How you can enjoy tasty, authentic Indian food without eating out

(BPT) – If you love Indian cuisine, you’ll be glad to know you can now enjoy awesomely authentic meals and sides without the cost of dining out — and without spending hours in the kitchen.

Thanks to convenient, easy-to-prepare Tasty Bite entrees and rices, you can create a memorable meal full of bold flavors in just minutes. With their wide variety of options, you can enjoy a quick and easy ready-to-eat dish — or incorporate their products into recipes that will soon become family favorites. Tasty Bite makes Indian food accessible to everyone with their All-Natural, GMO-free, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and organic options — all ready in under two minutes.

Here are tips and recipes for creating outstanding dishes with genuine Indian flair.

1. Up your spice game

Stock your spice cabinet with the flavors of India so you’ll be ready to boost your culinary repertoire. Turmeric, ginger, curry and cumin are popular in Indian cuisine, so these should be at the top of your shopping list.

Pro tip: For best results, “bloom” spices by heating them up in cooking oil first. This will enhance the flavor of your finished dish.

2. Make it easy for yourself

There’s no reason dinner in a hurry has to be bland or boring! When time is short, try an easy-to-prep selection like Tasty Bite Organic Madras Lentils, Tasty Bite Organic Chickpea Tikka Masala and Tasty Bite Organic Coconut Chickpea & Turmeric Curry — plus a variety of rices that are simple and quick to fix and serve as is, or to use in recipes that make everyday meals an adventure. Their convenient products are chock full of classic Indian aromatic spices like cumin, turmeric and ginger — combined with hearty vegetables and slow simmered to perfection to free you from boring meals.

3. Do some weekend meal prep

To make it even easier to create exciting, flavorful — and more healthful — meals from Indian cuisine on busy weekdays, do some extra prep on the weekend. Cut up veggies and store in air-tight containers so they’ll be ready to go when you want to cook a meal during the week. Commonly used vegetables in Indian dishes include spinach, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, onion and carrots.

4. Put an Indian twist on an old favorite

Take your nachos to the next level with Madras Lentils in just 20 minutes.

Tasty Madras Lentils Nacho Cups
Total time: 20minutes. Serves 4.

2 pouches Tasty Bite Organic Madras Lentils
1/2 cup tomato, diced
1/3 cup onion, diced
1/3 cup jalapeno, diced
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. lime, juiced

Salt and pepper to taste

Scoop or cup style nacho chips

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Mix in a medium size bowl tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, sugar and lime. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat Tasty Bite Organic Madras Lentils according to package instructions.

Fill nacho chip cups halfway with Tasty Bite Organic Madras Lentils.
Top with tomato mixture and cheddar cheese.

5. Spice up your breakfast

You can even include Indian flavors for a satisfying breakfast with this fun play on the breakfast burrito.

Breakfast Burritos
Total time: 25 minutes. Serves 8.

1 cup Tasty Bite Organic Madras Lentils
1 cup Tasty Bite Basmati Rice
1 onion, chopped
6 large eggs
8 flour tortillas
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 sliced avocado
2 tablespoons butter (for eggs)
Salt and pepper to taste

Using medium pan, saute chopped onion with half the butter until golden and translucent.
While onion is cooking, heat lentils and rice according to bag instructions.
Once onions are cooked, remove from pan and place in bowl. Set aside.
Using the same pan, add the rest of the butter and scramble eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
Assemble burritos using rice, lentils, onion, eggs, cheese and avocado.

For everyone from college students to busy families, there are plenty of options for convenient meals and sides at — or look for the colorful new packaging reflecting the bold flavors and ingredients of this awesomely authentic Indian food at a store near you.