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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully simple, simply beautiful..., 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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Initial post: 11 Apr 2012 17:12:52 BDT
Yes - I must admit - the attractive cover is what caught my eye too but have received praise from Indian friends on my red curry lentil soup which they said wasvery "authentic" so will sitck with it.
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