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

Dan Toombs
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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!


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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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont hesitate! Buy it 20 Feb. 2014
By Keith
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I have been trying to make that original restaurant curry taste for over 20 years on and off and have watched you tubes examples and video jugs, got recipes from indian friends bought books and basically wasted my time. I purchased this last year and never tried it in fear of wasting time again.
I tried it last night and made the garlic chilli chicken. It was better than my best curry shop ever!
I was so proud that i'd actually done it and done it properly, very tasty.
I didn't have ghee so used country life butter instead and couldnt get smoked paprika so used plain paprika.
My house stinks like a restaurant but it was worth it.
Cheers Dan.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 20 Mar. 2014
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When you cook at home you want one of two results: that comforting home-cooked meal, like grandma's apple crumble. Or you want it to taste like it would in a restaurant. I believe the latter is the harder and more valiant goal to achieve and yet this book allows you to achieve it.

I've just finished making the Garlic Chili Chicken recipe and genuinely, if you were to put a takeaway one or the homemade one in front of me, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. That isn't a testament to my cooking prowess (which is at best average) but to the incredible recipes and easy-to-follow instructions in this book.

True - the recipes require far more effort and ingredients than just bunging in a jar of ready-made curry paste, but like that you will never be able to achieve the authentic RESTAURANT taste. I highlight the word restaurant because this book is not, nor does it profess to be, a book of authentic Indian recipes. Rather, it shows you exactly how to make your curries taste the same as if they were bought from you local takeaway. After all, who among us would argue they aren't the best?

Truly deserving of the 5 stars. Thank you Dan.
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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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