Misty Ricardo’s Curry Compendium Review


Reviewed by Shetho

Two of my favourite things in one lovely book.

I enjoy cooking and I make meals from scratch most days. One of my favourite cuisines is Indian, so to be gifted a recipe book full to the brim with ideas for takeaway style meals is fantastic.

The hardback book is formatted to clearly set out everything you need to know on how to buy the ingredients and put them together in a simple way to prepare and cook great authentic meals. All the recipes are given for a single portion size, with instructions on how to scale up for more people. I think this is a brilliant idea and so helpful as often recipes are created for a number of portions which don’t fit with the number you are feeding.

The book is laid out in sections to guide you through the preparation and cooking process, from the fundamentals such as measurements and portion size to basic equipment and tips on how to avoid messing up your kitchen. There is a great section which goes into detail about ingredients covering spices, spice mixes and pastes and information on where to buy them and on the stages of making base sauces and gravies and how to adjust the flavours to suit individual tastes and preferences.

All of the recipes are very clearly laid out and the method is split into easy to do stages. This level of clarity is helpful if you are not an experienced cook as you can take it step by step and not be overwhelmed by complex wording and techniques. Each recipe page includes a QR code which you can use your phone to scan and get the recipe on your device if you prefer to view it that way.

There are so many recipes, to choose from and these are as you would expect ordered by categories which include starters, classic curries, special dishes, extra hot curries, vegetarian curries, side dishes, rice and breads, sundries, street food and other specialities and upscaling curries. With such a variety recipes, it’s going to be hard for me to choose where to start. I think I might opt for a Chicken Tikka Masala which is a family favourite and I can’t wait to try the naan bread to accompany and rice recipes to accompany it.

One thing I particularly like about the book is the great use of photography which includes a couple of interesting shots from India. For me having photographs of the food is an essential element of a recipe book when you first make something new so you have an idea of what you are expecting the end product to turn out like.

I would recommend this book for any curry lover. It would make a fantastic gift for someone or just as a treat for yourself. For fanatics of Indian cuisine there is so much detail to help you understand how the flavours of a curry are built and created, the index pages read like an Indian restaurant or takeaway menu and it made my mouth water just reading it.

Rating: 5

RRP: £24.99

This product can be purchased from Amazon here.

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