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Made in India, Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha

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Notes about this book

  • ellabee on November 05, 2017

    Food52 members' favorite 10 recipes: Cilantro chutney (Lilli chatni), Green beans with mustard seeds and ginger (Fansi nu saak), Cauliflower, cashew, pea, and coconut curry (Phool kobi kaju anna mattar nu shaak), The perfect basmati rice, Naan, Worker’s curry (Chana masala), Chaat salad, Chili paneer, The perfect masala chai, Roasted cauliflower with cumin, turmeric, and lemon (Masala phool kobi).

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Pea kachori

    • Yildiz100 on August 21, 2017

      We made the filling to stuff into some leftover empanada dough, so we haven't tested the pastry. Peas are surprisingly difficult to mash with a potato masher so it is worth getting out the food processor. We didn't have access to ours (moving) so I had to use a masher and it was hard work and we still ended up with lots of whole peas in the mix. The mix was a bit dry and I ended up adding a bit of water to pull it together. I suspect this might not be necessary if the mixture is fully pureed in a food processor. It was a little heavy on the cinnamon so I reduced it from 1.25 tsp to 1, and I cant decide if it was just right or still too much. Maybe increase the garam masala by .25 next time and see if that is the right balance. (This may depend on the freshness of the cinnamon. Ours was brand new.) I will say the cinnamon scent attracted my 5 year old and she devoured 2, even though they were quite spicy! 4.5 star filling but not giving it a rating since we didn't try the pastry.

  • Chilli paneer

    • cedarmakesthings on February 10, 2016

      This was so delicious, though I slightly overcooked a few sides on my first batch of paneer, I had an easier time getting it well colored when it was closer to medium heat. The flavor was perfect, I might try it without the chili next time (and maybe just a small sprinkling of chili flakes) so that the kids will be able to enjoy it as well.

  • Corn on the cob with chilli garlic butter (Sekeli makai anna marchu)

    • Melanie on April 04, 2016

      This was delicious, I loved the garlic butter. I simply cooked the corn in a dry fry pan - less effort and worked well enough

    • clcorbi on July 10, 2017

      SO delicious. And easy! I went ahead and did the technique of charring the cobs over a stove burner, which was pretty fun. I wrapped each ear in foil and drizzled the butter into the foil package, which kept if from spilling everywhere and helped evenly coat the corn. The chile garlic butter is delicious, and the sprinkle of salt and lime juice really take these over the top. Also, the flavors aren't overtly Indian; you could serve these with anything.

  • Oven-roasted chicken tikka (Murgh na tikka)

    • clcorbi on July 25, 2017

      This recipe is a favorite of ours--I've made it three or four times and it's delicious every time. The chicken stays really moist from the yogurt marinade, and the spice combo is just delicious. I think it's better than Madhur Jaffrey's version in Indian Cooking, and it's also easier--a win-win!

    • FJT on September 13, 2017

      Really tasty, easy recipe. I'll be making this again and again.

  • Royal Bengal fish fingers

    • Zosia on November 16, 2016

      Not everyone was a fan of the spice blend but this method produced a crisp breading without frying. I'll definitely make it again but with modifications to the spice mixture.

    • urmami on October 24, 2016

      Oh, these are tasty. S, who is sloooowly warming up to fish, said "you know, this batter would also be great with chicken"...as he helped himself to thirds. The recipe says to bake for 12-15 minutes but mine were done after 9 so do carefully check especially if you have some smaller fish pieces in the mix. Beautiful flavor, reasonably easy, and store surprisingly well. Can I tell you something kind of trashy, but great? We made these with the spring cabbage recipe in the book and had planned to also do the Gujarati pancakes, but then got lazy and realized we had corn tortillas in the fridge. So we whipped up a quick yogurt sauce, chopped up a little cilantro, busted out the hot sauce, and made deshi tacos instead. I packed some up for the next day and honestly, "not-sad desk lunch" doesn't even do it justice; "fucken lit desk lunch" is more like it. My coworkers were so jealous. And curious: Meera Sodha sold at least three more copies of her book today, and damn, did she earn it.

    • Frogcake on November 20, 2016

      I agree with Zosia that this recipe has potential. We thought there is some tweaking needed on the spice balance, but it wasn't bad. I used cod and served it with masala fries as suggested. We liked the crispy coating on the fish. Also wasn't convinced that the lemon rind contributed substantially to the taste. I served the fingers with mango chutney which worked well and a side of sprouted greens with poppyseed honey dressing and roasted almonds.

  • Spiced potato tikki (Aloo tikki)

    • Frenchfoodie on April 15, 2017

      Easy to make and tasty though absorbed a lot of oil on frying. Delish with mint and yoghurt sauce from the same book and some grated carrot with ginger.

    • imaluckyducky on May 21, 2017

      Deeply flavored and extremely satisfying. Served with the date and tamarind chutney (Serious Eats' tamarind chutney is also quite good with this, if you don't have dates on hand). I didn't have any problems with them absorbing much oil.

  • Scallops with tamarind (Ambli wara scallops)

    • lkgrover on August 03, 2017

      This is a great appetizer: sweet with a hint of spice. I shared with an Indonesian friend, and we both loved it.

    • KZielke on May 29, 2016

      Delicious, simple way to prepare scallops. Nice flavor that still allows the sweetness of the scallops to shine.

  • Beetroot and feta samosas

    • Pigeoncottagekitchen on March 20, 2015

      This is one of my favourite recipes - I have made it many times.

    • joneshayley on September 02, 2017

      Beautiful recipe- I'll make this again and again.

    • eliza on July 17, 2016

      I have wanted to try this recipe for a while since the filling looked interesting and it uses filo pastry which I had not used for samosas. The beet filling was easy to make and very tasty. I tried a few at the size recommended (she has you cut the filo 4 inches wide) but I just found that too big. For me the filling to pastry ratio was off so I made mine quite a bit smaller and that resulted in a better product I thought. I'm glad I made a few test samosas since I found that they lose their crispness quite quickly. To make them for guests I froze them overnight and cooked from frozen as directed. Everyone liked them. They are quite fiddly to make so be sure to have a good block of time available to make these. I will probably make again since I've got lots of filo left over.

    • eliza on December 04, 2016

      As an update to my previous note, I would add that I did freeze the leftover filling in small servings. Later, just heated with no pastry, the beets and feta mixture makes a tasty veg side dish or lunch dish. Will probably just do the filling again since it's so good.

  • Chicken and coriander samosas

    • Zosia on January 28, 2017

      Fantastic flavour, though not very spicy (hot) because of the chili powder and pepper I used. They were particularly good with the sweet and hot tomato chutney.

    • clcorbi on November 18, 2016

      When I first tasted this filling, I thought the flavor was too harsh. But I have to say, once it is wrapped up into a samosa, it's perfect! The butter filo wrapping contrasts the spicy acidity of this filling perfectly. What a win. We ended up with a little extra filling which my boyfriend ate over rice for lunch, and he said that was delicious as well.

  • Lamb and mint samosas

    • clcorbi on July 26, 2017

      I decided to make this filling to serve over rice, rather than in samosa form. The flavor is really nice! It wasn't quite strongly flavored enough to stand being mixed up with rice, but that's my fault, not the recipe's. I'm sure it would be lovely in a samosa, with some sort of flavorful chutney to set it off.

  • Aubergine and cherry tomato curry (Ringra tametar nu shaak)

    • Smokeydoke on January 18, 2017

      My first Indian curry! The recipe made good use of my leftover aubergine, onions and tomatoes. I'm not a fan of cumin or turmeric, which plays a huge role here, so I can't say I'll make this dish again. But I love the idea of reducing the aubergine, onions and tomatoes till it's almost a stew.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      I enjoyed it but found it a bit too heavy on the coriander.

    • Frogcake on November 19, 2016

      Quite a delicious vegetarian curry that comes together in a pinch. Great way to use all those scraps in your vegetable bin. I also add cubed tofu or chick peas and sometimes spinach.

    • joneshayley on May 03, 2015

      Lovely curry- fast, flavourful and easy.

    • Pigeoncottagekitchen on March 20, 2015

      This is nice but the best Aubergine curry is the Lake Palace Hotel recipe in the first Madhur Jaffrey' book.

    • pistachiopeas on October 20, 2016

      We loved this.

    • hsteel on March 08, 2017

      I really liked this curry. It reminded me of an Indian ratatouille. Easy to pull together. Definitely will make again.

    • lilham on April 27, 2016

      Another lovely curry. I served it with turmeric fish from Bill Granger's Everyday Asian and rice.

