Top 15 Best Indian Cookbooks Reviews
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“Somewhere close behind air and water is the need for food”. This quote truly depicts that cravings for delicious food can never be undone. The feeling will always thrive us to have mouth-watering food by any means, either cooking or ordering takeouts.
Well, some people find the idea of cooking tiresome, while some enjoy exploring the taste of their hands. Cooking can become an easy job if you have a handy tool that provides you with step-by-step instructions to prepare delicious recipes for a lifetime. All the answers to your cooking-related problems lie in a cookbook. Yes, cookbooks are one of the great sources to explore your culinary. As it is said that books are the epitome of knowledge and wisdom, similarly, the cookbooks contain beautiful illustrations of disparate recipes that you can explore at home for regular meals or festivities.
Indian culture is known for its diverse specialties of food. Anyone can spice up their mood with its spicy curries or mesmerize their souls with its savory desserts. To learn more about various Indian recipes, listed below are top 15 Indian cookbooks to dive into the magic of Indian cuisine:
#1 Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen
This Indian cookbook will aid you to create doable Indian recipes that get etched in your mind. You will learn to cook some delicious, fresh, easy, and quick to cook and packed with flavors Indian food.
The author Meera Sodha presents tasty, fresh, vibrant, full of flavors and simple Indian food recipes to savor your taste buds with. The book contains 130 delicious recipes gathered from three ages of the author’s family and step-by-step instructions, which will make you cook these recipes again and again.
This cookbook will help you to prepare memorable recipes made with easily approachable methods. This book is a complete guide of delicious Indian food; it helps you learn disparate dishes, from hot chapattis to street food, aromatic curries to side dishes full of colors and manifold delicious dessert. This book will change your way of cooking and thinking about Indian food.
Many readers feel that this cookbook provides amazing Indian recipes prepared easily and quickly. It is an excellent book to explore Indian dishes.
#2 Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen
This cookbook is an indispensable guide that contains Indian recipes based on plants inspired by Indian culture, local food, and regional cuisines. The book contains delicious recipes where pulses and vegetables are the stars of the meals.
Author Richa Hingle shares disparate mouth-watering recipes which are designed to simplify difficult procedures, her workflow tips include techniques and appliances that can reduce cooking time and help you to prepare the dishes real quick. The restaurant-standard recipes are allergy friendly and most of the recipes contain soy-free and gluten-free options. The book helps you to explore varied famous and new Indian flavors that are simple and easy to cook.
By following this book, you will learn to cook doable dishes that are prepared with accessible and easily available ingredients. You will also learn to cook creative recipes with simple approaches. This book also helps you learn alternative recipes prepared by replacing spices that can savor your taste buds. The book helps you to learn varied delicious and healthy Indian recipes that include dals, curries, snacks, breakfasts, flatbreads, desserts, and more.
This Indian cookbook helps the gourmands to savor their taste buds with mouthwatering vegetable-based dishes that can be prepared for everyday meals, special occasions, or weeknight dinners for your family and guests.
#3 Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food
This Indian cookbook is written by Nick Sharma best author, who is a beloved curator of the award-winning food blog A Brown Tale. This book offers home cooks with clarity and warmth and new and varied ways to cook delicious Indian flavors recipes.
Author Nick Sharma has penned down 100 most delicious and fascinating recipes. This cookbook contains a treasury of ingredients, flavors, and techniques that are merged in familiar or innovative ways that open completely new vistas in the kitchen.
The book contains 100 delicious and interesting recipes that also include new techniques and use of spices in most unexpected ways. It is a vibrant book with 120 colored and beautiful photographs that will keep you engaged in a book. These Indian recipes take you on a culinary journey of the author from India to California via American South.
Many people learn to cook delicious and innovative Indian food dishes that can surprise home cooks and their guests.
#4 The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
This Indian cookbook is composed by Archana Mundhe offering you with various easy to follow instructions for flavourful weekend meals.
This cookbook is a beautiful collection of authorized 75 simple and traditional Indian food prepared in an immensely famous electric pressure cooker accompanied by colorful photographs, which aids you to prepare Indian recipes for everyday meals and contemporary weekend meals.
This book aids you to learn 75 tasty recipes such as classic lamb, chicken and vegetable curries, daals, seafood like mussels spiced with saffron and fennel, soups, breakfast delights like ginger almond oatmeal and spicy frittata. This book also helps you learn several sweet treats like walnut and fig halwa and rose milk cake and many more. Each recipe is cooked using go-to-resource that is an electric pressure cooker.
Many readers feel that you don’t need to order Indian takeouts if you have this book in handy at home.
#5 Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family
This Indian cookbook is ranked as one of the Best Cookbook of Spring 2019 by the New York Times, Eater, and Bon Appetite. The author of this lively book Priya Krishna wrote this book to give a loving tribute to her mother’s “Indian-ish” cooking with easily accessible and creative Indian-American recipes.
This book is filled with easy to cook, clever, creative and packed with flavours Indian-American recipes. This book is fun to read as the author has shared her funny and relatable stories, which are engaging and a joy to cook with. It is full of unique and innovative recipes prepared by merging Indian flavours with her worldwide travels and inventiveness from cooking shows, which will let you learn several delicious recipes.
