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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444794558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444794557
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.9 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Maunika's cooking. Her food is a joy - she makes incredible Indian food really achievable at home. A fantastic Indian cookbook. (JAMIE OLIVER)

Reading Maunika's book feels as though you're actually sitting in an Indian family kitchen, sharing stories and recipes. I've been inspired by her to make my own paneer and to play with pickled watermelon rind. Delightful! (YOTAM OTTOLENGHI)

Maunika's recipes are delight: elegant, delicious, well though out and carefully explained.They bring warmth and flavour to my table, are simple enough for supper and sophisticated enough for the most special dinner. In short it is a book as charming and beautiful as Maunika herself (THANE PRINCE)

"Authentic but achievable Indian recipes" (SUNDAY TIMES)

Maunika's book is divided into chapters named Hungry, Lazy, Indulgent and Celebratory; the first packed with lipsmacking quick recipes and masses of other familiar and intriguing dishes (all clearly very true to Maunika's Mumbai upbringing). Later on in the book, rich curries and opulent veggie dishes too, for the hordes. I'll definitely be using this one regularly (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

"The first book from Indian chef Maunika Gowardhan is a stunner!
Light and breezy recipes sit alongside rich Indian classics that will get you drooling as soon as you see the cover, and her Tadka Dal rocks!"

(GRAZIA)

"Teeming with delicious Indian recipes inspired by traditional family meals. With everything from cakes and curries to chutneys and a rather good five-minute naan recipe, you'll be hiding it from light-fingered friends" (STYLIST)

"Indian Kitchen is packed full of delicious and inspiring recipes which have been split into four groups depending on your mood... as well as bold and unique curries that you'll never have seen on your local takeaway menu, why not try something totally different, like mango and cardamom Barfi" (HEAT MAGAZINE)

"A new name has taken her place alongside the great Madhur Jaffrey,
and she is threatening her supremacy"

(APPETITE MAGAZINE)

"One of the most exciting, entertaining and engaging exponents currently championing Indian food" (THE NEWCASTLE JOURNAL)

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Discover the secrets of Indian home cooking with the star of Jamie Oliver's FoodTube

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Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book - easy to follow recipes for every occasion complimented by beautiful photography. The book is an education in itself as the author will explain the origins of the food and recipes rather than simply giving the instruction. There is a useful guide for your store cupboard. Instead of the usual chapters Meat, Fish, Vegetables and Desserts this book has a far more useful Hungry (to fill you up when you're in a hurry), Lazy (straightforward comfort food), Indulgent (for when you have more time) and Celebratory (for when you have family and friends round for dinner). Finally a chapter for extras such as breads, chutneys, raitas, drinks and salads.

This will definitely end up being the stickiest cookbook on the shelf! A definite must for anyone who enjoys not only Indian food but trying and experimenting with new flavours. Can't recommend it highly enough. We've just cooked Kadhai Chicken Chargha and it took just a few minutes to prepare and half an hour to cook....delicious...we can't wait to try Mumbai Frankie Rolls. Oh, and finally, the Murgh Makhani, is the most delicious butter chicken you will ever taste.
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Indian food is difficult to trap into a recipe. The delicate balance of spices, the right heat to use at various times for the same dish, the long scary list of ingredients usually mean that most cook book writers take shortcuts and the food doesn't taste quite right.

Indian Kitchen is thankfully not one of these books. Maunika takes pains over counting out cloves, and breaks down some of the most complicated dishes into approachable steps so that it really is possible to make traditional dishes taste as they should. My only grouse is the renaming of one of India's most iconic street food - Bombay sandwich - into the politically correct Mumbai sandwich.

It's a fab selection of recipes from all over India and if you have never cooked or eaten Indian food before then this is a delicious introduction to the country's kitchens. I have been cooking Indian food for years and am really enjoying a new way with my spices. I cannot recommend this book enough!
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Format: Hardcover
Indian Kitchen; Secrets of Indian Home Cooking. It is as if Maunika is with me in my kitchen....
I first came across the name Maunika Gowardhan on Jamie Oliver's website. I stumbled across her blog when looking for a simpler recipe for Butter Chicken, a recipe which was very successful, and I have followed her Blog ever since. I heard this book was in the works and knew I just had to get my hands on a copy. I was not disappointed.
Maunika shares family cooking memories from her mother's kitchen in Mumbai, simplifies them for busy people, and achieves authentic flavours, without needing to add dozens of spices to a curry. I love the presentation of this book which includes an extensive glossary of all ingredients, and recipes are simply laid out in numbered paragraphs, all written in Maunika's conversational style, which makes me feel that she's cooking at home with me. It is not a book of Indian restaurant recipes. Indian Kitchen's recipes are the kind served in Indian homes, and on street corners
- Maunika shares many tips for achieving authentic results for street food. Her Mumbai Sandwich is a wonderful medley of cheese, tomato, onion , cucumber and potato, spiced with cumin, chilllies and a fresh mint and coriander chutney which is whizzed up in the blender in a matter of seconds.
Indian Kitchen is divided into chapters of recipes depending on your mood : Hungry, Lazy, Indulgent and Celebratory, and there is a recipe index at the beginning of the book, which is well-illustrated throughout.
Recipes are from all over India including Tadka Dal and a Keralan Vegetable Curry flavoured with coconut and ginger. There is also a good selection of desserts including the moreish Warm Date Pudding, a rich comfort-food dessert made with soft dates and condensed milk.
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I have to say this book is one of the best recipe books you could buy. Full of interesting recipes but also informs the reader about which part of India it originates. Very useful details on buying, using and cooking with spices. While Rick Stein did a fantastic job taking us around India and providing insights into the mysteries of Indian cooking, all his information was secondhand. Maunika should take the cameras and give us her firsthand insights. A must buy for lovers of Indian food.
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I am known by friends and family as "Tandoori Timmy" I have been cooking indian fayre for over 35 years thanks to madhur Jaffery "queen of indian cooking" and Brit spice Pat Chapman of the curry club fame but I think I have found a new "princess of indian cooking" in Maunika...
The Mumbai frank ur rolls are sublime and the Bengali murgh Kholassi are brilliant... Great for new comers n old spice boyz like me...
Great twists on old favs very fresh and inspiring in a week I have cooked 6 recipes all v v good and easy to follow ..
The chapter on "indulgent" is my favourite
Her blogs are great to dip in and enjoy good luck new "spice princess"
Bw 'Tandoori Timmy'
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