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660 Curries: Biryani Curries and Side Dishes

One more post reviewing some recipes from the recent cookbook “660 Curries” and then I’ll quit. I promise. Really. I won’t even make you pay the ransom to get me to stop.

Once upon a time, invading hordes (Greek, Persian, Moghul, Mongol, Hun, Arab, Turk) came from many directions, over several centuries, looking for a really […]

660 Curries: Vegetarian Curries

India is the Land of Spices. It’s also the Land of Vegetable Dishes. not only are there millions of Indians who are vegetarian diners, the rest often eat meals that are mainly vegetable courses. This is in stark contrast to the typical American meal, which is often meat-heavy.

Raghavan Iyer pays tribute, and significant attention, to […]

660 Curries: Chicken and Beef

Continuing our “discussion of great curry dishes, as presented by Raghavan Iyer in his monumental recent release “660 Curries,” I direct your attention to a pair of great entrĂ©es:

Chicken With Coconut and Tomatoes
Tamarind Beef
Kolhapuri Garam Masala

The chicken dish is a nice, red curry with mucho plenty zing (if you use the full dose of spices). […]

660 Curries: Two Great Dipping Sauces

Sauces abound in Indian cooking. Sauces for dipping, sauces for main courses, even sauces for dessert. What else could you expect from the culture that invented chutnies?

Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries” presents LOTS of tasty sauces in the Spice Blends and Pastes section.

Iyer’s selections run from very mild, chile-free assemblies of sweet and tart fruits to […]

660 Curries: What Kind of Spice Blend is Garam Masala?

In my previous post I gave a condensed review of Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries,” my favorite cookbook this year (and it’s only half over!). In the next few posts I’ll present some of the recipes I found intriguing. I’ve also chosen items that taught me something.

Like all the garam masala blends listed in the chapter […]

Book Review: Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries: The Gateway to Indian Cooking”

Any fan of the Chile Underground knows I love curry. I use Neelam Batra’s 1,000 Indian Recipes and Nancy McDermott’s The Curry Book as resources, as well as whatever I find in my travels to Asia. I was psyched when I saw that Ragha Iyer, IACP Teacher of the Year, would be releasing a book […]