Monday, April 1, 2013

IHCC Madhur Jaffery summary

Indian being one of my favorite cuisines and Madhur Jaffrey one of my favorite cookbook authors, I looked forward to the IHCC Madhur Jaffrey challenge. In the course of the six months, I made a lot of really good dishes, with just a few failures, including a pickle that was really icky, an eggplant dish that suffered perhaps from a bad eggplant, and an unpleasantly sharp mustardy fish. In general, though, we found lots of new favorites and enjoyed some old ones. In the course of the challenge, I got six new cookbooks (only one not second-hand) and enjoyed giving them a work-out. There are some Jaffrey recipes online, but, old-fashioned me, I much prefer paging through books to searching the internet

Old Jaffrey books

  • Climbing: Climbing the Mango Trees (ISBN 009189929X). This is Jaffrey's autobiography and has a few recipes in the back. [1 recipe]
  • Foolproof: Foolproof Indian Cooking (ISBN 155366258X). I've had this book a while, but haven't really used it, not sure why.
  • MJ1: Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking (ISBN 0812027000), cookbooker . My second Jaffrey book. I got it after watching some of the associated series on the BBC. There are lots of good recipes; this book is frequently used. [11 recipes]
  • Q&E: Quick and Easy Indian Cooking ISBN 0811811832), cookbooker . Another favorite cookbook. Everything can be done in 30 minutes. Much used. [7 recipes]
  • SpiceKitch: Madhur Jaffrey's Spice Kitchen (ISBN 0517596989). Small, but good. [4 recipes]
  • TasteIndia: A Taste of India (ISBN 0689707266), cookbooker . I loved this TV show and love looking at the pictures, but somehow don't use the book for cooking. I really should have another look and try to learn about the regional differences. [4 recipes]
  • WofE: World of the East Vegetarian Cooking (ISBN 0394402715). This is one of the first cookbooks I ever bought. Love it. [6 recipes]
  • WorldVeg: Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian (ISBN 0517596326). It took me a while to get into this big book. I started using it a year or so ago, and have found a lot of good recipes here.  [3 recipes]

New Jaffrey books

  • 100Curries: 100 Essential Curries (ISBN 9780091940522). This was my new book and very annoying it is. It's full of recipes from other books, but gives no reference to them. [2 recipes]
  • MJ@Home: At Home with Madhur Jaffrey (ISBN 0307268241). I bought this because there were quite a few posts from this book. Have used it quite a bit. [2 recipes]
  • MJFarEast: Far Eastern Cookery (ISBN 0563213647). This was recommended to me by a friend, but I haven't used it yet.
  • MJFamily: Madhur Jaffrey's Cookbook: Food for Family & Friends (ISBN 1851451528). Not strictly Indian food, but all kinds of food, arranged in menus. Has some good recipes, but handicapped by having no index. My copy formerly owned by a smoker and the book still stinks. [3 recipes]
  • MJFlavours: Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours of India (ISBN 0563370777). Bought this during the IHCC time and have used it a lot. [6 recipes]
  • MJInvite: An Invitation to Indian Cooking (ISBN 0394711912). This is, I think, MJ's first cookbook. I got it late in the IHCC cycle as part of a fat red book that included the British version of WoE, which has a different title. When I realized WofE was duplicated, the red book went into a recycle pile and I ordered another copy of MJInvite. A skinnier copy that doesn't stress the space available on that shelf. Haven't yet cooked from this (although I did make one of these recipes from 100Curries), but have enjoyed reading some of the first and last bits.

