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Curry Easy [Hardcover]

Madhur Jaffrey
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Book Description

16 Sep 2010

In this delicious collection of recipes, Madhur Jaffrey shows us that Indian food need not be complicated or involve hours in the kitchen. Take a few well chosen spices and readily available ingredients, and in a few easy steps you can make a delicious prawn curry from Goa; succulent chicken baked in an almond and onion sauce; hearty Sri Lankan beef with coconut milk; a creamy potato and pea curry; tasty swiss chard stir fried with ginger and garlic; and a spicy dip with beans (canned of course), cumin, chillies and lime. With over 175 clear, accessible and simple recipes, this mouthwatering cookbook is as beautifully written as her bestselling Ultimate Curry Bible, and is fully illustrated throughout with gorgeous colour photography.

Whether you are cooking curry for the first time or have plenty of culinary experience and are looking for quick and easy recipe ideas, Madhur Jaffrey brings you all the tastes of India with the minimum of work.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091923143
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookery author. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and her series for BBC television 'Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery' made her a household name. She has appeared in over 20 films, including Merchant Ivory's Heat and Dust, and written over 15 cookery books, including Madhur Jaffrey's Ultimate Curry Bible (2003), published by Ebury Press.

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"A handsome book, clearly laid out and easy to follow. Classic Jaffrey, and a steal at the price" (Guy Dimond Time Out)

"A true classic - fresh, intelligent and simply scrumptious. Even in an unusually strong year for cookbooks, Jaffrey's quality shines through." (Bee Wilson Sunday Times)

"Transforms Indian food into something relatively speedy to prepare at home. This would be a good one for the culinary aware student." (Carolyn Hart Telegraph Magazine)

"If you have the local curry house menu by your phone, consider replacing it with a copy of this book. Madhur is totally trustworthy and these recipes use readily available ingredients to whip up delicious curries in less time than it takes to deliver." (Sally Hughes BBC Good Food)

"As readable and useable as it is beautiful." (Delicious Magazine)

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The unsurpassed Queen of curries presents over 175 new quick and easy curry recipes

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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lighter, fresher, vibrant Indian cooking 8 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I agree with the previous reviewer. This is not a re-working of Indian recipes, either of Madhur Jafrey's previous books or of the well-known hackneyed staples of restaurants or other Indian cookbooks.

Everything is ligher, fresher and if these words can be applied to food then the book exudes a joy and a vibrancy which is apparent as soon as one turns over the pages. The recipes are Indian but many are from the kitchen of the author's family and friends and are simple, easy to make, and do not require many spices or ingredients.

These are recipes you could use to make a whole Indian-inspired meal or just pick one as an accompaniment to a roast, a steak, a casserole. There are some delightful Anglo-Indian recipes such as Cheese Toast,Chicken Mulligatawny Soup, Sausage Curry of Beef/Lamb Jhal Faraizi (not the restaurant version) but a spicy hash of roast beef and potatoes.

Some standouts are the Salmon in a Tomato-cream Sauce, the variety of regional fish curries, the array of kebabs and lentil dishes, the emphasis on grilling and stir-frying, the perfect-for-a-picnic Chicken with Vindaloo Spices, the Sri Lankan Beef Smore, an interesting take on a pot-roast and the Karhai Broccoli.