  • 100 garlic-clove curry (Lasan nu shaak)

    • FJT on April 04, 2016

      I was prepared to love this one, but sadly I didn't. It was nice enough - I liked the taste, but the texture was what let it down. It's very, very soft and mushy. I served it with rice (for me) and Naan bread for my non-celiac husband and he definitely enjoyed it more than I did. The rice and the mush got to be very monotonous after six or seven mouthfuls and I desperately wanted some variation in texture. I'm glad I tried it, but I can safely say I won't be peeling 100 cloves of garlic again in a hurry!!

    • Rutabaga on January 10, 2017

      Having recently purchased a very large bag of peeled garlic cloves, this seemed like the perfect recipe to try. In fact, I doubled it and made 200 garlic-clove curry! My husband and I both loved the flavor - very garlicky, but with dark caramel undertones, nicely balanced by the mustard seeds, cumin, coconut milk, and hint of tamarind. My five-year-old enjoyed the sauce, but found the actual garlic cloves too strong. I served it alongside naan with the chickpea workers' curry, and found those flavors and textures to be a good match. Delicious as it is, I don't think this should be served on its own as a main dish. It took a little longer than Sodha suggested for me to fully cook the garlic, probably about 30 minutes after I put the lid on the pan.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      I had been meaning to make this for a while since I love garlic. I made it for a family dinner and everyone loved it. I let it simmer for a bit longer and also added some pearl onions. I bought the garlics pre peeled because I'm lazy. The garlic melts in your mouth, is definitely not too intense and really has a lovely depth and surprising sweetness. I would probably serve this as a side dish to a larger indian inspired meal. My only mistake was to make a dal to go with it that was a bit garlic heavy too.... Definitely don't make anything else with Garlic! (Seems so obvious now)

    • sosayi on October 06, 2017

      Chiming in to say that I agree with Rutabaga and Tealismyname that this is better off as an accompaniment and not a main. Very good as written, though next time I might up the tamarind a bit. Worked well with some paratha, rice, raita, and the Cauliflower, Cashew, Pea, and Coconut Curry also from this book.

  • Gujarati potato curry (Bateta nu shaak)

    • Lepa on February 11, 2017

      I love the combination of potatoes and Indian spices but wasn't crazy about this particular curry. Absolutely nothing wrong with this dish but we weren't wowed by it and there are so many amazing Indian ways to prepare potatoes so I doubt we will revisit this one.

  • Cauliflower, cashew, pea and coconut curry (Phool kobi kaju anna mattar nu shaak)

    • Barb_N on November 16, 2016

      I agree with Rutabaga- the flavors were very mild. Granted, I forgot to buy a chile but upped the garlic and ginger and chile powder (for me it seemed like a lot). I think two things toned down the dish- the coconut milk and the cooking with the lid on. Next time I would add only the coconut cream, up the spices and cook it longer with the lid off. I thought the sauce was too watery.

    • Rutabaga on October 21, 2015

      This was good, but next time I will increase the amount of garlic and ginger, as I felt the flavors were a little mild. For our four-year-old's sake, I was happy it didn't turn out spicy (I used a seeded red chile), but all of us can handle a little more garlic and chile in our food. Salting the cauliflower when the coconut milk is added rather than later would also help, and I would make the cauliflower florets quite small for faster cooking. This would be a good curry to make in advance, just wait to add the peas when you are reheating it. It's not too saucy, and is one of the first curries my son has actually eaten of his own free will.

    • joneshayley on May 03, 2015

      Unexpectedly lovely- another decievingly simple but delicious recipe

    • Melanie on November 01, 2016

      We also enjoyed this dish - served with rice for a tasty midweek dinner.

    • lilham on March 21, 2016

      I made it with frozen cauliflower and frozen peas, making this a easy store cupboard/freezer meal. I loved a similar curry from Prashad. But it is very spicy so I haven't cooked it since having children. I'm so glad this one is mild but yet still very flavourful.

    • L.Nightshade on May 16, 2016

      Mr. Nightshade came home with a seemingly large cauliflower, suggesting I cut it in half because it was too much for the recipe. However, once I trimmed off the green leaves, it weighed exactly 1 1/4 lb. Nothing much to add to the reports above, except that it took longer than described for the cauliflower to become tender. We enjoyed this quite a bit. Good thing, because we've certainly got leftovers! http://www.chowhound.com/post/2016-cotm-india-starters-snacks-vegetables-1035677?commentId=9847686

    • westminstr on October 31, 2016

      I liked this even though I had to make some changes (mostly reducing the spices, and also I was short on ginger and out of cilantro). My kids didn't like it at all. Also I followed directions to use two onions and I felt it was too oniony. One large American onion would have been enough. Still it was good and would have been better if made as written (though IMO with less onion).

    • sosayi on October 06, 2017

      I really liked this curry, although I agree that it was fairly mild. I routinely "over" estimate my ginger and garlic, so it was fine in that sense, but it wasn't spicy at all. Good, though, for the 3-yr old gremlin who actually ate his "white broccoli" and peas with genuine abandon. My husband and I added a spicy and crunchy chile garlic sauce on the side and that worked perfectly for us. Definitely will go into the rotation, though, as it's kid-friendly Indian and really quite easy to make on a weeknight.

    • patioweather on October 30, 2017

      This doubled well. Everyone enjoyed it in a group of mixed omnivores and vegetarians, including some who are unfamiliar with Indian food. The flavor was mild and sweet but that meant it paired well with our more spicy entree.

    • raybun on November 06, 2016

      Excellent flavour combination. The whole family loved it despite their initial concern over the absence of meat. I'm really looking forward to the leftovers. Loving this book!

  • Disha's pav bhaji

    • raybun on October 22, 2017

      This dish is fantastic! The flavours go so well together, a very satisfying meat-less meal. (Photo)

    • imaluckyducky on May 21, 2017

      Fantastic, richly flavored. Easy to make, only requires two pans. Freezes well. Will make again!

  • Fresh spinach and paneer (Palak paneer)

    • janeh9 on July 22, 2016

      I made this with tofu for a dinner with a non-dairy eater. Dried the tofu on paper towels for about an hour, then fried until starting to get brown and crispy. Worked well - delicious!

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      I whip this up quite frequently when I'm craving something quick. I make the child-garlic-ginger paste (either frozen in cubes or in a jar with vinegar or lemon to preserve it). I usually make my own paneer but in a pinch I buy it and the meal comes together in a snap! Also, I don't always include the tomatoes.

  • Pan-fried okra with caramelized onions and yoghurt sauce (Bhinda nu shaak)

    • Barb_N on June 15, 2016

      I made this as a side to Mum's Chicken Curry. Had I known I would be using the same garlic, ginger, chile paste... it took much longer than 15 minutes to caramelize the onions so I blasted the okra in the oven which is my preference anyway to make it crispy. Skipped the hot yogurt sauce and it was just like our favorite dish at the neighborhood haunt.

  • Roasted aloo gobi salad (Phool kobi ne bateta nu salaad)

    • clcorbi on February 06, 2017

      I made a few changes to this salad--I chose to serve it cold rather than warm, and subbed raw arugula for wilted spinach. What I did was caramelize the onions for a long time with the chickpeas, roast the vegetables, and then allow both of those components to cool before mixing them together in a big bowl. Then I added in the yogurt chutney and peanuts and let it all mellow in the fridge for a bit before stirring in a ton of raw arugula. I did not serve this salad with papadums--we had it as an accompaniment to butter chicken and naan instead. This was not my favorite dish at dinner (how could it be when there was butter chicken at the table?), but I had some leftovers cold for lunch today with more arugula mixed in, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Since I am not a fan of cooked greens, this solution turned the salad into something I would really enjoy, and I would make it again like this. Do note that this recipe makes a TON of salad.

  • Slow-cooked red pepper and paneer curry (Karahi paneer)

    • Rutabaga on December 13, 2015

      The flavors in this dish really meld well after the slow cooking. While the cooking time means this isn't a particularly fast dish, it's still pretty easy to put together. I used cherry tomatoes, and also found that I only needed two red peppers to equal one pound. I took about 7-10 minutes to sauté the paneer, so I recommend starting that task about ten minutes before you expect the peppers to be done to help keep the cheese from cooling down too much.

    • nadiam1000 on June 09, 2016

      I used a mix of fresh peppers and jarred roasted peppers - also, did not use cumin and coriander seeds but rather ground, which I added to the sauteeing peppers and onions. The paneer cubes took a while to brown, I doubled the recipe so had to do in several batches. Served over Basmati rice - nice flavors, even better reheated the next day.

