Yes, that’s a JB Hi-Fi receipt I’ve been using as a bookmark. I’m classy (thrifty) like that.
So far, I’ve tried four recipes from this book: Cabbage Mixed Vegetables (p. 108), Tomato Rice (p. 144), Zucchini Tomato Dal (p. 136) & Creamy Mushroom Curry (p. 103). The first two listed are pictured below.
I’m going to review this in point form so it’s short and sweet.
- Most of the recipes are simple and very straight forward.
- The book does contain slightly more difficult recipes but they are difficult in the sense that they’re more time consuming as opposed to requiring special techniques.
- The lists of spices are short and unintimidating (this is also a bad point!).
- The ingredients are easy to find.
- The creamy mushroom curry is a serious winner.
- There is nutritional information for each recipe and suggestions on how big the serves should be. This is a major plus for those who are counting calories etc.
- Aside from the cover, this book doesn’t contain photographs which can be a little overwhelming for the inexperienced and/or unconfident cook.
- The short, simple lists of spices mean that the dishes often lack complexity and feel unfinished.
- There is no pumpkin in this book, which I found odd and a little frustrating, especially considering I have 3 giant pumpkins at home at the moment. There is also no recipe for korma – so I’ll endeavour to work on this and bring you a recipe for it in the near future!
While this book isn’t perfect, I certainly don’t regret buying it. It’s a valuable addition to my cookbook collection and I don’t doubt that I’ll be referring back to it often – especially when I’m in the mood for some quick Indian food and don’t have the cash for take-out.