Tasting India by Christine Manfield

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    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Indian
    • Ingredients: whole cloves; green cardamom pods; bay leaves; ground cinnamon
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    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; brown mustard seeds; fennel seeds; fenugreek seeds; nigella seeds
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    • Categories: Fried doughs; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: vegetable oil; chickpea flour; garam masala; chilli powder; turmeric; garlic; fresh ginger; tea leaves
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    • Categories: Fried doughs; Pies, tarts & pastries; Snacks; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: wholemeal flour; ghee; curry leaves; nigella seeds; vegetable oil; urad dal; cumin seeds; turmeric; asafoetida powder; fresh ginger; peas; black peppercorns; green chillies
    • Accompaniments: Mint chutney
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    • Categories: Fried doughs; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Snacks; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red onions; coriander seeds; chickpea flour; vegetable oil; green chillies
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    • Categories: Soups; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: rice; moong dal; turmeric; ground cumin; chilli powder; ground coriander; fresh ginger; cauliflower; peas; potatoes; pearl onions; ghee; dried red chillies; bay leaves; red onions; whole cloves; green cardamom pods; ground cinnamon; green chillies
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Grills & BBQ; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: chicken thighs; fresh ginger; garlic; chickpea flour; tomato ketchup; ground cumin; ground star anise; kasoori methi; ground ginger; cream; mustard oil; dry-roasted cashew nuts; eggs
    • Accompaniments: Dal Sonargaon; Mint chutney
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    • Categories: Fried doughs; Small plates - tapas, meze; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: pumpkin flowers; vegetable oil; goat feta cheese; chives; black peppercorns; fresh ginger; garlic; chickpea flour; egg yolks; soda water; green chillies
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    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Small plates - tapas, meze; Side dish; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: eggplants; tomatoes; limes; coriander leaves; green chillies
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    • Categories: Stir-fries; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: Sichuan peppercorns; brown mustard seeds; dried red chillies; fresh ginger; garlic; ground cumin; curry powder; mushrooms; red capsicums; black peppercorns; tomatoes; pumpkin vine tips
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    • Categories: Stir-fries; Appetizers / starters; Lunch; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: drumstick vegetables; eggplants; potatoes; plantains; bitter gourds; white sweet potatoes; ghee; bay leaves; cumin seeds; ground coriander; fresh ginger; green chillies; mustard oil; bori
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    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: turmeric; prawns; bay leaves; fenugreek seeds; vegetable marrow; green chillies; coriander leaves
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    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: mustard oil; bay leaves; cumin seeds; onions; moong dal; fresh ginger; garlic; ghee; turmeric; chilli powder; garam masala; green chillies; yoghurt; white fish heads
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    • Categories: Stir-fries; Main course; Side dish; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: garlic; chilli powder; turmeric; spinach; white squash
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Curry; Soups; Main course; Burmese; Indian
    • Ingredients: turmeric; whole chicken; onions; garlic; fresh ginger; dried red chillies; vegetable oil; chickpea flour; whole coconuts; soy sauce; fish sauce; chilli oil; egg noodles; limes; green onions; chilli powder; hard-boiled eggs
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  • Fried tamarind fish (Tatul ilish bhaja)
    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: turmeric; chilli powder; mullet; dried red chillies; tamarind
    • Accompaniments: Paratha
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    • Categories: Sauces, general; Dressings & marinades; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: kingfish; green chillies; mustard oil; brown mustard seeds; whole coconuts; turmeric; chilli powder; limes
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  • Chicken dumplings (Momos)
    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Small plates - tapas, meze; Snacks; Indian; Tibetan
    • Ingredients: plain flour; minced chicken; fresh ginger; tomatoes; garlic; chilli powder; green onions; coriander leaves
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Indian; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; garlic; chilli powder; green onion tops; coriander seeds
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  • Braised lamb (Pathar jhol)
    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: kidney beans; lamb shoulder; onions; fresh ginger; garlic; chilli powder; turmeric; ground cumin; ground coriander; bay leaves; potatoes; curd; mustard oil; whole coconuts; ghee; cassia bark; whole cloves; green cardamom pods; dried red chillies
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: butter; fresh ginger; garlic; chilli powder; cream; urad black lentils; tomato purée
    • Accompaniments: Star anise chicken kebabs (Kebab Sonargaon)
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    • Categories: Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: cream; dry-roasted cashew nuts; blanched almonds; pistachio nuts; sultanas; whole chicken; ghee; fresh ginger; garlic; onions; ground cumin; ground coriander; chilli powder; ground cardamom; turmeric; saffron threads; hard-boiled eggs; screwpine essence
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    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: cumin seeds; brown mustard seeds; fennel seeds; fenugreek seeds; nigella seeds; dried red chillies; mustard oil; prawns; limes
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Spice / herb blends & rubs; Indian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: mustard oil; cumin seeds; brown mustard seeds; fennel seeds; fenugreek seeds; nigella seeds; tomatoes; fresh ginger; chilli powder; sultanas
    • Accompaniments: Masala dal fritters (Madhurwada)
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Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Andhra curry-leaf chicken

