22 Best Indian Cookbooks of All Time - Mishry

22 Best Indian Cookbooks of All Time – Mishry

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22 Best Indian Cookbooks of All Time – Mishry

This is an ode to the best cookbooks that celebrate the diversity and nuances of regional Indian food.

If you ask someone what defines Indian food and they have an answer for it, they are wrong! Indian cuisine cannot be defined or contained in one large bracket. Each state, each city, every galli, and nukkad has something new cooking that defines Indian food. Every spice, herb, and tadka combination is different from the last one, and adds a unique flavor! From the treatment of meat, dairy, and rice in biryani to the innumerable versions of idlis and dosas, India is a very food-diverse country.

At Mishry, we have compiled a list of the best Indian Cookbooks on the occasion of our 74th Independence Day to celebrate our love for cooking and food as a Nation.

 

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A list of the best Indian cookbooks.

 

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1. 50 Great Curries Of India – Camellia Punjabi

50 great curries of india – camellia punjabi
50 great curries of india – camellia punjabi

 

About the book 

From the classic Goa Lamb Vindaloo to the exotic Gujarat Mango and Yogurt Curry, this cookbook has it all. Camellia Punjabi’s 50 Great Curries Of India is one of the best curry-books in the world.

 

Review 

This book will delight, educate, and inspire anyone who longs to make authentic curries at home.’ – Nigel Slater, The Observer

 

2. Made in India – Meera Sodha

 

made in india – meera sodha
made in india – meera sodha

 

About the book 

This book has everything from chappatis to chili paneer and beetroot and feta samosas. Some wonderful curries are also showcased in this book like spinach and salmon curry and perfect cinnamon lamb curry. Side dishes like raitas and mouth-watering desserts like pistachio and saffron kulfi are also featured.

 

Review 

‘Wonderful, vibrant…deeply personal food, alive and authentic – the best sort – and, frankly, I want to cook everything in this book’ – Nigella Lawson

 

3. Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen – Richa Hingle

 

vegan richa’s indian kitchen – richa hingle
vegan richa’s indian kitchen – richa hingle

 

About the book 

Richa Hingle’s cookbook is a collection of plant-based recipes that have been inspired by regional cuisine and Indian culture. Recipes like Mango Curry Tofu, Baked Lentil Kachori Pastries, Avocado Naan, and Fudgy Cardamom Squares have been featured in this book.

 

Review 

“With superbly spiced recipes, eye-catching photographs, and mouthwatering descriptions, this book will find a permanent place in your kitchen. Richa’s recipe for Quinoa Cauliflower biryani alone is worth the price of the book.” – Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice, and A Life of Spice

 

4. Prashad At Home – Kaushy Patel

 

prashad at home – kaushy patel
prashad at home – kaushy patel

 

About the book 

Kaushy Patel’s Prashad At Home aims to simplify traditional Indian recipes with readily available ingredients. This is a really good vegetarian cookbook for beginners.

The restaurant, Prashad in Drighlington, England was highly praised by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay – “Prashad – the smallest restaurant with the biggest heart.”

 

Review 

“An excellent introduction to the delights of Indian vegetarian cooking… A valuable addition to your kitchen bookshelf, whether you are a veggie or not.” – Handmade Living Magazine

 

5. Entice With Spice – Shubhra Ramineni

 

entice with spice – shubhra ramineni
entice with spice – shubhra ramineni

 

About the book 

With her book, Entice With Spice, author Shubhra Ramineni focuses on how to prepare scrumptious meals at home without spending hours in the kitchen. Features recipes like Chicken Kebabs, Pepper Shrimp on a Stick, Easy Lamb Curry, and Fish with Tamarind Curry.

 

Review 

“Shubhra is a great cooking instructor. She is teaching food she knows intimately, and yet she is always learning something new and bringing that to the kitchen. Her passion for Indian food and her ability to pass that on to her students is her greatest gift. She removes the mystery from Indian cooking and makes it easy, quick, and tasty.” – Jason Cammack, Culinary Coordinator, Sur La Table

 

6. Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible

 

madhur jaffrey’s ultimate curry bible
madhur jaffrey’s ultimate curry bible

 

About the book 

Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible features over 150 delicious curry recipes. Starting with Indian curries, the book moves forward with distinct Asian and European flavors. Recipe ideas for curry accompaniments like rice, bread, chutneys, relishes, and sweets are also given in the book. Definately one of the best selling cookbooks on Indian cooking.

