26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, but maybe not for beginners,
This review is from: The New Curry Bible (Hardcover)
I'm somewhat surprised that one of the previous reviewers gave this book a 1 star rating. I have just finished cooking my first recipe and thought it was absolutely sensational. My girlfriend of 3 years said it was one of the best dinners I have ever made.
The book is beautifully packaged and has some wonderful stories and explanations, as well as recipes. There is one caveat; this book isn't for absolute beginners. And it definitely isn't for people that want a quick fix. Before you can cook your first recipe, you are going to need to do some planning. There are three basic mixtures, which you need to prepare:
1. Garam Masala
2. Curry Masala
3. Tandoori Masala
To prepare these you will need approximately 20 different spices. Some of these like bay leaves, black pepper and cloves you probably will already have. The rest you are going to have to hunt down, these include mango powder, asafoetida powder and annatto seeds. Depending on where you live some of these might be quite hard to get hold of. I went out for the afternoon and after scouring a specialist shop and an Indian shop I managed to get hold of 19 out 20 of these. I couldn't get beetroot powder, but I juiced some beetroot and boiled this down and used it as a substitute.
Once you have acquired all of this, it will take you an hour or two to weigh them out and mix them together. Now you have your basic pastes. And this is when the magic starts. Armed with this, nearly all of the recipes can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, some of them closer to 20 minutes. And if my first recipe is anything to go by, they are delicious. And having all of these spices handy, means that you have everything ready for any of the other recipes.
So inclusion this book isn't for absolute beginners and it takes some initial investment in time and resources. But the recipes are clear and are easy to follow step by step; it is not rocket science. And once you make this initial investment it seems so worthwhile.