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  7/31/2018 at 3:12 AM

    The Pre-cooked stewed chicken

  • Falafelina  on  7/31/2018 at 7:03 AM

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

  • ravensfan  on  7/31/2018 at 7:17 AM

    Chaat masala

  • camtncook  on  7/31/2018 at 7:43 AM

    Muttar Paneer

  • vickster  on  7/31/2018 at 8:46 AM

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

  • sarahawker  on  7/31/2018 at 8:48 AM

    Chicken pakora

  • mduncan  on  7/31/2018 at 10:02 AM

    Potato koftas with a spicy yogurt sauce

  • TinaMarie  on  7/31/2018 at 10:15 AM

    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  7/31/2018 at 10:23 AM

    I would try the lamb Keema.

  • lean1  on  7/31/2018 at 11:12 AM

    I would like to make onion bhajis!

  • sgump  on  7/31/2018 at 11:26 AM

    Tandoori salmon sounds nice!

  • amyz218  on  7/31/2018 at 11:34 AM

    Sho-coo-tee looks intriguing.

  • Siegal  on  7/31/2018 at 11:52 AM

    I would like to make homemade paneer

  • beetangsurat  on  7/31/2018 at 4:08 PM

    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  7/31/2018 at 6:53 PM

    Kacchi Lamb Biryani

  • ebs  on  7/31/2018 at 8:22 PM

    Tandoori broccoli, cauliflower and red onion

  • parnassus  on  7/31/2018 at 10:42 PM

    lamb bhuna

  • lapsapchung  on  8/1/2018 at 5:30 AM

    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  8/1/2018 at 1:52 PM

    Mmmm. Lamb vindaloo, for sure.

  • ixoye2u  on  8/1/2018 at 3:25 PM

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • matag  on  8/1/2018 at 3:31 PM

    Lamb bhuna

  • LSanders  on  8/1/2018 at 6:49 PM

    Lamb bhuna

  • monasli  on  8/1/2018 at 11:12 PM

    Lamb rogan josh

  • lgroom  on  8/2/2018 at 11:22 AM

    Tandoori broccoli, red onion and cauliflower

  • kimtrev  on  8/2/2018 at 11:24 AM

    Vegetable samosas

  • GregH  on  8/2/2018 at 8:37 PM

    Kacchi lamb biryani

  • jifar  on  8/3/2018 at 2:59 PM

    Tandoori salmon

  • t.t  on  8/3/2018 at 11:30 PM

    Channa dhal

  • banba1  on  8/4/2018 at 7:48 PM

    Channa dhal :)

  • Nhcookingdiva  on  8/4/2018 at 8:53 PM

    Lamb biryani

  • MiMi60  on  8/5/2018 at 11:43 AM

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

  • RSW  on  8/5/2018 at 12:16 PM

    Vegetable samosas

  • tennyogirl  on  8/5/2018 at 11:42 PM

    potatos korma

  • kmn4  on  8/6/2018 at 3:29 PM

    Bombay aloo

  • jmay42066  on  8/7/2018 at 3:16 PM

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • ameliark  on  8/10/2018 at 5:32 AM

    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  8/10/2018 at 6:05 PM

    channa dhal

  • Dannausc  on  8/10/2018 at 7:12 PM

    Green Chile paste

  • rachael_mc  on  8/11/2018 at 10:21 AM

    Lamb Madras

  • dtremit  on  8/11/2018 at 3:36 PM

    I've never seen an Indian Scotch egg before!

  • debzfinn86  on  8/14/2018 at 12:57 PM

    vegetable samosa I love them!