    • debkellie on July 02, 2013

      Really easy, really tasty, really quick!

  • Pumpkin curry

    • debkellie on June 16, 2015

      This was excellent: I subbed in packaged moist flaked coconut in place of fresh coconut flesh..certainly didn't detract from the dish.

  • Black pepper chicken fry

    • Melanie on May 31, 2014

      Great heat and flavour.

  • Masala eggs (Mutta kakkathil)

    • Melanie on May 31, 2014

      Flavours were nice but I wasn't a big enough fan of this to repeat.

  • Gujarati spicy dal

    • Melanie on May 31, 2014

      Really good flavours and fairly simple to make.

  • Sweet & sour tomatoes

    • kmattingly on November 21, 2012

      Extremely easy and one of the tastiest dishes in this book.

  • Egg curry with potatoes

    • Debkelliemember on February 18, 2014

      Having a glut of eggs, decided to try this one (despite bad memories of school meals and egg curry). A flavoursome sauce, with a nice texture from just softer than hard-boiled organic eggs from our free range girls. I dropped chillies back to 2 and it was still pretty fiery (personal learning curve with chillies). But way better than school meals recollections of "egg curry", but not sure it's a repeat recipe.

  • Marina's onion bhajias

    • Ganga108 on January 10, 2021

      This should be "Marina's Onion Bhajias". Very delicious!

  • Pumpkin flowers with cheese

    • Ganga108 on January 10, 2021

      Christine notes that zucchini flowers and nasturtium flowers can be used. Fresh mozzarella, feta, cottage cheese or ricotta can be used to stuff, and I imagine that freshly made paneer could also be used.

  • Fresh cheese with greens (Chaaman meeth)

    • Ganga108 on January 26, 2021

      Paneer can be bought at any Indian grocery and many modern supermarkets. No need to make your own unless you want to (and it is a very rewarding process). If you purchase paneer, it is a very quick recipe, taking about 30 minutes max prep and cooking time. Fresh fenugreek leaves (methi) can have a strong flavour - if you prefer a different green use mustard greens, spinach or indeed any green leafy vegetable. Or use a mixture of methi with other greens. Frozen methi can be purchased at Indian groceries.

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  • ISBN 10 184091601X
  • ISBN 13 9781840916010
  • Published Nov 07 2011
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 448
  • Language English
  • Edition UK ed
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Octopus Publishing Group
  • Imprint Conran Octopus Ltd

Publishers Text

Tasting India is a seminal text on Indian cookery and culture. Organised regionally, each chapter holds detailed secret pleasures and food rituals that entice the taste buds. Featuring over 250 recipes for traditional and contemporary home-style Indian dishes, and with everything from Bengali garam masala and dal-stuffed pastries to cabbage salad and spiced goat curry, you'll be spoilt for choice. India is a visual feast and a gastronomic paradise that seduces with its food and contagious hospitality and this book does exactly the same. Sumptuous background imagery brings the page to life and sets the context for the food, immersing the reader in a colourful and aromatic South Asian climate. There's also an exhaustive spice and ingredient and equipment dictionary to help locate and understand the rich blend of flavours that are involved in Indian cookery. The collection of recipes reflect the stories of countless mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sons, making Tasting India a purposeful and enjoyable read.

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