Nov 12, 2010

Anjum's New Indian - Cookbook Review

Anjum's New Indian is a well organized cookbook with regional recipes from states all over India. It documents the traditional Indian cuisine which evolved over time in Indian households.

The book starts with basic recipes like how to make homemade garam masala, indian-style yogurt, paneer and goan red spice paste. It also describes how basic ingredients like tomato, lentils and chilies are actually cooked the Indian way. I believe Indian cooking is unique and renders mild flavorful dishes when ingredients are cooked only in a certain way. This book beautifully describes all those ways.

Even though Indian cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, this book features some amazing non-vegetarian recipes from all regions of India. It 's recipes range from unique entertaining ones like the Anglo-Indian Tomato soup, Madras Pepper Lamb and Kashmiri Pilaff to some basic comforting recipes like the tarka dal, easy mung lentil curry and raitas.

I like the way the recipes are organized under different categories like light meals and snacks, meat, chicken, fish and seafood, vegetables, beans and lentils, rice and bread, raitas and chutneys, desserts and drinks. The recipes also have an introduction to how the recipe shaped up in the particular state of India.

If you are looking for some Indian cookbooks with some authentic non-vegetarian recipes and looking to experiment with cuisines from various states of India, this is your go-to book. It has appetizing pictures and recipes!

Look out for some recipes from the book in the near future in this blog!


  1. Looks like a very nice book. Nice review Divya.

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  2. Hey Divya,

    Nice review...:)


  3. Awesome book indeed,thanks for the review Divya.

  4. Thx for d info...Will go shopping for d book now!!

  5. THannk for the review ,always want to buy her book!!

  6. thanks for the review Divya.. belated Diwali wishes to you and your family.. :)

  7. Nice Review, Divya!!!
    Just checked your Events Calendar... Kudos to your effort... Wanted to let you know about the 1st event I have started "Celebrating Regional Cuisine" (, do check it out when time permits....... :)

  8. Wow, you have some really cool stuff going on here on your blog! How did I miss it?? :-(
    Thanks for reading whatever I put fwd Divya and looking fwd to learning something new from you!

  9. That is a great review. Looking forward to read this book. And yeah, I have been super quiet since I came back from India. Quite a lot of stuffs are happening.. so finding it hard to cope with life, work and blog :)

  10. A couple of months ago I bought her Eat right for your body type cookbook.

  11. You done great.. it will me very helpfull for those who start learning cooking.
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