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post #31 of 47

Hi, Tapan.  I enjoyed reading your entire post.  I'm happy to hear you grow edible food, too.  I live to garden.  Yes, indeed, I am going to take a crack at currying from the Harvey Day book.

 

If you wanted to buy one at a reasonable price, there's 4 available on ebay as of today, Feb. 8, 2013:

 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=harvey+day+the+complete+book+of+curries&_sacat=267&_from=R40

 

Best to you!
 

post #32 of 47

Wyandotte,

 

Thanks for your response.

 

I often make very simple curries to try and keep my waistline under control.

 

Just only yesterday I had plain boiled rice ( I always add a small pice of untreated cinnamon bark into the pot) with a dhall --- just lentils, onions and tomatoes with a dash of chilli and tumeric.

 

As usual I used about 2 lbs of lentils and made of big panfull which is now portioned up and in my freezer.

 

Dhall  ( umteen ways of spelling it) can vary hugely -- I always like mine to be quite "thick"   -- like mushy peas - it is easy to adjust the consistency from a broth like soup  to glutinous and "chunky".

 

I must say that I have got idle in my old age and tend to use the same basic recipe ( from my head) and vary it a bit -- mainly by using different lentils and dried pulses -- as the moment takes me.

 

I am, by now, an inveterate cook to taste and I am always afjusting flavours and ingredients as I cook.

 

There is so often a point at which I sample and think  --- It's lacking -  je ne sais quoi -- and ponder what needs to be added to tweek the flavour. I should make it quite clear that this is not always successful.

 

Thanks for mentioning ebay. I had been lookng on amazon but I haven't been on ebay for over  18 months now. So your reminder was  timely

post #33 of 47

I have used Madhur Jaffrey's and Julie Sahni's books for years and love them. I also recommend Hari Nayak's My Indian Kitchen and Raghavan Iyer's 600 Curries.

post #34 of 47
660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer - amazing book. Perfect for a curry neophyte and advanced curry chef alike. Follow the recipes to a T, and it will taste amazing. You will have a much greater understanding of Indian curries as a science and an art and you will then be able to put it into practice on your own. Not to mention the endless amount of recipes at hand.

Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art Of Indian Vegetarian Cooking. By Yamuna Devi - great vegetarian recipes, and if your into Indian curries this is a great place to start as a majority of Indian curry dishes are vegetable based or vegetarian. Sweet desserts too.

Enjoy and Good luck!
post #35 of 47

"Curry" by Vivek Singh.

Besides dealing with Indian, Pakiatani and Bangladeshi curries, it also has Thai, Burmese, Laotian etc curries in there (the section on Thai curries is written by Dave Thompson)

 

I also like the Madhur Jaffrey's books

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post #36 of 47

I have almost all the Curry authors listed here. I am very big on 'authentic' even though it is true, this is subjective. Jaffrey is classic, Anjun very nice, Chapman sure, Baljekar too. No complaints with any of the suggestions.

 

One person mentioned Raghavan Iyer, and I really must underscore this suggestion. 660 Curries should be on the shelf of anyone who loves curry. I must make the disclaimer that I generally glaze over recipe books that begin with a number.. "100 best cakes!" as they tend to be mass produced by publishing houses and not always the best quality. So, having said that I was dubious. But I read the reviews and borrowed it from the library.. many times! Then realized .. "I need my OWN!"

660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer contains curries from all over. It has great explanations with the intro about technique or history, (which I find so essential in successfully embarking on new recipes). He's a likeable engaging author who seems to really love curry, knows what he's talking about, and can impart that effectively. Real whole ingredients and spices, along with recipes that allow you to make everything from scratch. The homemade Paneer recipe started to change my mind about this cookbook. All in all, great bang for your buck... I highly recommend it!

 

Another cookbook for those who also like to eat vegetarian Indian, here is a title I found at a garage sale and never looked back. I just love it! So reliable and contains many spice combinations for those of you who like to get right into the thick of Indian spices and the multitude of ingredients. Dakshin by Chandra Padmanabhan. Give it a try! 

post #37 of 47

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post #38 of 47
I used to love madhur Jeffrey's books but so many of the recipes are convoluted

One book I'm loving ATM is the Hairy Bikers curry book. Recipes are very simple and are very easy for the most basic of home cook. Flavours are for the British palate but easy enough to tweak to taste.
post #39 of 47
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I used to love madhur Jeffrey's books but so many of the recipes are convoluted

One book I'm loving ATM is the Hairy Bikers curry book. Recipes are very simple and are very easy for the most basic of home cook. Flavours are for the British palate but easy enough to tweak to taste.

 

I was surprised by this book. I thought about getting it and couldn't decide, I had so many 'authentic' books I didn't think this would live up to scratch. I was wrong, I bought it in the end and there are some very nice recipes in there. I use it on a friday night instead of ordering a take away!

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post #40 of 47
I've cooked a good few curries from it and living in the back of beyond where ingredients are hard found I've been very impressed - even when I've left out ingredients cos I can't get them

So far extremely impressed

Now looking forward to Rick Steins India. I've followed the series on tv and everything he's cooked is not beyond the home cook. What made me really want his book is he done one dish of cabbage and carrots, same as Madar J , yet used at least 10 less steps.


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post #41 of 47

I like books by Pat Chapman.  However, the recipes can often be quite involved.  

post #42 of 47

I'm so excited to hear good things about both the Pat Chapman and Rick Stein books. That Rick Stein book has something like 550 customer reviews on Amazon UK. It comes out here in the US in May and the company I work for will be it's US distributor--as it is for a few Pat Chapman books, which means big discounts for me! I hardly need another Indian cookbook but I do love cooking Indian food.

post #43 of 47
The Curry Secret by Kris Dhillon is my go to book for curry. It recreates the authentic British curry taste. The most important part is making the base "gravy". If that is not right then none of your curry dishes will be right.
post #44 of 47

Yes, I agree mmichalis Pat Chapman's curry bible and Balti bible are excellent authentic curry  recipe books.  He also has a curry club for enthusiasts.  

post #45 of 47

I have a book entitled 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer. Published in 2008 by Workman Publishing. Very interesting. Over 800 pages and covers everything from sauces to sandwiches.

post #46 of 47

 

I understand this is a very old thread, but I just thought I'd second this recommendation; I bought the book on a whim without reading any reviews, and I certainly don't regret it!

 

 

It's not glamorous by any means and offers few photos, but what it does provide is an arsenal of recipes to create a true Indian meal with a variety of dishes and condiments. Myself and my party were creating a little spread once a week from this book - was great!

 

My one and only issue with it: the paneer recipe is off! You need to double the amount of vinegar/acid/lemon juice used. :lol:

post #47 of 47

Pat Chapman's 'The Curry Bible" and "The Balti Bible"

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