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A fully illustrated guide to preparing delicious Indian food, featuring 325 easy and original recipes inspired by this popular cuisine. Includes expert advice on how to produce stunning results every time, using authentic ingredients and classic cooking methods. You can make tempting dishes for every occasion, from light, crispy appetizers to meaty mains, vegetarian curries A fully illustrated guide to preparing delicious Indian food, featuring 325 easy and original recipes inspired by this popular cuisine. Includes expert advice on how to produce stunning results every time, using authentic ingredients and classic cooking methods. You can make tempting dishes for every occasion, from light, crispy appetizers to meaty mains, vegetarian curries to seafood specialties; plus pickles, breads and sumptuous desserts. Over 1800 color photographs explain all techniques in simple steps, with tips and variations for the versatile cook.


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A fully illustrated guide to preparing delicious Indian food, featuring 325 easy and original recipes inspired by this popular cuisine. Includes expert advice on how to produce stunning results every time, using authentic ingredients and classic cooking methods. You can make tempting dishes for every occasion, from light, crispy appetizers to meaty mains, vegetarian curries A fully illustrated guide to preparing delicious Indian food, featuring 325 easy and original recipes inspired by this popular cuisine. Includes expert advice on how to produce stunning results every time, using authentic ingredients and classic cooking methods. You can make tempting dishes for every occasion, from light, crispy appetizers to meaty mains, vegetarian curries to seafood specialties; plus pickles, breads and sumptuous desserts. Over 1800 color photographs explain all techniques in simple steps, with tips and variations for the versatile cook.

30 review for Best Ever Indian Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mikejencostanzo

    The authors of Best Ever Indian Cookbook set a pretty high standard for themselves when they chose their title. But they succeed in fulfilling their claim with flying colors in my estimation. This truly is the best ever, Indian cookbook. It has an attractive and modern visual appeal, the recipes are authentic (not dumbed-down for those fearful of strong spices), it's comprehensive (325 recipes), and what I think it the most amazing feature of all is that every recipe is accompanied by a full-pag The authors of Best Ever Indian Cookbook set a pretty high standard for themselves when they chose their title. But they succeed in fulfilling their claim with flying colors in my estimation. This truly is the best ever, Indian cookbook. It has an attractive and modern visual appeal, the recipes are authentic (not dumbed-down for those fearful of strong spices), it's comprehensive (325 recipes), and what I think it the most amazing feature of all is that every recipe is accompanied by a full-page, full-color photo of the finished dish. You know those cookbooks that have photos of only a handful of recipes? And those are the only recipes that we end up making? Best Ever Indian Cookbook is an equal opportunity recipe presenter. The food stylist/photographer does a fantastic job of making each dish look attractive and luxurious. The food photography here is art. I think one of the main fears one must conquer before diving headlong into embracing Indian cooking is the sheer number of ingredients needed. And Best Ever Indian Cooking does not attempt to alleviate that fear. The ingredient lists here are lengthy, but necessary for authenticity. Let me make it simpler though. If you want to make the recipes in Best Ever Indian Cooking, here are the main spices you'll want to stock up on: Turmeric Cumin Powder Ground Hot Chilli Powder Curry Powder Cardamom Pods Dried Red Chili Peppers Ground Coriander Mustard Seeds Black Peppercorns Garam Masala Cinnamon stick I recommend just getting these in bulk (3-7 oz bags) at an Indian grocery store. You'll actually end up saving money that way. I also suggest keeping jars of fresh minced garlic, ginger & tamarind paste in your fridge at all times, as these are used a lot. Fresh cilantro is also called for in just about every other recipe! If there are other more obscure spices needed (fenugreek, saffron, asafoetida, onion seed), I personally believe you can get away with leaving them out (I know, terrible of me)--but I haven't noticed a huge flavor depletion. Oh, and my two other tips for making Indian cooking less scary... #1: Keep all your Indian spices in a single box that you can whip out and place right next to you when preparing any Indian recipe. And, #2: Challenge yourself to use only one measuring spoon. I just use my 1/2 teaspoon, and then it's handy it to measure everything (whether it's filled halfway for a spice only needing 1/4 tsp. or whether it's filled 4 times for an ingredient requiring 2 tsp.) No tedious spoon-switching! So, if you're into Indian cooking, or want to be, Best Ever Indian Cooking is the must-have book for your collection. --Jen

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sher

    Really a 3.5. I'm always a bit wary when the title of any book is _The Best_, but perhaps what the author meant is that she believes these are the best spice mixtures and the best of the many variants of recipes in India. I do come away with the idea, that although a dish may be called lamb curry, for example, it will taste quite differently depending on the household you dine at. Heavy on meat, poultry, and fish recipes. Heavily illustrated. I found the discussion on spices helpful, because she Really a 3.5. I'm always a bit wary when the title of any book is _The Best_, but perhaps what the author meant is that she believes these are the best spice mixtures and the best of the many variants of recipes in India. I do come away with the idea, that although a dish may be called lamb curry, for example, it will taste quite differently depending on the household you dine at. Heavy on meat, poultry, and fish recipes. Heavily illustrated. I found the discussion on spices helpful, because she describes how frying, dry heating spices is and even how important it is to put spices into the heat in order. She has her own curry and other spice mixtures one can try. I'm trying to learn how to use and work with Indian spices, and this book has been helpful. I'm slowly trying various recipes. The book does not consider special diets - such as gluten or dairy free. Also, no discussion of Ayurveda and food will be found in this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Caston

    One of two go to cookbooks when I want to make a good curry. Best butter chicken recipe I've run into too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    SmarterLilac

    I finally cracked the spine of this thing after letting it sit on my shelf for five plus years. Superb. Now that I've made a few of these tasty recipes, I can say, as a lifelong half-hearted cook, that the user friendly, color photographs and easy to read instructions make this book actually useful to practically anyone. My family loved what I came up with from these pages--and they're not exactly big fans of Indian cuisine. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    this cookbook is lavishly illustrated with wonderful photographs of finished dishes and the steps to making them. the introduction includes a long introduction to the special tools and ingredients you'll need and instructions for producing a few ingredients if you can't find them at local grocery stores. it may not be the most "authentic" indian cookbook out there, but it's a great introduction for western cooks. all measurements are given in metric and english requirements.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Vogelbaum

    The mere size, number of recipes, and beautiful illustrations sometimes make me skeptical of the content. However, I have put some real time into finding the correct ingredients and trying more than several recipes. Each time I am amazed!!! Easy to follow and helpful photos. Great addition to any cookbook library.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    Indian food is one of my favs. Love that it has photos and easy directions to make tasty Indian dinners.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This cookbook is awesome! Has great pictures detailing ingredients and cooking techniques, and has great recipes!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chad Lamb

    The Chicken Tika Masala and Garlic and Cilantro Nan bread recipes were great. Lots of work to prepare, but delicious dishes. Can't wait to try more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Linna

    I can only vouch for the vegetarian recipes, but there are a lot of them and they are stupendous! As my significant other has said, this cookbook is "one of the better things to have ever happened to us."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol D

    Love love love the pictures, recipes and background information.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This cookbook is filled with Indian recipes, in an easy to follow format. It helps that it's filled with delicious looking photos!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deepika Dhavala

    good

  14. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Shogren

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vandana Goel

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lucky

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Gupta

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ravi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zilda

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nandita Godbole

  22. 4 out of 5

    Myat-hsu Mon

  23. 5 out of 5

    HARPREET

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Labiba Adil

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  28. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Gagern

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ismail Hussein

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