The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon

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    • Categories: Rice dishes; Side dish; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: long grain rice; ghee
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Side dish; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: long grain rice; red lentils; onions; garam masala; ghee
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Side dish; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: garam masala; ghee; onions; long grain rice; carrots; green beans; potatoes; peas
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Side dish; Indian; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: whole cloves; cinnamon sticks; green cardamom pods; cumin seeds; turmeric; long grain rice; peas
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Side dish; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: ghee; long grain rice; saffron; green cardamom pods; cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; oranges; sultanas; sliced almonds; pistachio nuts
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Side dish; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: lemons; ghee; green cardamom pods; whole cloves; cinnamon sticks; long grain rice; saffron
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: ghee; prawns; long grain rice; fresh ginger; green cardamom pods; whole cloves; cinnamon sticks; garam masala; red chiles; cucumbers; coriander leaves
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: sliced almonds; whole chicken; green cardamom pods; sultanas; long grain rice; saffron; fresh ginger; garam masala; whole cloves; ground cardamom; rose water; peas
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Main course; Cooking for a crowd; Indian
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; rose water; lamb legs; lamb shanks; ground cardamom; sultanas; long grain rice; saffron; fresh ginger; garam masala; whole cloves; ghee; sliced almonds; peas; curry powder; red chiles; mint; coriander leaves
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: ghee; coriander seeds; cumin seeds; garam masala; whole cloves; long grain rice; fresh ginger; minced beef; peas
    • Categories: Rice dishes; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: long grain rice; sultanas; eggs; garam masala; ghee; green cardamom pods; sliced almonds; kewra essence; lamb legs; fresh ginger; cashew nuts; dried chiles; ground coriander; ground cumin; ground cinnamon; ground cardamom; ground cloves; saffron; yogurt; coriander leaves; rose water; tomatoes; cucumbers; green chiles
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: wholemeal flour
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: spinach; ghee; wholemeal flour; red lentils; ground cumin; garam masala
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: ghee; wholemeal flour
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: ghee; roti flour; cauliflower; fresh ginger; garam masala; chile powder
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian
    • Ingredients: ghee; yeast; yogurt; poppyseeds; cumin seeds
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: wholemeal flour
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: wholemeal flour; potatoes; lentils; curry leaves
    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Indian; Vegetarian; Vegan
    • Ingredients: all-purpose flour; potatoes
    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Indian
    • Ingredients: coriander seeds; cumin seeds; cardamom seeds; cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; nutmeg; black peppercorns
    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Indian
    • Ingredients: cinnamon sticks; cardamom seeds; whole cloves; mace; nutmeg
    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Indian
    • Ingredients: cardamom seeds; black cumin seeds; black peppercorns; cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; nutmeg
    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Indian
    • Ingredients: oil; ground coriander; ground cumin; turmeric; black mustard; chile powder; fresh ginger; garlic; black peppercorns
    • Categories: Spice / herb blends & rubs; Indian
    • Ingredients: vegetable oil; vinegar; fenugreek seeds; garlic; fresh ginger; mint; coriander leaves; turmeric; ground cloves; ground cardamom; sesame oil
    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Indian
    • Ingredients: lemons or limes; fish fillets; turmeric; fresh ginger; curry leaves; red chiles; green chiles; coconut milk

Notes about this book

  • okcook on February 18, 2012

    I am on my second copy of this fantastic book. The first one was used so much it fell apart. Not that is was poorly bound, just use. So many great recipes with ingredients that are easily found nowadays. Can't recommend this book highly enough.

  • PrincessK on August 05, 2010

    Per Chowhound: Kikkoman is saltier than Korean Soy Sauce so it is a good idea to start with a little less than called for in a recipe, then taste test.Kikkoman can also be modified to use as a general base for soy sauce based dipping sauces by adding the sugar and honey as per above.Sempio is a good brand and they make both the soup soy sauce and the dark soy sauce.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Chicken in coconut milk (Opor ayam)

    • Tommelise on September 21, 2010

      My favorite recipe from Charmaine Solomons books. I have had the book for about 20 years and used it a lot. Kemeri nuts are not available here in Denmark - I always use almonds instead.

