The Five top Indian Cookery Books


(1) 100 of my favourite Indian recipes – Gordon Ramsay.

This accompanying book to the Channel Four television series sees Gordon visiting Kerala deep in the South of India to bring us spicy, coconut-based curries and to colourful Rajasthan to learn about the creamy, flavourful dishes of the North. Authentic and flavourful stuff, as you would expect.

(2) Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible

According the publishers this is the most comprehensive book ever published on curries. Madhur is, of course, the world’s greatest authority on Indian food and this classic book she blends history blends with recipes to describe the amazing effect that Indian curry has had on global cuisine. Beautifully illustrated throughout, and with more than 150 recipes, this book is set to become the standard reference book on curries.

(3) The Curry Secret – by Kris Dhillon

In this continually bestselling cult classic, Kris Dhillon shows us how to cook not the traditional cuisine practised by Indians at home but the distinctive and well-loved variety served in Indian restaurants worldwide. Kris Dhillon has now updated the book to include a wider choice of dishes and brand new recipes for even more mouthwatering curries as well as all the established favourites. From Chicken Tikka Masala to Onion Bhajee, Aloo Gobi to Lamb Biryani, everyone’s favourite is here. Praise from readers: ‘Truly an excellent book and one that any Indian restaurant fan who enjoys cooking should have’ ‘The Holy Grail of curry cook books’ ‘This book is so good it’s unbelievable’

(4) Indian Food Made Easy by Anjum Anand

Anjum Anand’s book offers the same clear, straightforward approach that viewers of her 2007 BBC series came to appreciate. With it’s no nonsense, healthy flavours this is a distinctly modern updating of traditional Indian food.

(5) Rasoi New Indian Kitchen by Vineet Bhatia

As the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin Star, this eagerly awaited book offers a glimpse into the highest level of Indian cuisine. Vineet Bhatia has been cooking his ravishing, modern take on Indian food to appreciative guests from all over the world from his elegant townhouse restaurant off London’s Kings Road since 2004. Over 150 of his most celebrated recipes are featured in this, his first book, accompanied by sumptuous photography from Lisa Barber.

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