  • HArlow  on  8/15/2018 at 6:49 AM

    I'd love to try the Indian scotch egg

  • merkusje  on  8/17/2018 at 2:22 PM

    Nargisi kofta

  • verorenee  on  8/20/2018 at 5:25 PM

    chicken pakora

  • NaomiH  on  8/21/2018 at 3:22 PM

    Vegetable bhaji

  • stepspior  on  8/21/2018 at 10:45 PM

    Indian Scotch egg

  • Emziic  on  8/22/2018 at 12:44 PM

    Onion bhaji

  • kitchenclimbers  on  8/22/2018 at 2:30 PM

    lamb biryani

  • luccio  on  8/24/2018 at 4:28 PM

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

  • floridagld  on  8/24/2018 at 7:28 PM

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

  • Julia  on  8/24/2018 at 9:50 PM

    Chicken pakora.

  • fbrunetti  on  8/25/2018 at 9:35 AM

    Lamb bhuna

  • tararr  on  8/25/2018 at 2:33 PM

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

  • patioweather  on  8/25/2018 at 3:16 PM

    Mint coriander mango chutney

  • jezpurr  on  8/25/2018 at 10:11 PM

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

  • RickPearson54  on  8/26/2018 at 8:28 AM

    channa dal

  • TanyaD  on  8/26/2018 at 1:21 PM

    Kashmiri paste

  • sequoia55  on  8/26/2018 at 7:35 PM

    Tandoori salmon

  • cake17uk  on  8/27/2018 at 12:37 AM

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

  • circ2000  on  8/27/2018 at 6:44 AM

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • thewoobdog  on  8/27/2018 at 9:36 AM

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

  • Holisticrmp  on  8/27/2018 at 10:17 AM

    Gobi aloo saag

  • Sfgordon  on  8/28/2018 at 5:15 PM

    Chicken chasni sounds really good.

  • kaivulagi  on  8/29/2018 at 1:26 PM chaat masala. I would have to have a go.

  • jd5761  on  8/29/2018 at 4:54 PM

    chicken pakora for me

  • WideAngleMind  on  8/30/2018 at 12:51 AM

    Chicken Pakora sounds amazing!

  • DJCross  on  8/30/2018 at 10:28 AM

    Chicken Korma

  • artthecat  on  8/30/2018 at 7:38 PM

    Butter chicken

  • camerashy131  on  8/31/2018 at 11:23 AM

    chicken balti

  • benjamincrow  on  9/1/2018 at 10:52 AM

    Lamb biryani

  • GillB  on  9/2/2018 at 3:28 AM

    Lamb Madras

  • shellee  on  9/3/2018 at 11:21 AM

    love the sound of the Spice Stock :)

  • kkohle  on  9/3/2018 at 3:05 PM

    lamb vindaloo

  • orchidlady01  on  9/6/2018 at 3:24 AM

    Garam masala

  • caloula90  on  9/6/2018 at 8:23 AM

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

  • AJL123  on  9/6/2018 at 12:29 PM

    Garam Masala

  • janinex  on  9/6/2018 at 3:58 PM

    Chicken Pathia - my favourite curry ever

  • Trace21  on  9/6/2018 at 4:33 PM

    Lamb Vindaloo :)

  • sarahshan  on  9/7/2018 at 12:37 AM

    Crab samosas

  • auntietina  on  9/7/2018 at 12:51 AM

    Kashmiri lamb cutlets

  • choppergirl  on  9/7/2018 at 8:06 PM

    Crab samosas

  • EmilyR  on  9/11/2018 at 1:15 AM

    Chicken pakora

  • ket06e  on  9/12/2018 at 9:53 AM

    Vegetable samosas

  • elsid22  on  9/14/2018 at 7:52 PM

    Potato koftas with a spicy yogurt sauce !!

  • starzine  on  9/14/2018 at 10:02 PM

    Tandoori masala.

  • uk2nl  on  9/15/2018 at 6:23 AM

    The base curry sauce.

  • sywcindy  on  9/15/2018 at 7:11 AM

    Lamb vindaloo

  • SallyCristina  on  9/15/2018 at 7:27 PM

    Chicken Tikka masala

  • SallyCristina  on  9/15/2018 at 7:28 PM

    Chaat masala

  • SallyCristina  on  9/15/2018 at 7:29 PM

    Kacchi lamb biryani

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