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Madhur Jaffrey

An Invitation to Indian Cooking

In the mood for a classic? Sarah makes 25 from Madhur Jaffrey's seminal cookbook, "An Invitation to Indian Cooking".

If you're someone who likes to explore classic cooking techniques and make spicy, warming foods available to guests when you entertain, then this cookbook is for you.

I found my way into this book because I wanted to make paneer from scratch one night. No reason — I just thought it would be fun to try. Anyway, I started rifling through a few cookbooks to see what the overall strategy was to making this dense and glorious cheese (spoiler: it's lemon juice).

While reading Madhur's paneer recipe, I quickly found myself down a rabbit hole and an hour later I was working out how to make her parathas, potatoes, and lamb. All I wanted to do in that moment was read more of her recipes; the paneer would have to wait.

So, after a week (and 18 dishes) of working exclusively with An Invitation to Indian Cooking, I learned that a pickled onion and some yogurt go a long way to fix any kitchen mishap and that the combination of fried rice and black-eyed peas is divine.

  • Potatoes in Thick Sauce
  • Yogurt with Roasted Eggplant
  • Rice with Frozen Black-eyed Peas
  • Naan
  • Onions Pickled in Vinegar