Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey

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    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: onions; garlic; fresh ginger; cumin seeds; coriander seeds; turmeric; ground cayenne pepper; green cardamom pods; whole cloves; minced lamb; mint; garam masala
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: fennel seeds; asafetida powder; lamb shoulder; cinnamon sticks; green cardamom pods; whole cloves; ground ginger; yogurt; garam masala
    • Accompaniments: Rice with yellow split peas (Khili hui khichri)
    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: black peppercorns; whole cloves; bay leaves; green cardamom pods; garlic; fresh ginger; lamb shoulder; ground cumin; ground coriander; ground cayenne pepper; yogurt; spinach; garam masala
    • Accompaniments: Fried aubergine slices (Tala hua baigan)
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: fennel seeds; yogurt; cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; stewing lamb; paprika; ground cayenne pepper; ground ginger; garam masala
    • Accompaniments: Frozen spinach with potatoes (Saag aloo)
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: onions; green chile peppers; garlic; lamb shoulder; tomatoes; ground cumin; ground coriander; turmeric; ground cayenne pepper; potatoes
    • Accompaniments: Gujerati-style green beans (Gujerati sem)
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    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: garlic; fresh ginger; slivered almonds; lamb shoulder; green cardamom pods; whole cloves; cinnamon sticks; ground coriander; ground cumin; ground cayenne pepper; single cream; garam masala
    • Accompaniments: Cauliflower with potatoes (Phool gobi aur aloo ki bhaji)
    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: lamb legs; blanched almonds; onions; garlic; fresh ginger; green chile peppers; yogurt; ground cumin; ground coriander; ground cayenne pepper; garam masala; whole cloves; green cardamom pods; cinnamon sticks; black peppercorns; sultanas
    • Accompaniments: Sweet yellow rice (Meetha pullao)
    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; dried red chiles; black peppercorns; cardamom seeds; cinnamon sticks; black mustard seeds; fenugreek seeds; pork shoulder; fresh ginger; garlic; ground coriander; turmeric
    • Accompaniments: Whole green lentils with garlic and onion
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: dried chickpeas; fresh ginger; garlic; pork chops; green cardamom pods; cinnamon sticks; bay leaves; cumin seeds; ground cumin; ground coriander; turmeric; tomatoes; potatoes; mushrooms; ground cayenne pepper
    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: red lentils; green chile peppers; ground cumin; turmeric; fresh ginger; chicken pieces; cumin seeds; ground cayenne pepper; garam masala
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    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: tomato purée; fresh ginger; single cream; garam masala; green chile peppers; ground cayenne pepper; coriander leaves; ground cumin; butter; chicken pieces; lemons; yogurt
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  • Cauliflower with fennel and mustard seeds (Baghari phool gobi)

    • wester on January 29, 2016

      Good everyday fare. Easy and tasty.

    • JLDuck on March 19, 2019

      I basically used strictly fried technique and added a little water. The result was a dry dish with the cauliflower just cooked.

  • Whole green lentils with spinach and ginger

    • wester on December 03, 2017

      Tweaked beyond recognition but still a sound basic idea. Maybe a bit more ginger. Halved the recipe, used Savoy cabbage instead of spinach, used Puy lentils and shortened the cooking time, added four cups of chicken stock and one cup of yogurt to make it more soupy. Would also be good to feed a crowd.

    • mcvl on May 02, 2023

      A classic. I used a mixture of spinach and fava leaves, yum.

  • Yoghurt with walnuts and fresh coriander (Akhrote ka raita)

    • wester on June 14, 2017

      A good but not that special raita.

  • Gujerati carrot salad (Gajar ka salad)

    • wester on October 31, 2016

      OK but nothing special. The mustard seeds do look good though.

    • LizCo on May 07, 2023

      I've been making this for years. It's incredibly quick to prepare and absolutely delicious.

  • Minced meat with peas (Kheema matar)

    • wester on March 24, 2015

      As I was serving this to children, I left out the chiles, cayenne and coriander leaves, and served hot sauce and coriander on the side, to add to taste. The children loved it ("Can we please have this tomorrow as well?"), and I really liked it too, but I thought the coriander and hot sauce were quite indispensible - without them it tasted too "solid". It was simple to make and inexpensive as well.

  • Kashmiri meatballs (Kashmiri koftas)

    • wester on September 03, 2013

      Very nice meatballs with "sweet" spices (cinnamon, cloves) as the most prominent flavor. Not too sharp. I made them with beef instead of lamb, and they were lovely. You do need a well-stocked spice cupboard for this. And you would need a very large pan to fry the full recipe in a single layer, but then she does suggest you could use two frying pans. Will definitely repeat.

  • Delicious cocktail koftas (Chhote kofte)

    • wester on December 25, 2013

      I'm not rating this as I didn't make the sauce, but the meatballs were good.