    • FJT on July 27, 2017

      I really liked the peppers but the paneer didn't really seem to work with the dish. I've never had paneer before so I don't know what it's supposed to be like, but this paneer was totally devoid of taste ... it simply provided a very bland textural contrast to the peppers. Ended up picking the paneer out of the curry. I'd make the pepper curry again though.

    • TrishaCP on August 20, 2016

      This was a really nice dish. The paneer does take a while to brown, but it is so tasty! I used a mix of bell peppers and Jimmy Nardello peppers but I would stick to bell peppers next time as the skin on the Jimmy Nardello peppers stayed quite firm, which wasn't pleasant in the curry.

  • Tomato fry (Tamatar nu shaak)

    • Rutabaga on September 19, 2016

      This was a fun new way to use really ripe tomatoes. As a dish, it can stand on its own, but is also good mixed with other less acidic dishes, such as the chana dal recipe from this book. The spices do a good job of enhancing the tomatoes without overwhelming them.

  • Sautéed spring vegetables with spices

    • stockholm28 on May 13, 2017

      The spicing in this is fairly subtle and it is a nice change of pace for asparagus. I used sugar snaps rather than green beans and snow peas.

  • Simply spiced spring cabbage (Kobi nu shaak)

    • imaluckyducky on May 21, 2017

      Wonderful, easy, fresh flavored. Will need to try it in tacos with the honey tamarind chicken. We ate it with the pav bhaji and the aloo tikki from this book.

    • urmami on October 24, 2016

      Aahh, this cabbage recipe is beautiful. I don't have anything constructive to add except that it's perfect piled on top of the Royal Bengal fish fingers (in the same book) and napped with a little yogurt sauce, cilantro, and drops or even drizzles of hot sauce on top. Warm corn tortilla wrapping optional, but I think we as a society really need to get with the concept that tacos and Indian food can be buds. It's also great snacking by itself, and will be a treasured side for years to come, I just know it. And of course so, so easy.

    • clcorbi on March 29, 2017

      Really easy but flavorful side. Inspired by urmami's comment below, we piled this cabbage into tacos along with the honey tamarind chicken from this book. The combination was insanely good, and will be repeated.

  • Whole roast masala chicken (Masala murghi)

    • clcorbi on January 30, 2017

      Delicious! That being said, I made sort of a technical error--I didn't grind the almonds, garlic or onions up nearly as finely as I should have, and as a result the mixture was a bit chunky and didn't adhere well everywhere. My chicken looked nowhere near as picture-perfect as the cookbook image because of this. At any rate, the flavor was great, which is what matters.

    • rionafaith on October 15, 2016

      Delicious twist on roast chicken. I expected the Indian flavor to be much more pronounced given the quantity of spices (and toasted and freshly ground to boot), but in fact it ended up quite subtle and mellow. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though -- we still enjoyed very much and I'll make it again when I want a variation from basic plain roast chicken. I served with some roasted fingerling potatoes and simply sauteed kale, and it was great. The only thing I would change next time is to place the chicken on a roasting rack -- the author doesn't mention using one so I didn't, but I think it would help crisp up the skin underneath.

    • raybun on November 13, 2016

      I made this last night and as we had friends over I doubled up the recipe and roasted two chickens. I marinated them a good 24 hours (much longer than stated) and they were perfect. I loved the almond spice yogurt marinade, and the meat was so tender and moist. I served them with the Ferrari potatoes as suggested and the green beans from the same book.

    • stockholm28 on June 23, 2017

      The technique of rubbing the yogurt spice mixture between the skin and the breast resulted in a very moist and delicious chicken breast. I didn't love the spice blend as it had a bit too much cinnamon for my taste, so would like to tweak it a bit.

    • TrishaCP on September 19, 2017

      I thought this was fine, but I probably wouldn't make it again. The spice blend didn't do that much for me either. (I had marinated the chicken at least 4 hours before roasting it.) I served this with the Ferrari potatoes and I didn't like the combination. It tasted too dry together in my opinion (though I really liked the potatoes).

  • Creamy chicken and fig curry (Anjeer murghi)

    • TrishaCP on May 03, 2016

      Agree that this is another great-tasting curry from this book. I made it a few days ahead to no seemingly ill effect. This is the right dish to pick if you are cooking for the spice/heat-adverse.

    • lilham on May 06, 2016

      A sweet and mild tasting curry. The children and I all thought this is delicious. Mr lilham however thought it was too sweet and preferred the pistachio korma from the same book. (I think this and the korma are both perfect for those who can't handle heat).

    • nadiam1000 on June 09, 2016

      good flavor but a bit mild and sweet - I added a diced green chile for some heat. I will add an additional chile to perk it up next time.

    • raybun on November 11, 2016

      Delicious mild flavour. I missed the extra heat, but seeing how much the child enjoyed it and she asked for seconds made me forget about it. The leftovers made a delicious lunch today.

    • rpepper on March 20, 2016

      This is absolutely delicious.

  • Pistachio and yoghurt chicken curry (Pista nu murghi)

    • Frogcake on October 27, 2016

      We loved this curry and combination of spices. I may have added more ginger than directed as it had a lovely tang (not bland as someone else experienced). I used pork tenderloin in place of chicken and green tomatoes from my garden. We will have this one again!

    • lilham on March 15, 2015

      Lovely korma. Not spicy so it's good for young children.

    • Pigeoncottagekitchen on March 20, 2015

      I thought this was a little bland. The are nicer chicken curries in this book - Mum's is my favourite.

    • babyfork on March 18, 2016

      Made this on St Patrick's Day. Well, the pistachios are green, I guess! Anyway, we all thought this was a keeper. Sammy really liked the chicken, although she didn't eat all of the onions in the sauce, but that's just her. I did take the time to get them nice and deeply caramelized. As the other reviewers mentioned, it's not spicy, but I don't think it was bland. This is a good curry for kids or the unadventurous eater, but that doesn't mean it's boring. Paired with coconut rice. Will make again.

  • Garlic chicken chaat (Lasan anna murghi nu chaat)

    • TrishaCP on May 31, 2016

      Possibly my new favorite recipe from this book (and there are plenty to choose from). The salad portion really makes this dish. It is perfectly balanced (I decreased the salt), and tastes so good with the garlicky chicken (I used boneless, skinless, thighs). Will be repeated frequently this summer.

    • clcorbi on July 18, 2017

      Another amazing recipe from this book. Can't believe I hadn't tried it yet! We used a mix of drumsticks and chicken thighs. Next time I'd go ahead and use boneless skinless ones, because with this cooking method the skin isn't going to get crispy anyway. I will note our chicken threw off a lot more liquid than shown in the cookbook picture--after all, there is oil, butter, and chicken juices brewing in the covered pan. I might want to do a quick, uncovered sear on the chicken before serving to help this issue next time. We didn't have papadums so I just served crackers on the side, and while inauthentic, it was nice to have a crunchy bite. The salad part of this recipe is phenomenal. The chaat masala works perfectly here. I would consider making the salad on its own, or upping the dressing a bit and mixing in leftover shredded chicken. That'd make an amazing leftovers lunch. This will be repeated!

  • Roasted tamarind chicken with honey and red chilli (Ambli anna mudh wari murghi)

    • clcorbi on March 29, 2017

      Wow, we REALLY loved this recipe. The sweet/sour/spicy flavor is reminiscent of a really delicious barbecue sauce. We used boneless skinless chicken thighs, and followed the recipe as directed, except we put the thighs under the broiler for the last few minutes so that they'd get more caramelized. To serve, we shredded the thighs, spooned the extra pan juices over them, and served them in tacos with some spiced cabbage (also from this book) on top. It's a little tacky to make Indian tacos, but seriously, the result was to die for. I would not hesitate to do that again. This recipe will be repeated.

    • TrishaCP on June 13, 2016

      This is delicious and so simple to pull together. I ended up using chipotle as the chile powder, which with the honey and tamarind gave it a much more Mexican than Indian-flavor profile. I think that shows just how versatile this recipe can be. I had joints with thigh and leg combined, so had to add about another 20 minutes of cook time for the chicken to cook through.

    • FJT on April 12, 2017

      Easy to make and very tasty. It disappeared very quickly! I served it, as recommended, with the mint and yoghurt chutney recipe from the same book.

    • Zosia on October 23, 2016

      Family loved this! And I loved that it was so easy yet so flavourful. The chili powder here is a blend that has a Tex-Mex flavour and no heat so I used hot Hungarian paprika. Delicious!

