This is a 'real' Indian cookbook, no western interpretations of the classics here! The book is beautifully set out and features stunning photos of every recipe. Of all my cookbooks (and there's many!)this is the one that I turn to at least once a week for dinner inspiration.The sweet and sour chickpeas with their tamarind and coriander hit are fresh,comforting and super easy to make.
A few of the other curry recipes(black eyed beans with mushrooms being one) haven't quiet hit the same note as the chickpeas, but I suspect this could have something to do with the fact that I used tinned tomatoes(which is offered as a substitute for fresh).Next time i'll use fresh for sure.
It's a huge book, featuring snacks/tiffin,fish and seafood, poultry and meat, vegetables, pulses, rice and grains, bread,accompaniments,sweets and drinks and basics.I love looking through the many colourful photos of Indian life,food and people featured throughout.
Some of the other recipes from this book that have tickled my fancy...but I am yet to try....
*Kosambri-a salad like dish using a combination of carrots and radish,dal,fresh coconut,coriander in a spiced dressing (YUM!!)
*cashew nut barfi
*Payasam-dessert "drink" made with sago,almonds,sultanas,milk,cardamom and rosewater (YUM YUM YUM!!!)
This book covers everything you'd ever want to cook for an Indian feast, from naan to paneer,curries to Kulfi.
Tjis is a beautifull book. I don't have the same cover as the edition shown on that pisture but it is indeed the same book.
Rich in information about culinary tradition of india it is a good intro on indian food. But for someone who would like to deepens is technique and interest about the fascinary world of indian food I would recommand Julie Sahni "classic indian vegetarian and grain cooking".