From Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail

From Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail

by Madhur Jaffrey

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As Indians immigrated to different countries, they brought with them ingredients and cooking techniques that resulted in countless delicious hybrids of classic dishes.

In this groundbreaking cookbook, bestselling author Madhur Jaffrey illustrates the evolution of curry and its close relative, the kebab, throughout Asia and eastern Africa. Featuring more than 100 enticing recipes, this volume includes not only the finest dishes from India, but a variety of curries from around the world—from Sumatran Lamb Curry from Indonesia to Lobster in Yellow Curry Sauce from Thailand.

Twenty easy recipes for delicious spiced kebabs are also included, as well as soups, noodles, breads, chutneys, beans and vegetables to complement every dish.

A must-have addition to every curry lover’s library, this beautifully illustrated guide will give you a fascinating insight into the art of Indian cooking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635617979
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date: 11/09/2018
Edition description: Reprint ed.
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 978,883
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Described by the New York Times as "the Indian cuisine authority, Madhur Jaffrey was born in Delhi. A bestselling cookbook author, she has written more than fifteen books, including Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian, winner of the James Beard Award. Her articles on food have been published in numerous magazines, such as Gourmet, Food & Wine, Saveur, and The New Yorker.An accomplished actress, she has appeared in more than twenty films, including Merchant Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah, Heat and Dust, and Cotton Mary.

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Sri Lanka has south India to its north and South-East Asia to its east. Its food has aspects of both, as this recipe shows. The pandanus leaves and lemon grass hint at Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, while the cumin and coriander show the influence of India. The sauce for these shrimp is both rich and aromatic. It is best served with rice. Directions for peeling, deveining, and cleaning shrimp are on page 343.

Serves 4 to 5

4 hot dried red chilies
1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole fenugreek seeds
1 small stick cinnamon
2 cardamom pods
2 whole cloves
3 tablespoons corn or peanut oil
6 tablespoons finely slivered shallots
1 small fresh hot green chili, cut into slivers (including the seeds)
2 teaspoon peeled fresh ginger, grated to a pulp
3 cloves garlic, crushed to a pulp
3-inch piece pandanus leaf (bai toey, rampe, daun paandan)
1 stalk fresh lemongrass (use the lower 6 inches and lightly crush the bulbous bottom) or 1 teaspoon dried, ground lemongrass
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon bright red paprika
1 pound raw, headless, shell-on, medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup coconut milk, from a well-shaken can

Put the red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in a small, cast-iiron frying pan and set over a medium heat. Stir until the spices turn a shade darker and emit a roasted aroma. Remove from the pan and allow to cool. Then grind them in a clean coffee or spice grinder.

Pour the oil into a wide, lidded pan and set over medium-highheat. When the oil is hot, put in the shallots and green chili. Stir and fry for about 2 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic. Stir for about 15 seconds. Now pour in 1 1/2 cups of water and add the reserved roasted spices, pandanus leaf, lemongrass, salt, and paprika. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add the shrimp and coconut milk. Stir and bring to a simmer on a low heat. As soon as the shrimp are opaque all the way through, they are done. Check for salt, adding more if needed.

Table of Contents


1: Lamb, Pork, Beef, Veal, and Goat

2: Poultry and Eggs

3: Fish and Seafood

4: Vegetables

5: Dals, Beans, and Split Peas

6: Kebabs and Soups

7: Rice, Noodles, and Breads

8: Relishes and Acoompaniments

Special Ingredients and Techniques



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