  • Coriander chutney chicken (Lilli chatni anna murghi kari)

    • L.Nightshade on May 05, 2016

      My deviations: As is the MO in the Nightshade house, I used a combination of chiles, jalapeño, Serrano, and Anaheim, in both the chutney and the chicken (with a bit of red chile added as garnish). I used coconut oil, as I don’t keep canola. (Onions cooking in coconut oil emit a mesmerizing aroma.) I forgot to hold out some of the chutney (I only made enough to go in the dish, with the cilantro we had on hand), but the finished dish was still quite bright and fresh looking. Mr. Nightshade had his over rice, I had mine in a bowl, and we were both quite happy. http://www.chowhound.com/post/2016-cotm-india-meat-fish-1035678?commentId=9846398

    • clcorbi on July 26, 2017

      This is a favorite curry for us. I don't bother frying onions as a garnish at the end; if anything, I'd use some crispy packaged onions, but I don't find it necessary. Both times I made this, I used storebought coriander chutney from the Indian market near me, and it turned out great. I have also made the coriander chutney from this book, and it's delicious, so I'm sure this curry would only be improved with the homemade chutney.

  • Mum's chicken curry

    • patioweather on October 30, 2017

      Everyone enjoyed this dish, and as the chef I was pleased with how simple it was. Simple enough to be a weeknight dish and it felt fresh and healthy. I used chicken thighs that had the bone and skin, but in the future I would use boneless because everyone seemed to remove their skins.

    • Frogcake on November 17, 2016

      Delicious. I used veal in place of chicken. So easy and so tasty. Will make this again.

    • raybun on September 28, 2016

      Great curry recipe! I made it over the weekend when I had more time and reheated it during the week for a delicious,quick meal. I used boneless thighs which I'll cut into smaller pieces next time so the meat can absorb more of the amazing flavours. As others have mentioned it is mild, my 8yr old devoured it and asked for more. I've ordered the book and am looking forward to more delicious meals.

    • Astrid5555 on July 05, 2016

      I can only repeat what everyone else already mentioned, this curry is exceptional! The kids even wanted an additional bowl of rice just with sauce, which is the true star of this recipe. Used boneless, skinless chicken thighs which made it a real weeknight friendly recipe.

    • chawkins on July 27, 2016

      I will join the chorus to sing the praise for this curry. Simple and yet have complex flavor. The only thing I'll do different is to break the chicken leg quarters into thighs and legs, so the curry flavor can penetrate into the pieces more or cook it in the instant pot.

    • stockholm28 on March 20, 2016

      This was delicious and I really liked that it used whole chicken thighs as that saved prep time. She calls for 800g of boneless, skinless thighs and I only used about 600g. I thought that amount was fine. This is a good weeknight dish.

    • FJT on April 06, 2016

      Fantastic flavour for very little effort. I second blintz's comment about making the sauce in advance and just adding the chicken 30 minutes before you want to serve the meal - makes it a really easy weeknight dinner. Next time I will go for a hotter chilli as I like my curries with a bit more heat to them but otherwise it's a really nice curry and I will definitely make it again.

    • nadiam1000 on June 09, 2016

      Made this a couple of times to great success. Flavors are well balanced with some heat, but not too spicy. I used boneless chicken thighs; second time I cut into pieces. delicious with basmati rice

    • Melanie on November 10, 2016

      Joining the chorus of praise for this curry. I used quartered chicken thighs and skipped the ground almonds. Served with rice, cucumber / yoghurt raita and steamed veg.

    • westminstr on May 04, 2016

      Like everyone else, I really liked this. I used boneless skinless thighs cut into pieces. I made most of the sauce ahead of time and added the chicken on the night of. However, I found that the curry improved with an overnight rest, so in future I would make it entirely in advance and just reheat for a quick weeknight dinner. I don't usually like leftover chicken thighs but these were great. Both kids refused to touch it. However with the leftovers E tried and liked it.

    • TrishaCP on April 19, 2016

      Just as wonderful as everyone says. The sauce is very flavorful and rich-tasting. I agree this is by far the best chicken curry that I have ever made.

    • lilham on August 25, 2015

      Agree with others that this is one of the best curries I've ever eaten. This is in my regular rotation and I've made it again and again.

    • Breadcrumbs on June 14, 2015

      p. 100 - Exceptional. I agree with the prior reviewer, simply the best chicken curry I’ve ever made and definitely one of the best we’ve eaten. This truly is a remarkable dish. Creamy without the richness of butter chicken, you don’t want one drop of this sauce to go to waste…and it didn’t. What wasn’t atop our chicken was scooped up with naan. Photo here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016061?commentId=9600106#9600106

    • blintz on April 04, 2016

      Everyone here was exactly right. This is a wonderful curry. Everyone came back for thirds! I made it with boneless , skinless thighs and I cut them into bite-size pieces before cooking. Not a hard recipe to make, but lots of complex flavors. Next time I'll try for a bit more heat. I used two fat jalapenos but I seeded them, and that was probably a mistake. Served with store bought naan and a quick cucumber raita. Also, you could make the sauce in the afternoon or the night before and then add the chicken 1/2 hour before dinner is served. That way it would be a very easy weeknight meal.

    • KarinaFrancis on March 20, 2017

      Oh yes, this was as good as they say, absolutely delicious! Nowhere near as hard as I thought a curry would be. My sauce wasn't as vibrant as the photo but I might have added a little too much yoghurt.

    • Rutabaga on December 11, 2017

      OK, I finally made this curry, and like the others, I agree that it is very good, especially considering it seems so "basic" on the surface. For my dish, I used chicken drumsticks and a couple of boneless, skinless chicken thighs. My husband prefers boneless meat, but I think the bones really help with the flavor here, so if I have time I would like to try it with chicken legs in the future, then remove the meat from the bones before serving it. But even boneless, skinless thighs would still doubtlessly be delicious.

    • Rinshin on February 24, 2017

      Like other reviewers, I thought this was wonderful tasting curry without having all kinds of herbs/spices that often defeats my attempt in making some of the Indian based recipes. The author uses spices often found in well-equipped American kitchen ie cumin powder, whole cumin, turmeric, cinnamon sticks, and garam masala. I'm still not sure what tomato passata is so used what I had on hand which was equal amount of tomato pesto (basically very concentrated tomato sauce) and 2 cut up fresh tomatoes. I also added 4 handful of fresh spinach leaves at the end and cooked for 3-4 min. I did cook the sauce much longer than the recipe - about 2 1/2 hours (very low simmer) with cover on and found it perfectly cooked. Although I used skinless/boneless chicken thighs I think this would also be good using paneer or tofu pieces.

    • hsteel on March 08, 2017

      This was a wonderful curry. Subtle, which is what I like. I used bone in chicken thighs, which meant I had to skim the fat off. Then I shredded the meat. I also left out the almonds (lazy!). Definitely will make this again.

    • Pigeoncottagekitchen on March 20, 2015

      Quite simply one of the nicest chicken curries I have ever made and eaten. A firm favourite.

    • Barb_N on June 15, 2016

      Another note in the chorus of praises- very complex tasting sauce without hundreds of spices. I used bone in thighs but I felt the sauce needed extra cooking time to break down the onions anyway.

    • pistachiopeas on October 20, 2016

      M made this for dinner using left boneless skinless thighs that he left whole. Very tasty and warming. Notes for next time: cut chicken into pieces, add more chile, and don't worry if you don't have ground almonds because they don't seem to add much.

  • Ugandan quail poacher's stew

    • Frogcake on February 22, 2017

      Quite a delicious, unique curry. I used cubed chicken breast (boneless, skinless) in place of quail, and cooked, roughly chopped chick peas from my freezer in place of tinned chick peas. Another curry from this book that comes together very quickly! Would make this again. I served this with scented cinnamon rice as the author suggested.

  • A simple goat and potato curry (Bakra nu kari)

  • Slow-cooked lamb and spinach curry (Gosht anna palak nu shaak)

    • leahorowitz on June 12, 2016

      Delicious, and easy to prepare. Definitely worth preparing the day before as the author suggests.

  • Lamb kebabs with cumin and coriander (Boti kebab)

    • clcorbi on November 18, 2016

      These kebabs are delicious! I used "lamb stew meat" which I feared would be too tough, so I brined the meat overnight. We then proceeded to marinate the kebabs for 3-4 hours before cooking. Served with garlic raita, naan, and a salad, this was a very satisfying dinner. Raita is a must with these.

  • Spicy lamb burgers

    • clcorbi on June 13, 2017

      Phenomenal. With the tomato chutney, red onions, and a slather of mayo, we were in heaven. I might decrease the amount of chopped onion in the burger next time, but otherwise, these are perfection. Will be repeated.