  • Spiced grilled chicken (Singgang ayam)

    • Jane on August 20, 2010

      This was an interesting recipe as the chicken is first cooked in an aromatic coconut gravy then finished on the grill. I don't think I had ever grilled chicken that way before. It worked well as the chicken was very moist and flavorful but got that grilled chicken exterior.

    • stepharama1 on March 03, 2022

      The chicken browned up nicely under the broiler and tasted fantastic - even without the curry leaves.

  • Chilli-fried cauliflower (Sambal goreng kembang)

    • Jane on August 20, 2010

      I'm always looking for interesting ways to cook cauliflower and I loved this one. The sauteed onions, garlic and red chiles give great flavour to what can be a bland vegetable. I didn't have any red chiles so used chile powder which seemed to work fine.

  • Fried noodles, Singapore style

    • Jane on September 15, 2010

      I'm a bit hesitant to add my note, since I played fast and loose with the recipe. But it was a great basic recipe for using up leftover meats and veg in the fridge. It has joined my quick everynight dinner repertoire.

  • Chicken curry with gravy (Kyetha hin)

    • Jane on August 20, 2010

      A good, quick and easy curry. Good flavor without being at all spicy (I missed out the optional chile powder). There was a lot of sauce. I think the way of cutting chicken pieces through the bones for curries adds a lot of flavor to the sauce (though I had to put up with the 17 yo son complaining about the bones).

  • Green curry of chicken (Kaeng khieu wan kai)

    • Jane on August 20, 2010

      This was a really quick and easy recipe, especially as I cheated and used pre-prepared green curry paste. Though according to a blog post I read, Kasma Loha-unchit, author of 'It Rains Fishes', says it is perfectly acceptable to use curry pastes. The curry had great flavor. There was a lot of sauce which was quite liquid so it definitely needed rice.

  • Akyaw

    • PrincessK on August 05, 2010

      Basically, this is a vegetable stir-fry with a list of 18 potential veggie ingredients from which to choose.

  • Steamed chicken with tomatoes (Ga hap ca)

    • PrincessK on August 05, 2010

      The only caveat I would give is that when the dish is almost finished it should be given a good stir and then put back to steam for 5 minutes. The chicken clumped together and a couple pieces in the middle of clumps didn't cook even though everything else was definitely done.

  • Simmered pork (Umba)

    • PrincessK on August 05, 2010

      Per chowhound: takes about 2 hours stovetop. Might be good in a slow-cooker.

  • Chicken with walnuts and broccoli (Sai lan far gai pin to yan)

    • wester on June 24, 2015

      A simple but good stir-fry. The broccoli, chicken and walnuts complement each other very well. I used quite a bit more broccoli than the recipe requires and liked it that way.

  • Tea eggs or marbled eggs

    • wester on January 02, 2015

      I prefer recipes for tea eggs that use soy sauce instead of salt. They look and taste better.

  • Chicken curry with toasted coconut (Kari ayam kelapa)

    • wester on September 07, 2015

      Very tasty. Served with green beans, a very good combination.

  • Chicken grilled on skewers (Saté ayam)

    • wester on August 15, 2017

      Basic but very good. Also works as a stir-fry. I'm not too happy about the recommendation to use the marinade of raw chicken in the sauce, but when taking care to heat it enough the coconut is a nice change from the usual peanut sauce.

  • Meat and coconut patties (Rempah-rempah)

    • wester on November 11, 2015

      Very dry. Won't make these again.

  • Eggs in coconut milk gravy (Mootay molee)

    • wester on January 21, 2015

      Good and easy. I didn't use the chiles, just some pepper flakes.

  • Rice with vegetables (Sabzi pilau)

    • Eurydice on December 18, 2013

      This would be good with a simple curry with lots of sauce - eg dhal

  • Steamed fish with young ginger (Pa khing)

    • Eurydice on August 20, 2012

      My new favourite steamed fish recipe. Easy too!

