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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: KYLE CATHIE LTD; 1ST edition (2006)
  • ASIN: B00E5P0T2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,854,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monisha Bharadwaj is an award-winning author and food writer. Her book Stylish Indian in Minutes won the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Book of the Year. Monisha contributes to several magazines including Elle, Delicious and Food and Travel. She appears regularly on UK TV and Iron Chef in the US. She runs her own cookery school cookingwithmonisha.com.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I love this cookbook so much that I have now bought it for my sister, boyfriend, mum and step-mother! I was prompted to write a review when I saw another review that only gave it three stars... as you may be able to tell from my extreme purchasing habits outlined above, I am a big fan and I think this book deserves the full five stars. I want to tell you why I like it so much.

First of all, it's a good read. I like to lie in bed and skim through cookbooks, it's one of my little pleasures in life! This one is particularly aesthetically pleasing. A jacketed hardback, it is filled to the brim with enticing and beautifully photographed recipes.

Rather than lumping all Indian cooking together, or just looking at one type, the book looks at the different types of cooking in India's regions - it's divided into four parts: the North, the West, the South and the East. Each part starts with a description of the cooking in all the regions, from particular flavours to types of food that are found in that part of India. Each section has recipes in the following categories: vegetables, breads, rice, pulses, dairy, accompaniments and puddings. So you can compare the different types of, say, lentil dal or desserts. It's really interesting to get a sense of the different 'feel' of the food in each region.

At the end of the book there's a useful section with advice and information about different ingredients, from herbs and spices to rice or types of chilli. I found this helpful, as I'm not used to cooking Indian food and felt I needed a bit of extra advice on choosing chillies, for instance.

I've used this cookbook a lot and have always got good results from the recipes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST EVER 22 Nov 2009
By Helenmb
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In my 40 years of cooking only vegetarian food I have acquired a bookcase full of cookery books, some good, some not so good and some with perhaps a couple of repeatable recipes.
This book and its companion "Indian Kitchen" are in a league of their own. They are both FANTASTIC. These books have introduced me to new ingredients and new combinations of the familiar, producing the most beautiful flavours I've tasted.
Books also very readable with loads of interesting information as well as beautiful photographs.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book for lentil lovers 13 Aug 2006
By N. Wood
I like this book.

It's not the most glamourous recipe book, nor the most accurate (be prepared to make a few attempts before achieving results that equal the photography).

There is little padding around the recipies. The author does manage to squeeze in short pieces regarding India's different culinary regions, but without sufficient detail to make them particularly informative. If you're looking for a read that goes further into ingredients, then try Ms Bharadwaj "India's Kitchen". Some of the recipies are indeed shared between the two books.

While this book isn't an all-encompassing bible, it does contain a nice range of dahl recipies. I've been looking for an Indian recipe book with a good selection of lentil and bean dishes, and this book neatly fits the bill.

Plenty of flavours, plenty of textures, just what I'd been looking for. Certainly a useful book for bean loving people, but useful also to those looking for veggie accompaniments to larger meals.

Jolly tasty stuff, just persevere with the recipies that don't come together on the first try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 9 Jan 2013
By jacqui
A beautiful book. A book to enjoy reading and lingering over the great photographs of India. Monisha covers a wide range of regional cuisines and provides fascinating contexts to the ingredients and the dishes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great indian Vegetarian cookbook 16 Feb 2014
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Amazing recipes, simple and easy to follow
One of my favourite Indian Vegetarian cookbooks
Most if not all of the ingredients are easy to source
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 14 Jan 2014
By m. dosa
great recipes well presented.broken down into regional cooking with lots of information about spices and ingredients a mouth watering collection loved the dal recipes a wide mix also found the breads very good ,this would be really good for someone starting out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful recipes for vegetarians 29 April 2013
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A bright and colourful books with lots of interesting recipes. The ones tried so far have been very tasty and interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, informative and possible to cook 10 April 2013
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I bought this book more as an information on diverse Indian cooking styles than a proper cookbook and I was not disappointed, the book is written in a nice, friendly tone. I've been inspired by some of the recipes but haven't followed one fully so not sure how reliable these are.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
This is a quality Indian cook book that describes culture with food recipes and places within India. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars as if
we all do it...
we buy loads of cook books and then eat the same stuff we always eat.

whats the matter with us all.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. G. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gluten free.
Wonderful for all sorts of flat breads when on a gluten free diet. I vary the cereal/water balance as I require and often make it thicker than the instructions say. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I've become quite a fan of Indian vegetarian food over the past few years (low salt content is a definite attraction now that I've succumbed to yet another affliction of middle... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Yer man, the baldy fella
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy food!
husband bought this for me as a treat, made a few dishes from it, gorgeous food! yummier than a takeaway, although lost a few stars because the recipes arent simple to do and... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by BeckyPocket
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard work for little pay off
This book has been a huge disapointment, I will list the reasons below. I lived with 2 Indian veggie guys for a year and they used to make great food every night, Rasam and Daal... Read more
Published on 8 May 2010 by R. Mayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Veggie Cook Book
Well thought out book with a wide variety of recipes.You don't need to be a vegetarian to enjoy the tasty dishes.
Published on 24 April 2010 by John Bonellie
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start
This book has wonderful intentions, but one can't help but feel that it is impossible to be an authority on every single region's cuisine! Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by Jennifer Malsingh
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