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can anyone recommend a good curry cookbook?

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SuckItAndSee Wed 08-Jan-14 20:43:30

my curries are rubbish. New Year's resolution is to get them up to scratch. TBH I am not all that bothered about true authenticity. Instead, I would like to make a Channa Masala that tastes just like the one from Saffron Express down the road.

ilovepowerhoop Thu 09-Jan-14 13:46:43

we have several by Anjam Anand, a couple by Madhur Jaffrey and I got dh the Rick Stein India book for christmas and the couple of recipes we've had out of that were good too.

whereisshe Thu 09-Jan-14 13:51:32

Indian curry? Madhur Jaffrey (we have her curry bible)
Thai? Thai Food and Cooking by Judy Bastyra and Becky Johnston

Grumbliest Thu 09-Jan-14 13:52:03

Definitely anjum anands "I love curry", my faves are chilli chicken balti, lamb dopiaza..if you google, you may find them online.

ilovepowerhoop Thu 09-Jan-14 14:01:42

my favourite Anjum Anand recipe is the Pork Vindaloo (not the vindaloo we would normally think of as it is not super hot and spicy but is vinegary and very tasty - also like the crunch of the cashew nuts)

ilovepowerhoop Thu 09-Jan-14 14:03:08 - the vindaloo recipe

littleducks Thu 09-Jan-14 14:17:11

For authentic indian cooking this book is good but all recipes are on the blog if you want to try:

LeonardoAcropolis Thu 09-Jan-14 14:23:59

hairy bikers! grin grin

SuckItAndSee Thu 09-Jan-14 18:17:57

brilliant, cheers folks. I'll have a look at all the recommendations
Ilovepowerhoop, I should have specified india (or pakistani) style curry. my thai curries already kick ass grin.

MillyONaire Thu 09-Jan-14 18:19:31

I swear by the Australian Wonem's Weekly one: I've done loads out of it - everything has been different, not difficult and delicious.

SuckItAndSee Thu 09-Jan-14 20:36:20

back from c25k week 4
the night sky is gorgeous this evening.

SuckItAndSee Thu 09-Jan-14 20:36:42

doh - wonrg thread!

mrspremise Thu 09-Jan-14 21:09:09

Miss Masala by Malika Basu - I have probably cooked 85% of the recipes in this book, they all work and are all GORGEOUS. I can't recommend this book enough smile

IndigoTea Fri 10-Jan-14 10:14:39

I like anjum anand's indian food made easy. Not too keen on malika bassu's miss masala, mainly because it is difficult to read. But yes try her online recipes.

Deathwatchbeetle Fri 10-Jan-14 10:24:47

If you don't mind low calorie stuff -check out the minimins site go to Slimming World recipes - there is a whole load of Indian recipes. Some of the posters are Asian.

Other than that I second any by Madhur Jaffrey and Anjam Anand.

And great blog re food etc...


I also had a small paperback from Kris Dhillon which was about Indian Restaraunt recipes.

My favourite though was by Rafi Fernandez but that was vegetarian, however she has written more books.

SuckItAndSee Sun 12-Jan-14 18:03:37

I have been to the library today and got The Hairy Bikers, and Anjum's New Indian, both of which look great. I'm going to have a browse over the week, and then get started cooking from them next weekend.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Mar-14 14:22:43

Sorry to hijack this thread but just wanted to let you know that Anjum Anand is joining us for a webchat tomorrow (THURSDAY 20 MARCH) between midday and 1pm. Do join us or post a question in advance to her on the thread. There's a chance to win a signed copy of her latest book if you join in the discussion. Hope to see you there.

tb Sun 23-Mar-14 10:32:22

I didn't like Anjum Anand's book - bought it and sent it back.

I use the dvd Zahda's Kitchen by Zahda Saeed - only thing is that she hasn't transcribed her recipes 100%, so you need to watch the dvd and not just use the booklet eg she's forgotten to add the garam masala recipe to the chicken curry recipe.

Despite that, all her recipes are good - especially if you translate 1tsp salt as a pinch.

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