 

Review 

“The perfect gift for those who warm to the thrills of a well-made curry, it is the definitive guide.” – Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday

 

7. The Curry Secret – Kris Dhillon

 

the curry secret – kris dhillon
the curry secret – kris dhillon

 

About the book 

The Curry Secret by Kris Dhillon was first published over 20 years ago and has become a classic go-to cookbook for Indian cuisine. Recipes like Chicken Tikka Masala, Onion Bhajee, Aloo Gobi, and Lamb Biryani have been featured.

 

8. The Dal Cookbook  – Krishna Dutta

 

the dal cookbook – krishna dutta
the dal cookbook – krishna dutta

 

About the book – Starring the humble ingredient – Dal! From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, this cookbook by Krishna Dutta features over 50 dal recipes.

 

9. Indian-ish – Priya Krishna

 

indian-ish – priya krishna
indian-ish – priya krishna

 

 

About the book 

Writer Priya Krishna’s lively book is full of Indian-American hybrid recipes. Quirky, modern recipes like Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen feature in this cookbook.

 

Review 

“Priya’s writing features the hilarious, heartwarming stories about her family, and while I’ve never met her parents, I feel like I know them (mom loves a good wine pairing, dad loves yogurt, both love Dunkin’ Donuts). Not a lot of cookbooks pack as much personality and fun–plus these are guaranteed cookable, fantastic recipes.” – Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit

 

10. I Love India – Anjum Anand

 

i love india – anjum anand
i love india – anjum anand

 

 

About the book 

Anjum Anand’s I Love India is a personal collection of recipes that celebrates Indian food. Recipes and stories from coast to city, morning to midnight, and past to present.

 

11. Season – Nik Sharma

 

season – nik sharma
season – nik sharma

 

About the book 

The cookbook includes 100 easy-to-cook and delicious recipes with stunning photography (James Beard Nominee 2019 for Best Cookbook Photography). A wonderful cookbook for exploring the bold flavors of Indian cooking. Some recipes featured in the cookbook are Deviled Eggs with Creamy Tahini and Za’atar, Chat Masala-Grilled Pork Chops, Spicy Chocolate Chip-Hazelnut Cookies, Apple Masala Chai Cake, and more.

 

Review 

“Quite simply beautiful food-wide-ranging, inspiring, and infused with an enlivening and generous sensibility.” – Nigella Lawson, author of At My Table

 

12. Cooking from the Heart – Pankajam 

 

cooking from the heart – pankajam
cooking from the heart – pankajam

 

 

About the book 

Rasam, pickles, podis, aviyal, rice, sweets and so much more. Pankajam ‘s Cooking from the Heart records the fine art of cooking from a Master who has lived an entire life feeding generations.

 

13. The Andhra Cookbook – Komala Sista Rao

 

the andhra cookbook – komala sista rao
the andhra cookbook – komala sista rao

 

 

About the book 

The Andhra Cookbook is a compilation of the authors’ family culinary legacy. A mix of well-chosen, delectable vegetarian home recipes that will make you fall in love with Andhra style of cooking.

 

14. The Complete Gujarati Cook Book – Tarla Dalal

 

the complete gujarati cookbook – tarla dalal
the complete gujarati cookbook – tarla dalal

 

 

About the book 

This book by Tarla Dalal is an attempt to document the classic Gujarati recipes for the inexperienced beginners as well as the connoisseur. Your love for Gujarati food is about to magnify tenfold!

 

15. Ruchira – Kamalabai Ogale

 

ruchira – kamalabai ogale
ruchira – kamalabai ogale

 

About the book 

A household name in most Maharashtrian homes, Kamalabai Ogale’s Ruchira presents selected vegetarian Maharashtrian recipes including thalipeet and vangi bhat. This is undoubtedly one of the top cookbooks for beginners who want to experiment with Maharashtrian cuisine.

 

16. Spice Sorcery – Husna Rahaman

 

spice sorcery – husna rahaman
spice sorcery – husna rahaman

 

 

About the book 

Delectable recipes, stories, and the aroma of Kutchi Memon cooking right into your kitchen. Recipes like keema and masoor dal biryani are featured in this cookbook.

 

17. The Lucknow Cookbook – Chand Sur And Sunita Kohli

 

the lucknow cookbook – chand sur and sunita kohli
the lucknow cookbook – chand sur and sunita kohli

 

About the book 

Sunita Kohli and Chand Sur bring together 150 well-loved dishes in this cookbook celebrating the Lucknowi tehzeeb and nazaakat. Featuring delectable recipes like kebabs, biryanis, parathas, puddings and so much more.

 

18. The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook – Pushpesh Pant

 

the indian vegetarian cookbook – pushpesh pant
the Indian vegetarian cookbook – pushpesh pant

 

 

About the book 

Pushpesh Pant’s cookbook is an impressive collection of 150 healthy and approachable vegetarian recipes. These recipes are easy, nourishing, and so tasty and satisfying.