The book comprises of creative Indian-American hybrid recipes which are easy to cook, full of flavours and unfailingly delightful. The book contains various Indian recipes such as Roti Pizza, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, Yogurt-filled sandwiches Crusted with Curry Leaves, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar and also includes a thirst-quenching limeade recipe such as Indian Gatorade. You will also learn plenty of easy to cook, simple dinners recipes that can be cooked within minutes after a long, tiring day.
Many people, especially those living away from their home or abroad can learn to cook delicious recipes that can give them the taste of Indian food.
#6 Dishoom: The first ever cookbook from the much-loved Indian restaurant
This total delightful cookbook is specially designed to transport you and your loved ones on the journey of treasured corners of the most charming and an eccentric south Bombay. This beautiful cookbook contains recipes of Bombay comfort food with amazing stories and photography that will keep you engaged.
The author Shamil Thakar has collected varied well-known Bombay food recipesthat are prepared with easy-to-find ingredients in less time. This book is a unique collection of delicious, delightful recipes which will take you to the tour of South Bombay and its comfort food and drinks.
This Indian cookbook helps you to learn secrets of varied dishes from treasured corners of south Bombay such as the Bacon Naan Roll, Okra Fries, Black Daal, Lamb Raan and chicken Ruby, along with Masala chai, cocktails and coolers. All the recipes written in the book contain step-by-step instructions with detailed narration and nuances to prepare a nourishing dinner for your loved ones including stories and beautiful photography.
Many people feel that this cookbook helps you cook South Bombay delicious Indian food and drinks to transport your loved ones to the journey of Bombay.
#7 Lord Krishna’s Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking
This Indian cookbook is an indispensable guide that contains authentic, healthy and delicious vegetarian Indian recipes.
Food historian and cookbook author Yamuna Devi, who has collected myriad regional cuisines of over 500 mouth-watering recipes that reflects the spiritual and cultural significance of every sumptuous dish. The book contains the illustrations of every recipe with handmade drawings that rivet people to explore deep into it.
This cookbook aids you to learn priceless preparation techniques of cooking Indian recipes and various customary recipes adaptation that are used in today’s kitchens. It contains complete guidelines of equipment and ingredients that are used to prepare treasured recipes made by temple cooks and royal family chefs, having exquisite flavours and nutritious values.
Various people feel that this Indian cookbook offers spiritual and cultural insight of disparate flavours of delectable recipes that inspires many home cooks.
#8 Entice With Spice
This India cookbook is drafted by Shubhra Ramiineni which offers you with simple and delicious Indian food prepared quickly. The book is an overview of her generalized perspective of preparing delicious Indian food with a no-fuss cooking style.
The author has collected over 90 delicious recipes that innovate the Indian dishes by using authentic Indian flavours using simple techniques and fresh, easily accessible ingredients. It also provides some cooking tricks and shortcuts that she learned from her mother and mother-in-law.
This book aids the readers to learn delicious, easy to cook recipes from both the Northern and southern parts of India. This cookbook contains Indian recipes such as Chicken Kebabs, coconut Chutney, Sweet Rice Pudding, Samosa, Naan Bread, Pepper Shrimp on a Stick and many more. This book helps you learn to prepare healthy and delicious homemade Indian meals with quick and easy to follow instructions.
Reading this book makes many people feel that this Indian cookbook helps to reinvent the Indian food using authentic Indian flavours and easy to follow techniques.
#9 Fresh India
From the best-selling cookbook “Made in India”, Meera Sodha brings her another cookbook that depicts a whole new version of Indian food recipes that are healthy, delicious and quick to prepare at home.
The author has shared some delectable vegetable-based dishes loaded with exotic flavours that will not only delight vegetable enthusiasts but also to those who seek to explore the vibrant Indian cuisines.
From this cookbook, you will learn to cook tasty dishes that can be prepared with easily available ingredients such as Paneer and Beet Kebabs, Walnut and Mushroom Samosas and Oven-baked Onion Bhajis. It is a great book to learn classic Indian recipes like pickles, dals, curries and more with fresh and seasonal ingredients. You can also enjoy cooking festivity specials like Roasted Cauliflower Korma, Regular Dosas with Coconut Potatoes, and more and some lavishing desserts such as Pistachio Cake, Jaggery Kulfi and Salted Peanut.
Manifold readers think that this Indian cookbook aids you to explore the vibrant cuisines of Indian culture.
#10 Indian Cookery Course
This Indian cookbook is drafted by an award-winning author Monisha Bharadwaj who has collected a variety of regional healthy, authentic and unfamiliar Indian dishes that you can savour your taste buds with.
The cookbook is an overview of myriad Indian recipes that reflects the vivid tale of disparate Indian traditional food based on geographical differences. It contains various tips and tricks to make perfect Indian dishes at home, reflecting the virtues of Ayurveda and good health.
This book will help the readers prepare Indian food ranging Raitas & Salads, Chutneys, Beans & Lentils, Desserts, and many more. It also contains easy-to-follow steps and techniques to prepare recipes with proper insights of ingredients to master your culinary in Indian cuisines.
