Cookbook giveaway - Indian Cooking Unfolded

Indian Cooking UnfoldedHere at EYB we're all for encouraging our members to indulge their passion for cookbooks. To that end, we've created a program to give our members a chance to win a copy of new, exciting cookbooks that have just been published. To see all the contests, just look in the right-hand category column on any blog page and click on "Cookbook Giveaways."

This time, we're excited to offer ten copies of  Indian Cooking Unfolded: A Master Class in Indian Cooking, Featuring 100 Easy Recipes Using 10 Ingredients or Less, by Raghavan Iyer, author of the highly regarded 660 Curries: Plus Biryanis, Breads, Pilafs, Raitas, and More.  Besides offering easy recipes and a moderate number of ingredients, Iyer has written the book using foods easily available at the supermarket. To learn even more about the book and Raghavan,  check out his special essay on the role of milk in Indian cuisine.

To win one of the cookbooks, just post a comment to this blog answering the question: What is the most memorable Indian food you have ever tasted?

Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don't have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you. 
  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on August 14.

This contest is now closed.  Many congratulations to our 10 winners - lrbrandi, Emily Hope, vickster, MaxLisaSophie, Breadcrumbs, maisie_grn, MollyB, LouiseSWigg, Lizwizz, and radishseed. 


  • wester  on  7/24/2013 at 2:23 PM

    Wow, more goodies. I don't eat that much Indian food, but I absolutely love Madhur Jaffreys Zucchini in a yogurt dressing. So simple, so tasty. Excellent.

  • AndieG52  on  7/24/2013 at 2:41 PM

    Naan, especially garlic naan and dal.

  • hipkat22  on  7/24/2013 at 2:44 PM

    I had the most wonderful channa masala at an Indian restaurant in Minneapolis. I have never looked at garbanzo beans the same. One dish was all it took and I was hooked.

  • Lynda England  on  7/24/2013 at 2:57 PM

    A local restaurant that has since folded made a Lamb Rogan Josh that was insanely good - flavorful, spicy enough to be interesting, just amazing. I've tried it elsewhere and even tried to duplicate it at home, but so far, nothing matches the 'mmmm' factor theirs always gave me.

  • krobbins426  on  7/24/2013 at 3:12 PM

    A local Indian restaurant has a mushroom tikki appetizer that is unbelievable.

  • remily6  on  7/24/2013 at 3:14 PM

    Im pretty much a newbie at Indian cooking! Naan and curry are about it

  • DJM  on  7/24/2013 at 4:13 PM

    Spinach saag at the local India Palace.

  • Amarie121  on  7/24/2013 at 4:36 PM

    I love chicken tandoori, and anything with curry is also a big favorite!

  • Aggie92  on  7/24/2013 at 4:56 PM

    Curry! I made the gingered chickpea curry out of Mr. Iyer's 660 Curries cookbook and it was delicious. I think I'll go get that book out right now and find some inspiration for tonight's dinner of catfish fillets.

  • ellabee  on  7/24/2013 at 5:05 PM

    Samosas are the most memorable Indian food for me. Decades ago I worked in SW Washington, DC in an area of giant grey office buildings and no trees. Waiting for the bus home was particularly grim on cold winter evenings. But piercing the gloom was a sidewalk vendor who sold samosas (deep-fried Indian dumplings) filled with potatoes and peas, with a tamarind sauce for dipping. Not only were they delicious and physically fortifying, but their aroma and spicy steam created a little human-scale oasis of life and color in that wilderness of concrete.

  • cupcakemuffin  on  7/24/2013 at 6:16 PM

    For me it would have to be the first Indian dish I ever had, chicken tikka masala. I was in college and had never eaten Indian food before - I couldn't believe how delicious it was!!

  • sir_ken_g  on  7/24/2013 at 6:27 PM

    I think the best Indian food I have ever tasted was quit recently in a restaurant in Ann Arbor Michigan with daughter, son-in-law to be and his parents. It seemed like the blend of spices in every dish was just great.

  • lvollm  on  7/24/2013 at 6:32 PM

    pani puri as a thanksgiving day appetizer at a friend's house - totally unexpected but so delicious!

