The one thing that I can never resist is buying books and my resolve to stop buying books weakens when I see a cookbook on discount!A few months back,this book was on a 40% discount sale and I booked it online.It took almost 1 week to reach me and I was waiting to ‘read’ it just like my daughter would do when she gets her favorite fairy tales!

As the name implies,it is is a 640 paged cook book with a whole lot of Indian recipes.

Table of contents….

  • Introduction
  • Pickles and Chutney
  • Salads
  • Raitas
  • Snacks
  • Dhals
  • Vegetables
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Sea food
  • Rice
  • Indian breads
  • Desserts
  • Glossary
  • Cooking techniques
  • Index

There are a few things that did not impress me.

  •  I was a little disappointed by the paper quality.Since it was mentioned as imported edition, I expected the quality to be a bit better.
  • It would have been nice if there was a small intro for the dishes or the place of origin of the dish.It just says -Patra / Dal Pakwan and does not mention the region or state where this dish is famous or most likely to have originated.Very few dishes have the name of the region /state along with the name of the dish like Gujarati sweet Mango Pickle etc.
  • What’s ever more disappointing is that there are no pics at all!!

Now coming to the positive aspects of this huge book,

  • It has a mix of Vegetarian and Meat/Sea food based recipes. I am glad that there are plenty of Vegetarian recipes to choose from as this is not the case in most of the cook books that contain mixed recipes.
  • The categories/index are clear and easy to use.
  • The book is a good buy if you are looking for variety in Indian dishes.
    I got this book on a discount and is really worth the money. 

 There are some non Indian recipes too like the Frankie,Cous cous briyani!!I am not sure how I should categorize this point!

This is the first book that I have read and reviewed for Foodies Read 2014.

I will be posting a simple salad that I prepared from this book tomorrow. Do come back to take a look…

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