The Curry Guy – Review, Recipes and Giveaway

Dan Toombs (“The Curry Guy”) has perfected the art of replicating Indian restaurant cooking after traveling the United Kingdom and sampling dishes to learn curry house kitchen secrets. He then went back to his kitchen to recreate and refine those dishes that taste like takeout from our favorite restaurants but in less time and for far less money. 

Dan has learned through the comments left on his blog and social media feeds that when people make a chicken korma or a prawn bhuna from other cookbooks, it takes nothing like the dish they experienced prior, but not so with Dan’s recipes.  

His debut cookbook, The Curry Guy: Recreate Over 100 of the Best Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home, shares the classic curry sauces, including tikka masala, korma, dopiazza, pasanda, madras, dhansak, rogan josh, vindaloo, karai, jalfrezi, bhuna, and keema. Popular vegetable and sides dishes are also here as accompaniments, and of course, no curry is complete without rice or naan. So the perfect pilau rice or soft pillowy naan can be yours with Dan’s guidance.

The dishes in The Curry Guy should be read in advance to see what base sauces are needed and to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Good curry dishes take time and a little effort after all.

Dan’s newest title The Curry Guy Easy was released in the UK in May. In this title, he has streamlined the road to curry with instructions for prepping in advance and tips and tricks for easy clean up.

I am so impressed with Dan’s clear-cut recipes and the work he has invested in simplifying curry dishes that taste like we expect them to – as if we dialed up the curry shop for delivery. I’ve made the Chicken pakora and am planning on making it again very soon along with other recipes from this book filled with dishes that I crave. 

Our   gives us a look inside this lovely title and features the following   recipes:

Special thanks to Quadrille Publishing for providing the materials for our preview above as well as providing three copies in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Titch  on  July 31, 2018

    The Pre-cooked stewed chicken

  • Falafelina  on  July 31, 2018

    I would definitely try the Chaat Masala! I have always loved that and wanted to know how to make it. Looks exciting!

  • ravensfan  on  July 31, 2018

    Chaat masala

  • camtncook  on  July 31, 2018

    Muttar Paneer

  • vickster  on  July 31, 2018

    Has to be the Chicken Korma. Been looking for a good recipe for that.

  • sarahawker  on  July 31, 2018

    Chicken pakora

  • mduncan  on  July 31, 2018

    Potato koftas with a spicy yogurt sauce

  • TinaMarie  on  July 31, 2018

    I had checked this out of the library but didn't have time to get through the book. IT's wonderful! Want to own!

  • lauriesk  on  July 31, 2018

    I would try the lamb Keema.

  • lean1  on  July 31, 2018

    I would like to make onion bhajis!

  • sgump  on  July 31, 2018

    Tandoori salmon sounds nice!

  • amyz218  on  July 31, 2018

    Sho-coo-tee looks intriguing.

  • Siegal  on  July 31, 2018

    I would like to make homemade paneer

  • beetangsurat  on  July 31, 2018

    I want to try the chaat masala first! My friend made this dish for me a while ago and would love to recreate it.

  • vmiller514  on  July 31, 2018

    Kacchi Lamb Biryani

  • ebs  on  July 31, 2018

    Tandoori broccoli, cauliflower and red onion

  • parnassus  on  July 31, 2018

    lamb bhuna

  • lapsapchung  on  August 1, 2018

    I'm a big fan of The Curry Guy, have been ever since Dan first started his recipe blog years ago, and I always use his recipes for spice blends like Garam Masala. I think the first thing I would cook would be Kacchi lamb biryani

  • Sheli  on  August 1, 2018

    Mmmm. Lamb vindaloo, for sure.

  • ixoye2u  on  August 1, 2018

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • matag  on  August 1, 2018

    Lamb bhuna

  • LSanders  on  August 1, 2018

    Lamb bhuna

  • monasli  on  August 1, 2018

    Lamb rogan josh

  • lgroom  on  August 2, 2018

    Tandoori broccoli, red onion and cauliflower

  • kimtrev  on  August 2, 2018

    Vegetable samosas

  • GregH  on  August 2, 2018

    Kacchi lamb biryani

  • jifar  on  August 3, 2018

    Tandoori salmon

  • t.t  on  August 3, 2018

    Channa dhal

  • banba1  on  August 4, 2018

    Channa dhal 🙂

  • Nhcookingdiva  on  August 4, 2018

    Lamb biryani

  • MiMi60  on  August 5, 2018

    I would like to try Indian Scotch egg (Nargisi kofta)

  • RSW  on  August 5, 2018

    Vegetable samosas

  • tennyogirl  on  August 5, 2018

    potatos korma

  • kmn4  on  August 6, 2018

    Bombay aloo

  • jmay42066  on  August 7, 2018

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • ameliark  on  August 10, 2018

    Lamb madras! That’s what I invariably order when I go out for Indian, but I haven’t tried to recreate it at home.

