40+ Diabetes Indian Recipes

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Having diabetes does not mean you can not enjoy delicious meals. Here is a collection of tasty and healthy Diabetes friendly Indian recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that the whole family can enjoy. They are all relatively low in carbs and taste amazing!

Note: I am not a doctor, and am not sharing medical advice here. Whenever you make any changes to your diet, make sure to check with your doctor and monitor your blood sugar level.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes means that your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. Glucose comes from the food we eat. An organ called the pancreas (PAN-kree-as) makes insulin (IN-suh-lin). Insulin helps glucose get from your blood into your cells. Cells take the glucose and turn it into energy.

When you have diabetes, your body has a problem making or properly using insulin. As a result, glucose builds up in your blood and cannot get into your cells. If the blood glucose stays too high, it can damage your body.

Source: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/what-is-diabetes

What are the types of diabetes?

There are three main types of diabetes.

• Type 1 diabetes—In this type of diabetes, the body does not make insulin. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day and do not have dietary restrictions.

• Type 2 diabetes—In this type of diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin or use insulin well. Some people with type 2 diabetes have to take diabetes pills, insulin, or both or need to watch their diet. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

• Gestational diabetes—This type of diabetes can occur when a woman is pregnant. It raises the risk that both she and her child might develop diabetes later in life.

How many Carbs should I eat?

Unfortunately, there’s no “one size fits all” answer—everyone is different because everyone’s body is different. The amount you can eat and stay in your target blood sugar range depends on your age, weight, activity level, and other factors. You doctor will be the best person to suggest the right amount for you.

On average, people with diabetes should aim to get about half of their calories from carbs. That means if you normally eat about 1,800 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight, about 800 to 900 calories can come from carbs.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/eat-well/diabetes-and-carbohydrates.html

Eat Well

Follow the routine of eating small and frequent meals to keep your blood sugar levels in control. Include foods in your diet that reduce the glycemic index. You can do that my mixing carbs with good fats. Limit your portions, choose wisely and eat healthy!

Below you will find recipes for an Indian Diabetic diet for Type 2 diabetes, including recipes for breakfast, snack, some vegetarian and meat diabetic recipes. Most of these recipes are relatively low in carbs, easy to make and are super delicious.

I am also sharing some tips I got from my readers on Instagram:

  • Replace wheat roti with bajra or jowar roti’s.
  • Quinoa, amaranth, bulgur, barley, millets, and buckwheat are good alternatives grains to add to diet.
  • Some focus on Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) eating plan with high protein diet.
  • Bitter gourd juice is a great recipe for diabetes reversal. Cut bitter gourd, apply salt, turmeric and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then juice it and enjoy. This can also be freezed in ice-cube trays.
  • If you are social media savvy, check out @diabetes.rd on Instagram and Reversing Diabetes Type 2 Support Group on Facebook.

You might also find my post about low carb indian food recipes useful.

Note: I am not a doctor, and not sharing any medical advice here. Whenever you make any changes to your diet, make sure to check with your doctor and monitor your blood sugar level.

Indian Breakfast for Diabetics

Indian Masala Oats (Savory Oatmeal)

Masala Oats is a savory oatmeal breakfast porridge cooked with lots of vegetables and aromatic Indian spices. A healthy & delicious vegan breakfast recipe.

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Instant Pot Perfect Boiled Eggs

These easy-peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are going to be your new favorite. Once you try this 5-5-5 method to steam eggs in your instant pot, you will never cook them any other way. Eggs are boiled to perfection every single time!

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Egg Bhurji

Egg bhurji is the Indian twist to scrambled eggs. Packed with the right amount of flavor and spice, these delicious Indian scrambled eggs are perfect for any meal of the day!

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Khaman Dhokla Recipe

Soft and fluffy Khaman Dhokla made in the Instant Pot and stovetop. These delicious steamed savory chickpea flour cakes are a popular Gujarati delicacy, perfect to enjoy for breakfast or snack!

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Vegetarian Diabetic Recipes

Karela (Bitter Melon Stir Fry)

Karela, also called bitter melon, is a popular vegetable used in many Asian countries. Here is a delicious North Indian Karela recipe, where bitter melon is cooked with onions and spices, along with some jaggery to get a sweet, spicy and tangy stir fry!

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Lauki / Bottle Gourd Curry – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

A traditional North Indian curry, Lauki or Bottle Gourd Curry prepared in an onion-tomato base with ginger, garlic and spices.

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Instant Pot Chana Masala / Punjabi Chole Masala Recipe in Pressure Cooker

Punjabi Chole Masala or Chana Masala is an Indian favorite chickpea curry. This one-pot recipe for the authentic Chana Masala can be made in the Instant Pot or stovetop Pressure Cooker. A healthy protein-rich vegan and gluten free chickpea recipe.

