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lighter, fresher, vibrant Indian cooking
on 8 October 2010
I agree with the previous reviewer. This is not a re-working of Indian recipes, either of Madhur Jafrey's previous books or of the well-known hackneyed staples of restaurants or other Indian cookbooks.
Everything is ligher, fresher and if these words can be applied to food then the book exudes a joy and a vibrancy which is apparent as soon as one turns over the pages. The recipes are Indian but many are from the kitchen of the author's family and friends and are simple, easy to make, and do not require many spices or ingredients.
These are recipes you could use to make a whole Indian-inspired meal or just pick one as an accompaniment to a roast, a steak, a casserole. There are some delightful Anglo-Indian recipes such as Cheese Toast,Chicken Mulligatawny Soup, Sausage Curry of Beef/Lamb Jhal Faraizi (not the restaurant version) but a spicy hash of roast beef and potatoes.
Some standouts are the Salmon in a Tomato-cream Sauce, the variety of regional fish curries, the array of kebabs and lentil dishes, the emphasis on grilling and stir-frying, the perfect-for-a-picnic Chicken with Vindaloo Spices, the Sri Lankan Beef Smore, an interesting take on a pot-roast and the Karhai Broccoli.
This is an Indian cookbook which reflects our desire for tasty, easy-to-prepare food that won't pile on the pounds. Totally enticing it will give you a lifetime of ideas and favourite recipes. If you buy only one book on Indian food this is the one I recommend.