    • raybun on October 23, 2016

      These were excellent, I used half a jalapeño for the green chilli so the child would enjoy it too. I made the suggested spicy tomato chutney and masala chips/fries. I usually make Jamie Oliver's Moroccan lamb burgers but these are my new favourites. Best meal I've had in a long time!

    • raybun on June 26, 2017

      I made these again yesterday and had almost forgotten how wonderful they are! Accompanied with the sweet and sour tomato chutney and masala fries. A definite 5 star recipe

    • FJT on October 29, 2016

      Very tasty! I used a pound of lamb rather than 14 oz and split the mix into 8 burgers rather than 4. Served with the tomato chutney. Will definitely make again.

    • FJT on September 09, 2017

      This recipe also works well with ground beef.

    • TrishaCP on May 17, 2016

      These were just great. I used a whole serrano chile with seeds and that was spicy but not too much. The chile reduces any gaminess from the lamb. Would like to try this with bison meat for a lighter option.

    • stef on April 06, 2017

      So good. Will make it often. No green chilli so used red but everything else as written.

    • cedarmakesthings on February 17, 2016

      These burgers were amazing, maybe the best I have made. I served them with the tomato chutney suggested, as well as the masala fries and date and tamarind chutney. Both chutneys slathered on made this quite the treat. I am excited to make these for guests.

    • Rutabaga on August 15, 2017

      These are good, although I substituted ground turkey and used less pepper (to accommodate my six-year-old), so they weren't as rich or spicy as they would normally be.

    • joneshayley on May 03, 2015

      Very nice - my family loved these especially with the chutney as suggested

  • Maharani's favourite slow-roasted lamb shoulder

    • Melanie on April 04, 2016

      Great flavour, despite having minimal marinating time - looking forward to repeating and increasing the wait. I used about 250 ml water and skipped serving the sauce. The meat was tender and falling apart. Served with the suggested cauliflower and naan dishes, and a yoghurt / grated cucumber dish, which worked really well.

  • Coconut fish curry (Fish moilee)

    • FJT on February 02, 2017

      I can see this becoming a regular dinner in this household. Absolutely delicious and it's good for an evening when you're not sure exactly when you're serving dinner; I made the sauce a few hours in advance and then just heated it up and cooked the fish in it quickly when we were ready for dinner.

    • TrishaCP on February 20, 2017

      We thought this was good, although our jalapeño was too mild (even using the seeds) and I could have used more heat. (I used gochugaru for the chile powder.) I liked the acidity from the tomato and lime cutting through the richness of the coconut milk. We did have curry leaves (picked from our plant, so they were quite young and mild) and they did add a certain something to this dish, as they usually do. I would recommend including them if you can get them.

    • joneshayley on May 03, 2015

      Beautiful fresh and light flavours. I'll make this again and again

    • KarinaFrancis on February 13, 2017

      This was nice but didn't blow me away. Maybe the curry leaves aren't optional? I used 2 green chillies in the paste but ended up adding a small, hot red chilli as well. I'll try it again because it's a simple weeknight dish, but only when I can get the curry leaves.

    • stef on January 19, 2017

      This was absolutely delicious even though I couldn't follow recipe. Instead of tomatoes, I used half small tomato paste, curry powder instead of curry leaves but otherwise followed recipe

    • janeh9 on August 13, 2016

      Have made this twice with cod - excellent! Leftovers ( I doubled the recipe) froze well - nice treat to pull from the freezer!

    • Lepa on October 12, 2016

      The whole family loved this. I put less chili in because of the kids but it was still fantastic.

    • raybun on October 16, 2016

      I saw Lepa's note on this dish last week and it jumped onto my to make soon list. The family loved it, onion hating daughter included. I'm so glad I found the fresh curry leaves, made all the difference. I used 300 mls of coconut milk instead of 200 as that was the size of my can and half a jalapeño for the green chili otherwise stuck to the recipe using haddock. 5*

    • clcorbi on July 28, 2017

      We made this with cod and served with both rice and naan, and it made a lovely weeknight meal. I found the sauce to be a bit onion-heavy, but to be fair I'm positive our onions were larger than what you'd find in the UK. Next time I might decrease to one onion or at least let them caramelize and cook down a bit longer. I also left the lid off once the fish was added, since the curry was seeming a bit watery to me. I think the extra time to reduce down helped the sauce a bit. This is a mild curry but we didn't feel the need to add any extra chili, although you might want to if you like your curries on the spicy side.

  • 20-minute fish curry (Pesi pesi maachi)

    • Astrid5555 on August 23, 2016

      Quick as promised, again with a delicious sauce. Had some issues with my cherry tomatoes getting to a sauce-like consistency, solved by pressing down on them with a spoon. Served with basmati rice.

  • Fish in a coriander, coconut and mint parcel (Patra ni macchi)

    • TrishaCP on June 05, 2016

      The flavor of this was outstanding. I didn't really get the point of the parchment paper wrap other than to replace the flavor-providing banana leaf traditionally used. If the fish was supposed to steam a la "en papillote"- it didn't really do so. But this is so delicious- who cares!?!

    • patioweather on October 30, 2017

      I had to cook the cod a bit longer than the recipe instructed because some pieces were quite thick. This was lovely and everyone enjoyed it. It didn't look like the photo though because the fish released a lot of steam while cooking, making the coating more watery.

  • King prawns with garlic and mustard seeds (Lasan anna rai wara chingri)

    • TrishaCP on May 30, 2016

      This was very good. I greatly reduced the salt (less than half), and it was plenty. The mustard seeds are very nice with the shrimp.

    • L.Nightshade on May 16, 2016

      Dipping a toe into the water again, with success this time! My deviations from the recipe: ghee instead of butter; no chile peppers so I used a bit of red bell pepper for color and a toss of chile flakes. To begin, I cooked the mustard seeds for the 20 seconds mentioned and tasted them. They were already burnt and quite bitter. (I thought I had discovered the reason my salmon spinach curry was bitter, but alas, no mustard seeds were used in that one.) I started over with fresh ghee and fresh mustard seeds, and only went about 10 seconds. This dish really does come together in a flash. In fact it was ready before I had set the table or brought out the side dishes. I had to hustle to serve dinner in a civilized fashion! We both enjoyed it, and Mr. NS even declared it a make-again dish. Quite a change from his request that I don’t cook anything more from this book! http://www.chowhound.com/post/2016-cotm-india-meat-fish-1035678?commentId=9850441

    • lilham on May 21, 2016

      Quick and delicious. I used sunflower oil instead of butter and cut the salt in half

  • Salmon and spinach curry

    • L.Nightshade on May 14, 2016

      Well. This was a disaster, and I have no idea why. Followed the recipe exactly except using coconut oil instead of canola, as usual, and used cherry tomatoes instead of regular. It was so bitter and unpleasant, I could not eat it. Mr. Nightshade did eat his, but only because he didn’t want to waste $28 worth of salmon. All my spices are fresh. My garam masala is the same mix I always make, and there is such a tiny amount of it called for. The tomatoes were sweet. The only culprit I can imagine is the spinach, which I didn’t taste before cooking. It was a pre-packaged bag of baby spinach which, historically, has been quite reliable. At the end of this dinner Mr NS asked “Do you have to make any more recipes from this book?” Turns out not only did he hate this dish like I did, but he hasn’t really been too keen on anything I’ve cooked from the book, was only trying to be polite. Ugh. http://www.chowhound.com/post/2016-cotm-india-meat-fish-1035678?commentId=9849865

    • lilham on April 14, 2016

      This is really good. I was alarmed by the large volume of spinach leaves added to the pan. But I trusted Ms Sodha and the spinach wilted down to the perfect amount. (Mr lilham said he'd like more spinach in fact). This will be a regular in my house.

    • TrishaCP on May 20, 2016

      This was great-not bitter at all, even though I slightly burned the onions. We used a beautiful big bag of spinach from the farmer's market, which ended up being only about half of the amount required, a 28 oz can of tomatoes (instead of fresh), and the optional green chile.

    • joneshayley on May 03, 2015

      Fast, easy and very nice. Very mild curry.

    • raybun on November 19, 2016

      Excellent recipe, we loved this. Even my daughter who doesn't like spinach or salmon very much! Great flavour combination and went well with the suggested jeera rice from the same book. 5*

  • Bombay eggs

    • meggan on October 11, 2017

      I skipped the spice grinding part because I only had the ground versions and this threw off the flavoring a little. In the future, I will grind!. Otherwise an easy weeknight meal and a good way to get rid of an excess of eggs.