This is an Indian cookbook which reflects our desire for tasty, easy-to-prepare food that won't pile on the pounds. Totally enticing it will give you a lifetime of ideas and favourite recipes. If you buy only one book on Indian food this is the one I recommend.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful new recipes 28 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a really lovely useful cookbook, not in any way a re-working of her old ideas and recipes. I thought about whether it was worth buying because maybe it couldn't add much more to all she's published before but this book is all new. Everything's so much easier and more relaxed than her recipes sometimes used to be, just uncomplicated and quicker and fresher. It's a really mellow cookbook with lots of wonderful, mostly everyday, recipes together with interesting background conversations and pictures.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully simple, simply beautiful... 2 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Confession! I picked up this book in my local bookstore because it looked gorgeous! I already have three Madhur Jaffrey cookbooks and did not think that I needed another but the photo of Salmon in a Bengali Mustard Sauce convinced me otherwise. Cooking this later completely justified my purchase!
The title of the book says it all. Madhur Jaffrey is aiming to create Indian dishes in as simple a way as possible, using a smaller palette of spices. There are a few moments when this approach goes too far. Most people will not need to know how to microwave a poppadom although it is helpful to know that Madhur's favourite ones are those made of urad dal and flavoured with peppercorns.
However, the simple approach means that none of the recipes are intimidating and are perfect for after work suppers. Chicken Karhai with Mint is great, so fragrant and full of flavour. Make enough for leftovers which are equally good! Goan Prawn Curry took me less than fifteen minutes, including preparation and was delicious.
I also like the idea of Anglo-Indian sausage curry. Madhur makes her own sausage patties for this but it could easily be adapted to use some quality pork sausage with some extra spices.
The book is extremely comprehensive, covering everything from mains to relishes and accompaniments. The Fresh Green Chutney is completely addictive!
Beautiful and simple - perfect!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 19 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book! I'm a great fan of Madhur Jaffrey and I've got several of her books but this is the best. I've already cooked several dishes from it and I highly recommend the Green Lamb Curry, the Salmon in a Bengali Mustard Sauce and the Sweet and Sour Butternut Squash. I've now bought an Indian spice box and it's well worth it and makes storing and using the spices much simpler. It looks attractive too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book 19 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have a few of Madhurs books but this one has got to be the best yet. I like the way she puts a menu together of what side dishes will go with each curry dish. Have tried quite a few of the recipes and intend getting through the book. Can't fault any that i've tried upto now and they are very tasty and wholesome.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy curries 18 Jan 2011
By AliRS
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have never submitted a review before, but felt I had to feedback on this book. I bought this on an impulse after needing some new inspiration. My husband and I cook a lot but need books from which we can find recipes that are delicious but don't take hours after work. We had been put off other Madhur Jaffrey books as they appeared to need lots of ingredients and require lots of preparation.

We have been using Healthy Indian by Monisha Bharadwaj (which I would also recommend) but needed some new recipes. I can't say how similar or different the recipes are to those in Madhur's other books, but I can say it makes indian cooking simple.

The recipe's a fresh, simpler and generally can be pulled together in 30-40 minutes without any detriment to their flavour.

For those who like cooking indian but don't have time to spend hours preparing, marinating and so on this is a worthwhile purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and healthy 18 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I'm reviewing this book off the back of one meal. I cooked the green lamb curry with the mushroom and pea curry and the Saalad. It was delicious. The lamb green curry was surely the best curry I have ever had. It was amazing and made me look like a curry genius. The mushroom and pea curry was unlike any curry I have ever eaten and would have been the star but for the lamb. Talk about a delicious way to eat your veges. The salad went beautifully. Thanks Madhur, for dinner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
i became hooked on curry making after finding this book. recipes really easy to follow, not loads of hard to find ingredients, yet great results every time and always something a... Read more
Published 2 days ago by elaine jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Now I can recreate some family favs
Whilst a takeout on a Friday or Saturday night always feels like a great idea, the worrying thing for many people is the saturated fats and extra calories that whilst tasting nice,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars birthday present
Great book and easy to follow
Some of the spices are hard to find but we found them online eventually
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Mckay
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Great little book loads of very interesting Indian recipes .looking forward to trying more.Highly recommended to anyone with a passion for authentic cooking.
Published 2 months ago by Dave Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars A PRESENT FOR LIZ
As far as I know, the friend to whom I gave this book was pleased with it. I bought it because she and her husband love curries.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Claire Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars shamazing
best book fantastic bought for a presentand the delivery was very quick totally delighted and would use them again and again
Published 3 months ago by miss a kenny
3.0 out of 5 stars Well presented with exciting recipes, although not well photographed
This is a lovely, well presented book and looks great on my book shelf. Their is a vast array of Indian dishes in this book, it is not only limited to Curry as the title may... Read more
Published 3 months ago by supernova
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING
Some great recipes, have one of Madhur's early books which I picked up at a bazaar and now use regularly. Like her easy going style. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Curry cooking made easy!
Wow! From a friends recommendation to receiving this great book the next day, it couldn't have been a better service! A beautiful looking book too!
Published 5 months ago by Gilly Ripley
5.0 out of 5 stars a christmas gift
The book is just what i expected it to be. colourful, easy to follow recipes etc. makes a lovely gift.
Published 6 months ago by carollynn
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