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annieqst's picture

My niece is a vegetarian (though on occasion when out will eat chicken or fish). I got her some Indian spice blends for Christmas, but would also like to get her an Indian cook book that is not too complicated. Does anyone have any recommendations?


Gretchen's picture

(post #62979, reply #1 of 14)

Madha Jaffrey has written a very elemental paperback Indian cookbook. Can't quite call the name but it is nice.


Gary's picture

(post #62979, reply #3 of 14)

This one? An Invitation to Indian Cooking

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Gretchen's picture

(post #62979, reply #4 of 14)

No, what Souper said. I think DDIL has it right now. I need to borrow it back.

We had the best Indian lunch yesterday here in Denver--India Pearl on Pearl Street. The naan was SO thin. DD had a veggie wrap with it that was TDF--about 8 inches long and 4 inches in diameter!! The veggies were stir fried and wonderful.  Their dinner menu was incredible. We'll be back!!

soupereasy's picture

(post #62979, reply #2 of 14)

Quick and Easy Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey. Probably the one Gretchen referred to. Nice book.:)

mangiaFagioli's picture

(post #62979, reply #5 of 14)

Julie Sahni's Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking, love this book, have been using it for at least 15 years and still love it. Though it's impressively thick she has a simple approach to recipes and explanations. Her 'Classic Indian Cooking' is equally as good and has plenty of vegetarian recipes also.

annieqst's picture

(post #62979, reply #6 of 14)

Thank you! Thank you! I'll head off to the store to check them both out! I appreciate the suggestions.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62979, reply #7 of 14)

One more suggestion:  Suvir Saran's Indian Home Cooking--designed, he claims, to simplify Indian homecooking and eliminate some of the harder-to-find ingredients. It has beautiful color photo illustrations, an attractive format that's a good size for the kitchen. All the recipes I've tried have been delicious.  It's more of an overview of Indian cooking than an encyclopedic compilation of recipes.

annieqst's picture

(post #62979, reply #10 of 14)

Amazon has a great description of this book. Guess we're having Indian tonight for dinner! ; )

KarenP's picture

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Ruta lives and teaches in Oakland.  Delightful woman. This was her first book which has gotten great reviews.

annieqst's picture

(post #62979, reply #9 of 14)

That looks like a great book. I think other nieces and nephews will be going "Indian" this Christmas!

vjom's picture

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The best Indian veg cookbook I have found to date and the most comprehensive is the book "Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Vegetarian cooking" by Yamuna Devi. Beginners all the way through to experienced cooks should enjoy this book and all the recipes I have tried to date are Yummy.

mangiaFagioli's picture

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I've used that cookbook too, but the ingredient list for individual recipes can be pages long.

Still, it has some very interesting sections and recipes.

MadMom's picture

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I think the ingredient list for a lot of Indian recipes is long, but if you have all the spices, it really isn't that bad.  There are lots of layers of flavor in most Indian recipes, which is one reason they are so delicious.

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mangiaFagioli's picture

(post #62979, reply #14 of 14)

I don't disagree, but with Devi the list gets long and the character of the dish gets a little indistinct for my taste. Too many of the things I made (and it was a long time ago) seemed to taste the same. And I do have most of those things at home, usually.