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Well short of expectations, with many recipes apparently untested
on 30 April 2017
Some of the recipes in this book are absolutely magnificent, but many are, frankly, inedible. I have come to the conclusion that nobody has been charged with testing the recipes precisely as described. There are a number of errors and numerous instructions which simply don't work. For example, adding 800ml (that's about 1.5 pints) of water to a dish contain two partridges and some questionable spices that is then sealed and casseroled for 35 minutes led to a foul watery concoction that I had to throw away. The 800ml has to be a misprint. The lamb in mango was quite nice, but the recipe tells you to "remove and set aside" the fried onions but never tells you to put them back. The almond lamb curry suggests using 200g of almonds for 500g of lamb. This has to be a misprint - grinding the almonds to a paste took on the order of half a pint of water and the dish ended up as a sea of stodgy almond paste. I've tried some of the vegetarian dishes - the chickpeas from Punjab worked well, but every other dish I've tried has been pretty awful. Home-style lentils claims that you can cook chana dal for 15-20 minutes. Chana dal takes between 1 and 2 hours to cook, so this recipe again is untested. I didn't bother to try the pigeon dish which claims that a pigeon will become 'tender' after 45 minutes of cooking on the hob. Everyone knows that you either cook pigeons for a minute or two (breast fillet) or 3+ hours in a casserole/stew. I have a catalogue of other problems that I could list, but it would take too long. On the positive side, the chicken achari and white chicken curries are absolutely magnificent and the Kochi chicken is also lovely (but you need to cut down the water). The lamb stew with coconut milk is also very good indeed, although you have to watch the lamb as it just sits in simmering liquid which will turn any meat dry and tough if you're not careful. Every recipe seems to have potential but I think the book needs to be rewritten after the recipes have been properly tested and re-worked.