- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Conran; Revised edition edition (12 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1840914904
- ISBN-13: 978-1840914900
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 25.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,118,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fresh Flavours of India Paperback – 12 Apr 2007
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'The bloke's a complete genius and such a nice guy. It looks great, reads well, the explanations are fantastic. I've taken people to his restaurant on about ten occasions now, just to show off.' Jamie Oliver 'I've eaten delicious meals at Das's restaurants many times, and I truly adore the food. Now that I have this book though, I'll be able to cook and eat my favourite dishes at home as well. The recipes are straightforward and they work.' Peter Gordon 'Shockingly good Keralan food. The culinary flair and attention to detail is thrillingly apparent. Indisputably outstanding in all respects.' Time Out
The first book to present Indian food in a contemporary context. A large selection of vegetarian dishes. Simple cooking techniques, particularly stewing, stir-frying, steaming,barbecuing and grilling. Dishes suitable for people with busy lifestyles. Men are enthusiastic purchasers of indian cookery books.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The author owns/runs the excellent Rasa restaurants in London.
We went to Kerala on holiday, largely on the strength of the food in this restaurant and Das's enthusiasm for his home. We had some great food there, too, but I think I prefer Rasa.
So I was delighted to discover I could try the recipes at home, but also apprehensive. It's often difficult to cope with restaurant cooking; much of it doesn't scale down properly, and although I do have the requisite army of sous-chefs, my four-year old isn't very good at the niceties of restaurant presentation. So I wasn't expecting to manage to recreate any of my favourites.
How wrong I was. Turns out they're easy. And delicious. Not quite as good, perhaps, as the meal you'd be served in the restaurant, but if you'd never eaten at Rasa then cooking from this book would be inspirational. The food is pretty healthy, and the curries at least are low in fat (though some of them, admittedly, have rather a lot of desiccated coconut in).
I haven't tried any of the meat dishes yet (Das is vegetarian, as is his entire village, and I am suspicious), but have cooked several of my favourite vegetarian dishes from the restaurant (moru katchiathu, beet pachadi, avial) successfully.
It helps if you have an Asian grocer handy, to get curry leaves (in nearly every dish) and urad dal. Everything else I've needed, so far, has been available in any supermarket.
Recommended to anyone who likes Southern Indian food and would like to try it at home, and anyone else who's eaten enough chicken tikka masalas and would like to try something more unusual.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use it often. I cannot say what genuine Indian is, but this feels authentic and produces great new results.Published on 20 Oct. 2014 by Dave Edmondson
I bought this book after having yet another superlative dinner out at Rasa, W1. If your idea of Indian food is a tired bowl of orange chicken tikka masala and sag aloo swimming in... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2001