The Spice Tree: Indian Cooking Made Beautifully Simple by Nisha Katona

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    • Ingredients: mustard seeds; dried red chillies; kale; ground turmeric; chilli powder; English mustard; garlic
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  • Aloo ghobi
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    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; green chillies; potatoes; cauliflower; ground turmeric; chilli powder; coriander leaves
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    • Ingredients: mustard seeds; dried red chillies; bay leaves; red cabbage; turnips; ground turmeric; chilli powder
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    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; green beans; ground cumin; chilli powder; ground turmeric; pecans; honey
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    • Ingredients: green chillies; white onions; okra; ground turmeric; chilli powder; ground cumin
    • Accompaniments: Karhi (pronounced 'car-heee')
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    • Ingredients: mustard seeds; dried red chillies; potatoes; mooli; ground turmeric; chilli powder; English mustard; beetroot tops; lemons
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Notes about this book

  • debkellie on April 17, 2021

    Hyderabadi coconut & almond chicken - p.236 - followed as written, husband said "I just ate something hot".. maybe I should have taken out the whole dried red chilli before service ;-). That aside, a delightful creamy curry, and as written it presents a very mild heat.. next time I'll up the chilli powder or add another dried red chilli and chop them both along with the green chillies . Would make again, and it would be a nice intro to Indian for those who are new to spicy .. I'd imagine it would be a hit with kids.

  • debkellie on April 08, 2021

    Funeral aubergine & potato (p. 129). Interesting use of aubergine. I added asafoetida powder. Would make this one again.

  • debkellie on April 08, 2021

    Aunty Geeta's prawns (p. 193) - waste of good prawns. Will not make again.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Kale with mustard and garlic

    • wester on May 15, 2021

      I made this with Savoy cabbage, as that was what I had, and also because the headnote suggested it would work with other brassicas. And while it was pretty good, I think it definitely would have been better with kale.

  • White cabbage with cumin and tomato

    • wester on May 15, 2021

      The taste of this was good though unspectacular and the instructions were clear. However, the cooking time given was way too short. I think it should be doubled, at least. With 15 minutes extra there was still too much bite to the cabbage to qualify as "completely soft" or "silky".

    • Clog on June 01, 2023

      Definitely a spicy cabbage dish rather than a cabbage curry. A small but important distinction which I can't really put into words ??! We found it worked very well with sticky rice. I didn't have any trouble with the timing, although I suspect I had the stove on a higher temperature than suggested in the recipe.

  • Chicken with spinach and fenugreek

    • wester on June 30, 2021

      This was tasty and easy. I doubled the fenugreek and added some yoghurt.

  • Goan fish curry with tamarind

    • FJT on August 05, 2022

      My husband didn't like this, so won't make again. I thought it was ok, but very mild.

    • Clog on March 11, 2023

      The tamarind really made the taste of the sauce for us.

  • Aloo ghobi

    • Victoria_from_London on December 10, 2022

      Simple & good. Also great nearer room temp. Large skillet. Used ½ TSP chopped chillies instead of 1 whole, fine. Nearer 20 mins.

  • Braised red cabbage with mustard and bay

    • Clog on January 10, 2023

      Tasty and easy to put together. A bit boring on its own though. We needed a second dish as well as the rice to make a decent meal.

  • Spinach and asafoetida yellow split dahl

    • Clog on October 05, 2022

      Straightforward and tasty. Another winner for using up the glut of spinach and kale from the garden.

  • Gujrati kohlrabi

    • Clog on June 20, 2023

      Don't skimp on the seasoning at the end - we found out by accident it makes a big difference to the taste of the dish.

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  • ISBN 10 1785035479
  • ISBN 13 9781785035470
  • Published Jun 15 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Ebury

Publishers Text

With this cookbook, anyone can cook authentic Indian at home, easily. It just takes 4 steps and Nisha's Spice Tree, the unique infographic at the heart of this book.

The Spice Tree will show you what spices and ingredients always go together in the Indian kitchen—its foolproof, secret spice formulas—while Nisha’s recipes for generous, aromatic, flavoursome home cooking bring these ancient formulas to life. Everything you need to know to cook authentic Indian is found within these mouth-watering pages and explained beautifully and simply.


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