Does anyone know where I can get the long out-of-print "Best 50 Indian Vegetarian Recipes"?
The was one of the short paperback cookbooks published in the early 1970s by Nitty Gritty Cookbooks.
I particularly loved the Kale paneer (or whatever they called it) and their Tamarind/Date chutney which started w/ block tamarind & added only dates and a couple of spices--no extra sugar or vinegar. The Kale paneer was so good that an Indian graduate student dinner guest kept pressing me for the recipe even after I told him that it was probably not for someone like himself who did not like to spend a long time cooking. Though simplified, the dishes used authentic ingredients like whole black mustard seeds--no commercial curry powder. When I had it I didn't realize how rare that combination of simplicity and authenticity was in Indian cookbooks, or that the recipes couldn't be found elsewhere.
I lost it many years ago in a move, and could never find another. I've already tried abebooks, bookfinder.com, and Alibris. Even the publishing house which acquired Nitty Gritty has no record or copy of that book.
Interesting recipe, ROCKLES. The one I half remember definitely started by popping whole black mustard seeds in a dry, cast iron pan and did not contain ginger or use garam masala.
I guess this is just one of those "you can't go home again" moments, and I've pretty much accepted it. (So many things to cook, so little time.)