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1,000 Indian Recipes (1,000 Recipes) Hardcover – October 10, 2002
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It's Like Getting 5 Cookbooks for the Price of 1
- Spice Blends
- Starters, Snacks, Soups, and Salads
- Curries and Entrées
- Chutneys and Sides
- And Much More!
DELVE INTO THE FASCINATING FLAVORS and variety of Indian cuisine with this unrivaled recipe collection. You'll discover delicious choices for dishes that make Indian food unforgettable: crispy fritters; tangy pickles; chaat snacks and salads; refreshing yogurt raitas; richly flavored curries; comforting legume (dal) dishes; creative vegetable and meat main courses and side dishes; decadent desserts; and exotic drinks.
To guide your cooking, Neelam Batra provides time-and labor-saving methods, ingredient substitutions, and menu suggestions, and addresses modern health concerns without sacrificing flavor. This is a book Indian food lovers-and health-conscious eaters and vegetarians, too-can turn to for everyday meals and special occasions for years to come!
Praise for 1,000 Indian Recipes
"Neelam's passions and knowledge of her homeland's cuisine and history shine through on every page. Both experts and novices alike will find this encyclopedic compendium of Indian dishes refreshing and insightful."
—NANCY SILVERTON, PASTRY CHEF AND CO-OWNER OF CAMPANILE RESAURANT AND BAKER AND OWNER OF A BREA BAKERY (LOS ANGELES)
"I can't wait to sample her recipes for paneer, her salads and flatbreads, and of course, the chutneys and curries. Make room for Neelam Batra's book on your kitchen bookshelf!"
—DEBORAH MADISON, AUTHOR OF LOCAL FLAVORS, COOKING AND EATING FROM AMERICA'S FARMERS' MARKETS AND VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE
"To Savor a proper curry is to feel your palate awakened to an explosion of flavor. Neelam's recipes simmer with the fire of life."
—MICHAEL JACKSON, AWARD-WINNING ENTERTAINER AND INDIAN FOOD LOVER
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Top Customer Reviews
there is an abundance of masala recipes that will simplify cooking for those of us who cook indian frequently. there are many of batra's own recipes, such as the savory apple recipes, that are wonderful. there is a remarkable list of ingredients it the beginning, which maybe the best list i have in all my many, many indian cookbooks, including those by jaffrey and sahni. there is a glossary of indian cooking terms in the back that is very convenient and extensive. the recipes in each section are nicely organized by type of main ingredient (all the cauliflower recipes are together, all the chickpea dals are together, etc.). i also like the color of the ink--as in her first book, it is a very pleasant and easy to read mid-magenta.
the recipes are wonderful. along with a good number of familar recipes, there are recipes unlike any others in my other cookbooks, such as the hyderabadi chicken and cracked wheat and several recipes from goa that are not vindaloo. the instructions are quite good.
criticisms: i have her first cookbook, the vegetarian one, and a brief comparison showed that many of the vegetable recipes in this book are only slightly changed from that one. this is not a bad thing, since batra's recipes are good, but it is a bit disappointing.Read more ›
However, I wanted the food to tast authentic. I wanted the combinations of the dishes to mix well. You wouldn't serve friends and family Steak and pizza with a side of cream cheese, would you? Nah, I didn't think so. I was unsure of what books to purchase, and who the 'good' Indian cooks were, but I thought, "How could you go wrong with 1,000 Indian recipes?"
Every meal that I have cooked from this book has been splendid. My first attempt at Indian cooking was the Basic Chicken Curry recipe. As my husband took his first bite, I eagerly awaited his reaction. "How is it?" He replied with, "This is exactly how an Indian would make it!" Relief fell upon my heart and I knew this book was a winner.
This book is not for a beginner. However, an expert would consider the recipes child's play. They take anywhere from 30 minutes and much longer for the one's that need to marinate in special sauces for at least 8 hours. To be able to cook all of the recipes, you should live near an Indian/Arabic/or Ethnic food store, or at least be willing to purchase hard to find ingredients online. Required utensils would be your basic cooking ones, a blender, a coffee grinder, and a food processor. They will definitely make time go by quickly with this book. You will find your most basic recipes, some originals of Ms.Read more ›
The top priority, of course, is the recipes. I've been using this book for three years, and with great success. It's particularly refreshing to see so many different aspects of Indian cooking, rather than just the North Indian curries that we know from restaurants.
Batra offers helpful guidance on the characteristics of regional cuisines, which are as different from each other as the cuisines of different European countries. The introductory chapters outline the basic philosophy of Indian dining, and provide information on spices and ingredients that may not be familiar to the average reader. There is also information -- probably not applicable for most, but certainly interesting -- on the uses of different spices according to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system. In deference to the eating habits of many Indians (and many Westerners who might buy an Indian cookbook), vegan recipes are marked with a distinctive icon. So are recipes to be made in pressure cookers, which can dramatically decrease the cooking time for larger beans and certain tough vegetables.
The difficulties arise when one seeks out structure. Sadly, this book does not seem to have received as much editorial attention as was necessary. The index is badly disorganized, eschewing the subheader model used in other reference cookbooks in favor of a much more open, harder to navigate style. (There are 18 separate entries beginning with the words "griddle fried.") In the body of the text, some of the recipe titles do not match the recipes themselves. ("Garlicky Dried Green Peas Curry" [p.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own the physical book and decided to buy the digital version for quick reference. However, you are unable to search. It says Search is not yet enabled for this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Hahn
Great recipes but some are a lot of work. Must have access to a store that sells Asian foods.Published 5 months ago by daimondDoc
The ingredients for many of the dishes are arriving in the mail tomorrow... ingredients like asafoetida that I could not find anywhere here, but on the net it has been great. Read morePublished 8 months ago by PURRRL Productions
Really liked it. Has most basic recipes and only variations of the same basic recipes.Published 11 months ago by Amandeep Randhawa
Absolutely a great cookbook. Organized in a logical way so as to easily plan a menu or find a recipe at will. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gracy
I can't vouch for all 1,000 recipes but of the ten or so I've prepared since buying this book, every single one has been wonderful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Webley Webster
Have not tried any recipes yet, but they look awesome and the book is very well organized. A very good value. Wish there were more pictures!Published 13 months ago by TonyP