  • tr2jackson  on  7/24/2013 at 6:38 PM

    Lamb vindaloo in London. A colleague had an out-of-body experience with the vindaloo.

  • we10mom  on  7/24/2013 at 6:41 PM

    The most memorable dish for me was the first one I made, lamb spinach curry. it was from Raghavan's book, I believe it was his first book, that he did for Betty Crocker.

  • Saskia  on  7/24/2013 at 6:41 PM

    butter chicken with naan and raita, yummy

  • mreils  on  7/24/2013 at 6:51 PM

    660 Curries is a great book. I look forward to his recent one.

  • Foodelf  on  7/24/2013 at 6:55 PM

    Lamb popsicles at Vij's restaurant in Vancouver. I enjoy preparing Indian food and have many favourite recipes. I'd love to win!

  • cmeredith  on  7/24/2013 at 6:58 PM

    I love Ragavhan's recipe for saag paneer with includes mustard greens along with the spinach.

  • MaxLisaSophie  on  7/24/2013 at 7:10 PM

    A friend's homemade green mango pickle. I've loved green mango pickles ever since I lived in India in the 1980s, but I've been disappointed in the ones I can buy in jars here in the US. Her pickle restored my faith - and my taste memory! - in and of excellent green mango pickle.

  • radishseed  on  7/24/2013 at 7:11 PM

    I remember my first experiments making dal and cucumber raita when I was in high school, and my first taste of samosas in a restaurant.

  • madamepince  on  7/24/2013 at 7:15 PM

    A Parsi friend made the Parsi version of scrambled eggs for me in my own kitchen. SO good!

  • travelinggypsies  on  7/24/2013 at 7:25 PM

    My family loves Indian food with the exception of my husband who eats rice and naan. I love butter chicken.

  • mfeldman51  on  7/24/2013 at 7:31 PM

    keema made with lamb and mint

  • Nancith  on  7/24/2013 at 7:34 PM

    I can't remember the exact dishes, but we enjoyed an Indian feast late at night somewhere in Pennsylvania, on our way to vacation. It was fabulous.

  • linjstein  on  7/24/2013 at 7:54 PM

    My best friend lived in Toronto for many years. Every time I visited, I insisted we go to Little India to stroll and shop and EAT! We always saved just enough room for mango lassies just before heading for home. It was heavenly!

  • patsylu  on  7/24/2013 at 7:59 PM

    Butter chicken in a restaurant in Notting Hill around 1989. Wish I could remember the name of the place.

  • susan g  on  7/24/2013 at 8:05 PM

    1975 or 6, S Street near Dupont Circle, DC: a tiny restaurant that made Masala Dosa. Not only was the food delicious and new to us, the owner's mother stood at the griddle making the dosas with perfect style and control. We moved away, but so did they.

  • PatriciaAnn  on  7/24/2013 at 8:07 PM

    As a Tea lover, I'd have to say Chai holds a special place in my taste memories.

  • TrishaCP  on  7/24/2013 at 8:12 PM

    Dosas at a restaurant in Penang, Malaysia.

  • vickster  on  7/24/2013 at 8:23 PM

    Chicken Korma at a restaurant near my brother's house that I think is gone now. I would give anything to be able to duplicate it!

  • jaelsne  on  7/24/2013 at 8:46 PM

    I love Indian food! We have a number of Indian friends, mostly from South India, who hold wonderful parties with homemade delicacies. I love them all--samosas, idli sambar, gulab jamon, just to name a few... I would enjoy learning how to cook something to contribute to the pot luck--they normally have me making salads.

  • jlh39  on  7/24/2013 at 8:51 PM

    Dal Makhani (a punjabi dish) at my favorite Indian restaurant - looked very ordinary - it startled me with its depth of flavor.

  • Breadcrumbs  on  7/24/2013 at 9:34 PM

    I had the good fortune of growing up in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood and my friend's Mom was Indian. She prepared so many delicious dishes but my very first taste of this then new-to-me cuisine were these luscious cardamom coconuts sweets cut in the shape of diamonds. I'll never forget the heady, somewhat floral aroma and harmony of flavours that awoke my palate that summer's evening I first visited their home.