  • Chicken adobo in coconut sauce (Adobong manok)

    • milgwimper on January 20, 2012

      We liked this recipe. The first time I tried it I goofed it up, but it was still tasty.

  • Squid fried with chillies (Sambal cumi-cumi pedis)

    • milgwimper on January 20, 2012

      My friends and I loved this recipe.

  • Eggplant petjal (Pecal terung)

    • okcook on December 18, 2015

      This is fantastic. Instead of boiling the eggplant cubes I microwaved them for three minutes on full power. Then one just makes the sauce to pour over the top.

  • Saffron and lemon sweet pilau (Kesar pilau)

    • okcook on February 18, 2012

      This is a wonderful aromatic rice dish, made many times.

  • Chicken Everest

    • okcook on February 18, 2012

      This is my go to chicken recipe for friends who haven't had good curries. It isn't too spicy but full of flavours. It is very impressive at the table and I usually make double the spice paste and put the other half in the freezer for another chicken with very little prep. to do.

  • Lamb in spices and yoghurt (Roghan josh)

    • okcook on February 18, 2012

      It was good but a ton or work to make.

  • Peas with fresh cheese (Mattar panir)

    • okcook on February 18, 2012

      Be sure to make your own panir.

  • Curried mushrooms, potatoes and peas (Taazi khumben alu mattar kari)

    • okcook on February 18, 2012

      seemed to take longer to cook and an extra 1/2 cup or so of water.

    • dalees on July 03, 2013

      Will need more water that stated. A fabulous recipe that I have made many times

  • Spicy fried okra (Bhendi bhaji)

    • okcook on November 21, 2012

      This is one of the best okra dishes I've tasted. Fried to a nice brown colour brings out the spice flavours.

  • Spinach with yoghurt and spices (Palak raita)

    • okcook on February 20, 2015

      We usually make cucumber raita but this spinach raita is wonderful. The fenegek seeds add a nice crunch and the other spices add a depth of flavour.

  • Spiced braised liver (Semur ati)

    • blisstone on September 01, 2013

      Spiced Braised Liver: Semur Ati This one is a winner! I have made this recipe numerous times. I cut up a beef liver instead of using chicken or calf. Most people who try it (who like liver of course) consider it far more interesting than the classic liver and onion (which I also like very much). It's easy, fast and does not require tweaking for me. A really good midday lunch type food.

  • Shredded cabbage (Gova mallung)

    • mhaygood on February 04, 2012

      Excellent way to use up cabbage. Very easy

    • jdub1371 on July 11, 2016

      Delicious and so easy! I didn't have any dried Maldive fish or a reasonable substitute, so I did without. Used two largish deseeded serranos from my stash in the freezer and it was flavorful but not at all spicy hot. Dessicated coconut worked fine. I worried that the onions wouldn't cook through before the cabbage was done, but not only did they cook through, they melted right into the cabbage and practically disappeared.

  • Lamb curry (Mutton kari)

    • chrisguzzi on June 23, 2015

      This is my 'Go To' recipe for lamb curry. It is always great and I like to use the full amounts of ingredients but with less lamb so that we have plenty of gravy.

  • Spiced lamb with saffron and almonds (Badami gosht)

    • debkellie on June 19, 2014

      Ms Solomon suggested this as a good intro to "spicy food" for kids, as it has no heat...I used my *best* saffron, and that really shone through. It is spicy, but mild is too light an epithet! It responded well to mango chutney as a sambal: it does need some sweet accompaniment to give it a highlight. Would give it another go.

  • Punjabi leavened bread (Naan)

    • Lu1950s on March 08, 2013

      Took about 3 hrs. to rise. I made the naan on my baking stone instead of baking sheets. Ten minutes at 450 deg. F. was too long to bake on the stone, making the naan dry. Four minutes was about right, but top didn't get as browned as I would have liked. Tried to use broiler to brown top, but then dried out the naan again. I think next time I won't worry so much about getting a darker color.

