10 Air Fryer Indian Recipes for a Healthy and Delicious Meal

Author: Natalie P. Williams
September 17, 2022

Are you looking for some Healthy and delicious Indian recipes? Well, look no further because we've got you covered. From breakfast to dinner, these recipes are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Look no further than your air fryer if you want to get the full flavors of Indian cooking without all the fat. Here are 10 Indian air fryer recipes to help you make a healthy and delicious meal in just minutes.

Now that you've read the best air fryer Indian recipes, what are you waiting for? Get your air fryer out and start cooking. We hope these recipes will help to inspire a new way of cooking for all those looking to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor.

1. Air Fryer Samosas

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Air fryer samosas are a must-have when you're looking for something to munch on.

They're crispy, flaky, and flavorful in all the right ways. And they're not just great as appetizers; they also make a satisfying meal that can be enjoyed as a snack or lunch with salad or yogurt on the side.

The best part about these samosa recipes is the many ways to make them. Try stuffing your samosas with different vegetables and meats—there's no wrong answer here.

You could also experiment with other spices and seasoning blends to see which ones suit your tastes best (and don't forget about dipping sauces).

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 8 people


  • All-purpose flour (maida) for the dough. You could try to make these gluten-free by using gluten-free all-purpose flour, but you may need to change some of the dough ingredients.
  • salt
  • Chilled water helps make a dough that holds its shape.
  • Ghee or Oil. For a vegan version, use Oil.
  • You don't have to add caraway seeds (ajwain).

For stuffing, you'll need sweet green peas, ginger, garam masala, and cumin seeds.

Salt: To make water taste, you can add these to improve the taste if you have them on hand.
crushed coriander seeds, caraway seeds, dry mango powder, and fennel seeds (amchur)

For the oven or air fryer
Oil—to coat the samosas so they can be fried in the air or baked. Using an old-fashioned fryer, you'll need enough Oil to use it safely.

Cooking Instructions

Samosa Dough

Mix flour, salt, caraway seeds, ghee, or Oil in a large stand mixer with a dough hook. Add cooled water and stir until a solid dough forms—5 to 6 minutes with a hook attachment.

You can also hand-knead dough. Mix flour, salt, caraway seeds, ghee, and Oil. Add chilled water gradually and knead until dough forms. Hand-mixing takes 7 to 8 minutes to smooth out.

Cover the dough with a moist cloth to avoid drying and skinning. I often cook it in the Instant Pot on Yogurt mode on Normal Heat for one hour.

Samosa Filling

Once the filling is cold enough to handle, divide the dough into 20 tiny or eight big balls. More giant dough balls should be 10 inches long and 6 inches wide; more petite balls should be half that size.

If necessary, lubricate the balls to prevent sticking.

Half each oval rolled dough. Place the sliced edges between your index and thumb fingers. Wet your other index finger and rub it from one edge to the other.

Next, form a cone with the cavity facing you. Gently squeeze the overlapping sides to ensure no cooking leaks.

Gently stuff samosa dough. Don't cram. Wet the open edges and pinch them closed.
Press the samosa's bottom gently on your palm to give it a sturdy seat. Once stuffed, boil the shells using your preferred manner.

Air Frying

You can use your oven, air fryer, or crispy lid instead of deep frying to make food healthier. Here's what you need to do.

Spread a lot of Oil on each pocket and put them in the basket of your air fryer or on a baking sheet. Make sure to leave space between them, so they don't get too crowded.

Air fry or bake the samosas for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F or until they are golden brown. At 10 minutes, turn them over to cook them evenly.

2. Air Fryer Tandoori Aloo Tikki

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Resting Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour


  1. ½ cup hung curd (or greek yogurt)
  2. One tablespoon of gram flour or besan (or chickpea flour)
  3. One tablespoon of garlic and ginger paste
  4. 14 teaspoons powdered turmeric
  5. One teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  6. ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  7. One teaspoon of chaat masala powder
  8. ½ teaspoon garam masala (or tandoori masala powder)
  9. One teaspoon Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  10. One teaspoon of lemon juice (or amchur powder)
  11. One tablespoon oil
  12. salt to taste
  13. Baby potatoes, 1 pound (around 15-16)
  14. One large red and yellow bell pepper
  15. One medium red onion


  • serve with lemon wedges
  • sliced onions to serve
  • chaat masala to sprinkle
  • green chutney

Cooking Instructions

Parboil baby potatoes first. Baby potatoes can be parboiled in an Instant Pot for 2 minutes, followed by Natural Pressure Release, or in a stovetop pressure cooker for one whistle.
Drain, dry, and peel the potatoes.


