a montage of old Indian cookbooks

the cookbook

Our Indian cookbook. These are the carefully curated recipes from my grandmother’s cookbooks and notebooks, some of which she inherited from her own grandmother. The product of my family’s time in India, this collection of recipes features traditional and Anglo-Indian dishes from the days of the Raj.

three barbecued lamb cutlets on a bed of kachumber

the recipes

There is something here for everyone, even if you think you do not like Indian food. These recipes come from the home-cooked tradition of Indian cuisine and many have never been seen in a restaurant.

a simple vegetarian thali - bowls of rice, dal, vegetable curry and accompaniments on a serving platter

the menus

Putting together a meal requires some balance, and you need to consider the palates of your guests or family. Not everything goes with everything, unfortunately. The menu combinations here are typical of what we prepare at home.

a spice tin filled with ground and whole spices

the ingredients

There are few truly exotic ingredients used in this book. You should be able to get everything you need from a good supermarket or respectable specialist Indian grocer.

a bowl of plain basmati rice

the essentials

Basic recipes that you need to be able to do regularly and consistently. If you are new to this cuisine, then this is a good place to start.

leg of lamb, lucknow style, shank in, on serving platter

our favourites

Our family favourite recipes. They contain common everyday dishes and festive dishes. If we entertain, then almost certainly something on this list will be included.

indian railway dining car - ca 1930

the essays

Longer articles on regional cuisine, the history of invaders and traders and their effects, and a look at some of the cultural and religious heritage and their influence upon the cuisines of India.

closeup of carrom game

the articles

Short articles on matters related to this cookbook. Includes some information about stockists and some cooking tips.

a mound of chopped onions on a chopping board

how to

How to do some of the basic things related to Indian cooking.

original page from recipe notes

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the back of a 1907 Calcutta postcard


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