  • Picadillo

    • eatdrinkstagger on December 04, 2023

      used 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika instead of pepper (due to pepper being MIA!) which goes really well with the tomato base.

  • Traditional Christmas cake

    • aargle on January 06, 2020

      This is my go to Christmas cake. It is not only easy in that you don’t have to soak the fruit for very long but deliciously moist - it is very rich so needs to be cut in very thin pieces. I make it in a 25cm round cake tin and cook it for the maximum time specified.

  • Chicken curry (Kukel mas curry)

    • aargle on February 06, 2019

      I found this recipe courtesy of EYB in one of my oldest cookbooks but had never tried it. Subbed boneless chicken thighs, used a whole tin of coconut cream and added some sweet potato. Easy and delicious. A definite repeat.

    • MikeCirillo on February 21, 2016

      This is a great recipe. Of course you have to make sure you have all the spices on hand but to me it was very interesting to make a genuine curry adding the spices individually and using curry leaves, which I had never used before. If you have the ingredients the recipe is not really that difficult - add this, then add that etc. I do have a mortar and pestle and either that or a spice grinder would allow you to grind your own coriander and cumin, but you can buy them pre-ground. The dish makes a wonderful light brown sauce. I served the dish with brown rice which was a nice combination. This is a great winter dish - comfort food.

  • Grilled chicken with hot spices (Ayam panggang pedis)

    • hirsheys on January 16, 2023

      Made this with boneless, skinless thighs roasted in the oven (~10 mins at 425). Came out tasty and was quite easy. Next time I might lighten up on the black pepper (I don’t love it).

  • Dry-fried beef curry (Rendang daging)

    • MaryCunningham86 on April 25, 2014

      One of my favourite recipes ever, although I have not been able to find daun salam leaves so just leave these out. I serve this with coconut rice, sambal oelek, hard boiled eggs, roasted peanuts, fried dried anchovies and sliced cucumber.

  • Fried meat balls (Tod man nuer)

    • AliciaWarren on September 14, 2013

      Page 310 in my book. This is my favourite meatball recipe and the reason I buy pork mince when I buy beef mince. There's no need to add salt because there's plenty of salt in the fish sauce. It's a very sticky mix to roll into balls. Flouring your hands helps. I find it's not very spicy, it can easily take additional Thai spices if you choose.

  • Fish kofta curry (Nga soke lone hin)

    • RogerP on July 23, 2021

      Leave the koftas in the fridge for a while to help them firm up.

  • Red cooked chicken (See yo gai)

    • JustineHogan on June 21, 2016

      Delicious and so quick and easy to make. Works well with chicken maryland pieces - also try with drumsticks or nibbles. Delicious served on jasmine rice with a drizzle of sauce sprinkled over the top.

  • Chicken with lemon grass (Ga xao xa ot)

    • MikeCirillo on February 14, 2016

      Flavorful and aromatic. Need to cut chicken pieces into about 16 pieces and use two pans otherwise chicken steams. Not much sauce, but the bits of peanut, lemon grass and scallions along with chicken juices and fish sauce make a flavorful semi-dry accompaniment.

  • Pork cooked with sugar (Thit heo kho kho)

    • JocPech on June 29, 2015

      This is one of my favourite recipes. However, I prefer to make it with a more gelatinous cut of pork such as shoulder or, even better, shank. It does then need to be cooked for longer (even three to four hours at a slow simmer) but eventually it becomes truly melt-in-the-mouth. I also sometimes make it with young leeks instead of spring onions.

  • Dried spiced meat (Dendeng)

    • valbe on April 23, 2021

      End result is like jerky or candied beef. Not sure how this would work with raw beef but ideal for Sunday roast leftovers. Great for picnics, hikes, golf or long drives.