Mix hanging curd, besan, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, red chili, cumin, garam masala, chaat masala, kasoori methi, lemon juice, salt, and Oil in a big bowl.

Add baby potatoes, peppers, and onion. Coat thoroughly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Soaked wooden skewers in cold water keep them from burning in the air fryer, oven, or grill.
Alternate potatoes, peppers, and onions on a skewer. Prepare the other skewer.

Air-frying method

Preheat the air fryer to 180°C. Arrange the prepared skewers 12 inches apart in the basket. Oiling the potato and vegetables prevents them from drying out.
15 minutes at 180°F. After 10 minutes, turn the skewers and cook for five more.

Air Frying vs. Oven vs. Grill vs. Stovetop Method

Air Frying




Preheating At 360F

Preheating At 400 F

No Need Preheating

Heat a pan at medium Flame

Cooking Time 15 min

Baking Time 16-18 mins

Grill time 12 mins

Cook Until golden brown

Need Oil Spray

Need Oil Spray

Need Oil Spray

Need a lot of Oil

3. Air Fryer Rajasthani Gatte ki Subzi

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Gatte, cooked gram flour dumplings mixed with spicy curd gravy, is a delicious dish from Rajasthani cuisine.


  1. 2 cups of gatte (Gram flour)
  2. ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  4. 1 tsp coriander powder
  5. ½ tsp turmeric powder
  6. ¼ tsp red chili powder/chili flakes * Salt to taste * Water as
  7. needed * Oil for deep frying

Cooking Instructions

In short, you need to make a batter of gram flour, water, and spices. Add the ingredients one after another. The consistency should be like pancake batter. You may add more water if it's not enough.

*Chili flakes can be substituted with regular chili powder.

Preheat the air fryer. Drop small balls of batter in the fryer in a single layer. After 10 minutes, turn the balls and cook for 2 mins more. Additionally, you can use this recipe for making a stuffed Rajasthani gatte.

Note: If you don't have gram flour, you can substitute it with chickpea flour.

4. Air Fryer Chana Masala

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Chicken Chana Masala is a famous restaurant-style curry that originated in India. However, it has become trendy outside of India too.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  1. 1 1/2 cups of chickpeas that have been cooked or one 15-ounce can of chickpeas that have been drained and washed
  2. 1 ounce of olive Oil
  3. Turmeric, halved, in a teaspoon
  4. Spicy! One-and-a-half-quarter milligrams of red
  5. The equivalent of one teaspoon of amchoor or dry mango powder (see notes)
  6. 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg
  7. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. The equivalent of one teaspoon of sea salt

Supplementary Sauce

  • 4 tbsp of plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • Approximately 1/2 a fresh lemon's worth of juice, or two teaspoons
  • In Seasoned Salt
  • Red onion with cilantro, chopped

Cooking Instructions

  • Use the pressure cooker for cooking the chickpeas.
  • Make the sauce in a food processor, then add all ingredients to the air fryer.
  • Cook chickpeas in the air fryer for 15 minutes on 400°F or until hot and crispy.
  • Top cooked chickpeas with prepared sauce and serve warm.

5. Air Fryer Gobi Manchurian

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This dish is a favorite in India and is a fusion of Chinese and Indian flavors. Cornstarch and certain spices are commonly used to cover cauliflower florets before they are parboiled.

The Manchurian sauce is then mixed with the deep-fried vegetables. Of course, the best way to enjoy this dish is with white rice or your favorite fried rice.


  1. Eight full-sized cauliflower blossoms
  2. Ingredients for boiling cauliflower florets:
  3. Four tablespoons of cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic
  4. powder and salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of red chili powder.

To make Manchurian Sauce, you'll need the following:

  1. 1 tsp oil for brushing or oil spray
  2. One Tablespoon of Minced Garlic
  3. Ginger, chopped, one tablespoon
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Green Chili, Chopped (Optional)
  5. This dish would be delicious with a quarter cup of chopped green onion, a quarter cup of cilantro leaves, and a half cup of either red or green bell peppers.
  6. A Measure of Dark Soy Sauce Equal to 2 Tablespoons
  7. Tomato Ketchup, 1 Tablespoon
  8. Red Chili Sauce, 1 Tablespoon
  9. A dollop of brown sugar
  10. Half a teaspoon of salt One and a half ounces of water (if making the gravy ). If you're preparing a dry Manchurian, skip this step.
  11. Corn Starch, 1 Teaspoon
  12. 1/2 cup Finely chopped onion
  13. One Tablespoon of Avocado Oil or Other Oil to Taste

Cooking Instruction

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add the ginger, garlic, and green chili. Stir for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until it becomes golden brown.