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Quinoa & Vegetable Pilaf – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Easy and healthy quinoa with veggies made as a one-pot meal in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. 

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Air Fryer Cauliflower with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

This Air Fryer Cauliflower seasoned with spices is so easy to make and amazingly delicious topped with cilantro yogurt sauce. Enjoy as a wonderful low carb side dish or appetizer.

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Instant Pot Egg Curry (Pressure Cooker Anda Curry)

Egg curry made by adding boiled eggs to a curry sauce, along with coconut milk to give a flavorful protein-rich dish. In this Instant Pot Egg Curry, we will make the curry sauce and boil the eggs together, to make this delicious dish even quicker! Pair it with rice, naan or roti to make a complete meal.

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Cabbage & Peas Stir Fry / Patta Gobi Matar – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Cabbage and Green Peas cooked with garlic, tomato and spices.  A simple comfort dish made in a pressure cooker.  

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Mint Cilantro Chutney Recipe (Indian Green Chutney)

A cool, spicy and tangy green chutney. This no-cook mint cilantro chutney is a must try accompaniment to Indian food such as samosa, chaat, kebabs and sandwiches.

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Instant Pot Chickpea Curry with Spinach (Chana Saag)

This easy one-pot Spinach Chickpea Curry, also known as Chana Saag is a healthy vegan and gluten-free curry. Serve it with rice, quinoa, or naan for a perfect weeknight dinner!

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Sprouts Curry

Sprouted green lentils curry packed full of nutrition made in the instant pot or stovetop. Mung bean sprouts cooked in an onion-tomato sauce with ginger, garlic and aromatic spices. This curry goes perfectly with roti, paratha or rice.

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Ridge Gourd Curry Recipe | Turai ki subzi – Pressure Cooker

Enjoy this easy and delicious Ridge Gourd Curry, also known as Turai ki subzi, made in the pressure cooker or instant pot. This is a simple, yet flavorful curry with many nutritional benefits of ridge gourd.

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Instant Pot Dal Makhani (Madras Lentils with Brown Rice)

Authentic Punjabi Dal Makhani (Madras Lentils) made in Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot. This restaurant style Dal Makhani made in the pressure cooker is rich, creamy and flavorful. 

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Instant Pot Green Beans with Garlic & Lemon

These perfectly steamed Instant Pot Green Beans have a fresh, crunchy texture, and are so easy to make! Saute with butter and garlic, drizzle on some lemon juice, and they make a delicious side dish for any meal.

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Instant Pot Bhindi Masala / Okra Stir Fry

A North Indian favorite Okra Stir Fry in the instant pot. Okra cooked with onions, tomato, garlic and spices. 

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Instant Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry

Instant Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry is a creamy vegan curry, perfect for those busy weekdays. Made with staple pantry ingredients, this one-pot meal with pot-in-pot brown rice will make up for a perfect wholesome meal.

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Kale Chana Dal Stir Fry

A one-pot kale and split chickpeas stir fry, made in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.

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Kala Chana Chaat Recipe (Black Chickpea Salad)

A nutrition packed Black Chickpea Salad made with black chickpeas, crunchy onions, tomatoes, avocado and spices. This refreshing salad has fresh and tangy flavors, and can be enjoyed as a great protein rich breakfast or snack. 

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Gujarati Dal (Instant Pot & Stovetop Recipe)

Gujarati Dal is a sweet, spicy and tangy lentil soup, made with pigeon peas (tuvar dal), lots of warming spices and the sweetness of jaggery. This staple dal from the Gujarat region of India can be enjoyed with rice, roti or as a soup! 

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Instant Pot Bulgur Pilaf Recipe (Dalia Pulao)

A simple, healthy and delicious Bulgur or cracked wheat pilaf cooked with lots of veggies. 

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Instant Pot Pumpkin Curry Recipe (Pressure Cooker)

North Indian sweet and sour pumpkin curry made in a pressure cooker or instant pot. This is a delicious and healthy vegetable curry to add to your meal. Vegan & gluten free! 

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Punjabi Kala Chana / Black Chickpeas Curry

Kala Chana is a mildly spiced black chickpeas curry made in instant pot. This is a simple everyday Punjabi curry, made in a onion-tomato gravy with ginger and garlic.

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Instant Pot Palak Paneer Recipe (Pressure Cooker)

A North Indian favorite with spinach and cottage cheese, Palak Paneer. Make this instant pot palak paneer as a one-pot dish, super easy and delicious!

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Instant Pot Asparagus Soup

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this asparagus soup in your Instant Pot! It’s creamy and full of flavor, and you’ll have it ready to serve in less than 30 minutes!

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Green Moong Dal (Green Lentil Soup)

Wholesome Green Moong lentils simmered in onion-tomato gravy made in Instant Pot. A protein rich dish, enjoy as a lentil soup along with a side of rice. 

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Crispy Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

A delicious side dish of crispy air fryer brussels sprouts. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these are a perfect side dish.

