What makes a good curry? Sensual spicy aromas or thick, creamy sauces? Rich, dark dals or crispy fried street snacks? The author journeys through India to find the answer, searching this colourful, chaotic nation in search of the truths behind our love affair with its food. He also uncovers recipes for kormas, spiced fish and slow-cooked biryanis.
"There is something about a curry that is all pervading - just the mere mention of the word ignites a longing deep inside us, especially after a couple of beers in good company..." Rick Stein is undertaking a new gastronomic odyssey - a journey through the vibrant colours, spices and tastes of authentic Indian cuisine. Whether sampling Bhapa maach paturi (spicy steamed fish) in Calcutta, exploring the impact of spicy Konkan cuisine on European settlers or trying his hand at a hot Tandoori grill, Rick is searching for the soul of Indian food - the real flavours, ingredients and techniques that make up this fiery and fragrant cuisine. But he doesn't stop there. Rick also brings the six finest dishes that he's discovered on his journey back to the UK and puts them to the test. These six discoveries are Rick's personal favourites, and the ones that he believes the British public will enjoy the most.
Rick Stein's passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious flavour combinations in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey and Rick Stein's Spain.
Rick is a firm supporter of sustainable farming and fishing techniques, which he strives to maintain in Padstow, Cornwall, where he runs four acclaimed restaurants and a seafood cookery school, as well as a delicatessen and patisserie. In 2003 Rick was awarded an OBE for services to West Country tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, where he opened a restaurant, Rick Stein at Bannister's, in 2009.
In search of the perfect curry - the very best recipes that India has to offer.
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