This book taught me the basics of cooking Indian food. The first few chapters alone were worth the full price of the book. Although my favorite Indian cookbook is Jaffrey's "An Introduction to Indian Cooking" (the spice combinations in Jaffrey's recipes are superb), Sahni does a better job of organizing and explaining the fundamental techniques. The recipes are less complex than those in Jaffrey's book, but sometimes Sahni's simplicity is a welcome change. Lastly, all recipes can be prepared with much less fat than called for, but the onions will not brown well.