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    19 Super Helpful Cookbooks That'll Make Your Kitchen A Lot Less Intimidating

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    1. The Big Book Of Treats by Pooja Dhingra - ₹419

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    The Big Book Of Treats is Dhingra's gift to Indian home bakers. Written with a professional's exacting eye and a home chef's ability to improvise, it teaches you how to make everything from cookies and cupcakes to brownies and birthday cakes. Accessible, engaging, and undeniably scrumptious, these recipes will bring all sorts of baked goodies, even macarons, into your own kitchen.

    This book is the perfect place to start for new bakers. Get it here.

    2. On The Kebab Trail: A Moti Mahal Cookbook by Monish Gujral - ₹250

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    Monish Gujral, grandson of Kundan Lal Gujral - the founder of the legendary Moti Mahal chain of restaurants - travels the world in search of the most delectable kebabs, providing some rare family recipes along the way. This book is the ultimate indulgence for all kebab lovers.

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    3. Rick Stein's India by Rick Stein - ₹995

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    Chefs, home cooks, and street vendors hold the key to unlocking the secrets of the complex and diverse flavours of Indian cuisine. Rick's travels take him to the heart of both their long-held traditions and most modern techniques. He uncovers recipes for fragrant kormas, delicately spiced fish, and slow-cooked biryanis, all the while gathering ideas and inspiration for his own take on that elusive dish - the perfect curry.

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    4. Tiffin: Memories And Recipes Of Indian Vegetarian Food by Rukmini Srinivas - ₹376

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    In this delightful memoir-cum-cookbook, Rukka shares the memories and recipes of the delectable food that she has cooked and eaten over many decades. Having travelled extensively from Pune, Chennai, and Delhi to Berkeley, Stanford, and Boston she realised, at a very young age, the indispensability of authentic home-cooked food.

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    5. Lomelino's Ice Cream: 79 Ice Creams, Sorbets, And Frozen Treats To Make Any Day Sweet by Linda Lomelino - ₹490

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    Lomelino's Ice Cream is your guide to all things sweet, creamy, icy, indulgent, and homemade. Linda Lomelino, the stylish blogger at the helm of Call Me Cupcake!, is a kitchen wizard who crafts ice cream so beautiful and delicious you can almost feel it melting on your tongue as you read. Learn to make sinfully smooth ice creams, cool sorbets, and chunky-nutty-chocolaty frozen treats; not to mention ice-cream cakes, floats, sauces, meringues, and crumbles to top it all off.

    Get it here.

    6. 50 Great Curries Of India by Camellia Panjabi - ₹307

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    The secret to creating authentic Indian curries at home lies within these fabulous pages. A feast for the senses, this mini format of 50 Great Curries Of India is the world's best-selling curry book. It explains how to add taste, aroma, and colour to create that perfect curry. Dishes are collected from all over India - from the classic Goa Lamb Vindaloo to the more exotic Gujarat Mango and Yogurt Curry, and all are accompanied by tantalising photography to inspire and excite.

    Get it here.

    7. Bakes And Cakes by Nita Metha - ₹171

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    This cookbook offers a wide range of baking recipes, from the basic ones to the more complex ones, so there's surely something in it for everybody.

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    8. Crumbs!: Bread Stories And Recipes For The Indian Kitchen by Saee Koranne-Khandekar - ₹299

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    From sheermal to ciabatta, bhakri to baguette - welcome to the magical world of bread-making! There's something undeniably pleasurable about tearing into a soft, hot naan or biting into the light puffiness of a freshly baked brioche. But have you ever thought how wonderful it might be to make them yourself?

    Get it here.

    9. Dal And Kadhi by Sanjeev Kapoor - ₹313

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    Come experience our rich regional diversity with Chef Kapoor's treasury of varieties of dals and kadhis... No longer will roti and rice ever miss an amiable companion.

    Get it here.

