We get it: Indian food can appear a tad intimidating to make. After all, why spend a night struggling to prepare a curry dish€”and hunting down on the very specific, necessary ingredients€”when you can order take-out or eat at an Indian restaurant?

But, with much effort in the kitchen comes plenty of delectable rewards, as these Indian recipes from our WL Recipe Finder demonstrate. Trust us: they taste a lot better when they’re cooked at home with love.

Lamb in Creamy Green Cardamom Curry

This creamy lamb dish is worth the amount of time (one-and-a-half hours!) it takes to prepare. Chefs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala of Vancouver’s Vij’s recommend cooking the lamb with the stove or oven. Regardless of the preparation method, expect this curry dish to taste delicious€”especially if It's served on rice or naan.

Cardamom and Clove Curry with Chickpea-Kale-Onion Pickle

Chickpea curry is a staple Indian dish, and it includes dried cayenne peppers, kale, ground cloves, tamarind paste and the star of the meal€” chickpeas. The chickpea-kale-onion pickle is optional, though recommended!

Best Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is one of the most popular Indian dishes out there, and has blessed many growling stomachs around the world. When cooked right, butter chicken is tender, creamy and filling€”just the smell of it is guaranteed to make you drool.

Coconut Curry

Not only is this curry plate quick and easy to make, but it can also be poured over vegetables, seafood or another protein of your liking. This isn€™t your typical curry: Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala have created a dish that may be used as a dip or a complementary side to a non-Indian dish.