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How To Make British Indian Restaurant (BIR) Style Meals [Kindle Edition]

Dan Toombs
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dan Toombs - AKA The Curry Guy - spent over two years cooking and eating nothing but Indian food. During that time he also shared his recipes in his daily blog.

In this, his first book, you will be introduced to many of the most popular British Indian Restaurant (BIR) recipes. They have all been tried and tested in Dan's home kitchen.

Dan is also available on Twitter and Facebook to answer all of you BIR questions. Just ask The Curry Guy!


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4077 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: The Curry Guy Publishing (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096X3S4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Two years ago Dan Toombs decided to take his family and a culinary journey. He decided to cook and eat only Indian food for a full year and to date hasn't stopped! Together Dan, his wife Caroline and their three children have worked together cooking both authentic and British Indian restaurant (BIR) meals each and every day.

Dan started posting his recipes and food pictures on his blog and before long was receiving invitations from top Indian chefs to visit their kitchens and to learn first hand their amazing recipes.

He has also been invited to speak and do cooking demonstrations at many of the most popular UK food shows including The World Curry Festival along side many of today's top celebrity chefs. Dan and his family have also been featured in The Daily Mail, The Mirror and The People.

In Dan's first book, 'How To Make British Indian Restaurant (BIR) Style Meals' you will be introduced to all of the curry house favourites. From chicken tikka masala to Chicken korma, Lamb vindaloo to lamb rogan josh, you'll find them all. These are all home tested recipes that taste fantastic!

Dan is currently working on his second Indian cookbook that will feature all of his favourite Indian seafood recipes. Feel free to ask Dan any recipe questions on Twitter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By HBlaber
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I have a few Madhur Jaffrey books and really enjoy cooking Indian food (her Keema recipe is amazing and VERY easy).

However I decided to try this book because I could buy it for reading on my tablet and it got such good reviews. Which are well deserved!

I made the Chicken Tikka Masala and it was properly good, would pay good money for it from a restaurant level of good. I wasn't convinced after I made the initial batch of 'base' curry sauce but by the time I had finished it off, it was gorgeous. I also made the onion bhajis (which were so much more successful that another recipe I had found online) and also the naan bread. Again, I wasn't convinced when making the naan bread as it doesn't use yeast (as Madhur Jaffrey does) but I have to say that it was lighter and less doughy for that reason.

I like the fact that once you've made your base sauce (which makes enough for about 6 meals each for 4 people), it's just a matter of adding a few more ingredients to create whichever Indian delight takes your fancy.

Almost quicker than getting in the car and driving to collect a takeaway, cheaper and tastier!

Highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This guys curry are absolutely fantastic! If you want to make a curry that is better than your local curry house then this is the way to do it.....easy enough to follow instructions and doesn't command lots of unusual ingredients that your local supermarket don't stock!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Indian Cookbook bt The Curry Guy 9 Sept. 2012
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I have been following Dan Toombs - AKA The Curry Guy - for just over a year on Twitter and have been eagerly waiting for this book. He finally published it! I think I might have even been the first to purchase it.

I love following Dan's curry blog and have already cooked many of his recipes. This book is a collection of his most popular British Indian Restaurant styles curries. Many of the recipes are on his blog though I've noticed some have been tweaked a bit. I made the chicken tikka masala, the chicken jalfrezi and the lamb rogan josh last night and they were all fantastic.

All of the recipes are well written and easy to follow. I love the way Dan encourages the reader to contact him via Twitter and Facebook if they have any questions about his recipes. I know from experience that Dan does answer questions regularly on Twitter.

This is not a book of traditional Indian recipes like so many other cookbooks. These are the recipes that so many of us know and love from restaurants and takeaways. Most of the recipes are backed with really nice pictures so that you can see what you are going to make.

So what are the negatives?

There aren't many. I think it would have been great if Dan had photographed every recipe. I think he photographed about 90% though the missing pictures are on his blog. A section on cooking utensils might have been good too though my standard pots and pans work just fine with the recipes I've made.

Now for the positives...

Great recipes that taste better than my favourite takeaway!

The book is nicely written and obviously well thought out.

The pictures make you want to try these recipes.

I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great little e-recipe book for the money 25 Jan. 2013
By Jo
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Some great tips and recipes. A bit easier to follow than the old Pat Chapman books on a similar theme.
One word of warning ... even an old Geordie like me would be troubled by some the powdered chilli measures suggested ( though they are suggestions to be fair)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The nearest to takeaway curries so far 24 Dec. 2012
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I love my curry and in particular the one we get from our local takeaway in Haywards Heath. With a desire to be able to recreate the flavour of my favourite dish I bought this book on a whim. So far I have made the basic curry sauce (the bedrock of all curries) and then produced a chicken dhansak which was delicious. We also had a go at making Naan bread which was also a success and far better than those you buy from the supermarkets. Nice also to be able to have the book open on my Ipad whilst cooking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best curry recipe book I've ever tried. 4 July 2014
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I've had this book a couple of months now and I can honestly say it is the best curry recipe book I've ever tried... ( and I've got quite a few!)
So far I've made a couple of daals & all the chicken curry recipes. They've all been absolutely lovely. This book has reignited my love of cooking and the family are loving the food. I'm going to try making the onion bhaji s tomorrow. Wish me luck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST B I R CURRY BOOK IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE 28 Aug. 2014
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Really brilliant book, have been trying for forty years to cook a Korma like my local b I r ,without success, NOW I CAN!! Buy this book it's all you'll ever need ,worth twenty pounds plus in any shop , w ish it had an index of spices to save time when you are shopping well done that man Thanks again, David
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of recipes 18 Mar. 2013
By F. Hyde
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Not a bad little online book. I have to make some adjustments to the recipes (I don't like much chilli in my food and I am allergic to nuts) but the food is very tasty and not too complicated to make
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to follow great tasting dishes for a beginner like me .
Published 5 hours ago by MR D J CARDEN
3.0 out of 5 stars some very useful tips. don't think there has been much proofreading...
some very useful tips .don't think there has been much proofreading as there are very many mistakes in grammar and content which one needs to be careful about when following the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Dr. David Hattersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy
I have used various recipies and I am very pleased with the results. Up to now I bought fresh ready made sauces, but not anymore.
Published 19 days ago by Saskia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cooked the most amazing curry stock
Published 21 days ago by Em12
4.0 out of 5 stars Best curry I have ever made
Great book, clearly explained I made the basic curry recipe and then used this for the base of the chicken jalfrezi and it really was very authentic, just like our local... Read more
Published 22 days ago by lynnbro
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Need a print facility for when cooking but content is 10/10
Published 23 days ago by The Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I've made the base curry, it's just like the restaurant curry sauce. Book is great and easy to follow. Very informative.
Published 28 days ago by Kim Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars you want restuarant curry buy and follow this you wont go wrong
you want restuarant curry buy and follow this you wont go wrong
Published 1 month ago by Honest John
5.0 out of 5 stars loved
made the curry and nan breads, loved it
Published 1 month ago by Mrs G Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied, solid recipes
As an author, Dan has been a huge inspiration to me in getting my own curry cookbook (Chilli Man's Spicy Cookbook - Indian) into the Kindle and Itunes store. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Lumsden
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