    10. Entice With Spice: Easy Indian Recipes For Busy People by Shubhra Raminen - ₹2,551

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    Entice With Spice shows Indian food enthusiasts how to prepare delicious meals at home without spending hours in the kitchen. The Indian food lover will find nearly 100 recipes — from samosa to naan and mouthwatering curries — for easy-to-make versions of popular dishes from both the North and South of India. Throughout this practical book, Shubhra shares tricks and shortcuts she has learned from her mother, who is from North India, and her mother-in-law, who is from South India.

    Get it here.

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    From delicious dals to rich curries, flat breads, savoury breakfasts, snacks, and much more, this vegan cookbook brings you Richa Hingle’s collection of plant-based Indian recipes inspired by regional cuisines, Indian culture, local foods, and proven methods.

    Get it here.

    12. Veg by Jamie Oliver - ₹1,049

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    From simple suppers to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this book is packed full of phenomenal food - pure and simple. Whether it's embracing a meat-free day or two each week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some brilliant new flavour combinations, this book ticks all the boxes.

    Get it here.

    13. Tasting India: Heirloom Family Recipes by Christine Manfield - ₹1,145

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    Tasting India is a gastronomic odyssey through home kitchens, crowded alleyways, fine restaurants, and street shacks to explore the masterful, complex, and vibrant tapestry of Indian cuisine. Along the way, this captivating country comes alive as Manfield describes its food, landscape, culture, and traditions with her trademark passion, curiosity, and expertise.

    Get it here.

    14. Nigellisima by Nigella Lawson - ₹1,048

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    Nigellissima is a celebration of fresh, tasty, and unpretentious cooking, inspired by Lawson's experiences of living, working, and learning to cook in Italy. In 120 quick and easy recipes, she shows you why Italian food has conquered the world, from sunny pasta dishes to rich lasagne and meats, with indulgent ice cream, cakes and puddings, and perfect party food.

    Get it here.

    15. 101 Chicken Recipes by Nita Mehta - ₹236

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    101 Chicken Recipes offers your favourite meat cooked in many delicious ways. The chicken dish is the centre of attraction for any table spread and all the other dishes are planned around it. Now you need not repeat the same recipe over and over again, since you have a huge treasury of other recipes to turn to.

    Get it here.

    16. MasterChef India: Cookbook by Vikas Khanna - ₹1,100

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    More than 100 stunning recipes with images from MasterChef India Seasons 1, 2, and 3. From "Tri­coloured Chicken Seekh with Ajwaini Gravy" to "Citrusy Lamb Chops with Mash Potatoes and Pesto Veggies" to "Coconut ­crusted Bassa Fish with Saffron Risotto and Tomato Butter Sauce", every dish contained in this book oozes passion and visions of the culinary masters of India.

    Get it here.

    17. An Invitation To Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey - ₹813

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    An Invitation To Indian Cooking makes clear just how extraordinarily subtle, varied, and delicious the food of the subcontinent can be. It contains recipes from formal recipes for parties to the leisurely making of dals, pickles, and relishes.

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    18. Bake With Shivesh by Shivesh Bhatia - ₹435

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    In Bake With Shivesh, the ace baker reveals foolproof tips on food styling that can be easily followed at home, in your kitchen, with tools you already own. He also talks about his favourite styling techniques, and what works or doesn't on different social media platforms. This is a book for everyone looking to elevate the way they present food, to help boost their blogs and businesses, and to make food look as good as it tastes.

    Get it here.

    19. Indian Cookery Course by Monisha Bharadwaj - ₹1,002

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    This comprehensive guide to Indian cooking explores the myriad regional varieties of authentic, healthy, and lesser-known Indian recipes. With chapters broken down into Rice, Breads, Meat, Fish and Seafood, Poultry, Eggs, Dairy, Lentils and Beans, Vegetables, Snack and Sides, Grills, Salads and Raitas, Chutneys and Relishes, Desserts, and Drinks, Monisha covers a varied range of dishes as well as providing insights into ingredients, techniques, and step-by-step masterclasses to help you recreate classic and popular recipes.

    Get it here.