Recipes I tried 

PostRecipeBook, pageRating
PostGreen Soup (Hara shorva)
an Indian cream of pea soup 
MJ1, p177+++
Squid or Scallops in Spinach-Tomato Curry Sauce (Samundar ki kari)
yummy, need to make this again with squid
Q&E, p72+++
Banana Halva (Kelay ka halva)
a simple dessert using up ripe bananas
Q&E, p124+++
PostIndian-Style Scrambled Eggs with Potatoes and Cauliflower
an omelet with Indian flavors
MJFamily, p160+++
PostSkewered Lamb Kebabs
pretty good lamb kebabs
TasteIndia, p40++
Moghlai Spinach
a side dish with color
TasteIndia, p36+++
Rice Cooked in an Aromatic Broth
more work for not much effect
TasteIndia, p45++
PostEasy Fish Fillets in a Traditional Mustard Sauce
something wrong with the sauce here
MJFlavours, p156+
Green Peas in a Creamy Sauce
an old favorite
Q&E, p87+++
Spicy Cucumber Wedges
a relatively new favorite
MJ1, p172+++
Vermicelli Pudding
tasty, but still not quite right 
MJFlavours, p255++
PostSri Lankan Eggplant Curry (Vambotu Curry)
something wrong, bad eggplant perhaps
WorldVeg, p189+
PostShamsi Davis' Persian Egg and Potato Cake (Kookoo Seeb Zameeni)
a lovely frittata sort of thing
WorldVeg, p538+++
PostMrs Kumud Kansara's Coco Pista Pasand—Coconut Pistachio Sweetmeats
even I can make Indian sweets; tasty but awfully sweet
MJFlavours, p88++
PostPakistani-Style Grilled Lamb Chops
flavorful lamb chops
MJ@Home, p119+++
PostWhole Chicken, Baked in Aluminum Foil (Murgh Musallam)
delicious chicken
MJ1, p80+++
PostPears Poached in a Saffron Syrup
a dessert for any meal
MJFamily, p185+++
PostStewed Dried Fruit
another any time dessert, from the Caucausus
WofE, p388+++
PostPakistani Goat Curry
good, but not the best
MJ@Home, p130++
Gingery Cabbage and Peas
another colorful side dish
MJFlavours, p67+++
PostBaba Ghanoush (Creamed Eggplant with Tahini)
another baba ghanoush, a good one
WofE, p334+++
Easy Kebabs (Tala Gosht)
lamb kebabs
SpiceKitch, p34+++
Shrimp with Garlic and Chilies (Lehsun Vali Jhinga)
yummy shrimpers
Q&E, p17+++
Ajwain-Flavored Chicken (Murgh Ke Mazedar Tukray)
tasty chicken
SpiceKitch, p32+++
Sour Potatoes (Khatte Aloo)
super potatoes
100Curries, p11
(MJInvite, p38)
PostSaag Paneer
with homemade paneer, good stuff
WofE, p240+++
PostLentils with Garlic and Onion
an old favorite comfort food
MJ1, p124+++
PostLamb and Rice Casserole (Mughlai lamb biryani)
long in the making, but worth it
MJ1, p154+++
Yoghurt with Eggplant
good go-with
MJ1, p164+++
Tomato, Onion, and Green Coriander Relish
a good relish
MJ1, p172+++
Light Rice Pudding (Phirni)
good, a trifle sweet
Climbing, p262++
PostChickpea Flour Stew with Dumplings (Karhi)
something I've been meaning to make
TasteIndia, p42+++
PostGolden Sesame Corn Bread
zingy cornbread
MJFamily, p156+++
PostEasy Chicken Kebabs
very good and easy
Q&E, p15+++
Diced Potatoes with Spinach
good stuff
100Curries, p140
(WofE, p53)
PostMushroom Curry
a new favorite
Q&E, p79+++
Gujerati Carrot Salad
an old favorite
MJ1, p170+++
Shoba Ramji's Alimucha Oorga, Lime Pickle
not perfect, but much better this time
MJFlavours, p211++
PostPickled Green Chilies
WofE, p367-
PostSalabat (Ginger Tea)
makes you feel better
WofE, p342+++
PostSweet and Sour Chick Pea Flour Soup
different but tasty soup
MJFlavours, p79+++
PostGreek-Style Lentil Salad
good stuff
WorldVeg, p630+++
PostPotatoes Cooked with Garlic and Sesame Seeds
Indian French fries, an old favorite
WofE, p55+++
Tangy Green Beans with Ajwain and Ginger
a colorful side dish
SpiceKitch, p38+++
PostOnion Fritters (Pyaz ki Bhajia)
onion bhaji, yay!
Q&E, p20+++
Lamb with Onions (Do piaza)
good stuff
MJ1, p46+++
Rice and Peas with Garam Masala (Matar Aur Sooay Ka Pullao)
SpiceKitch, p65+++
Yoghurt with Cucumber and Mint (Kheere ka Raita)
our favorite raita
MJ1, p162+++

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