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  • Ina Jul 10, 2008 08:44 PM
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I am currently in love with Indian food. Chicken Tikki Masala etc...does anybody know of any good cookbook to start my journey into this "new" food? I love to cook and have cooked numerous other things but this is my first venture into Indian food.
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  1. Just asked, and answered:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/534812

    1. I'd just caution you that Indian restaurant food is very different from Indian cookbook food--perhaps because cookbooks focus more on home cooking, which is very different from restaurant cooking? That's what I've heard, but maybe someone with greater knowledge will chime in. I do know, however, that nothing I've cooked from a book is very similar to what I've eaten out in Indian restaurants.

      Having said that, I'd recommend any Madhur Jaffrey book. There are so many, but I'd just flip through them and see what looks good to you. I've always had great results from her recipes.

      1. Padma's cook book (the host from top chef) called Sweet, Spicy, Hot and something (I forget the full title) has Indian inspired dishes and is really a pretty book.

        Have you looked into Nirmala's Kitchen? I have one of her books and it seems pretty good. I also saw she has a line of Indian food products out.

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        1. re: MsAlyp

          "Padma's cook book (the host from top chef) called Sweet, Spicy, Hot and something (I forget the full title) has Indian inspired dishes and is really a pretty book. "

          It's not entirely Indian in a traditional sense but I really like the ideas and recipes so I find I go to it a lot. Some recipes need tweaking like the candied orange needs to be reduced in the braised pork recipe... Of the recipes I've tried, my favourites are: peanut salad, pondicherry lentil salad and the hot and sour shrimp soup. I've earmarked a lot more to try.

        2. You should see Manjula cook on Youtube:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sox0T-...
          and her website
          http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/

          As Kagey commented, we don't get home cooking in an Indian restaurant, and we don't get much regional variation either. If you want to duplicate some dishes that you already like, you should be able to find a recipe for it, but going the other way is going to be difficult. I especially like Jaffrey's books for their exploration of the different regions and cultures of India (I'm not Indian myself, just love the food and people). For instance, I believe Manjula is Jain, and does not use onions in her cooking. Once you get into it, you'll find that the restaurant food that we typically get in the US is a very small sample of the possibilities.

          1. julie sahni, madhur jaffrey

            this may be helpful, too: http://www.quickindiancooking.com/glo...

            look here too for ideas: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/503741