Madhur Jaffrey talks to Tandoori

Posted on Movers and Shakers Nov 2010 - by Tandoori Magazine
Madhur Jaffrey talks to Tandoori

The doyenne of Indian food and cooking, and the woman credited with revolutionising subcontinental cuisine, Madhur Jaffrey talks to Tandoori.


Your new book Curry Easy has come seven years after your last cookery book. How come we had to wait so long?
I had a memoir in between, but this new book I wrote very slowly because I was working on new cooking techniques so that it doesn't take too long to prepare dishes. There are so many steps one has to consider and meat can be the trickiest. So I thought why not just marinate the meat and just cook it in the oven rather than waste time on continuously stirring the pot. Vegetables always require less time and use less spices to flavour them.


Do you have any favourite recipes from the book?
That's like asking who is your favourite child! I love them all, but I think if I had to really choose one it would be the Salmon in a Bengali Sauce.


What do you make of the UK's love of Indian food, for which you can take so much credit?
It's so much better than when I started writing. It makes me so happy that there are so many ingredients that are easily available in supermarkets and people are being so experimental in their Indian cooking.


What about the Indian restaurant scene?
It's very advanced now and I'm pleased to say that restaurants are now offering so much more choice when it comes to regional dishes and long may this continue. I live in New York and while there are some very good Indian restaurants there, overall and for various reasons, the Indian restaurant sector just hasn't developed in the US.


What's a typical foodie day for you at home?
I get up and have toast and marmite with tea for breakfast. Lunch tends to be very light. I grow my own vegetables so I'll use them for a salad and even a soup. For dinner I keep my options open. It doesn't have to be Indian. My husband and I eat fish quite often during the week or vegetables. Meat less and less though.


What are your hobbies and how do you relax?
Cooking and gardening I find immensely therapeutic. I like to read magazines about food and architecture as well, and find going to the movies quite relaxing. I also like to keep abreast of new books coming out of India and Pakistan.

Do you still like to do acting?
Oh yes, absolutely. I have just made several film and TV appearances in the US recently and continue to act.


Any more cookery books on the horizon?
I'm planning one right now on cooking from ingredients from your garden.


How would you like to be remembered?
That's not something I think about!

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