I had no idea that Little India was first opened in Dunedin nearly around a quarter of a century ago. Now the chain has outlets throughout the country and has become a favourite among lovers of Indian cuisine, from Invercargill to Auckland.
Based on the scrummy dishes fans will be familiar with, this soft-cover book not only gives you recipes based on Little India family traditions but is complemented with gorgeous photography by Sean Shadbolt and the history of Little India itself. There are also a few pages dedicated to those essential ingredients.
It attempts to break down the misconception that Indian food is difficult to prepare and that authentic cooking equipment is required. Recipes are presented with simple steps to make it easy for even novices.
As a lover of the Onion Bhajis and Paneer Aloo Tikki, I attempted these first. I was surprised at how simple they were to make. They were absolutely delicious! The mains were also incredible. I made the Rogan Josh and the Chicken Biryani. It is true, the recipes give you a taste that you cannot get out of a jar from the supermarket.
If you enjoy a great takeaway curry and delectable authentic Indian food, you must get your hands on this book.
Little India at Home
By Little Indai
(Penguin NZ, RRP $40)