  • Caramelized onion, coconut and egg curry (Inda nu shaak)

    • hirsheys on July 08, 2017

      This was interesting, but I don't know that I need to make it again. I'm never as much a fan of egg curries as I want to be. That said, I did like that the flavor combos were so new to me. It was all quite sweet. I agree with macfadden that the dish improves overnight.

    • macfadden on April 09, 2017

      Immediately after making it, I thought it was just okay, but the leftovers were great. I think this dish benefits a lot from a night in the fridge.

    • patioweather on October 30, 2017

      This curry was so sweet that it ended up being somewhat one-note. It's a must to pair it with a spicy pickle or chutney.

    • Frenchfoodie on April 15, 2017

      Not for me. A bit one dimensional and too sweet even without adding the sugar in the recipe.

  • Masala omelette (Masala amlet)

    • clcorbi on January 25, 2017

      Nothing earth-shattering here, but this does make a pretty tasty omelette! We halved the recipe for two people and each had half the omelette on a sandwich bun, with butter and sriracha. I'm normally not a ketchup fan, but I do think ketchup would be good here, as Sodha recommends in the headnote.

  • The perfect basmati rice

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      Honestly, I found these instructions to completely change my rice making game. I love the addition of ghee!

    • Zosia on October 23, 2016

      As others have noted, these instructions work well in producing an excellent pot of rice. I used half the recommended oil.

    • nadiam1000 on June 09, 2016

      easy to follow recipe with very good results - I used coconut oil

  • Caramelized onions and jeera rice (Dungree anna jiru waro bhat)

    • Rutabaga on October 05, 2015

      This is a good, basic basmati rice to serve with a variety of Indian dishes. I think that in the future I will follow my usual method for cooking the rice, however, which is to turn off the burner and let the pot sit for 10 minutes after the initial 10 minute cooking period, then remove it from the burner and let it sit a final ten minutes before opening the pot and serving. Sodha's method doesn't include the 10 minute wait on the burner once it has been turned off, and the rice, while nicely cooked, was a little wet.

    • Rutabaga on April 04, 2016

      I made this again, and this time it turned out perfectly. I let the onions get deeply brown, and left the rice on the burner for an additional ten minutes after the cooking time. Instead of a deep pot, I used a 12 inch sautee pan (I was doubling the recipe). In the end, the rice was perfectly cooked, and the onions had great, deep flavor.

  • Cinnamon and clove pilau with cashew nuts (Taj, loving anna kaju waru pilau)

    • Rutabaga on December 11, 2017

      This is a really lovely pilau, very gently spiced and buttery. Mine did turn out slightly mushy, but that was my fault for using too much broth. When the rice has already soaked, it's important not to use any more stock than called for, and I find it's sometimes good to err on the low side, but in this case I forgot to do that.

    • nadiam1000 on June 09, 2016

      subtle but fragrant with a nice crunch from the cashews. this is a delicious way to cook basmati rice. I wish I had doubled the recipe.

    • Frogcake on February 22, 2017

      We loved this scented rice, which I served with the Ugandan curry. As noted, the cashews add lovely texture to the pilau. I roasted the cashews until lightly browned, which I would do again to enhance the cashew flavour.

  • Steamed buttery rice with dill (Sua wara bhat)

    • Rutabaga on December 13, 2015

      I didn't add dill, so in a sense I didn't really make this dish, although I followed the recipe otherwise in order to try this technique. The rice was pleasantly buttery and light, although mine was a little wet. Probably, I had added a little too much water, although it dried out pretty well while sitting in the open pot on the table. I cooked it for ten minutes as directed, then turned the heat off completely and left it on the burner for the next ten, and finally moved it to the table where it sat with the lid still on for another 5-10 minutes.

  • Chana dal with golden garlic tarka (Lasan anna chana dal)

    • Rutabaga on September 19, 2016

      While I like this dal, I found the flavor to be a little dull on its own, but that may just be the natural earthiness of chana dal, something that others may love. As adewar noted, I had to cook it for longer than 40 minutes, probably around 50-60 minutes total. Next time, I would use two large onions, as I loved the sweetness of the caramelized onion, and I would let the garlic brown more in the tarka, as my tarka was a little milder than I'd anticipated. We enjoyed mixing it with Sodha's tomato fry recipe; the bright tomato, lightly spicy tomatoes were a good match for the mellow dal.

    • Lepa on February 11, 2017

      Like others, my dal took longer than the recipe specified- closer to 50-55 minutes. My family liked it and ate it without complaint but I didn't love it. The flavor was a bit bland and not nearly as good as the daily dal. We ate it with naan and the Gujarati potato curry but I think a tomato dish or greens would be a better accompaniment.

    • adewar on January 25, 2016

      Delicious dal. I cooked the dal for a bit longer than than 40 minutes specified, otherwise followed the recipe to the letter and it was perfectly spiced and delicious!

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      This is one of my favourite dal's. It's always a hit when I make it. I usually accompany it with greens cooked with her child-garlic-ginger mix.

  • Daily dal (Masoor dal)

    • Lepa on February 01, 2017

      My family liked this. I pureed it in and served it as a soup, with some lemon and yogurt as a garnish. Delicious!

    • hsteel on March 08, 2017

      A tasty and relatively easy dal recipe. Definitely will make again. I added some spinach that needed used up.

    • joneshayley on May 03, 2015

      Beautiful lightly spiced dhal- lovely with chappatis.

    • Delys77 on November 09, 2017

      This was a winner for us. As stated the recipe served 4 with a side salad. Very healthy and doable on a weeknight (about 50 minutes) as it is moderately hands off. The spicing was just right for us and the slow cooking of the onions is definitely key. My lentils took closer to 20 minutes and I did have to add a touch of water. Otherwise very good as written.

    • Yildiz100 on July 04, 2016

      Delicious! I only felt it was missing some acidity, so I added some lemon to my bowl. I also added a tiny bit of water because I prefer a thinner dal. Last change, I included one seeded green chili because I wanted to use some up. (Finely chopped, added during second half of onion sautéing. ) This makes a huge pot of dal so I may halve the recipe in the future. I will definitely repeat this!

    • westminstr on May 04, 2016

      I thought this dal was delicious. However, it took a little too long for a weeknight. Next time I would make entirely ahead and then reheat later. I was short on onion (could have used more) and ginger (reduced amount was fine) and used only 2 whole cloves. O refused to try it and E did not like it.

  • Black dal (Dal makhani)

    • TrishaCP on May 09, 2016

      This is a good solid dal recipe, but not as stellar as some of the other recipes I've tried so far in the book.

    • Rutabaga on October 21, 2015

      I'm so glad I tried this one. Even my husband, not usually a lentil fan, enjoyed it and had seconds. It's wonderfully creamy and comforting, although I admit I added a little extra cream myself. I made only half the recipe, and found it feeds four people quite generously. Fortunately, I read through the recipe the night before, which made me realize that I needed to start soaking the lentils that same night, then cook the lentils most of the way in the morning in order to have them ready for dinner that night after returning home from work. This schedule works well, though, as the lentils benefit from a long rest that allows the flavors to mingle.

    • Lepa on September 05, 2016

      I thought this was okay. I was happy to finish a bowl but do not feel inclined to make it again. I wanted more spice/flavor/complexity.

    • patioweather on October 26, 2017

      This was the most effort to lowest reward recipe in the book. If I make them again, I will use a pressure cooker.

  • Kidney bean curry (Junjaro)

    • ellencooks on October 30, 2017

      I made this with canned kidney beans and halved the recipe. Loved it!

    • Lepa on March 04, 2017

      This was delicious. It is one of my favorite recipes from this book so far. The cinnamon gives the dish an unexpected flavor that really makes it something special. We ate it with naan instead of rice (along with aloo gobi). It was especially delicious with some raita and mango chutney!

  • Worker's curry (Chana masala)

    • Rutabaga on January 10, 2017

      This is a good, basic vegetarian curry that would compliment any number of other Indian dishes. I used dried chickpeas, which, while tender, had a nice, firm bite. I could see dressing this dish up with a little sour lime or tamarind, but I served it alongside Sodha's 100 garlic-clove curry, and found those two dishes to be an excellent pairing.

    • lilham on May 07, 2016

      Really loved this. I used dried chickepas and halved the salt used.

    • Melanie on December 11, 2016

      Easy weeknight dinner - used tinned chickpeas and served with fluffy rice and yoghurt. Mild flavour but just interesting enough.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      I made this with canned chick peas. While it was good, it didn't blow me out of the water. I felt like something was missing. I added a bit of sugar and lime to try and add some depth.