Add the sliced cauliflower florets, soy sauce, and salt to taste. Mix well to combine all the ingredients. Cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat, occasionally stirring so that the cauliflower gets cooked evenly from all sides but does not turn mushy from too much cooking time (it should remain crunchy).

Add red chili sauce and mix well again so that it gets appropriately coated with all other ingredients of this recipe for air fryer gobi Manchurian recipe preparation step 4 above).

Transfer this mixture into an air fryer basket, drizzle some oil on top if needed, then place Gobi Manchurian in preheated AirFryer at 180C/350F for 10 minutes or until golden brown & crispy from the outside but soft inside. Serve hot with the sauce on top of crispy cauliflower bites.

6. Air Fryer Roasted Sabzi

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Air fryers have revolutionized roasting food in our kitchens. This easy-to-use appliance lets you cook your favorite foods without standing over them for hours.

Roast vegetables using this new technology - add all ingredients into the air fryer basket, set the temperature and time, and let the magic happen.


While there are many options for veggies, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, broccoli, and red onion are among the best for roasting. Seasonings for this dish require only salt, pepper, and garlic powder, with olive Oil serving as the primary cooking fat.

Vegetables like Brussels sprouts, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potato, butternut squash, and kale also cook up wonderfully in an air fryer.

Cooking Instructions

1. To ensure that the vegetables are all roughly the same size, cut the zucchini, bell pepper, squash, onion, and broccoli into chunks.

2. Combine the sliced vegetables, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Toss the veggies in the Oil and seasonings until they are well coated.

3. Throw them into the air fryer's bottom basket, set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and let them roast for 10 to 12 minutes. Now Serve.

7. Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower Sabzi

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  1. 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
  2. 1 cup water five cloves garlic
  3. Two tablespoons chopped ginger
  4. One teaspoon salt
  5. Two teaspoons of coriander powder
  6. 4-5 small green chilies
  7. Mustard oil
  8. Curry Leaves To Taste
  9. Salt To Taste
  10. Turmeric Powder
  11. Cumin Powder

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F.
Cut the cauliflower into small florets and remove the stems of broccoli. Cut them into medium pieces and place them in the air fryer basket along with mustard oil, turmeric powder, and salt to taste.

Let them cook for 2-3 minutes or until they turn light brown from all sides, then turn off your appliance for about 5 minutes so that everything cools down a bit before you start making your sabzi.

This will also bring out their flavor because when added together with other ingredients, later on, it will improve their flavor profile further.

In another bowl, add chopped onions, tomatoes (deseeded), green chili peppers (totally optional), curry leaves (optional), coriander leaves, and ginger paste; mix well by hand so that everything gets appropriately combined without any chunks sticking together.

You can also use an immersion blender if you don't want any big pieces left behind, which would spoil your dish later on while eating it.

Now add cumin powder/jeera powder as required, along with salt according to taste preferences, before mixing again thoroughly until there are no visible lumps left behind, but only a uniform mixture remains.

8. Air Fryer Gobi Pakoda Chaat

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The cauliflower pakora is spicy with lots of ginger, garlic, and green chilies. The dry chickpea flour is seasoned with coriander powder which provides an earthy flavor with just enough heat from cayenne pepper (feel free to leave it out if desired).

If you can't find fresh curry leaves at the grocery store, they're pretty easy to grow yourself! You can also substitute fresh mint leaves instead - either way, tastes excellent.

  • Cooking Time: 20 mins
  • Total Servings: 6 servings


  1. 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
  2. 1 cup water five cloves garlic
  3. Two tablespoons chopped ginger
  4. Three tablespoons Bengal gram (chana dal)
  5. One teaspoon salt
  6. Two teaspoons of coriander powder
  7. 4-5 small green chilies
  8. Three tablespoons desiccated coconut (optional)
  9. Oil for frying
  10. Curry Leaves To Taste
  11. Salt To Taste
  12. Cumin Powder
  13. Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Cooking Instructions

Before cooking, ensure you have: 1. Small pieces of broccoli and cauliflower (washed and dried) 2. Cut the onion and curry leaves into small pieces. 3. Ajwain seeds, red chili powder, garam masala, salt 4. Flour from chickpeas and rice.

