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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009192314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091923143
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.8 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,871 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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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful By isabel in the kitchen on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2013
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This book is great if you fancy a curry during the week when you think you might not have the time to prepare and cook it. Processes have been pared back, so in the recipes I have tried I haven't been grinding spices, roasting them, etc. which I would otherwise do. Purists might decry this, but it is a very practical approach for those occasions when time is limited. It is possible to cook and present three or four dishes plus rice in less than an hour. Recipes tend to include store cupboard basics supplemented with fresh ingredients. Another point to make is that the recipes are also likely to be lighter in calories than many Indian dishes as, for example, coconut milk has been eschewed to be replaced by natural or Greek yoghurt. I don't think this is always entirely successful (there is a potato & pea curry which tastes much better if coconut milk is used).

There is a good range of recipes from snacks, nibbles & starters through to main courses, side dishes and chutneys. Some things are very simple - take the cheese toast enlivened with some chill peppers which makes a great lunch. Fish dishes include a spicy prawn stir-fry, Sri Lankan fish curry, Keralan-style fish, salmon in Bengali mustard sauce. The chicken roasted with ginger and the chicken curry with cardamom have gone down well in this household, as have the Hyderabad minced turkey. The veg and pulse dishes are varied - this is important as I am vegetarian but my family and friends are not so it is useful to have something that provides side dishes for them but at the same time offers a vegetarian 'main' course for me. My long time favourite dhal has been usurped by the Goan-style dal in this book.

If you like Indian food but struggle to find the time during the working week, or if you are new to Indian cookery, you should find plenty in this book to tempt you.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Lochhead on 28 Sept. 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann on 24 April 2012
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This is the best curry recipe book I have ever used! The recipes are mostly quick, easy, and very tasty and none of them is swimming in oil. They are not like standard Indian restaurant fare but in fact they are better. We have eaten more curries since buying this book than ever before and I have subsequently bought copies for other members of the family too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katzen Jammer on 28 Aug. 2014
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Although the recipes initially look complicated and full of steps, there are really only a couple of steps to each one and Ms Jaffrey does a good job of making those as easy as possible (e.g. base curry sauces whizzed up in the blender, a marinade that sits in the fridge and then bakes into a lovely curry the next day, as well as other simple ideas such as simple curry pastes you can make from a handful of everyday ingredients).

She also intentionally limits her palette to just a few key Indian spices - to save the average British reader having to shell out on loads of flavours - but these still work incredibly well. I rustled up the chicken and spinach curry in about 45 minutes (with the fried cumin potatoes on the side) for an easy Tuesday evening meal at home, and it was one of the best curries I'd ever tasted. We resolved to make it home-cooked curry a weekly tradition, if not more often.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By theimperfectcook on 2 Nov. 2010
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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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