  • Laura1  on  August 10, 2018

    channa dhal

  • Dannausc  on  August 10, 2018

    Green Chile paste

  • rachael_mc  on  August 11, 2018

    Lamb Madras

  • dtremit  on  August 11, 2018

    I've never seen an Indian Scotch egg before!

  • debzfinn86  on  August 14, 2018

    vegetable samosa I love them!

  • HArlow  on  August 15, 2018

    I'd love to try the Indian scotch egg

  • merkusje  on  August 17, 2018

    Nargisi kofta

  • verorenee  on  August 20, 2018

    chicken pakora

  • NaomiH  on  August 21, 2018

    Vegetable bhaji

  • stepspior  on  August 21, 2018

    Indian Scotch egg

  • Emziic  on  August 22, 2018

    Onion bhaji

  • kitchenclimbers  on  August 22, 2018

    lamb biryani

  • luccio  on  August 24, 2018

    I'm keen to try making my own spice mixes…

  • floridagld  on  August 24, 2018

    All seafood and lamb.
    This Crab samosas caught my eye.

  • Julia  on  August 24, 2018

    Chicken pakora.

  • fbrunetti  on  August 25, 2018

    Lamb bhuna

  • tararr  on  August 25, 2018

    Just about every single recipe. I love this cuisine! If I have to choose one… lamb bhuna.

  • patioweather  on  August 25, 2018

    Mint coriander mango chutney

  • jezpurr  on  August 25, 2018

    The Lamb kofta and chickpea curry!!!^_^

  • RickPearson54  on  August 26, 2018

    channa dal

  • TanyaD  on  August 26, 2018

    Kashmiri paste

  • sequoia55  on  August 26, 2018

    Tandoori salmon

  • cake17uk  on  August 27, 2018

    Tarka dhal – my husbands favourite curry, would be nice to try this at home

  • circ2000  on  August 27, 2018

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • thewoobdog  on  August 27, 2018

    Would have to make Chicken Tikka Masala first, just to see if it really tasted like a restaurant version!

  • Holisticrmp  on  August 27, 2018

    Gobi aloo saag

  • Sfgordon  on  August 28, 2018

    Chicken chasni sounds really good.

  • kaivulagi  on  August 29, 2018

    Mmmm…love chaat masala. I would have to have a go.

  • jd5761  on  August 29, 2018

    chicken pakora for me

  • WideAngleMind  on  August 30, 2018

    Chicken Pakora sounds amazing!

  • DJCross  on  August 30, 2018

    Chicken Korma

  • artthecat  on  August 30, 2018

    Butter chicken

  • camerashy131  on  August 31, 2018

    chicken balti

  • benjamincrow  on  September 1, 2018

    Lamb biryani

  • GillB  on  September 2, 2018

    Lamb Madras

  • shellee  on  September 3, 2018

    love the sound of the Spice Stock 🙂

  • kkohle  on  September 3, 2018

    lamb vindaloo

  • orchidlady01  on  September 6, 2018

    Garam masala

  • caloula90  on  September 6, 2018

    Definitely Chicken Korma. On of my favourite dishes of all time

  • AJL123  on  September 6, 2018

    Garam Masala

  • janinex  on  September 6, 2018

    Chicken Pathia – my favourite curry ever

  • Trace21  on  September 6, 2018

    Lamb Vindaloo 🙂

  • sarahshan  on  September 7, 2018

    Crab samosas

  • auntietina  on  September 7, 2018

    Kashmiri lamb cutlets

  • choppergirl  on  September 7, 2018

    Crab samosas

  • EmilyR  on  September 11, 2018

    Chicken pakora

  • ket06e  on  September 12, 2018

    Vegetable samosas

  • elsid22  on  September 14, 2018

    Potato koftas with a spicy yogurt sauce !!

  • starzine  on  September 14, 2018

    Tandoori masala.

  • uk2nl  on  September 15, 2018

    The base curry sauce.

  • sywcindy  on  September 15, 2018

    Lamb vindaloo

  • SallyCristina  on  September 15, 2018

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • SallyCristina  on  September 15, 2018

    Chaat masala

  • SallyCristina  on  September 15, 2018

    Kacchi lamb biryani

  • Connoisseur  on  June 17, 2020

    Chicken Pathia. It has the blend of flavours that I love

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