Mix ajwain (carrom) seeds, salt, chili powder, and garam masala with chickpea and rice flour.

Now, mix broccoli and cauliflower florets with the onion and curry leaves. The flour and spice powder should be sprinkled on the florets. Mix well after adding one tablespoon of avocado oil and a small amount of water.

Make sure the batter is spread out evenly and is a bit dry. You want the florets to have just a thin coating.
The air fryer tray is sprayed with avocado oil. Place the florets on the tray in a single layer and close the lid—Cook at 375F for 8 minutes.

Cooking times in an air fryer can vary, so check on them after 5 minutes to ensure they are done (veggies should neither be moist nor burnt). Then, move the vegetables around so that they all cook evenly.

You can eat hot pakora with Baba Ghanoush, Sriracha sauce, or Hummus.

9. Air Fryer Aloo Paratha

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Aloo paratha is one of the most popular Indian pieces of bread found at street-side vendors (Dhabas) or restaurants everywhere in India.

The dough used to make aloo paratha is made from wheat flour or maida (all-purpose flour), but you can also use whole-grain flour if you want to get some extra fiber in your diet!

This recipe makes six mini-sized Aloo Parathas that are great for breakfast or as an evening snack with chai tea. They take about 20 minutes to cook, so they're perfect for when you need something quick but tasty.

We have listed all ingredients below, including measurements, so it's easy.

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes
  • Servings: 4-8


  1. 250 grams of mashed potato
  2. 1 cup flour ½ cup oil
  3. One teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  5. One teaspoon of lemon juice

Cooking Instructions

For 20 minutes, boil the potatoes.
After boiling the potato, pour off the water and let it cool. Take off the skin and gently mash the potato with a masher, fork, or your hands.

On the market, you can find different kinds of mashers.
Mix as much water as you need with the flour, potato, black pepper, lemon juice, and salt. Make a well-shaped dough by pressing it with the palm of your hand.

Let the dough rest for 20–25 minutes with the lid on. Divide into 8–10 pieces and use a rolling pin to flatten them into balls.

Put some oil in the middle of the balls that have been flattened, and then fold the dough again. Again, flatten the ball until it looks like a circle. This is a paratha.

Follow the same steps for making paratha with each folded ball. Next, warm up a pan that doesn't stick and fry the paratha in the dry pan. Use an air fryer to fry if you have one.

Air fryers are a healthy way to fry—half-fry paratha on both sides for about a minute.

10. Air Fryer Aloo Radar


  1. One lb. potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
  2. 1/2 cup oil
  3. 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  4. 2 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste (1-inch ginger and eight garlic cloves,
  5. crushed to make the paste)
  6. Two green chilies, slit lengthwise

Cooking Instructions

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for making curry powder and stir well to mix them well (salt can be added later). Keep aside until needed.

Then add the chopped onions and saute them till translucent. Next, add the tomatoes and continue stirring for another 10 minutes.

Add the spices and stir well.

Then add the potatoes and cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
Strain the mixture and keep it aside.
Serve hot with a dollop of yogurt.

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1. What is the Best Air Fryer?

That stands true to Air Fryer Indian recipes and even Air Fryer South Indian recipes.

2. What are the best ways to use an air fryer?

This is crucial when making recipes that need to be cooked in one layer and can't be stacked, like chicken tikka kebabs.

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4. What's the best way to make these skewers?

Easily doubled, these veg-friendly skewers are a perfect addition to your roster as barbecue season approaches.

5. What's in a potato and cauliflower salad?

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.

6. What Makes These Air-Fried Potato Chips So Good?

The key to these crispy air-fried potatoes by Spice Cravings lies in its spice blend.

7. What is Onion Pakoda Recipe?

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.

8. What is the best way to make tandoori salmon?

This under-30-minute air-fryer Indian recipe for tandoori salmon comes from Easy Cooking With Molly and is gluten-free.


Now that you've read the best air fryer Indian recipes, what are you waiting for? Get your air fryer out and start cooking. We hope these recipes will help to inspire a new way of cooking for all those looking to eat healthier without sacrificing flavor.

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