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10 of our favourite one-tin Indian recipes from Rukmini Iyer

by Francesca Sleet

published on 18 August 2022

Discover a selection of our favourite one-tin Indian recipes from across Rukmini Iyer’s cookbooks, including several recipes from her latest, India Express. From speedy curries to one-tin dals, these quick and easy recipes are perfect for weeknight cooking without any compromise on flavour.

Chilli, Coconut and Lime Salmon with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

One of our favourite recipes from Rukmini’s latest cookbook, India Express this dish features salmon fillets roasted with a coconut, chilli, mint, garlic and lime crust.

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Rukmini Iyer

Lime and Coconut Dal

Based on Rukmini’s mother’s recipe, this creamy coconut dal is sure to become a fast favourite in the kitchen. Serve with rice, naan bread or chapattis and extra lime wedges for squeezing.

One-pot Kerala Prawn Curry

One-pot Kerala Prawn Curry

Simple and quick to pull together, this one-pot prawn curry is the ultimate mid-week meal. Finish with a generous handful of fresh coriander and chopped chilli.

Rukmini Iyer's Coconut Burfi

Coconut Burfi

Using only three ingredients and taking less than an hour to make (most of that being cooling time) this easy coconut burfi is a delightfully easy sweet treat to whip up for any occasion.

Bengali Mustard Fish with Cauliflower and Peas

This is a showstopper of a dish that no one will believe took you less than ten minutes to prepare. Served with the veggies roasted in the tin it is a meal in itself, but you can easily whip up some rice to bulk it out.

Beetroot, Chickpea and Coconut Curry

Beetroot, Chickpea and Coconut Curry

The coconut milk added to this easy curry quickly cooks down to make a rich curry sauce, ideal for mopping up with warm naan breads. Perfect for using up those allotment beetroots, this colourful curry will brighten up your midweek menu.

Tandoori-style Salmon with Spiced, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes and Red Onion

Taking just thirty minutes in the oven, this gorgeous fish dish is a flavourful yet easy dish. Swap the salmon for paneer for a vegetarian option.

Quick Cook Cauliflower Curry with Peas and Spinach

The quick vegan dish is packed with veg and can be served up in just forty minutes. Don’t forget the fresh coriander and flatbreads or rice to serve.

Mum’s All-In-One Spiced Tomato Rice

Mum’s All-In-One Spiced Tomato Rice

This fragrant rice dish can be bolstered with cubes of potato to create a meal in itself or served as a colourful side dish.

This is a preview recipe, you can find the full recipe in

India Express

Chingri Macher Malai Curry: Prawn Malai Curry

Chingri Macher Malai Curry: Prawn Malai Curry

This gently spiced and creamy coconut-based prawn curry is a Bengali classic and Rukmini’s mum’s favourite before she became vegetarian.

This is a preview recipe, you can find the full recipe in

India Express

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