  • Sharni49  on  7/24/2013 at 9:35 PM

    You are making me choose? Probably a Paneer Malai Kofta Curry I had once. So creamy and beautiful blend of flavours.

  • zcaitlin  on  7/24/2013 at 9:39 PM

    Perfectly cooked Tandoori Chicken

  • Amy  on  7/24/2013 at 9:47 PM

    I've been a LOVER of Indian food for more than 30 years. The most memorable meal might be the first - I was no more than 14 years old. We were in NYC on Christmas Eve and everything was closed - my parents suggested the local Indian restaurant in NJ that my sister and I thought sounded weird. It was that or nothing...we both loved it and it's one of our favorites to this day.

  • mirandanel  on  7/24/2013 at 11:11 PM

    There used to be an Indian restaurant in NYC called Jewel of India and they had a dish called Shah Jahani chicken. It was some sort of chicken and rice dish with yogurt and some sweet fruits. It was so good. I've never come across it again but would love to make it some time.

  • Suelovesfood  on  7/24/2013 at 11:29 PM

    A few months ago I attended a baby shower where all of the Indian food was homemade. Just thinking about the sweet desserts, chai, and savory bites makes my mouth water.

  • Sharon  on  7/25/2013 at 12:39 AM

    Some years back I had great Goat Curry in a little Indian restaurant in Vic Park Western Australia. I have made a couple of goat curries since, but haven't mastered it yet.

  • GillB  on  7/25/2013 at 12:51 AM

    Butter Chicken and Naan everytime!

  • AquamarineSteph  on  7/25/2013 at 12:57 AM

    I love all types of Indian food, but I have to say that one of the most memorable is the lovable vegetable samosa. I haven't mastered how to make one yet, and I always rate restaurants by how well they made this one appetizer.

  • rrossely  on  7/25/2013 at 1:31 AM

    Kheer or Indian Rice Pudding. When I was in high school (a century or so ago) I had my first Indian meal at a friends house and still remember how marvellous and different rice pudding tasted with spices.

  • JanScholl  on  7/25/2013 at 1:42 AM

    The best thing was those baby corns dusted with cornstarch and spices and then stir fried! Better than popcorn, spicy and jeez, I could eat that every day.

  • pokarekare  on  7/25/2013 at 1:57 AM

    Ah, my friend Jagutree's home-cooked meals - can't get enough!!!

  • maisie_grn  on  7/25/2013 at 2:01 AM

    The first time I had lamb was in an Indian curry at my favorite little Indian restaurant in Boulder. It was so delicious, I couldn't help but eat the whole things...the spices, the flavorful tomatoes, and the gaminess of the meat were spectacular! Not to mention it was a wonderful night all around. I loved every part of that expierience.

  • dotreeves  on  7/25/2013 at 2:44 AM

    I hadn't even heard of a dosa let alone eaten one, until I had the most wonderful, mixed vegetable dosa in a London restaurant. I want to learn how to make them actually!

  • BglLvr  on  7/25/2013 at 3:21 AM

    We don't eat a lot of Indian food (for a good, albeit somewhat humorous reason - to follow)... My favorite so far has been dishes that I've made, as I enrolled in an Indian cooking class years ago, and really enjoyed the experience. I made Aloo Gobhi, Masoor ki Dal, and a homemade Masala Chai, which my family and I enjoyed with na'an from my local grocer. Unfortunately, the very next day after this delicious new experience, I came down with a virus that, in the end, lasted for seven days and left me incredibly weak, dehydrated, and not a fan of food of any kind at that time. An unfortunate and unfair association was psychologically knit in my psyche between 'feeling awful' and 'that meal'... I'm so ready to set things straight once again! :-)

  • Trendev  on  7/25/2013 at 3:30 AM

    I used to travel to India often for work. Several years ago, when there was another in the series of India vs Pakistan skirmishes, I was in Chandigarrh, Punjab with an agent who taught me much about the wonders of north Indian cuisine. Onions, mild, crisp and sweet, are an important element - but Indian supplies had run alarmingly low. So, even though there was armed conflict between the countries, the Indian government had to import onions from the Pakistani Punjab - just over the border around Lahore - or there might have been a revolt. Wonderful food, of enormous variety, and a wonderful country.

