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Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking Paperback – July 12, 2007
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"The title of Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking (Chronicle, $19.95), an invitation to fast, flavor-filled food from the subcontinent, is not an oxymoron. Most of the more than 70 recipes, from soups to sweets, can be made in 30 minutes or less and the luscious, full-page, full-color photos add to the appeal." &mdashBookpage, January, 2008
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(Add 1/2 cup water for the onion fritters, normal flour works fine, and if you're using a deep fat fryer, try 380 degrees. Once you do these things, the onion fritters are great.)
The other dangerous recipe is the fish fillets in a curry sauce, which is hard because it doesn't scale well and the heat is highly dependent on your curry powder.
Otherwise, though, the recipes are stunningly good, and generally easy after the work of cutting everything up and measuring spices. Even ingredients I don't like normally, like spinach and cabbage are wonderful when cooked in Indian food.
of which, I have to economize on both, the time and the
money I spend on cooking. Besides, an important factor in keeping
a cheerful countenance is tasty (!) food. This is where
Ms. Jaffrey steps in.
Before I started using "Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian
Cooking," I relied on a few recipes handed down from my Mom
and my sister. Some of Ms. Jaffrey's recipes are
refreshing renditions of old favorites (e.g. red lentil `tarka',
whole green lentils with cilantro and mint, hard boiled eggs
masala,...), and some creative delicacies, like fish in green sauce, and
stir fried shrimp in an aromatic tomato cream sauce, simply
grilled tomatoes,... ah, the list is seemingly endless!
To give a sampling of Ms. Jaffrey's creative prowess in
whipping up culinary delights, it is instructive to discuss
a recipe that I recently used. `Fish in Green Sauce' (p.69)
is a recipe that calls for cooking a green sauce made of onion,
garlic, cilantro (the "green"), tomato, ginger, and lemon
juice, and then simmering the fish steaks in the sauce.
I admit I was skeptical at first. I am a cilantro devotee,
and the thought of mixing cilantro and fish never ever
occured to me (I guess this is where her creativity comes in).
I have just one thing to say about the end result--wow!
I think deep down Ms. Jaffrey is a sentimentalist. Her
recipes are peppered with such homey, down-earth musings
about her childhood memories as, "... I remembered how much I
had loved it [fresh green mango chutney] as a child.Read more ›
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!
The recipes are simple in that they don't have lots of steps, and often allow the cook to kick back for a few minutes while something simmers. You have to add lots of spices, but adding a teaspoon of Garam Masala is not a big deal. It seems to be part of the magic in Indian food - if you get the spices right, it tastes right! We also have Jaffrey's "Taste of India" which is of the more time-consuming and complicated style, and appreciate this easier approach. The beautiful photos and descriptions really inspire you to cook.
By the way, it seems the Colorado review is inaccurate about the canned vegetables - I looked through the whole cookbook and only found canned tomatoes and coconut milk. Doesn't bother me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
book has good recipes, easy to follow instructions, and the food is very tasty.Published 1 month ago by Joseph E. Owens
Easy to follow, delicious home-style recipes!
Tried one today- so quick and so delicious, perfect for busy moms ;)
Bought as a gift for sister who wanted to try to start cooking Indian, and she does not like the recipes at all.Published 1 month ago by Kelly H.
I am excited about this book. I plan on making the Vindaloo as soon as possible. I also love the spice index where she explains each spice in the book, where to get them and why to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BeckyBook
A great easy to follow cookbook! All of the ingredients are easy to get at any ethnic grocery store.Published 2 months ago by eas
Excellent recipes. Stunning photos. Overall, incredible cookbook.Published 2 months ago by Gary A. Strack
I LOOOOVE this cookbook. I have tried maybe eight or nine recipes - they all taste delicious, and they are not difficult. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ask Babette