  • Spicy fried spinach (Palak bhaji)

    • ashallen on December 13, 2019

      I need to try this again. I tried using frozen whole-leaf spinach instead of fresh and it softened too quickly during cooking. Flavors are strong and both savory/earthy (from the spinach and spices) and a bit sweet (from lots of browned onion). I used the optional black cumin seed. I liked it best as a side dish versus the focus of the meal.

  • Rice with fresh green peas (Mattar pilau)

    • ashallen on October 05, 2019

      I liked the combination of flavors from the peas and spices in this recipe. I found the 2 tsp of salt for 1.25 cups of uncooked rice specified in the recipe to be too much - I'll dial that back next time. Unfortunately, following the cooking method specified in the recipe produced rice that was overcooked, sticky, and clumpy. Since I like the combination of flavors in this recipe, I'll try cooking it again using the method specified in Cook's Illustrated's Rice and Pasta Pilaf recipes (which always turn out great) and see if that fixes the texture problems.

  • Curried meatballs, Kashmiri style (Kashmiri kofta kari)

    • ashallen on October 27, 2019

      Flavors are pretty good in this dish and meatball texture is OK. Meatballs browned nicely even without a meat-browning step - the powdered milk might have had something to do with that. Final dish doesn't have a gravy-like sauce - it's more like a thick, concentrated paste that clings to the meatballs. I'm not 100% certain I cooked this correctly - recipe instructions are kind of vague in spots. I wasn't sure which size pan to use and ended up using a 6-quart dutch oven - the meatballs *just* fit in a single layer on the bottom. Pot is supposed to be covered after bringing meatballs to a simmer in the sauce ingredients. One then cooks the meatballs until the liquid evaporates. That process took 2.5-3 hours which seems like a really long time for meatballs! Recipe specifies 1 tsp salt for the "sauce" - I found that to be quite salty and would cut back to 1/2-3/4 tsp next time.

  • Spicy coconut custard (Vattalappam)

    • ashallen on November 27, 2019

      Despite some issues with the recipe, the texture and flavor of this custard were good overall. I believe I have an older version of this book - recipe calls for making your own coconut milk by cooking dried unsweetened coconut with regular milk. While it was an interesting experiment, the taste of the homemade milk wasn't significantly better than regular canned coconut milk and added steps/time. Hopefully the newer version also corrects what appear to be some errors in the version of the recipe I have. Recipe specifies using 6 x 1/2 cup ramekins - the amount of custard filled 6 x 1 cup ramekins completely. Recipe specifies baking at 338F (translated from Celsius!) for 75 minutes - I checked custards at 55 minutes and they were already overcooked (200F in centers) - a lower oven temperature would be better. I used vanilla versus rosewater - worked well. Cardamom flavor was initially too potent but mellowed in the cooled custards.

  • Pineapple coconut curry (Pacari)

    • Beebopalulu on January 06, 2020

      Simple and delectable, straddling the line between sweet and savory.

  • Mild peanut sauce (Saus kacang - 2)

    • Beebopalulu on January 06, 2020

      Very easy, but a bit one-note.

  • Beef pepper curry (Kuruma iraichchi)

    • OldLace on February 16, 2021

      Reduce the pepper and chili

  • Spicy steamed mussels (Tisrya dum masala)

    • MRGC.collection on July 04, 2023

      My favorite mussel recipe for over 40 years. Easy and fabulous.

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Publishers Text

An incomparable work reissued on the 25th anniversary of its first publication!

Serious cooks know the real thing when they see it, and Charmaine Solomon's Complete Asian Cookbook is it. Having garnered a legion of fans and rave reviews, this cookbook classic has served as a staple in kitchens around the world for 25 years. With an unmatched grasp of all the major culinary traditions of Asia, she presents recipes from Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos. Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Dishes range from Burmese Twelve Variety Soup to Sri Lankan Mas Paan (meat buns). Recipes are presented with uncommon clarity, and ingredients are explained and discussed in terms if availability, quantity, suitable substitutions, and storage. A vigorous, masterful work from a remarkable author, this is the ultimate kitchen resource.

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