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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Can anyone recommend a cookbook for Americans making Indian food?

Not Native American food but Indian food: saag paneer, aloo gobi, lamb sagwala, etc. I'm especially interested in the meateater dishes & the ones that use dairy products. But I love the vegetables too and will read anything that's highly recommended. Thanks.
post #2 of 20
The Madhur Jaffrey books are supposed to be quite popular.

I dont cook much Indian at home as I like a range of dishes during a meal and find it a bit of a pain to prepare so many things.

I think technique plays a large part in the cooking, so might be worth watching some of the videos on you tube for preparing spices / etc...

K
post #3 of 20
+ 1 on Madhur Jaffery

Sameen Rushdie (Salmans sister) is also pretty good.

Once you have the flavours down, the Julie Sahni recipes have pretty good directions too.

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post #4 of 20
I've had great success with Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni. Not much experience with the Jaffrey books, but friends have recommended them as well.
post #5 of 20
I have this Madhur Jaffrey's book and use it a lot. The directions are easy to follow, the ingredients, techniques and cookware are adopted to what is available in the US and there is a good overview of spices.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thank you styleforum -- these are great leads & they are all much appreciated.
post #7 of 20
I like this guy on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/vahchef
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I like this guy on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/vahchef

vahchef dude is f'in hilarious.
post #9 of 20
Check out http://www.padhuskitchen.com for Simple Indian Vegetarian food with easy to cook instructions and lovely pictures
post #10 of 20
Indian food is just bad. If you want to taste really good South Asian food then I suggest Pakistani food (biryani, nihari, haleem). SO DAMN GOOD.
post #11 of 20
I'd recommend this cookbook as being authentic and not too over the top: http://amzn.com/9625936033
post #12 of 20
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Indian food is just bad. If you want to taste really good South Asian food then I suggest Pakistani food (biryani, nihari, haleem). SO DAMN GOOD.

Biryani, originated in South India. Well done.
post #13 of 20
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Biryani, originated in South India. Well done.

I love how you bumped a three-year-old thread to correct a one-year-old misatke.
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I love how you bumped a three-year-old thread to correct a one-year-old misatke.

It's good to correct mistakes, regardless.

Besides, you don't mess with our food.
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It's good to correct mistakes, regardless.

Besides, you don't mess with our food.

Would it make sense to draw the line between Muslim and non-Muslim rather than Pakistani vs Indian? The meat dishes I've had as "Pakistani" restaurants, particularly of the ghetto cab driver variety in SF/NYC or Tayyabs or Lahore Kabab House in London, have been far superior to anything I've had at any Indian places, low end or high end. Also I frequent a takeaway owned by a big fat Sikh guy that serves Halal meat, which surprised me because I thought Sikhs are forbidden to eat Halal or Kosher meat. The guy said that he is only down with South Asian food done in the Pakistani style, and that other South Asians don't understand meat.
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