  • Baked masala chips

    • raybun on October 23, 2016

      Excellent accompaniment to the spicy lamb burgers. Very flavourful, will definitely make again.

    • clcorbi on June 13, 2017

      These are a great accompaniment to the lamb burgers. Since Sodha says to cut these into "your preferred fry shape," I ended up cutting them quite thin, since that's what we like. I should have decreased the boiling time slightly to account for this. Mine also ended up taking longer than 25 min in the oven to get nice and crisp, but once again, I think that's my fault since I tried to fit them all on one large baking sheet. Next time I'll keep my nice thin fry size, but boil for 1 min less, dry them very thoroughly, and spread them out onto two baking sheets to roast. Otherwise, this is a delicious recipe and I loved the final toss in some spices. I used whole cumin seeds and crushed them a bit myself, which I prefer to pre-ground cumin, and I'd do it that way again.

    • Rutabaga on August 17, 2017

      These "fries" are pretty tasty. I used Madras curry powder, as it's not too spicy for young palates. I enjoyed them with tamarind date chutney, but my husband and son preferred the usual ketchup.

    • Zosia on November 16, 2016

      Everyone loved these so they'll be made again. I served them with the royal Bengal fish fingers.

  • Pan-fried potatoes with peanuts, black pepper and lemon juice (Ferrari)

    • macfadden on April 03, 2017

      These potatoes were well received, but I would recommend adding salt slowly and to taste rather than dumping in the amount she recommends. These things are a matter of taste, of course, but I thought it was way too much salt and had to try to scrape all the salt on the bottom of the pan to one corner and get it out of the pan. I cut the potatoes a bit smaller than it said so they would cook in a reasonable amount of time, but otherwise followed the recipe.

    • lilham on September 27, 2016

      This is sauté potatoes with an Indian twist. Mr Lilham and I thought they were the best we had. I served this with the middle eastern lentils from Diana Henry's Cook Simple. They worked very well together.

    • TrishaCP on September 19, 2017

      Not much else to add to the other reviews, but we loved these too. I served them with the Masala Chicken and kale, and I have to say, I didn't like the combination with the chicken (though I very much liked it with the kale). I thought the chicken and potatoes were too dry together. I like the idea of trying these with lentils like Lilham suggests.

    • clcorbi on December 04, 2016

      Made for our dinner party for two vegan friends. How can you go wrong with fried potatoes? These were delicious and looked very pretty with all their garnishes--I set the whole tray of them out on the table, and they were gone before dinner was over. A resounding hit and I would love to try these with Sodha's Masala Chicken, like she recommends.

    • raybun on November 13, 2016

      Excellent recipe, a perfect accompaniment to the whole roast masala chickens. The ground peanuts added another dimension.

  • Golden garlic raita (Lasan waru raita)

    • cedarmakesthings on February 17, 2016

      This is going to be my new go-to raita, it gives such a wonderful garlicy punch to your meal.

  • Spinach with black pepper, garlic and lemon

    • lilham on May 21, 2016

      Not a fan of this. I prefer a simple stir fried spinach with garlic and chilli, without the lemon juice.

    • Frogcake on February 04, 2017

      I served this coconut tamarind chicken curry. It was ok, nothing special. The spinach gives off a lot of water that dilutes the taste of the butter, garlic,lemon and pepper. Don't think I will make this one again.

  • Green beans with mustard seeds and ginger (Fansi nu saak)

    • raybun on November 13, 2016

      Great way to jazz up green beans. The ginger really gave them an edge but I couldn't really taste the mustard seeds. Served with the whole masala chicken with Ferrari potatoes.

    • lilham on May 07, 2016

      I used tenderstem broccoli instead of green beans. I served this as a side to the workers' curry in the same book. So easy and so good.

  • Kachumbar

    • adewar on January 25, 2016

      Simple to prepare and perfect for serving with any Indian curry dish, but particularly to brighten the plate and give something fresh and contrasting.

  • Jaipur slaw

    • adewar on January 31, 2016

      Very colourful, crunchy and packed with fresh flavours. A good accompaniment to chicken tikka or curries. I could not find mooli and used another kind of radish instead. I put everything into a ziplock bag and tossed it that way, because it is difficult to do in a bowl.

    • clcorbi on April 15, 2017

      Really fresh and delicious. This recipe makes a TON of slaw, but it does keep well for a few days, so no complaints.

    • lilham on May 21, 2016

      A light refreshing slaw with a good balance of sweet, sour and salt. I needed nearly double the amount of dressing than the recipe.

    • westminstr on June 07, 2016

      I made this slaw using a pack of slaw mix (cabbage carrots & beets I think). And that could have contributed to my not loving it. I also needed more dressing than was called for, but was out of limes so had to do without. I felt the balance was off but that could have been the result of my alterations.

  • Pomegranate and mint raita (Daram anna fodino raita)

    • ellencooks on October 30, 2017

      Made this without the amchur and enjoyed it.

    • e_ballad on August 27, 2017

      This was good, but could have used some more generous seasoning.

  • Roasted cauliflower with cumin, turmeric and lemon (Masala phool kobi)

    • Melanie on April 04, 2016

      Another winner from this book. Full of flavour and easy to prepare.

    • stef on February 23, 2017

      This is a very tasty recipe.

    • Lepa on November 22, 2017

      We thought this cauliflower recipe was exceptional. The cauliflower is parboiled for one minute and this renders a very tender cauliflower. I halved the chili so it wouldn't be too hot for the kids but otherwise followed the recipe. This will be added to our frequent rotation!

  • Chaat salad

    • Lepa on October 12, 2016

      Delicious! WE especially loved the chickpeas. I might try mango next time, as my husband hates pomegranate.

    • TrishaCP on May 17, 2016

      We absolutely loved this salad. I replaced the pomegranate seeds with half of a really ripe Ataulfo mango (for a half recipe), and that gave a nice sweet/tart hit to the salad. Will definitely be making this again-I think it would be good for a family dinner/potluck.

    • Tiganna on June 17, 2017

      I love, love, love this and so has everyone I've served it to. So easy and so aromatic, and pretty at the same time. It takes a while to chop everything, but well worth it. Some green asparagus fits in well, too.

  • Chapattis (Rotli)

    • Frogcake on February 04, 2017

      I made these using chapatti flour and served them with coconut tamarind chicken curry. They turned out really well! I appreciated the precise instructions. Once I got into the routine of making them, I was even able to squeeze in a sip of wine between chapattis! Would make these again.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      My first time making chapattis. The instructions were clear although I wish I had a stand mixer to make the whole process easier. I was also of maybe trying this with a tortilla press (not sure if that's blasphemous).

    • stef on April 01, 2017

      Although I have a stand mixer, I mixed it by hand. They were a success. Family loved them so here we go another thing to make.I served it with mums curry.

    • Foodycat on March 21, 2015

      Very successful - I made the dough in the stand mixer.

    • Rutabaga on April 29, 2016

      I made these with the mix of whole wheat and white flour that Sodha recommends if you don't have chapatti flour. I even included some whole wheat pastry flour, since I ran out of white. These came together very quickly - I didn't even use the mixer - and roll out easily. We ate them in a very un-Indian way, filled with sauteed chickpeas with roasted red peppers, smoked paprika, spinach, and goat cheese. Similar to tortillas, these are delicious hot off the pan. Leftovers definitely taste best when reheated.

  • Aunty Harsha's naan

    • Rutabaga on February 26, 2016

      This naan had a nice flavor, but it didn't puff up when cooking or have quite as much "chew" as I was hoping. Maybe kneading it a few extra minutes would do the trick, or letting it rise longer (our house was fairly cool, so even after two hours, the dough had barely doubled). It was still good, and a recipe I want to try again. It's very easy, and I like cooking the bread in a skillet, like tortillas (just be careful not to let it burn and scorch the pan).

    • hsteel on March 08, 2017

      I haven't made naan before, but this recipe worked amazing. The dough was easy to roll out, it puffed when cooking (follow the method in the book and it should happen!) and it tastes amazing!!!! Love it.

    • Melanie on April 04, 2016

      Amazing - even my partner asked how I managed to create this! I think that the arrival of this book means that we won't be having take away Indian again for a long time! I kneaded the dough by hand before leaving to proove near the oven - my kitchen was nice and warm due to slow roasting lamb cooking away. This worked perfectly in a dry pan and the naan were soft and puffed up. Easy enough to have two pans cooking at the same time. I added a light coating of garlic butter.

