala. If you don’t have garam masala handy, then use regular curry powder instead. These chicken drumsticks will have delicious crispy skin without needing any flour coating.
Keto Indian Recipes: Keto Seafood Dishes
Fish curries are highly popular in India, especially in the south where fish is readily available. If you’re not typically a fan of seafood, then give this fish curry a try as you might find yourself changing your mind.
– Slim Palate
Photo Credit: Josh from Slim Palate
Ingredients: salmon fillet, ginger, garlic, onion, Roma tomatoes, chicken stock, lime, almond butter, fish sauce, coconut oil or ghee, paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, mustard powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes, salt.
This keto Indian recipe is really easy to make, very tasty and loaded with flavors. With the tanginess of lime and the spiciness of red pepper, it has a unique taste that will be leaving you wanting more. Salmon is, of course, a keto favorite too as it’s packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
– The Paleo Mom
Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom
Ingredients: shrimp, tilapia fillets, cabbage, carrots, fresh spinach, chicken broth, extra virgin coconut oil, fresh ginger, curry powder, salt, coconut cream concentrate.
This curry is a delicious one-pan meal, with shrimp, tilapia, cabbage, and spinach. It’s easy to whip up in no time and is a very creamy and filling recipe.
– Ditch The Wheat
Photo Credit: Carol from Ditch The Wheat
Ingredients: coconut oil, cayenne pepper, chili spice, full fat coconut milk, white wine, salt, pepper, fresh ginger, garlic, onion, fresh mussels.
Don’t know what to do with fresh mussels? Give this keto recipe a try. Your mussels will be super delicious with this creamy Indian-inspired sauce.
– The Nourished Caveman
Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman
Ingredients: silver hake or other sustainable white fish, coconut oil, mustard seeds, long green chiles, ginger, ground cumin, curry powder, fresh turmeric root, ground turmeric powder, red onion, garlic, full-fat coconut cream, sea salt, cilantro, water.
Serve this creamy fish curry recipe with some cauliflower rice for a fantastic and filling keto meal.
Keto Indian Recipes: Other Indian Recipes
If you’ve ever visited India, then you’ll find masala chia a popular drink in many places. However, it’s typically made with regular milk (or goats milk), so if you’re going dairy-free but still want a delicious Indian drink to warm your day, then give this coconut masala chai recipe a try. Use stevia instead of honey to help you stay more keto.
– Everyday Maven
Ingredients: ghee or coconut oil (for dairy-free, cumin seeds, yellow onion, fresh ginger root, garlic, serrano or jalapeno chile, ground chicken thighs, kosher salt, garam masala, ground turmeric, green cabbage, chicken broth or stock, coconut milk, cilantro.
This easy-to-make soup is another delicious way to get more vegetables into your ketogenic diet. It is a very easy recipe to make and can be changed from a mild flavor to a spicy one with little effort.
Ingredients: lamb loin chops, full-fat plain Greek yogurt, ginger, garlic, garam masala, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cardamom, salt, olive oil, lime wedges.
Even though these Indian spiced lamb chops need to marinade for a few hours, they are well worth the wait. They are tender, juicy and so full of flavor. In order to avoid dairy, use coconut yogurt instead of Greek yogurt in this recipe.