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Pressure Cooker Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe

Healthy Cream of Broccoli soup made in the Instant Pot in less than 30 minutes. This amazing comfort food can be enjoyed guilt free now, with this plant based vegan & gluten free recipe. Perfect for a quick satisfying lunch or dinner. 

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Instant Pot Dal Tadka / Dal Fry with Basmati Rice

A simple yet flavorful yellow dal tempered with cumin, curry leaves and spices. This is an everyday lentil enjoyed with rice. 

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Pressure Cooker Spinach Dal / Dal Palak Recipe

A comforting lentil dish with added spinach made in the Pressure Cooker.  Enjoy with rice or as a soup. 

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Instant Pot Hearty Brown Lentil Soup

A healthy and delicious vegan brown lentil soup with veggies. Wonderfully easy to make in the Pressure Cooker and perfect for a cold day! 

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Vegan Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup

Vegan Cauliflower Soup made in the Instant Pot in less than 30 minutes. Packed with healing ingredients like turmeric, cauliflower and cashews, it is so creamy and full of flavor. 

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Air Fryer Stuffed Eggplant / Bharwan Baingan

Baby Eggplants stuffed with flavorful and aromatic spices cooked in very little oil in the Air Fryer. A quick and delicious way to enjoy eggplants! 

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Moong Daal Fry / Split Yellow Lentils Soup – Instant Pot

Moong Dal Tadka or Split Yellow Lentils Soup made in instant pot or stovetop pressure cooker. A simple yet flavorful yellow dal tempered with cumin, garlic and spices. This is a mild everyday lentil enjoyed with rice.

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Instant Pot Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup made in the Instant Pot is filled with warm fall goodness. This vegan & gluten free soup is so creamy, flavorful and healthy! 

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Instant Pot Vegetable Sambar (South Indian Lentils)

Sambar, a flavorful South Indian Lentil Stew made with lentils, vegetables, tamarind, curry leaves and spices prepared in the instant pot (pressure cooker).

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Curry with Spinach

This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Curry is a creamy vegan curry, filled with goodness of squash, coconut milk and spinach. This cozy and comforting curry is perfect for Fall dinners!

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Bharwa Bhindi Recipe (Stuffed Okra)

Bharwa Bhindi, which means Stuffed Okra is a popular Indian side dish where the okra is stuffed with spicy & tangy masala filling. This vegan & gluten free dish is a perfect side with Indian roti or paratha, or even great to enjoy as an appetizer.

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Air Fryer Tandoori Gobi / Cauliflower Tikka Bites

Tandoori Gobi in the air fryer is a great snack or appetizer.  A North Indian favorite, nutritious with no oil and easy to prepare. 

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Chicken and Fish Recipes

Tandoori Chicken – Air Fryer

A flavor packed spicy dish from the Indian subcontinent popular all over the world. Chicken is marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, spices and lemon juice, then grilled in the air fryer or oven. Low carb and keto friendly. 

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Chicken Vindaloo – Authentic Pressure Cooker Recipe

Authentic Goan Chicken Vindaloo made in the Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot. Enjoy this dairy-free and gluten-free Chicken Vindaloo with rice or naan for a satisfying dinner!

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Chicken Tikka Kebab

Chicken Tikka Kebab is a delicious appetizer that is packed with flavor. It starts with chicken pieces marinated in yogurt along with lime juice and aromatic spices, then threaded onto skewers and cooked to create a delicious appetizer. Make it in the air fryer or oven to serve at the gathering, or include it into your meal prep for the week! 

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Instant Pot Chicken Saag Recipe (Pressure Cooker)

This one-pot Chicken curry with spinach is one of the delicious north Indian dish.  Chicken simmered in a creamy spinach sauce, makes it a nutritious dish for all.

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Mom’s Chicken Curry – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Mom’s authentic Chicken Curry made in a simple onion-tomato gravy with the aroma of whole spices.

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup Recipe

A delicious and healthy Chicken Fajita Soup made in the Pressure Cooker. Flavor packed with tender chicken, lots of veggies and spices. Low carb and gluten free.   

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Coconut Shrimp Curry – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Delicious and easy Coconut Shrimp Curry made in the Pressure Cooker in just 20 minutes. This is a simple Indian shrimp curry made with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes along with flavorful spices, and finished with coconut milk.

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Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

A creamy and delicious Butter chicken or Murgh Makhani made in the Instant Pot. Chicken cooked in a mildly spiced tomato gravy with aromatic ginger, garlic and spices. 

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I hope you have found your favorite and easy Indian diabetic recipes! Some of these can be made in the instant pot or air fryer, while others can be made on the stovetop. Let me know what you are most excited to make, and when you make it, don’t forget to tag #pipingpotcurry.

If you are looking for gluten-free recipes, here are 50+ Gluten-free Indian Food Recipes.

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