 

Review 

“No one can get more flavor out of vegetables like those from Indian cuisine – and this book doesn’t fail to impress. These are clever recipes from all over India to give your vegetable repertoire a new lease on life!” – Vanilla (Australia)

“It’s safe to say Pushpesh Pant really knows what he’s talking about… This collection really shows just how valued vegetables are in Indian cuisine… The huge flavors created in this collection of recipes will suit vegetarians, meat-eaters, and meat-reducers to boot!” – The Vegetarian

 

19. Indian Cookery Course – Monisha Bharadwaj

 

indian cookery course – monisha bharadwaj
indian cookery course – monisha bharadwaj

 

About the book 

From the earthy lentils of the North to the coconut-based curries of the South, Monisha Bhardwaj’s cookbook dives into techniques and step-by-step master classes to help you recreate classic and popular recipes.

 

Review 

‘Monisha Bharadwaj, an Indian cooking authority,’ – The New York Times

 

20. Pakodas: The Snack for all Seasons – Sangeeta Khanna

 

pakodas: the snack for all seasons – sangeeta khanna
pakodas: the snack for all seasons – sangeeta khanna

 

 

About the book 

As the book title mentions, pakodas truly are the snack for all seasons. The book is divided into three broad sections – vegetarian pakodas, non-vegetarian pakodas, and some lip-smacking chutneys without which the experience of eating pakodas is diminished.

 

21. Tiffin – Sonal Ved

 

tiffin – sonal ved
tiffin – sonal ved

 

About the book 

Sonal Ved’s Tiffin features over 500 authentic regional recipes from all 29 states of India. As we mentioned earlier, India is a diverse country and you cannot define Indian cuisine in a few words. This cookbook celebrates the food diversity of our glorious nation.

 

22. The East Indian Kitchen – Michael Swamy

 

the east indian kitchen – michael swamy
the east Indian kitchen – michael swamy

 

About the book 

A cookbook exploring the enduring flavors of the lesser-explored Maharashtrian-Portuguese cuisine. Flavor, culture, stories, and history are all rolled up in one.

Final Words

Cookbooks have that rustic charm that a quick search on your smartphone cannot provide. Which ones are you excited to add to your collection?

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few interesting FAQs on Indian Cookbooks.

#1 What is the best Indian cookbook for beginners?

The book “Prashad at Home” by Kaushy Patel is a fantastic vegetarian cookbook for beginners. It simplifies the traditional Indian recipes with readily available ingredients at home.

#2 What is the most authentic Indian cookbook?

Curry Easy by Madhur Jaffrey, Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible, The Curry Secret by Kris Dhillon, Rick Stein’s India, and The Spice Tree are some of the best Indian Cookbooks.

#3 What is the best Indian cookbook to buy?

Indian cuisine cannot be defined or contained in one large bracket. We have mentioned the top 11 best-selling Indian cookbooks one can try based on the cuisine or recipes one wants.

For Instance, if you looking for –

  • Best Curries, go with “50 Greatest Curries of India by Camellia Punjabi” or “Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible.”
  • Indian Recipes–Vegan Twist, go for “Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle.” 
  • Indian Dals, you can try “Dal Cookbook by Krishna Dutta.”
  • All about Gujarati Cuisine, “The Complete Gujarati Cookbook by Tarla Dalal.”
  • Maharashtrian Recipes, “Ruchira by Kamalabai Ogale.”

Nishtha Sethi

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs. fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

Comments (6)

  • Anjuna H Reply

    Amazing! The marathi edition of Ruchira has always been a staple in every Maharashtrian household. Going to add the English version to mine! What a lovely list, must say

    August 15, 2020 at 9:45 pm
  • Tania Jain Reply

    Madhur Jaffery and Camellia Panjabi are my all time favorite. Mommy passed them on to me when I started living alone in the US and needed some foolproof recipes for indian food.

    August 15, 2020 at 9:47 pm
  • Shraddha Chopra Reply

    Chand Sur and Sunita Kohli have done a FAB job. Love love LOVE that book.

    August 15, 2020 at 9:47 pm
  • Paavni Mehra Reply

    Wow! Meera Sodha’s book is my all time favorite..glad it made it your list.

    August 15, 2020 at 9:48 pm
  • Tushita Reply

    Indian-ish by Priya is AMAZING. So chic and nice! It’s not boring at all, you would actually want to read it like a novel.

    August 17, 2020 at 8:37 pm
  • Sumiko Reply

    FANTASTIC article ! Mishry well done ! Yes these surely look like keepers. Thank you for the research and the extensive list

    August 20, 2020 at 12:18 am

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