  • Susan_F  on  7/25/2013 at 5:11 AM

    An Indian friend of mine once offered to cook a full Indian meal as an item at our school auction of promises fundraiser. I was lucky enough to win that auction and have to say it was the best Indian meal I have ever eaten!

  • debkellie  on  7/25/2013 at 5:57 AM

    The best curry was one from Christine Manfield - which featured in Feast magazine Andhra curry leaf chicken Loved it so much, I bought the book & a curry tree! Simple , delicious & quick (the curry, not planting the tree!)

  • Kathyann  on  7/25/2013 at 6:32 AM

    Not many Indian restaurants in my neck of the woods, but I love making Dal w/ cauliflower, red lentils, and curry seasoning I make myself.

  • lsgourmet  on  7/25/2013 at 7:20 AM

    The most memorable was the first. A co-worker was a recent arrival from Goa and invited me to her house for dinner. We weren't too crazy about the invitation though. The SO and I were not vegetarians (don't think we even knew one except for her - it was 1967) and we'd never had Indian food before. She prepared Katkhate as the main course. After my lips stopped tingling I thought it was one of the best things I had ever eaten. Pumpkin, radish, corn, two types of potato, coconut and every spice under the sun. It was sweet, it was fiery, it was unbelievable. 46 years later I can close my eyes and remember the smell and the taste of that meal.

  • mombaker247  on  7/25/2013 at 7:23 AM

    The chickpea flour cake in 660 curries is amazing, thanks to Eat Your books I know now that Raghavan has a new book! If I don't win this I will have to buy it, but since I have never won a book this would be nice

  • Jamie  on  7/25/2013 at 7:40 AM

    Oh I met Raghavan at this year's IACP conference and he is wonderful and charming! I have to say that my most memorable dish was the first thing I ever cooked from a Madhur Jaffrey cookbook which was a chicken dish smothered in fresh coriander. I made this when we moved to Italy and we couldn't get Indian food so I had to learn to make it myself.

  • lrbrandi  on  7/25/2013 at 7:50 AM

    Pani puri. Wow. Its simple combination of ingredients is wonderous in my mouth. I ordered ordered it by accident at the local indian cuisine restaurant and will never stop ordering it.

  • aistern  on  7/25/2013 at 8:15 AM

    Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala -- soooo much better than not homemade :)

  • jaimeL  on  7/25/2013 at 8:17 AM

    Definitely Pani Puri on the streets of Hyderabad. What a crazy yummy experience!

  • chawkins  on  7/25/2013 at 8:18 AM

    My uncle used to run the sailor's home in Hong Kong, the kitchen there prepared the most delicious Indian lamb curry I ever tasted, served with a lot of condiments.

  • lorraine934  on  7/25/2013 at 8:43 AM

    I used to go to India a lot on business, and my absolute favorite for breakfast, lunch or dinner was masala dosa (potato filled pancakes). They were even better with a mango drink that they would make in season. I love all Indian food, but that was my "comfort food" in my travels. I also used to get it on Lexington Ave in NY, but don't live there anymore so I am on my own now.

  • Choclette  on  7/25/2013 at 8:58 AM

    Oh yes please. I could really do with a more simplified Indian cookbook. I cook curries quite a lot, but generally make the same things, so it would be good to get some new ideas especially simple ones. So many wonderful curry experiences, but one of the best was a little vegetarian restaurant near Euston station in London that we used to frequent as students. We'd always have thali - an array of little dishes with different curries and accompaniments. Not only did it cost next to nothing, but they were the best thalis I've ever eaten.

  • souprcook  on  7/25/2013 at 9:04 AM

    Looking foreword to trying a lamb his eway

  • pipinita21  on  7/25/2013 at 10:01 AM

    Naan, there is never enough... by itself or with food it is just heaven!!

  • JoanN  on  7/25/2013 at 10:36 AM

    I adore "660 Curries." So many quick and easy dinners and a great book for taking advantage of the local produce. I've made the Cayenne-Spiked Cauliflower too many times to count. Gotta say, though, that when I go out I'm a total sucker for tandoori lamb.

