1,000 Indian Recipes by Neelam Batra

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  • Cilantro-lime chutney

    • Yildiz100 on November 14, 2018

      Delicious and easier than it appears as most of the ingredients here are for chaat masala, and the author does give you permission to use store bought! The perfect, all purpose green chutney. I needed a bit more liquid for blending (started in the fp then moved tp the blender for a smoother texture) so I added, while blending, small amounts extra lime juice and water (alterrnating) till I was happy with the texture. Made a half recipe. A nice amount that will be easy to use up. Make full batch if making bhel puri. Update. Made full recipe and didn't need extra liquid for effective blending. Sauce was less tart and I missed the acidity. Add extra lime.

  • Mint chicken tikka marinade

    • sarahcooks on July 18, 2011

      I made this with cilantro instead of mint and it was really good. I only used 1 lb of chicken and froze the rest of the marinade for another time. Next time I'll keep a little marinade aside before putting the chicken in so I can use it as a dip without having to boil it (which I've heard isn't the best idea from a food safety standpoint anyway).

  • Mysore coconut soup

    • Yildiz100 on July 01, 2014

      I didn't have tamarind paste, just concentrate, so I substituted a heaping tablespoon of the concentrate for the 1/4 cup paste. I have no idea what the proper conversion would be, but this was quite tart. Still, I thought this was bland, so I'd only consider making this again if I needed something on hand for my toddler. (She loved it without the chili.)

  • Pureed spinach soup

    • ashallen on November 26, 2020

      The flavor profile of this soup is not a kind I crave, so I probably won't make it again. It's pretty earthy without sweetness or acidic brightness, though the ginger lightened it a bit. I chose to use a Punjabi-style garam masala I had on hand for the "garam masala" called for in the recipe, but a brighter, more citrusy garam masala would have worked better. On the plus side, however, it did a great job of immediately settling an upset stomach I had and, given all various greens it contains, is a very healthy soup! Relatively thin-textured, though swirling in yogurt thickens it a bit. Author doesn't mention anything about adding salt for this particular recipe - I ended up adding 1-1.5 tsp.

  • Vegetable soup with yogurt and coconut

    • sarahcooks on October 15, 2012

      Very quick and easy soup to make using things we usually have on hand. Love that you can use whatever vegetables you have, great way to clear out the fridge! Not sure if it's even possible to keep fat free yogurt from breaking, but it tasted fine anyway.

  • Spicy shrimp soup with coconut milk and tomato

    • amoule on April 06, 2015

      pg. 193

  • Chickpea chaat salad with fresh pomegranate seeds

    • Yildiz100 on May 04, 2019

      So delicious! I needed more acidity so I added some lime. This may have been because of my tamarind preparation (I used some tamarind water that I had previously prepared for Vietnamese cooking thickened with a little tamarind concentrate). Omitted the cilantro - personal preference. Next time will use both the whites and greens of the scallions to give the salad more color.

  • Pomegranate potatoes

    • Yildiz100 on April 06, 2019

      I reduced the dried pomegranate and the coriander from 3 to 2 Tbs each. Even at this level there was excess crumbled in the bottom of the pan. The potatoes were beautiful though, like a blackened potato. Ok flavor but I decided that dried pomegranate is not my favorite souring agent. To me it smells a little like rancid oil.

  • Creamy mashed eggplant with peas

    • sarahcooks on July 18, 2011

      I really enjoyed this, and I didn't even have peas! Next time I'll lower the heat level so I can give it to my kids. I served it with chicken tikka and cous cous.

  • Kerala coconut eggplant

    • Yildiz100 on January 02, 2017

      I had many doubts along the way, but this turned out great. I needed to use up some zucchini , so I subbed peeled zucchini for the eggplant. I only add 414 grams (slightly less than a pound) and that was the perfect amount. The 1.25 pounds she calls for might have been too much for the sauce. The first step in the recipe is to make a paste of onions, ginger, chiles, and spices. This spice is then fried until it is golden. The problem is it's hard to tell if you are making any progress when the paste is already golden brown from turmeric, etc. Next time I'll add the spices after the paste has fried a while. I think this might also prevent the other issue I had, which was the paste wanted to form balls like a dough. I used the full three chiles-was very spicy. The only other change was added about 2 TBS water when it was ready to simmer. Was looking dry.

  • Roasted baby zucchini rounds

    • sarahcooks on October 09, 2011

      My zucchini weren't babies, but they were good anyway. Lots of different flavors going on here, vey tasty. Just make sure you brown them long enough.

  • Grilled yogurt-marinated cauliflower

    • britt on September 23, 2010

      Good! I used MDH brand (chunky) chaat masala instead of making my own. Maybe 8/10 heatwise. I did not seed the serranos before adding them to the marinade. I may leave out some seeds next time.

  • Spicy split black urad beans with split chickpeas

    • Yildiz100 on May 12, 2020

      Nice but not exciting. Note the black cardamom (at least the brand I had) is extremely smoky. Even though I halved it, it was almost overwhelming.

  • Chickpeas with ginger, garlic, and chaat masala

    • Yildiz100 on November 27, 2018

      This is not terribly exciting, but it is so simple to make that works well as a quick, healthy snack. Made a half recipe.

  • Kerala mixed vegetable curry

    • sarahcooks on December 05, 2010

      This didn't have a lot of flavor, probably because the spices were whole, and I don't usually think of south indian food as bland so there must of been something wrong here.

  • Basic chicken curry

    • sdeathe on March 01, 2020

      Easy and delicious, this has become a go-to recipe for a curry fix.

  • Chicken curry with dry-roasted spices

    • sarahcooks on May 28, 2013

      We loved this! I cooked the onions a lot longer to get them nice and dark brown, then blended them with the yogurt. I also used whole milk yogurt. Otherwise I followed the recipe. Really delicious.

  • Yogurt chicken curry with caramelized onions

    • sarahcooks on December 06, 2013

      Not sure how you're supposed to keep fat free yogurt from cuddling when you boil it, no matter how careful I am it always happens. I even used part skim yogurt and it still was a curdled mess.

  • Semolina pancakes with tomatoes and bell peppers

    • Yildiz100 on August 09, 2013

      This must be made on a non-stick skillet! I usually have no problems with my well-seasoned cast iron, but this stuck terribly. I used course semolina instead of fine, and it had a very nice texture. This batter absorbs a lot of oil, so this is not diet food. It would have been nice with a coconut chutney on the side. Next time!

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  • ISBN 10 0764519727
  • ISBN 13 9780764519727
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  • Published Oct 02 2002
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 704
  • Language English
  • Edition large type edition
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Imprint Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.

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2003 IACP Award Winner! International Category!


1,000 Indian Recipes enables home cooks to recreate the authentic flavors of India in their own kitchens. Complete with guidelines for finding ingredients, this book provides recipes for vegetarian and nonvegetarian entries, seasoning blends, chutneys, rice dishes, breads, desserts, and much more.


The author presents information on Indian spices and basic ingredients, such as paneer cheese and pickles, as well as instructions for preparing ingredients ahead of time. There are recipes for such enticing dishes as Cilantro-Lime Chutney, Spicy Spinach Curry, Garlicky Shrimp Rice with Coconut Milk, Chicken Tikka Masala, Fresh Fruit in Rose-Flavored Cream, Layered Green Chile Parantha Breads, Mango Milkshakes, and many more.


Also included are fifteen complete menus for convenient weekday cooking, seasonal meals, parties, and other special occasions. A celebration of Indian cuisine for the home cook.



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