By reading this book, many people feel that it is an indispensable guide to know everything about Indian dishes.
#11 Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook
In this book, author Urvashi Patel lets you discover the simple and mouth-watering traditional Indian cuisine. This book offers you quick and easy ways to cook classic Indian recipes that are specially designed to be cooked in the electric pressure cooker.
The cookbook consists of 50 authentic recipes to bring Indian flavours to your table. All the recipes are labelled with easy-to-follow instructions and simple ingredients to savour your taste buds with Indian flavours.
In this book, you will learn to prepare 50 authentic Indian food comprises of Marathi Kadhi, Masala Chai, Murgh Makhani and many more. The book also features traditional quick-fix recipes prepared from limited-ingredients. This book also helps you learn some tips and tricks to help you clean and maintain your electric pressure cooker.
Many readers feel that this Indian cookbook is a handy tool that inspires you to cook classic Indian dishes real quick and with easily accessible ingredients without sacrificing with flavours.
#12 Vegetarian India
Vegetarian India is written by the renowned author and the “godmother of Indian cooking” Madhur Jaffrey. She has drafted delicious, healthful, grain- and vegetable-based foods that are thoroughly savoured across the Indian subcontinent.
This Indian cookbook contains over 200 delectable recipes illustrated beautifully that are accompanied with colourful photographs of her itineraries. She shares the secrets of preparing Indian dishes and how easily they can be replicated in exotic flavours and taste.
From this book, you will be able to prepare various delicious recipes like hot, salty, sour Kodava Mushroom Curry with Coconut (South Karnataka), crisp Okra Fries garnished with turmeric, chilli powder and chickpea flour, Stir-Fried Spinach, etc. You will also learn some easy approaches to start Indian Cookery.
Various readers think that this Indian cookbook provides the best guidance for the manifold vegetable aficionados and home cooks all around the world.
#13 Indian for Everyone
This is the third book by the author Anupy Singla, which is the most comprehensive and stunning offering yet. This book contains delicious, healthful Indian recipes. This new Indian cookbook opens up the flavour of Indian food and true simplicity irrespective of any dietary restrictions.
If you are craving for your beloved Indian food, then this cookbook can come in handy at such hours. This must-have book contains recipes of well-known favourites, regional specialists. The step by step instructions helps the beginners to try their hands in cooking effectively and acts as a reference point to cook family favourite dishes for veteran home cooks.
This cookbook consists of varied delicious, healthy Indian recipes with deeply personal and detailed stories of the author behind these recipes. This book helps you learn alternative ways of preparing for every recipe. Every dish is explained with easy-to-follow instructions, prepared with easily available ingredients for making vegetarian meals that are extremely healthy as they are gluten-free and dairy-free.
Many people feel that this book is a must-have guide filled with traditional cooking styles provided with alternative ways and is the great American cookbook that makes you feel nostalgic and overwhelmed.
#14 Beyond Curry Indian Cookbook
The author Denise D’Silva Sankhè is a Mumbai-based food blogger who shares her culinary adventures of delicious recipes of different regions of India.
This cookbook contains easy and convenient Indian recipes that are prepared with easily available ingredients present in your kitchen. It addresses health modification techniques to control your dietary needs. Moreover, it helps you to understand the number of spices used in various recipes using the spice levels and other tips to adjust the heat.
From this Indian cookbook, you will explore the diverse flavors of Indian Cookery with no-fuss dishes prepared with available ingredients. You will learn the secrets of cooking authentic Indian food and will discover various delicacies starting from tasty breakfasts to sumptuous dinners.
Many people believe that anyone can easily learn to cook Tandoori Chicken, Dosas and popular Indian-Chinese recipes at home without any need to order takeouts.
#15 Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook
This cookbook describes the classic and modern recipes that are easily prepared on the instant pot, which makes this book completely different from the other cookbooks.
Author Madhur Jaffrey shares her another Indian cookbook that mostly focuses on delectable recipes made on instant-pot cooking with step-by-step instructions. The book also contains 13 tasty and savory dishes that do not require any special pot to prepare them.
This cookbook provides guidance to cook classic recipes like buttery dal, butter chicken to Kashmiri style kale, Goan-style clams, and several other flavourful varieties of Indian cuisine. You will also understand the spices and ingredients that are required to prepare these delicacies and methods to prepare handmade masala blends.
By reading this book, anyone can master various easily prepared Indian recipes using an instant pot.
Indian cuisine is known for its vibrant and diverse varieties of food and preparing Indian recipes is quite playful and joyous that connects you with Indian culture. The aforementioned are the 15 best Indian cookbooks that help you to understand the magic of Indian dishes. Any novice or expert can choose the cookbook “Made in India” to learn about Indian delicacies. People staying abroad can get their hands on “Indian-ish”.
Moreover, if you want to understand the spiritual and cultural significance of Indian cuisines, then go for “Lord Krishna’s Cuisine” cookbook. Overall, any cookbook you choose from the above-mentioned list will fulfil your desires to have Indian cuisines.