  • fdrfdm  on  7/25/2013 at 10:38 AM

    The first time I ate Indian food, I was about 12 years old and we had been invited to the home of one of my dad's coworkers, who had not been in the US very long. His wife didn't know much English, but she had prepared a feast for us. I thought it was the best food I had ever eaten. I also remember her showing my mother and me her best saris.

  • DFed  on  7/25/2013 at 11:57 AM

    Its a little cliche but the first time I tasted Lamb Korma was very memorable (and delicious!)

  • Lizwizz  on  7/25/2013 at 12:08 PM

    There are 2 most memorable Indian meals I have had. The first was at the Star of India in Montreal - butter chicken. The other was at an Indian restaurant in Suva, Fiji - chicken korma. Heaven.

  • Torselli  on  7/25/2013 at 12:21 PM

    Naan and Chicken Korma. Delicious.

  • lawnchair7  on  7/25/2013 at 12:52 PM

    The very first time I had chicken vindaloo. I grew up in the south and never knew those flavors existed! I've been hooked ever since.

  • MeganP  on  7/25/2013 at 12:54 PM

    Probably my very first ever Indian food experience, freshman year of college in New York City, on 6th Street. Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Paneer.

  • ChessiePique  on  7/25/2013 at 1:52 PM

    I just love vegetarian Indian cooking. I'll always remember the first time I made curried peas using coconut milk as a sauce base, because it was just so amazingly good.

  • Senkimekia  on  7/25/2013 at 5:20 PM

    Honestly the most memorable indian food I've had is the curries my husband has prepared from 660 Curries by said author. Don't know if my husband nailed it with authenticity but it sure is A++ in my book! Hope I win so he can gain even more curry goodness technique! ;-D

  • DesiKim  on  7/25/2013 at 6:49 PM

    Biriyani - in all its myriad forms and versions. From the fiery Andhra Pulaos, to the delicately scented Calcutta Biryanis. I can eat them at any time of the day or night.

  • Emily Hope  on  7/25/2013 at 6:51 PM

    The most memorable Indian food for me is the chaat I get at Vik's in Berkeley--good thing I live nearby!

  • boardingace  on  7/25/2013 at 8:12 PM

    The most memorable Indian food I've ever tasted is curry. I don't eat too much Indian food but my friend is seriously dating a man from India so I would give this cookbook to her if I win :)

  • AnnB  on  7/25/2013 at 10:05 PM

    Mmmm. A surprising chaat that included potatoes AND mango.

  • jd5761  on  7/26/2013 at 9:10 AM

    first time i had dahl

  • sandyg  on  7/26/2013 at 12:47 PM

    The first time I had Indian food was in Swansea, Wales. I was visiting my son who was there on his year abroad. I was extremely jet-lagged and had no idea what any of the food was on the menu. I ordered chicken tikka masala and was delighted with the taste--helped me get a kick-start and not feel so jet-lagged!

  • anitaisha  on  7/26/2013 at 1:05 PM

    kheer or rice pudding

  • chilesincarne  on  7/26/2013 at 5:29 PM

    The first time I ate a Masala Dosa - couldn't believe that perfect balance between crunchy and pliable, the toasty combined with the spiced filling, yum;

  • tenpot  on  7/26/2013 at 7:04 PM

    Most memorable Indian food was the Khorma Lamb Curry at the long gone India House restaurant in San Francisco, which my wife and I had on our first date 50 plus years ago.

  • Grywhp  on  7/27/2013 at 9:39 AM

    In college, a classmate from India made us a rabbit curry. It was delicious!

  • merstar  on  7/27/2013 at 5:02 PM

    Tandoori chicken with whole wheat nan and all the accoutrements in the East Village, NYC.

  • Vanessa  on  7/27/2013 at 9:59 PM

    Naan at an Indian place in Tokyo. Okra bahji in Augusta Georgia (their naan rocks too.) Aloo ghobi near Raleigh after a snow storm. I wish I could cook it better; seems that everything I make myself turns out the same. ..

  • amc  on  7/28/2013 at 6:32 AM

    An Indian friend of my mother made a fish filet in a spicy tomato based sauce that was delicious. I have been regreting not asking for the recioe for twenty years.

