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Made in India, Made in Our Cookbook Club: Our 10 Favorite Dishes

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All October long, our Cookbook Club has focused on Meera Sodha's cookbook, Made in India. Members eagerly cooked through the book, proving to themselves they can easily make their favorite Indian dishes at home.

Masala Omelette; Homemade Paneer; and Spicy Lamb Burgers topped with Sweet & Hot Tomato Chutney and served with Masala Fries with Date & Tamarind Chutney Photos by Sandra Hickman Simmons, Joy Huang, Belén Torres-Gil

While a great many members were already fans of Indian food, Sodha converted quite a few others (and their partners!), as was the case in Deborah Elliott's household:

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I have cooked more of the recipes in Made In India than any other cookbook I own, and I own many! I love how the recipes are fresh and many are basically one-pot cooking, adding rice or bread. My husband has been surprised with this book because he wasn’t looking forward to the month, as he thought he much prefers Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. He loved most of our meals and is no longer disappointed when it’s Indian food on the menu. Almost everything I have tried will be cooked again and I am so enamored of her cooking I purchased her second book, Fresh India.

Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen, Signed Copy

Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen, Sig...

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Fresh India: 130 Quick, Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day

Fresh India: 130 Quick, Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Rec...

Club members have made dozens of different dishes over the course of the month, but some recipes have reached the highest standard of praise: they will be repeated. Here are the top 10 favorites:

  • Cilantro chutney (Lilli chatni)
  • Green beans with mustard seeds and ginger (Fansi nu saak)
  • Cauliflower, cashew, pea, and coconut curry (Phool kobi kaju anna mattar nu shaak)
  • The perfect basmati rice
  • Naan
  • Worker’s curry (Chana Masala)
  • Chaat salad
  • Chili paneer
  • The perfect masala chai
  • Roasted cauliflower with cumin, turmeric, and lemon (Masala phool kobi)

Haven't picked up a copy of the book yet? Not to worry! We've rounded up some similar recipes. Give them a chance to become repeaters in your house, too:

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The Perfect Basmati Rice

The Perfect Basmati Rice by Kenzi Wilbur

Chhole a.k.a Chana Masala (Indian Spiced Chickpeas)

Chhole a.k.a Chana Masala (Indian Spiced Chickpeas) by Annada Rathi

Cilantro Coconut Chutney

Cilantro Coconut Chutney by A Brown Table

Homemade Naan

Homemade Naan by Carey Nershi

Homemade Paneer

Homemade Paneer by kulsum Kunwa

Almost Instant Chai

Almost Instant Chai by petitbleu

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Psst: Didn’t know about our Cookbook Club? Head here to get up to speed on how to participate.

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