  • Potatoes with sesame seeds (Til ke aloo)

    • Avocet on April 18, 2014

      This is excellent and very easy. I don't cool the potatoes for more than a few minutes, and I don't bother with peeling them, so it is a quick side dish.

  • Aromatic yellow rice (Peelay chaaval)

    • happyeater on May 20, 2011

      The addition of the turmeric makes this rice so silky. The pot of rice is always gobbled up when I make this and it's not much more work than a pot of regular white rice.

  • Cabbage with peas (Bund gobi aur matar)

    • Thredbende on December 09, 2011

      This is really good, quick and surprising. The little bit of turmeric makes the cabbage color especially pretty. It is a warm and lovely frugal mid winter veg dish.

    • Clog on February 25, 2023

      The timings made for very crunchy cabbage. We prefer softer cabbage so I needed to add five minutes or so. Still, it's a lovely side dish.

  • Chicken mulligatawny soup

    • Thredbende on December 09, 2011

      This is a superb soup made with a red lentil dal as base, then a ginger garlic paste fried, and raw chicken breast sauteed into the hot spice paste. The cooked chicken is then combined with the dal, water is added and the mixture cooked a few minutes. The soup is fragrant, inexpensive, nutritious and freezes and thaws well as a lunch.

    • kmattingly on June 12, 2012

      It is also lovely served over plain basmati rice. I agree this is a superb soup.

    • anya_sf on February 10, 2020

      I wanted a heartier soup and used a large potato and 2 chicken breasts. Extra liquid was needed to puree the soup, probably due to the larger potato. Next time I won't bother pureeing, since I prefer a chunkier texture anyway. I stirred in some chopped cilantro at the end. We enjoyed the soup very much.

  • Lemony chicken with fresh coriander (Hare masale wali murghi)

    • kmattingly on June 12, 2012

      Delightful tangy combination of lemon, coriander and chilli

    • JLDuck on April 24, 2021

      This was one of the first recipes I tried from this book many years ago. I was a novice cook at the time so this recipe was a learning experience. I have not made it in decades so decided to revisit it. I found it rather dull inspite of the lemon and coriander. I have since cooked many chicken curries with excellent results. This one can return to history.

  • Vegetable pullau (Sabzi pullao)

    • kmattingly on June 12, 2012

      A great addition to any Indian meal or as a meal on it's own

  • Red split lentils with cumin seed (Masoor dal)

    • JLDuck on February 27, 2021

      A good basic dal.

  • Whole green lentils with garlic and onion

    • JLDuck on January 27, 2018

      I used canned lentils and it worked a treat. An excellent but basic dish when you forgot to make a Dahl.

  • Spicy baked chicken (Masaledar murghi)

    • JLDuck on June 28, 2018

      This very easy and a reasonable substitute for tandoor chicken. Tastes great.

  • Whole chicken, baked in aluminum foil (Murgh musallam)

    • JLDuck on July 15, 2018

      If using oven bag instead of foil do not skin as it makes the chicken a little dry.

  • Haddock baked in a yoghurt sauce (Dahi wali macchi)

    • JLDuck on November 04, 2016

      It helps if you lightly Fry the onion first. I used Almond oil.

  • Deep-fried, stuffed, savoury pastry (Samosa)

    • JLDuck on June 02, 2021

      I took the plunge and made samosas from scratch. I was amazed as to how easy it was. One of the keys is to not fill the pastry cones too much. Will definitely make them again. Recommend that you try.

  • Cod steaks in a spicy tomato sauce (Timatar wali macchi)

    • kitchen_chick on April 25, 2023

      If a recipe lists TWO onions, it should be listed as an ingredient. Okay, that aside, this is delicious and it's surprisingly simple in spite of all the ingredients (the list is longer in the cookbook). I didn't bake the fish -- I used a fillet instead of steak cut, and I opted to make it even simpler and have one less pan to clean by poaching large pieces directly in the sauce after it had simmered.

  • Lamb with spinach (Dilli ka saag gosht)

    • anya_sf on October 22, 2023

      Just delicious! Since the spinach is cooked for a long time, I wouldn't use baby spinach (I used bagged "regular" spinach) and the color ends up muddy green. 1/2 recipe just served 3 with rice and a side of chickpeas.

  • Yoghurt with cucumber and mint (Kheere ka raita)

    • ebalk02 on October 24, 2023

      This slaps. Would also be good with a little onion but totally perfect as written.

  • Beetroot with onions (Shorvedar chukander)

    • Clog on May 23, 2022

      This recipe is not in my copy.

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  • ISBN 10 0812027000
  • ISBN 13 9780812027006
  • Published Mar 01 1983
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 200
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Barron's Educational Series
  • Imprint Barron's Educational Series

Publishers Text


One of the world's foremost authorities on Indian cooking presents more than 100 authentic yet surprisingly simple recipes for the best-loved delicacies of India. There are helpful chapters on equipment, techniques, seasonings, and menu planning as well. Color photographs.

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