Gunpowder: Explosive Flavors from Modern India by Harneet Baweja and Devina Seth and Nirmal Save

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  • Organic tandoori chicken

    • greedyrosie on June 28, 2020

      This is my go-to tandoori chicken recipe. Very little effort.

  • Grilled eggplant with lamb keema and pine nut kachumber

    • VineTomato on December 22, 2018

      Delicious. The pine nut kachumber is so good!

  • Maa's Kashmiri lamb chops

    • joneshayley on August 15, 2021

      Very very good! Fragrant and flavourful but not overpowering. The lamb shines. The chutney is a perfect accompaniment

    • Kduncan on February 28, 2019

      The flavors are really good. Even though I had to substitute mint jelly for the mint chutney, as the stores around me were either out or did not have mint chutney, the dip came up really great. I undercooked my chops at about 1/2 way through the cooking time, but that is how I like them, hence that might be off.

  • Kale and corn cakes

    • mmg0305 on January 13, 2020

      Not sure how the mixture should ‘come together’ when it’s all dry ingredients. Added some egg to bind.

  • Malvani sukka chicken

    • mmg0305 on January 13, 2020

      Nice but needed a bit more kick. Skin the drumsticks and add some fresh chili next time.

  • Ginger chicken wings

    • Foodycat on October 26, 2019

      These are AMAZING. So crunchy, so much flavour, such juicy chicken. I used 200g of rice flour instead of 300g, and could even have used 100g and still had a thick, even coating on each wing. I didn't do the fried ginger garnish.

  • Malabar shrimp pulao

    • Kduncan on February 28, 2019

      This shirmp stock is really great. Overall it took longer to reduce the liquid then the recipe said, even with 1.5Xs the time ours ended up soupier then the picture (and we left it mostly uncovered). The recipe is mostly time consuming, but not hard, hence a good weekend meal.

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  • ISBN 10 1909487864
  • ISBN 13 9781909487864
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Jun 19 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 208
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Kyle Books

Publishers Text


The famous gunpowder spice mix is a heady blend of toasted black lentils ground with chiles, curry leaves, and asafetida. Complex, multilayered, and mysterious, it has the ability to transform whatever it touches. Gunpowder embodies the essence of Indian home-style cooking: making magic with spices. This collection of recipes aims to bring this magic into your own kitchen.

Complete with stunning on-location photography, Gunpowder captures the bustling energy and piquant flavors of the subcontinent. Ever since they immigrated to London from their native Kolkata, the authors have longed to re-create the tastes of their childhood. But they have also adapted their dishes based on modern influences. Here you will find truly authentic dishes such as Ma's Kashmiri Lamb Chops and Aloo Chaat, but also modern twists such as Chutney Cheese Sandwiches and Ghee Roasted Chicken. Throughout the book, the authors share personal anecdotes and give handy shortcuts for busy home cooks including time-saving tips and ingredient substitutions.

Gunpowder allows you to re-create cherished family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation as well as fresh new takes that are soon to become classics of Indian cooking.


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