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Indian Essence: The Fresh Tastes of India's New Cuisine Hardcover – Illustrated, 21 May 2004


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (21 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184400077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844000777
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By saboorsas on 21 Feb 2005
Format: Hardcover
There is a bit of everything in this book. From lovely vegetarian starters such as rajma ki tikki (red kidney bean cutlets) to subtly flavoured meat dishes such as black-pepper chicken curry. Or, do you fancy some dim-sum Indian style?
This book illustrates the diversity of food from the sub-continent region to encompass lovely seafood, vegetarian & meat dishes as well as ubiquitous "super-sweet" desserts.
It also destroys the myth of Indian food having to be high in fat & salt.
As a foodie with many, many (far too many!) books this is, by far, one of my most thumbed.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Ayrton on 8 Aug 2006
Format: Hardcover
The recipies shown , are really good , Mr kochhar is a michelin star chef , and was recently on the tv programme "cooking for the Queen" I`m slowly working my way through the book trying out all the different recipies , i really cant reccomened his Tandoori chicken enough ,

My only concern is this is exactly the same book right down to the page numbers , as his Simple Indian book .which i also have .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Wilson on 3 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is very good. I recently purchased mine in October 2007 direct from Atul Kochar's restaurant "Benares" and they posted it out to me. It was also signed, which is where the "joker" from used and new probably got his, yet he is trying to sell his for £450 instead of £18.99 !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belochka on 17 Sep 2011
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One important point - if you have already purchased Atul Kochhar's "Simple Indian" book don't purchase Indian Essence. Though they may look different they contain exactly the same recipes. The book was simply repackaged and re-released with a different main title by the publisher.

Indian Essence has to rank as a favourite of recipe books I use. For the recipes I've given five stars, they really are superb, but for the book design I would downgrade that to three stars.

The book covers starters, snacks, main courses (divided into fish, shellfish, meat, poultry and game, vegetable and pulses sections), accompaniments and desserts.

The recipes themselves are a diverse collection covering many different regions of India; from the popular street stall snacks of Goa to traditional home style cooking of Punjab. Whilst there is a concentration on recipes that Atul Kochhar gathered as he worked and trained as a chef, there are quite a few examples from his own upbringing and recipes he was given by enthusiastic home cooks.

Most recipes come with prefacing comments, some being based on personal anecdotes and others giving an outline of the recipe's history or the cooking style of the region. Occasionally there will also be a comment on substitutions of ingredients. There is also a two-page glossary in the back of the book about ingredients. Both of these things are helpful as there are items that do require some organising if you don't have easy access to an Indian grocer, or supermarket, that has ingredients such as green mangos or fresh fenugreek leaves. If you cook Indian, Middle Eastern or South-East Asian food on a fairly regular basis then you will mostly be equipped with the dry spices, herbs and oils that are required.
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