Best Indian Cookbooks 2022 with Recipes for Beginners and Seasoned Curry Lovers

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Visiting India for the first time six years ago on an Eat, Pray, Love-style journey of self-discovery (AKA a gap year), I immediately fell in love with the country.

From the blaring car horns of rickshaw drivers swerving cows on the road, to the brightly dressed women in saris that seemed worthy of a party, arriving in the heart of India was a real sensory blast.

Yet there is something more encapsulating the subcontinent than anything else: food. There doesn’t seem to be a corner in the country that isn’t festooned with carts peddling some utterly delicious-smelling form of food – sweet fried desserts (jalebi), extremely spicy finger foods (the samosa chaat was a favourite), the refreshing yoghurt drinks (nothing better than a lassi to cool off in the sweltering Indian heat).

You soon realize that in India, you don’t just taste the food – you experience it.

Here in the UK, the richness, flavor and variety of Indian cuisine is often reduced to basic curries, paltry microwaved meals or Gavin and Stacey-style sketches of ordering a take away.

Fortunately, the tide is turning, especially in supermarkets where the burgeoning World Food aisle makes it easier than ever to shop for authentic ingredients like spices, pickles, sides and sauces.

We want to show you how easy it is to cook great Indian food by trying Dishoom’s Vegetarian Mattar Paneer, an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

Whether you’re trying Indian cuisine for the first time or want to add some awesome Indian dishes to your repertoire, we’ve rounded up the best Indian cookbooks for you. Grab some elasticated pants and get ready to dive.

India: cookbook

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to Indian cooking, look no further than this cookbook with over 1000 recipes from every region of the vast country. All recipes are totally authentic but adapted to be suitable and feasible in a western kitchen.

The resulting dishes are as beautiful as the cover design. We loved everything from the Goan prawn curry to the traditional tribal dishes found in villages in the northeast of the country.

The cookbook nurtures you beyond the plate, giving you insight into India’s colorful history and culture, as well as regional variations of much-loved dishes.

Don’t miss the recipe section of 11 world famous guest chefs who offer their version of Indian cuisine.

Shop Now £31.99, Amazon

The Nutmeg Trail

Spices are an integral part of Indian cuisine. It’s not just about heat, spices can add depth, flavor and layers to cooking, as this wonderful cookbook reveals.

Taking the reader on a historical journey, this book features 80 recipes that describe various spices and show how they can be used and combined to create flavorful recipes you won’t believe came out of your kitchen. This book goes beyond India; it’s an exploration of the entire Asian continent and shows how spices and culture have intertwined over the centuries.

Try the Tandoori Roast Chicken to liven up a Sunday lunch, or for those who can handle the heat, the delicious Rica Rica Prawns provide a nice kick.

Buy Now £17.99, Amazon


Written by star chef Rohit Ghai, this cookbook features hundreds of recipes inspired by his native Punjab as well as his experience working in some of London’s top restaurants. Meaning vegetable in Urdu, Tarkari puts an innovative new spin on traditional vegetarian dishes. Our favourite? Jackfruit Masala curry and all chickpea ideas have been part of our weekly dinner rotation.

Although some dishes look complicated, the clear step-by-step instructions (complete with photographs that will make your stomach growl) make it easy for novices and culinary experts alike to follow.

Shop Now £15.94, Amazon

cool india

Home chefs know that the secret to flavor is often slow cooking: letting sauces simmer and spices roast for hours brings out notes that are virtually impossible to replicate in a quick meal. Unless you have Sodha’s Fresh India tome handy. It somehow manages to recreate the flavors in a fraction of the time.

The 130 recipes in this book are quick, simple and designed for everyday cooking. Additionally, all recipes are vegetarian and ingredients can also be substituted to make the meals vegan. Our favorite dish was roasted cauliflower korma and we loved trying puddings like peanut kulfi and pistachio cake.

Buy Now £14.40, Amazon

Dishoom: the very first cookbook of the popular Indian restaurant

Transforming the Indian restaurant landscape in the UK, Dishoom’s tribute to its Iranian version of Mumbai has won over those looking for affordable and delicious traditional Indian dishes.

This cookbook finally unlocks the secrets of much-loved comfort foods like bacon naan roll, okra fries, and ruby ​​chicken. With recipes on how to make your own Garam Masala spice blend, ginger paste and Masala sauce, this cookbook is an absolute must for those who want to master the basics of Indian cooking and create impressive dishes for their families. friends and their family.

Besides beautifully prepared recipes, there is a story of eating and drinking in Bombay with beautiful photographs, a pull-out poster and charming stories of a country so culturally and culinary rich.

Shop Now £17.68, Amazon

curry every day

Mastering the art of homemade curries is no small feat, but we consider this cookbook by star chef Atul Kochhar to be a great place to start.

With over 100 recipes, this cookbook has an amazing range of vegetarian curries that span the globe. While most of the curries in the book have roots in Asia, there are also many lesser-known, but equally tasty dishes from the Middle East and Africa.

If you’re busy, try the Masala Chips; it’s a quick side dish that everyone will love. For those looking to cook a quick dinner for the family, try Cambodian mango curry or Japanese eggplant katsu.

Buy Now £17.99, Amazon

Made in India: 130 simple, fresh and tasty recipes from an Indian family

With the subtitle “Cooked In Britain”, you can be sure that this cookbook strikes the perfect balance between authentic Indian cuisine and the British palate.

Besides the expected curries, there are also chapters on side dishes, puddings, and scrumptious street food like feta samosas and chilli paneer.

With sections such as first-time recipes and kid-friendly cooking, this is the perfect cookbook for the novice Indian cook who wants to involve their whole family in meal preparation. In total, there are 130 recipes that will look as vibrant as the book itself.

Buy Now £14.40, Amazon

Mowgli street food

If you’re looking to throw the perfect summer party with appetizers and savory dishes that will win over the crowds, try making one of these delicious recipes from Mowgli Street Food.

Nisha Katona, founder of the famous Mowgli restaurants, shares some of the most iconic recipes such as lamb curry, fenugreek fries and the wonderful Chaat Bombs – small crispy pastries filled with a special Indian mixture that causes a perfect explosion of flavors when bitten.

In addition to the smaller bites, there are also larger dishes as well as our personal favourite, the Chip Butty – a spice-packed potato roti.

Shop Now £16.65, Amazon

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