  • nikkichic  on  7/28/2013 at 6:45 AM

    The first Indian food I recall is chutney. I was five years old and loved just the word "Chutney" itself. The jar (yes, it came in jars - nobody thought to make their own in the 50's) had a picture of a bewhiskered man, Major Grey, on the label. It was kept in the "gourmet" section of our grocery store. The only other chutney was a green mint chutney.

  • louie734  on  7/28/2013 at 7:04 AM

    I have lots of favorite Indian dishes. I guess the most memorable would be, like many others, the first Indian meal I ever had. It was like no other cuisine I'd ever experienced - exotic, flavorful - who could've guessed that chickpeas, chicken, spinach could taste so different from the way I'd always had them?

  • rtaptos  on  7/28/2013 at 11:45 AM

    In a little restaurant in Madrid, Spain I had the most delicious vegetable curry with cauliflower and tomatoes.

  • pgarcia  on  7/28/2013 at 4:59 PM

    The most memorable Indian food I have ever tasted was at a class I attended by Raghavan himself! He is so personable and has even personally answered questions I've posted to him on Facebook. He even wished me Happy Birthday on Facebook - I was floored! He is planning to return to HEB Central Market (here in San Antonio) this Fall to teach a class featuring this new book. I can't wait!

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  7/29/2013 at 6:31 AM

    We have some Indian friends who recently moved to the UK and who regularly invite us for dinner and feed us until we are ready to burst, I have no idea what most of it is called but the lamb pilau is my favourite and is always included.

  • DominoP33  on  7/29/2013 at 12:01 PM

    The most memorable Indian food I've tasted is a really simple chicken curry at a restaurant in Bombay airport. What made the dish memorable wasn't just the flavor - it was the combination of being back in India, the unique sights and smells of the country, the service that you only get at an Indian restaurant in India, the language I'd heard after so long, and the excitement at seeing my family after 8 long years away.

  • sharonj  on  7/29/2013 at 1:25 PM

    Chicken Vindaloo at a restaurant near me. Spicy but flavorful. It goes perfectly well with garlic naan.

  • readingtragic  on  7/29/2013 at 6:00 PM

    I had dinner at a new Indian restaurant in Melbourne called Tonka - I've cooked and eaten heaps of Indian food, but their biryani was the most amazing that I have ever had; unfortunately I had to watch my son polish off the last bit that I had been hoping for....

  • donascott  on  7/31/2013 at 12:26 AM

    My first taste of Indian food was a curry that my British uncle made when I was staying at his house back in 1966. I was a teenager then and when I got back home I tried to recreate the curry for my family. I could use a few good

  • Carolyn T  on  7/31/2013 at 10:43 AM

    We took a trip to Australia and New Zealand a few years ago and one night, in Christchurch, we passed an Indian restaurant on one of the main streets. I ordered food for our group and asked the waiter for some kind of vegetable side dish. He brought black lentils (dal) that were lightly mashed and in an ethereal gravy of some kind. It was fantastic. Have tried to duplicate it ever since, with no success. But the experience introduced me to the round black lentils which I now buy at a local Indian market.

  • mlbatt  on  7/31/2013 at 12:46 PM

    My husband and I love Indian food, we cook it often and enjoy our local vegetarian buffet for lunch on the weekends. But my most memorable food was a spinach chaat at the Bombay Brasserie in London. I still dream about that dish - crispy, spicy, fragrant and addictive!

  • richterrenee1  on  7/31/2013 at 1:24 PM

    My husband and I with our two boys traveled for 4 months all through India. I can honestly say we only had one not so good meal in that whole time. Everything was fresh, perfectly cooked and spiced and we loved everything we ate. In Bangalore we found a fabulous sweet store and I can still smell the heady milky aroma that greeted you when you opened the shop door.

  • sarahcooks  on  7/31/2013 at 3:27 PM

    My first ever Indian restaurant meal - butter chicken with basmati rice and naan bread. I love Indian food of all kinds, but that meal was a revelation to me and I think since then I've always been searching for that elusive first taste I had there.

