6 Indian Air Fryer Dishes to Make

Got an air fryer but do not know what dishes to make with it. Here are six delicious Indian recipes to make with an air fryer.


this cooking method avoids mushy cauliflower.

There are many dishes you can make using an air fryer and this includes a plethora of Indian foods.

First launched in 2010, they work by blowing hot air around the cooking basket or tray.

This rapid air movement will create a convection effect that cooks the food. The heat also shortens the cooking time while keeping your food moist inside yet crunchy and crispy on the outside.

As time has gone on, they have grown in popularity.

When it comes to cooking, many dishes have been adapted to be suitable for air frying and this is the same with Indian food.

Here are six delicious Indian dishes to make using an air fryer.

Onion Bhaji

6 Indian Air Fryer Dishes to Make - bhaji

Onion bhajis are a popular Indian snack and are typically fried.

This version uses an air fryer, making it a healthier alternative.

Not only that but the result is crispy, flavourful bhajis.

Ingredients

  • 2 Onions, finely sliced
  • 1 Red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1-inch ginger, finely sliced
  • 3 Green chillies, ground into a paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp onion seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 4 tbsp rice flour
  • 140g sifted gram flour
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method

  1. Mix the onions with the salt and set aside for a few hours then squeeze to release the water into the bowl.
  2. In the same bowl, add the onions and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well until you can form the mixture into bhajis.
  3. Divide the mixture equally.
  4. Heat your air fryer to 176°C and generously spray the basket with oil spray.
  5. Place the bhajis in the basket, cooking in batches for 15 minutes until golden.

This recipe was adapted from Great Curry Recipes.

Aloo Gobi

6 Indian Air Fryer Dishes to Make - gobi

This is a fantastic side dish that will liven up so many dinners.

All you need to do is toss cauliflower and potatoes in spices, and roast them in an air fryer.

It takes less than 20 minutes and this cooking method avoids mushy cauliflower.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 Potato, cubed
  • ½ cup onion, sliced
  • ½ cup tomato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Coriander leaves, chopped

Method

  1. In a large bowl, add the cauliflower florets, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, oil and all the spices. Mix until well combined.
  2. Transfer to the air fryer basket and ensure they are spread in a single layer.
  3. Air fry at 190°C for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour in lime juice and mix well.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with chopped coriander and serve.

This recipe was inspired by Piping Pot Curry.

Tandoori Chicken

6 Indian Air Fryer Dishes to Make - chicken

Although tandoori chicken is difficult to replicate due to many households not owning a tandoor, this air fryer method can achieve a similar result.

It keeps the chicken perfectly juicy and tender but crisps up the skin just right.

For the marinade, mix yoghurt and various spices together. For the best results, allow the chicken to marinate overnight.

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken drumsticks
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Oil spray

Method

  1. Pat dry the drumsticks with a paper towel.
  2. Using two paper towels, pick up a drumstick and pull the skin down from the thickest part of the chicken to the narrow end and remove the skin. Repeat with the rest of the drumsticks.
  3. Make three slits across the thick part of each drumstick.
  4. In a bowl, add yoghurt, ginger, garlic, red chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and salt. Place the dried fenugreek leaves on the palm of your hands and gently crush them.
  5. Add the chicken to the bowl along with lemon juice. Mix well.
  6. Cover the bowl and marinate overnight.
  7. Preheat your air fryer to 176°C and lightly spray the basket. Line the basket with the chicken and spray with oil.
  8. Air fry for 15 minutes. Shake the basket halfway and lightly spray.
  9. Ensure that the internal temperature of the thickest piece is 75°C. If not, cook for a further two minutes.

This recipe was inspired by Ministry of Curry.

Naan Bread

6 Indian Air Fryer Dishes to Make - naan

This is a two-ingredient recipe, requiring only self-raising flour and yoghurt, making it a quick and easy accompaniment to your meal.

When cooked in an air fryer, the bread crisps up whilst managing to stay soft and fluffy on the inside.

Since naan bread has so many variations, feel free to add ingredients such as garlic to your dough.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Method

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 204°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour and yoghurt.
  3. Place the dough onto a well-floured surface and cut into four pieces.
  4. Roll each piece into a flat circle.
  5. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray then place the naan bread in and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Flip over the bread, spray again and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Once done, remove from the appliance, coat with melted butter and serve.

This recipe was inspired by Adventures of a Nurse.

Paneer Tikka

Paneer is a popular Indian ingredient among vegetarians and this is one option that is packed with flavour.

The marinade is a blend of yoghurt and spices, making it both creamy and tangy.

The addition of peppers adds a crunchy texture which compliments the soft cheese well.

Ingredients

  • 450g paneer, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Pepper, deseeded and cut into 1.5-inch pieces.
  • 1 Onion, cut into 1-inch chunks (separate the onion layers)
  • A few drops of lime juice

For the Marinade

  • ¾ cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp light olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves.
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ¾ tsp turmeric

Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the marinade ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add the paneer, pepper and onion. Mix to ensure everything is well-coated.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, soak the bamboo skewers.
  4. Alternate between paneer, pepper and onion when assembling the skewers.
  5. Line the air fryer’s drip pan with aluminium foil then arrange the skewers half an inch apart in a single layer in the basket. Insert into the air fryer and cook at 175°C for five minutes.
  6. Flip the skewers over and lightly brush with oil, cook for another two minutes.
  7. Repeat until all the skewers are cooked. Pour over lime juice and serve.

This recipe was inspired by Spice Cravings.

Samosas

Samosas are typically deep-fried to give them their signature crispy texture but in this case, the air fryer does all the work without the fat.

To achieve the crispy texture, it is a good idea to brush the samosas with some oil.

Alternatively, use filo pastry instead.

Ingredients

  • 3 Potatoes, boiled and chopped
  • 1 cup peas, boiled

For the Pastry

  • 1 cup maida flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp carrom seeds
  • 2 tbsp ghee

For the Spices

  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp dried mango powder
  • 2 tsp green chilli-ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Sift the maida flour with half a teaspoon of salt then add the carrom seeds.
  2. Add the ghee and mix until it has a sand-like consistency.
  3. Slowly add water and knead into a stiff dough.
  4. Cover with a cloth and set aside.
  5. To make the filling, heat oil in a pan then add cumin seeds and the green chilli-ginger paste. Fry for a minute.
  6. Add the peas and potatoes. Add salt, cayenne pepper, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and dried mango powder. Mix well and cook until the filling mixture is dry. Keep aside to cool down.
  7. To assemble the samosa, divide the dough into balls and roll them out until they are oval in shape. Cut them into halves.
  8. Use water on the straight-cut side to seal the dough in the shape of an open cone.
  9. Place in some of the filling but leave enough space to seal the samosa.
  10. Add a little water to firmly seal the samosa.
  11. Repeat the process and once all the samosas have been assembled, set aside for 15 minutes.
  12. Preheat the air fryer to 160°C for five minutes.
  13. Brush the samosas with some oil and place into the air fryer.
  14. Cook for eight minutes, turning over halfway.
  15. Air fry at 200° for a further six minutes until golden.
  16. Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.

This recipe was inspired by Rachna Cooks.

Air fryers have become so popular that some people are even using them more than regular cookers.

These dishes ensure that you can enjoy Indian food when using your air fryer.

Not only do they reduce cooking time but they are also a healthier cooking method compared to frying.

So if you have an air fryer and enjoy Indian food, try these recipes out!

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”