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A brilliant working cookbook
on 22 June 2003
As an inexperience cook I previously approached Indian home cooking with caution. After buying this book and launching myself into the recipes I can say that I have transformed my view! The layout of the recipes I find to be clear and straightfoward, the guide at the front as to the ingredients and cooking utensils is invaluable to a beginner, even if you are fairly accustomed to using some of the spices and vegetables etc. I have rarely been so entranced with the smell of cooking spices as with doing these recipes, I was amazed at how everything blended so well. In particular, the rather bland sounding combination of potato and cauliflower was astounding for the way all the tastes combined to make a delicious and flavoursome curry, and easy to make to boot!
The only serious quibble I find I have is with some of the ingredients and cooking utensils required. To be fair, Mr Sreedharan does give alternatives where possible. However if, like me, you live some distance from any Indian food and grocery shops then items like fresh curry leaves (which are used in the majority of recipes) are impossible to get hold of, although I have found that most dried goods can be ordered via internet stores. The Bar Snacks and Tiffin recipe sections in particular include utensils that I have not been able to find.
That said I still award it five stars, the recipes are bright, vibrant and an absolute pleasure to cook as well as to eat!