  • mfto  on  7/31/2013 at 3:45 PM

    I grew up in the South where my aunt's prune cake was as exotic as food got. When I married a Yankee and began housekeeping in the DC area with neighbors from all over the world, I took a community cooking class on making pita which was taught by two ladies in Indian dress. Yes, I learned to make pita BUT the highlight was their serving the fresh pita with a simple side of potatoes sauteed in butter (ghee?) with lots of cilantro. What a revelation! We all said forget the pita, tell us how to make the wonderful potatoes. So after the ladies finished laughing, they did tell us.

  • Kathymelb  on  7/31/2013 at 9:56 PM

    I am a vegetarian and travelled through India - I was in heaven! I was never a good cook until my Indian friend taught me how to cook. I was her kitchen hand, cutting the onion & garlic with a nice glass of red wine in my hand. I learnt how to use spices correctly and really expanded my cooking skills. We hold Indian dinner parties and by popular demand my pumpkin curry is always on the table. I love trying new curries and showing my non vegetarian friends that meals without meat are just as tasty and appealing.

  • Marti  on  8/2/2013 at 4:44 PM

    The most memorable Indian food I have tasted is that cooked by Lakshmi Mathur, who lives in Perth, Australia. I worked with her husband Prem in Singapore and their hospitality was seemingly boundless. When I was expecting my first child and could barely stand to eat Lakshmi sent over hot samosas. Oh my goodness. Could this be the reason why my daughter loves to cook?

  • FuzzyChef  on  8/4/2013 at 12:50 AM

    My most *memorable* Indian meal occurred in Nepal. I'd been living there with a Nepali family, and since I'd previously been living in Texas, I had impressed them by eating a competitive quantity of hot chili peppers. So, my Nepali "brothers" decided to play a joke on me ... They put a little green pepper, so hot nobody in Nepal eats it, in my food. Think 300,000 on the scoville scale. "Ow ow ow omygod rice now now now milk milk milk aaaahhhhh!". Hey, you said 'most memorable', not 'best'.

  • imaluckyducky  on  8/4/2013 at 8:24 PM

    The first samosa I ever ate - with a tamarind chutney and a cilantro chutney - in my best friend's kitchen and made by her grandma. I was visiting my friend during the winter, and I managed to get stranded there when her grandma flew in to visit. To this day, samosas are my go-to winter comfort food.

  • LouiseSWigg  on  8/5/2013 at 5:51 AM

    butter chicken and naan from the hawkers corner in Adelaide. so yum.

  • MollyB  on  8/9/2013 at 11:34 AM

    For me, it was the garlic naan I had when I first went to an Indian restaurant in college, in Providence, RI. It made me an instant convert to Indian food.

  • arpithashankarvelmuthiah  on  8/10/2013 at 1:32 PM

    the hot gilebis soaked in sugar syrup staright from the kadai in a small shop in chennai, india is the most delicious heavenly indian dish i had ever tasted,

  • Chefhenry  on  8/10/2013 at 7:40 PM

    thinking back I believe that the most memorable meal has to be a Butter chicken I made from scratch myself at work. Not my first attempt, and not the last time, but one instance in particular when the flavours were all just perfect, Butter chicken for 800 and it turned out exactly as imagined, simply from a taste memory and a very basic recipe.

  • natasha  on  8/12/2013 at 6:19 PM

    The most memorable Indian food I ever had was a chickpea and lentil stew that I made from scratch. It was great but a lot of work so I don't make it too often!

  • ChefSpeno  on  8/13/2013 at 5:11 PM

    Kitchens of India has a really good paste for butter chicken curry, which we received from a dear friend. It is even more tasty when fresh minced ginger and garlic is added to the sauce base. Not only does it taste incredible, but the house smells sooo good!

  • mel412  on  8/13/2013 at 7:51 PM

    Completely addicted to Butter Chicken and sopping up the sauce with fresh baked garlic naan.

  • Jane  on  8/15/2013 at 6:42 PM

    Many congratulations to our 10 winners - lrbrandi, Emily Hope, vickster, MaxLisaSophie, Breadcrumbs, maisie_grn, MollyB, LouiseSWigg, Lizwizz, and radishseed. This contest is now closed.

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