A profound influence on my life. I left home for university clutching this book (thanks mum) and lived on many of the various dal recipes. It was a cheap and nutritious way to eat as a student. Many years and countless trips to the subcontinent later I now own some grander, more comprehensive collections of Indian recipes but this one is still closest to my heart.
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Simple, delicious Indian inspired recipes using relatively ordinary ingredients. Everyone loves the food. My copy is dog-eared and stained, and the pages stick together.
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I have the original version of this book, published in 1982 - its pages are well worn and smudged with turmeric and ghee – a tribute to its enduring appeal.
Indian food no longer has the mystique it had when this was written, but the recipes are still as enjoyable to eat and fail-proof.
I lived in India for two years and this is the book I used then — and still use — for authentic curries and side dishes.
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Very old, very stained, and still one of my absolute favourites.
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