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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken, Coconut Lagoon restaurant, Chef Joe Thottungal | Photography by Christian Lalonde

With its tranquil beaches, lush mountains, and incredibly delicious cuisine, Kerala, located in southwestern India, is often called paradise on earth. It’s a place where traditional dishes are born of
a unique geography and enhanced with spices such as mustard seeds, curry leaves, and coconut milk. In fact, it’s one of India’s most exciting culinary regions.

Coconut Lagoon by Joe Thottungal, a collection of 80 easy-to-make recipes designed for home cooks. The cookbook features authentic regional dishes such as mango pickle, dosa, Malabar parathas, biryani, Thrissur-style fish, and banana fritters, as well as more widely known Indian recipes that are loved around the world, such as chai, butter chicken, and poori. You’ll even find traditional vegetarian dishes that are served at the Onam sadya, the annual harvest festival. (more…)

Cookbook Review: The Curry Guy

Dan Toombs The Curry Guy Butter Chicken

Dan Toombs has perfected the art of Indian restaurant cooking after travelling around sampling dishes, learning kitchen secrets and refining recipes at home. In other words, The Curry Guy makes homemade curries that taste like the ones at your local curry house—only better.

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Cookbook Review: Indian Festival Feasts

Vivek Singh's Indian Festival Feasts

India’s festivals are as diverse as the country’s landscapes and as lively as its people, bringing together a blend of cultures, religions and understanding for people to celebrate.

In this gastronomic celebration of India’s festival cuisine, head chef of London’s acclaimed Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh brings his unique touch to traditional festival recipes and gives his insight into the significance of food from a country with a history of such diverse religions and cultures. (more…)