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Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking [Hardcover]

Madhur Jaffrey
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September 1995
The original edition of this cookbook was called "the definitive word" on Indian cusines by the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. With more than 130 authentic recipes, many enhanced by full-color photos, this new edition includes new dishes, such as Shahjahani lamb steeped in a spicy yogurt marinade and baked with dried figs and piquant salmon steamed with mustard seeds and tomato.

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"We're more than ready, for an updated and expanded version of Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking… She is a lovely, clear writer, whose essays and headnotes in the new edition elevate the recipes and make the exotic seem simple to prepare."


—Pamela Fiori, Town & Country, October 2003







"Jaffrey covers a wide range of India's vast culinary delights… With outstanding chapters on Indian preparation techniques, suggested menus and comprehensive information on spices, Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking demystifies the wonderful cuisine that is treasured worldwide."


New Age Retailer, December 2003

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Madhur Jaffrey is a well-known and internationally respected writer on Indian, Far Eastern, and vegetarian cuisine, and the author of several cookbooks. She has hosted a cooking series on BBC television, and is an award-winning actress, having appeared both in film and on stage. She lives in New York. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I found it in a USED book store! April 6 2003
By Me
Format:Paperback
What a gem of a cookbook! Not only could I not cook Indian food, I could not cook much of any food at all. That is, until I came across this Madhur Jaffrey book. The first recipe I tested was the lamb with spinach. My husband was shell-shocked at the authentic Indian flavor (and my seemingly sudden ability to cook!) The recipes are written in very plain language, and many lovely Indian spices (which can frequently be found nowadays at the local supermarket) such as turmeric and garam masala are included. If you have any interest in eating and/or cooking Indian food, you will not be disappointed. Thank you, Ms. Jaffrey!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the mystery out of Indian cooking. Sept. 12 2002
Format:Hardcover
I was always too timid to try my hand at Indian Cuisine until a friend from England gave me this book. My husband is English, and we have frequently complained that you cannot get good Indian food in Los Angeles. We've both been spoiled by the excellent Indian restaurants in London. So far, I've only made two dishes: the steamed salmon, which was moist, delicate and a complete departure from anything we've ever had -- and was incredible! Last night I made the chicken in sweet red pepper sauce and the house was filled with such aromas. Just had some for lunch here at work, and it's driving everyone else crazy. I think I just sold five more books for Ms. Jaffrey...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than any Indian restaurant! March 17 2012
By Alice
Format:Hardcover
I live in Toronto, where there's an Indian restaurant every couple of steps. I received this book as a gift, and it is seriously my most favourite cookbook. Everything that I've made from the cookbook turned out even better than any dish I could buy eating out! No exaggeration. I have a few favourites: rogan josh, the lamb and spinach, and the beef/lamb with creamy almond sauce. It's awesome because you can change up the protein for a lot of the recipes, but I never stray from the actual recipe -- that's how you know this book is the real deal. No need for fiddling around with the original! Cannot rave enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Almost perfect!" says my Punjabi husband Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I had tried serving Indian recipes I found on the Internet, and my husband, a Punjabi who relishes his food, would politely eat them. The first time I made Ms. Jaffrey's "everyday" Chicken in Fried Onion Sauce, he turned to me with a big smile on his face and says "it's almost perfect - I would never know this was not prepared by a born-Indian!"
Well - that's all the proof I needed! The only consistent complaint we have about the book is that the pulses (grains and legumes) are quite bland. That may be how the majority of Indians eat them, but in my husband's community, everything is highly seasoned. I've had to adjust all of those recipes for him.
One caution about the previous edition if you decide to buy it used is that occassionally you'll find a step missing in the procedural part of the recipe. You'll get to the end of the recipe and find there is an ingredient left over that's not made it into the pot - like the meat, for instance! I recommend you read all recipes carefully before starting so you can spot ommissions and strategize around them. This approach will also help you plan all the prep steps - measuring and chopping ingredients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cookbook! Jan. 23 2003
Format:Hardcover
For an introduction to Indian cuisine, Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking can't be beat. The recipes are all easy to follow and to prepare, with ingredients, in both American and metric measurement system, listed in a column next to the recipes. Jaffrey does not concentrate on Indian vegetarian dishes, although many of the recipes ARE vegetarian. There are even a few beef recipes reflecting the non-Hindu population. (The beef baked in yogurt and black pepper is delicious!)
Jaffrey includes a descriptive guide to Indian spices and ingredients as well as a chapter on cooking techniques. The section on breads is fantastic. I never thought I could make poori at home, and yet they turned out perfectly. I make naan fairly frequently, using a breadmaker to knead the dough, because it's my family's favorite. Other excellent dishes include Dry Potatoes with Ginger and Garlic, Gujerati-style Green Beans, and Spicy Baked Chicken. (The recipes are titled in English, with the Indian names in parentheses underneath.)
Anyone with a basic know-how of cooking should be able to succeed with these recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cookbook! Jan. 23 2003
Format:Hardcover
For an introduction to Indian cuisine, Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking can't be beat. The recipes are all easy to follow and to prepare, with ingredients, in both American and metric measurement system, listed in a column next to the recipes. Jaffrey does not concentrate on Indian vegetarian dishes, although many of the recipes ARE vegetarian. There are even a few beef recipes reflecting the non-Hindu population. (The beef baked in yogurt and black pepper is delicious!)
Jaffrey includes a descriptive guide to Indian spices and ingredients as well as a chapter on cooking techniques. The section on breads is fantastic. I never thought I could make poori at home, and yet they turned out perfectly. I make naan fairly frequently, using a breadmaker to knead the dough, because it's my family's favorite. Other excellent dishes include Dry Potatoes with Ginger and Garlic, Gujerati-style Green Beans, and Spicy Baked Chicken. (The recipes are titled in English, with the Indian names in parentheses underneath.)
Anyone with a basic know-how of cooking should be able to succeed with these recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy with this book
Before I used Madhur Jaffrey's instruction I had to use recipes that I found on the back of packets of spice called masalas that I found in South Asian grocery stores in our... Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. R. Newell
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
I was honnestly expecting a more flabergasting indian cookbook with a wider receipe selection than what is in this one. Read more
Published 12 months ago by RMG
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but need to boost flavour.
The recipes were easy to follow but I found it wasn't sufficient in flavour. If I double the amount of spices they ask for, then the dishes taste more authentic instead of a... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2011 by stardust
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to Indian cooking
We were introduced to this cookbook when our friends made restaurant quality samosas for us. It is a wonderful introduction to Indian cooking describing spices, tools and... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2010 by Bob Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking
Love this book. I have several Indian Cook books, this is by far the best. Everything is prepared from scratch. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, easy-to-use introduction to Indian home cookin
This was the first Indian cookbook I ever owned, and for a beginner it was an ideal introductory textbook. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by J. Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Comes packed with dishes which will prove exciting
Indian Cooking updates a prior Jaffrey classic introduction to Indian cooking, providing new recipes, brand-new color photos, and chapters on all the dishes of India. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Midwest Book Review
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the recipes I was looking for
About half the book is meat, fish, and poultry, so if you're vegetarian, you may want to try a different book. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2002
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