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200 Healthy Curries: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook [Paperback]

Sunil Vijayakar
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1 Jan 2013 Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
Curries have long been a favourite in British restaurants but it is also so easy to achieve spectacular, fragrant and exotic dishes at home which are far healthier than any takeaway. Focusing on divine combinations of spices and curry pastes to achieve maximum flavour, curries are a great way to increase your intake of healthy vegetables and lean protein while your meals remain delicious.With recipes including Monkfish Korma, Beef and Potato Madras, Balti Chicken, Lime Leaf and Cashew Nut Curry, Laotian Vegetable Curry and Singaporean Seared Curried Scallops you'll have inspiration from around the world and will never run out of ideas for dishes low in fat and high in flavour.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (1 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600625281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600625285
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An extensive collection of 200 recipes for healthy curries and sides that don't compromise on flavour.

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Sunil Vijayakar was born in Bombay, where, while working as a food stylist for the film industry, he founded a successful catering company. He is now based in London and specializes in preparing food for photography. He has written a number of books including Hamlyn's successful Fresh Indian and contributes to many popular weekly and monthly publications.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonably decent collection 5 April 2013
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The curries contained herein are inspired by the cooking of a wide geographical region - the Indian subcontinent, South-East Asia, the Caribbean and so on. They encompass starters/snacks, fish & shellfish, meat, poultry & eggs, vegetables and rice/lentil/grains dishes. Some are more involved than others - some are suitable for knocking up as a weekday evening after-work meal, others may need a bit more time with making up blends of multiple spices or marinading, or slow cooking.

As with all of these Hamlyn books, the 200 recipes are 100 recipes plus variations or sometimes an accompaniment to the main recipe, and it's a well presented book with recipe on the left hand page and photograph on the right. Ingredients should all be easy enough to obtain, and recipes are relatively simple to make.

The downsides are that this small book will not remain open flat, and if you are targetting this at people controlling their calorie intake (the word "healthy" in the title may attract the attention of such), there is no calories per portion information supplied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 29 July 2013
By Mills
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Great, simple recipes without too many 'odd' ingredients. I have made about a dozen of the recipes so far and have loved all of them - they really are healthy as not loaded with loads of fat. Highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Curries 22 July 2013
By Boon
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This is a fabulous little book. Little book with great big ideas. I am actually working my way through it, as it is hard to decide which curry to make. It is well put together and laid out, and a must for all curry fans !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spice and everything nice... 24 Jun 2013
By techpuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Another day another Hamlyn 200 recipe book, I'm slowly building a personal library of these and they've become near indispensable in my kitchen. You could more accurately rename this one 'Healthy Spicy Dishes' since its definition of curries is quite broad - including spicy salads and soups alongside a great range of main-courses. It's not all Indian curries either with lots of South East Asian flavours and dishes in here too - including favourites from Thai cuisine. The book starts out with a quick glossary of the spices and more esoteric ingredients you might need, most of which are available in larger supermarkets, as well as a couple of recipes for home-made curry powder and Thai red and green curry pastes.

I'm not sure that the recipes are that authentic, if that really matters. For example Thai Massaman Curry is one of my all-time favourites (once voted as the most delicious food in the world by CNN Travel!) and I was taught how to make it by a Thai friend to a fairly traditional recipe (actually his Mum's recipe!) but the version in this book makes it with no peanuts or potatoes, both staple ingredients (I was told). However it does still sound pretty good made with just aubergines and chicken - I'll let you know. There are recipes for most of the familiar favourites, like vindaloo, balti and korma, but this is a book for a curry lover with a sense of adventure too with lots of less-familiar but very tempting dishes. For once there's a good selection of vegetarian dishes too, Thai cuisine in particular isn't always very accommodating to veggies, so these are welcome - and I'm looking forward to trying Dry Bitter Melon Curry, since before this book I'd never heard of Bitter Melons, surely they have to be more appetising than they sound?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little book 21 Jun 2013
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I do like this series of cookbooks. OK - they are never going to turn you into a gourmet chef. If you want that then you need to look elsewhere. What they do very well is provide lots of ideas for simple, fairly cheap to make and yet mostly tasty recipies. I have a young son and a husband who is a picky eater, so I am always looking for ideas for nutritious, tasty meals which both of them will eat. I can usually rely on this series of books to provide me with inspiration for this. Each book is split into sections e.g. soups, fish/seafood, meat/poultry, desserts and so on, and there are plenty of recipe ideas in each section which means you can usually find something to suit all tastes.

The layout of the books is good - each recipe has a double page allocation with a good colour image of the finished meal, a full ingredient list and easy to follow step by step instructions. My only criticism, and the reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5, is that the spine of the book is quite stiff and as a result it is hard to get the book to stay open at any given page without weighing the pages down. When just flicking through the book for ideas this is not a problem, but if you want to follow a recipe step by step in the kitchen as you are working then it is awkward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firey but not fattening! 6 Jun 2013
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Had a few of these little Hamlyn books and not been terribly impressed up until now, with uninspiring recipes and brown-hued photography. This curry volume is a fab addition to the range though and has raised the bar considerably. Full of gorgeous-looking pictures - a whole crab swimming in a coconutty sea, huge beef meatballs nestling on a mound of ribbon-like noodles garnished with ruby red chilli rings, and hearty curried oxtail next to a creamy pile of mash. I'd probably start with something fairly easy, like the simple fish and potato curry with it's sweet hit of palm sugar and cinnamon, or maybe the spicy courgette fritters with mango salsa. Or even the elegant Singaporean scallops, cooked in rice wine and garnished with ginger and spring onion matchsticks. In fact, I'd spend so long drooling I'd probably never get round to cooking at all. Which is a shame because I'd happily devour about 90% of the dishes in this book - and it's rare to find a cookbook were so many of the recipes appeal. One last thing - these are (relatively) healthy curries, making use of reduced fat yoghurt and coconut milk, and dry rubs for some of the meat and fish, as well as suggesting virtuous sides of shredded veg, tamarind rice and red lentils. You'd never know it though, so mouthwatering are all the pics. 240 pages of guilt free troughing. What are you waiting for?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value but lacking in flavour
This cookbook is perfect for those who are looking for quick & easy westernised curry recipes. It can also be a helpful resource for those who are just dipping their toes in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by marty mcfly
4.0 out of 5 stars cookbook
full of easy nice dishes and easy to follow instruction a must for any cook who entertains a lot yes
Published 2 months ago by derick r watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Healthy curries
I love Indian food but worry about the unhealthy aspect of it so this book is ideal. The best of both worlds!
Published 4 months ago by Dr. J. A. Emery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy to follow curry recipes
Just tried the fish and potato curry, and was very impressed with the results. Easy, non-nonsense recipes for anyone to follow.
Published 12 months ago by W R Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential little cook book.
Excellent series of cook books. Mostly simple straightforward recipes that sound good and look great in the photo's. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike J
4.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out and practical
These recipes cut down on some of the ingredients such as oil, cream and butter that the authors say often feature in curries by replacing some or all of the amount with healthier... Read more
Published 13 months ago by catsatcastle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good range of recipes
This small format book has a wide rage of recipes.
The recipes range from very easy to medium difficulty, and the recipes I have tried have worked out ok.
Published 13 months ago by A. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting recipes, but are they really healthy?
This little book provides lots of choice, and would be a good gift for a curry loving student for example. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't curry favour.
The way the contents of this budget book are laid out make it look cheap and basic, and the majority of the dishes didn't appeal to me. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Flickering Ember
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
Another decent book in the series though not as good as some of them.
There are plenty of recipes, most of them seem easy to follow. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Emperor
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