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Indian cookbook?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Well, this is a pretty simple question, but I don't think I've seen any discussion of it on Paleohacks. Indian food can be pretty close to paleo, and in fact one of my go-to meals when I'm feeling lazy is an Indian place around here that actually uses butter, cream and yogurt in their dishes.

But I would like to make Indian dishes that are fully paleo, and with my ingredients: pastured butter, high-fat yogurt, quality meat, etc. And why not? Meat in a rich, creamy sauce is just one of my staple meals; fills me up like nobody's business.

So if I want to learn how to cook with Indian spices and Indian methods, is there a cookbook that would be good for me? Certainly I would want to avoid one that included any vegetable oil. But beyond that what should I look for? Will all cookbooks be essentially the same--such that the only thing left to do would be to make sure I substitute with high-quality ingredients? Or are some older cookbooks, say, better for some reason or other? Are there other factors I'm not considering? Does anyone out there have any experience with this?

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on September 16, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Thanks for the tip!

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on September 23, 2010
at 01:51 AM

I have that book. I tried hard to love it but... too much complexity for mediocre results, IMO.

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on September 22, 2010
at 11:37 PM

Don't worry about the vegetable oil; she was just making a substitute for US/UK cooks. Substituting ghee 1-for-1 will work just fine -- in fact, it improves the dishes.

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on September 22, 2010
at 09:12 PM

Thanks, John R. So that cookbook was first published in 1973; it has vegetable oil in it already? What kind? I'll check it out.

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on September 21, 2010
at 06:15 PM

I'm a fan of nourishing traditions cookbook, bu you have to ignore the grain suggestions

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at 04:42 PM

Thanks, Stephen. I was hoping there was some one or few cookbooks that had "classic" status. I'm interested in staying close to the source but keeping it paleo. ... I'll check out the Nikoley.

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at 04:40 PM

I had heard brief mention of that one before, it looks good.

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on September 22, 2010
at 08:27 PM

"Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking" is, IMO, the best starting point for Westerners learning to cook Indian food. It's dated, but it still rocks. All the recipes are clearly explained, straightforward, and (most importantly) really good. Just skip the rice and flour and use ghee instead of vegetable oil. If you're ok with cream and yogurt it's a great resource.

Edited to add: She has a whole lot of books with similar titles. This is the one to get; looks like $5-$6 will get you a clean used copy.

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

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on September 22, 2010
at 11:37 PM

Don't worry about the vegetable oil; she was just making a substitute for US/UK cooks. Substituting ghee 1-for-1 will work just fine -- in fact, it improves the dishes.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 22, 2010
at 09:12 PM

Thanks, John R. So that cookbook was first published in 1973; it has vegetable oil in it already? What kind? I'll check it out.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on September 16, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Thanks for the tip!

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on September 21, 2010
at 04:34 PM

660 Curries is a great one, though kind of sad because while the spice bases are great, you can see why India is becoming a major hotspot for metabolic disease. The subs you need to make are kind of obvious, but typical ones for me are

Canola oil = coconut oil/ghee Beans = meat Rice = vegetables

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on September 21, 2010
at 04:40 PM

I had heard brief mention of that one before, it looks good.

95ab15c8ef50ff0daf87ccbdd52cd3b8

(2384)

on September 23, 2010
at 01:51 AM

I have that book. I tried hard to love it but... too much complexity for mediocre results, IMO.

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on September 21, 2010
at 04:27 PM

Richard Nikoley over at Free the Animal does TONs of curry/Indian inspired recipes

Otherwise simply substitute ingredients

I've had good luck with really old thrift store cookbooks, not only are they usually a dollar, they have butter and lard based recipes! Stick with the really Old ones!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 21, 2010
at 04:42 PM

Thanks, Stephen. I was hoping there was some one or few cookbooks that had "classic" status. I'm interested in staying close to the source but keeping it paleo. ... I'll check out the Nikoley.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on September 21, 2010
at 06:15 PM

I'm a fan of nourishing traditions cookbook, bu you have to ignore the grain suggestions

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