    • nadiam1000 on June 09, 2016

      very good and easy to follow recipe for Naan - not quite as puffy and moist and chewy as the recipe I used from Aarti Paarti but people were surprised that the bread was homemade - it looked perfect. I brushed the hot bread with melted butter and hubby would have liked some garlic - next time.

  • Coriander chutney (Lilli chatni)

    • Rutabaga on September 19, 2016

      This is an excellent cilantro chutney. I never would have expected peanuts as an ingredient here, but it really balances the cilantro without making it taste overly of peanuts. My husband loved the tang that the lemon juice provided.

    • clcorbi on November 18, 2016

      This chutney is delicious. Perfect accompaniment to her samosas. I would consider making it in my mortar and pestle next time as I had a really difficult time blending it.

    • koolMoD on October 16, 2017

      very simple yet very delicious meal. The cilantro chutney gives is grassy lemony flavour with some hear and I enjoyed the caramelized onions on top.

  • Date and tamarind chutney (Ambli kajur ni chatni)

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      Make sure you blend the dates first. I didn't need to add any water but I prefer it a bit thicker. Sometimes I add a squeeze of lemon or lime to give it a bit more depth.

    • adewar on January 31, 2016

      Extremely simple to make and tastes delicious

    • Rutabaga on August 17, 2017

      This is a great accompaniment to Soda's masala potatoes. It's also very quick to make. I would start with fewer dates next time, as I found it too sweet when made as written, and had to add a lot more tamarind to balance the flavors. Perhaps my dates were just exceptionally sweet.

    • cedarmakesthings on February 17, 2016

      This was a delicious chutney with a nice balance of sweet and tangy. I did need to add quite a bit of water to get it to puree into a nice sauce.

  • Sweet and hot tomato chutney (Tamatar nu chatni)

    • Rutabaga on August 17, 2017

      I made a less spicy version of this chutney. Perhaps because it didn't have the heat to balance the flavors, we found it a little too sweet. I would start with only half the sugar called for next time, then add more to taste if needed. The flavor was terrific otherwise.

    • Zosia on January 28, 2017

      Fabulous even made with Italian canned peeled tomatoes. I served it with the chicken samosas.

    • joneshayley on May 03, 2015

      Great flavours- but the tomato skins are better removed.

    • FJT on October 29, 2016

      YUM! Will definitely make this again and not just to accompany the spicy lamb burgers, however I will be removing the tomato skins next time.

    • raybun on October 23, 2016

      Fantastic flavour, we loved this but too hot for the 9yr old. Served with the spicy lamb burgers and masala fries from the same book.

    • clcorbi on June 13, 2017

      Yum! Loved this with the lamb burger and masala fries--we used it both as a spread on the burger and as a dip for the fries. It is fairly spicy--we used a jalapeno, which I seeded to be safe, and it still had a good amount of kick. I used quartered plum tomatoes and fished out their peels as they cooked down, to produce a smoother final texture. I imagine this would work great with canned tomatoes too. I have some left over that I'm eager to try on fried eggs. Delicious!

  • Mint and yoghurt chutney (Fodina anna dahi nu chatni)

    • clcorbi on February 06, 2017

      I cheated and made this with cilantro rather than mint, and thoroughly enjoyed it (although I will try it with mint in the future). My chili was extremely spicy, though, although luckily the spiciness mellowed the longer the chutney sat.

    • FJT on April 12, 2017

      Quick and easy to make and very tasty. Went well with the roasted tamarind chicken recipe from the same book, but would work with so many other things too.

    • clkandel on January 04, 2016

      Although the recipe says this can be eaten right away, the flavor improves and blends if made in advance.

    • TrishaCP on May 31, 2016

      Delicious, though my green chile (jalapeño) was hotter than anticipated, which took away some of the mint flavor.

  • Lime-pickled onions (Limbu wari dungree)

    • clcorbi on October 02, 2016

      So easy and versatile! We made these to go with a Moroccan chicken/chickpea braise and they were such a nice, refreshing addition. I could see these being very tasty on a lot of different things--will definitely make again.

    • adewar on January 31, 2016

      Very simple but the zingy pink onions are great on top of a curry to provide a flavour hit.

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      I make this all the time. I always have a jar of it in my fridge. It's also great using lemon. I put it on everything (even most recently on potato latkes/ an asian rice bow...the possibilities are endless!)

  • Coconut-milk fudge (Topra pak)

    • adewar on January 31, 2016

      My love affair with this book continues...these balls of fudge are amazingly easy to make and impressive to look at. They would look great on a contrasting colour plate and served with after dinner coffees.

  • Pistachio and saffron kulfi (Pista kesar kulfi)

    • vezzettj on April 17, 2016

      Works great in popsicle molds! Highly recommend a spice/coffee grinder for the ground pistachios.

  • The perfect masala chai

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      I made a rather large batch of the spice blend and store it with my tea. I halve the sugar for health reasons (also I don't think it needs it)

  • Chai masala spice mix (Chai nu masalo)

    • lilham on August 25, 2015

      I keep a jar of this ready in my cupboard. I don't follow the author's instruction on p260 to make the chai masala. Instead I put a tea bag in mug, brew, then add my milk, sugar and a 1/4 tsp of this spice mix.

  • Mum's garam masala

    • Tealismyname on March 08, 2016

      Really enjoy this spice blend. Have made a few others, but have always found this one to be my favourite

  • Indian fried rice (Junglee pilau)

    • clcorbi on March 15, 2017

      Absolutely delicious and a nice change of pace from our normal, Asian-inspired fried rices. This is a really great recipe to have on hand because most of the ingredients are pantry staples for us. We had some leftover takeout crab curry which I used as the base of the dish. The result was so bright and flavorful from the extra spices and squeeze of lemon, which really makes the dish. I imagine this fried rice treatment would still be delicious without any leftover curry, as well.

    • Rutabaga on September 24, 2015

      It's nice to try fried rice with a little bit of Indian flavor for a change. Like most basic fried rice recipes, this one is very versatile, and if you have leftover rice it's highly likely you already have all the other ingredients called for. Cooking the rice on moderately low heat with the lid on yielded very good results without any problematic sticking to the pan. Frozen peas are perfect here, as they will still be bright green when the dish is done.

  • Coconut and tamarind chicken curry (Nariyal anna ambli waru murghi)

    • TrishaCP on July 08, 2016

      This was just ok for me, though my husband liked it quite a bit. I just felt the flavors needed amplification- more garlic, ginger, chiles and tamarind. I would definitely play around with increasing those flavors were I to make this again.

    • FJT on March 30, 2016

      Very simple curry that comes together quickly. Lovely flavours - tastes like it took much longer to make than 30 minutes! This is my first recipe from this book and I'm definitely looking forward to making more.

    • clcorbi on April 15, 2017

      Oh, my goodness. I think I've found a new favorite curry from this book. This was so delicious! Unlike the below comments, I found the flavor to be perfect here, and I think it has something to do with the fact that my aromatics caramelized for a long time while I sliced up the chicken. So next time I'd let them do the same thing. I also simmered the whole curry mixture for a bit longer than 15 minutes, and cracked the lid for a while to reduce the sauce a bit. The leftovers had an even better, more developed flavor. The only thing I may like a bit more of next time is the tamarind paste. Otherwise, I'm really obsessed with how good this was, and I'll definitely make it again.

    • Mtetpon on October 21, 2017

      This was too bland for my family's taste. I have to agree with the other comments that an increase in ginger, chilies, tamarind might help it. Overall easy meal to make but was disappointed in flavor.

    • Frogcake on February 03, 2017

      Like TrishaCP I found this curry to be a bit bland. Some improvement with more sugar, turmeric and salt; I think it needs more garlic, ginger and tamarind. Might double the latter next time.

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  • ISBN 10 024114633X
  • ISBN 13 9780241146330
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  • Published Jul 03 2014
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Fig Tree

Publishers Text

The best Indian food is cooked (and eaten) at home. Real Indian food is fresh, simple and packed with flavour and in this book, Meera Sodha introduces Britain to the food she grew up eating here every day. Unlike the stuff you get at your local curry house, her food is fresh, vibrant and surprisingly quick and easy to make. In this collection, Meera serves up a feast of over 130 delicious recipes collected from three generations of her family: there's everything from hot chappatis to street food (chilli paneer and beetroot and feta samosas), fragrant curries (spinach and salmon or perfect cinnamon lamb curry), to colourful side dishes (pomegranate and mint raita, kachumbar salad), and mouth-watering puddings (mango, lime and passion fruit jelly and pistachio and saffron kulfi). Made in India will change the way you cook, eat, and think about Indian food, forever.

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