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Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2003
This book is a great introduction to Indian cooking. First of all, I wanted to address a previous review. Someone posted that they hated this book. They blatantly stated that they didn't even try the recipes. Don't be swayed by their review this book is great.
Think of this book as a shorthand guide to Indian cooking. I married an Indian, and I wanted to cook him Indian food but did not have the slightest idea on the style and attitude towards Indian cooking. I was mostly concerned with it's authentic taste. This was the first book I used to teach myself Indian cooking.
You will find curries, kebabs, pooris, chutneys, or anything else relevant to an Indian dinner. She carefully describes how to find scarce items with a wonderful glossary in back. She will teach you what is imperative to have and what combinations make the meal seamless. The tastes are definitely pleasing.
What's even more pleasing? To hear my husband tell his brother and his friends that, "We are eating saag gosht with pooris tonite," and to hear them reply with, "You are so lucky." As many of his Indian friends are bachelors busy with the school books, they miss the taste of India made at home.
So what have we learned today, boys and girls? 1)This book is for beginners, however, very authentic. 2) You can't go wrong with Madhur Jaffrey. 3)Ignore the person who wrote that bad review. Enjoy!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2004
I finally decided to buy this cookbook after renewing it from the library several times. The recipes that I've used have all been simple and fairly quick to make. If you don't have a pressure cooker (I don't) or have time to cook lentils on the stove (which, honestly, don't take too long), there are many other recipes from which to choose.

I recommend the "Chickpeas Cooked in Tea" and the recipe for Turmeric Rice is awesome and simple. Also, most ingredients can be found in your local grocery store or natural food store. Alternatives are given for some ingredients as well.

I give the book a 4-star rating, however, because I've had to adjust the oil content on all the recipes. Most require mass amounts of unnecessary oil for my taste, but that's subjective. Also, I wish there were more vegetable recipes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2004
I'm an Indian who learned to cook Indian food not from her mum but from Madhur Jaffrey's books. I have quite a few of her books including this one and I have to say her recipes are authentic, easy and completely idiot-proof. I love her notes and tips on which recipes complement each other. My only complaint about Indian recipe books is that they don't explain the regional differences clearly enough so that people stop thinking that Indian food is all about chicken tikka, saag paneer and lamb vindaloo! Try the recipes in these books, make adjustments for your palate and spice levels and you'll be thrilled with the results!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2006
I'm a huge fan of Madhur Jaffrey's show and her restaurants. Her style is to add an American flair to Indian cooking. While her recipes are fun and easy, they aren't pure authentic indian meals. They are, however, still interesting and tasty....just don't go to India expecting to see these items on a menu!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2000
While I can't speak to the authenticity of the recipes in this book, every recipe I've tried has lived up to the title of the book and is absolutely delicious. I've found many of the recipes adaptable as sauces for meats other than those called for in the recipe. I own two other Indian cookbooks which I would willingly give up in favor of this book.
"Authentic" Indian cooking is laborious & intimidating, and it is virtually impossible to complete a meal between the end of the work day and bedtime. Ms. Jaffrey's creative use of some commercial products such as prepared whole seed mustard, and frozen spinach have made it possible for me to put a tasty Indian meal on my family's table during the work week. My only complaint might be that the book is too short. I'd love twice as many recipes especially in the salad and vegetable categories.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2006
My husband and I love Indian food, so we decided to find a way to make some in the comfort of our own home. This book is a great introduction to a whole new realm of cooking for me. The explanations are clear and simple and the recipes are pretty easy to follow, although sometimes they do get a bit complicated for a beginner like me. The end results are very tasty, for sure!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2007
I am an Indian and a big fan of cookbooks - both as a coffee-table collection and for actual cooking. This book has some interesting recipes, some better than the others. The few that we have tried out so far were really good and I can think of quite a few more that look tempting from the description. Most of them seem to be "quick and easy" as the author suggests; even though some of them may call for a relatively high number of ingredients. Having said that, most Indian entrees do require a lot of ingredients. My only complaint is the lack of attractive pictures. There are a few, but not nearly enough. I am a visual person and a few more colored pictures would make this a great coffee-table addition!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2011
I was fairly new to Indian cooking when I got this cookbook for Christmas. Up until this point I had made only a few authentic dishes. I was tickled to get this book to help me expand my recipes. I cook an Indian dish weekly now, and although we go back the favorite 'Chicken Tikka Masala' (not found in her book) often, I still try out Madhur's recipes in-between. So far I have not been disappointed. We have enjoyed each of her dishes made, and I have been pleased with the ease in which they were prepared. Let me put that into perspective, they are not easy like "here open this can and heat it up" - I am talking authentic Indian cooking ease. Her ingredient lists, her methods of cooking etc. have all been very reasonable.

Why not 5 star, well as much as I like her cookbook and recipes in it, I didn't find enough side vegetable dishes in it. I would have liked more veggie dishes to make along side of the meat dishes and not just veggie and meat combinations. I prefer my veggies on the side but with an Indian twist -- mostly because I prefer more than one flavor on my plate. Other than that, I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for new Indian recipes or fairly easy recipes to expand their cooking knowledge.

It is important to have the right spices and although they are sometimes a little harder to find that Mexican food ingredients, it is not impossible. Look online or for a WholeFoods store near you.
Good luck, and happy cooking.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2006
Most of the recipes are very high in "heat" factor, so beware of your guests' ability to handle the heat before serving up at a dinner party. Recipes are intended to take 30 minutes or less to prepare, which is a plus for a busy person. I have not tried many of them yet, but the book is very well put together.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2006
I bought this as a gift for someone who wants to learn Indian cooking. He loves it - it makes this style of cooking very accesible.
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