- Vindaloo is an Indian curry dish which is popular in Goa, India.
- It is a derivative of vinh d’alho, a stew brought to the region by Portuguese colonists.
- Usually associated with being a fiery and spicy dish
There are many recipes for Vindaloo but I am going to link Madhur Jaffrey’s recipe here.
Madhur Jaffrey is an Indian actress who also just happens to be a world renowned authority on Indian cooking. I regard Ms Jaffrey, aside from my mother, as my strongest influence in Indian cooking.
I left home early to finish high school and attend college in N America. My mom would try to squeeze in cooking lessons during the summers when I was home from college but cooking was not really a priority for me then.
I met my husband in college in Oregon and got married soon after college graduation and settled here in the US.
My mom passed away a year after I got married and even though I had taken notes on her recipes, they did not make much sense-mostly because I took such awful notes and hardly spent anytime in the kitchen.
Then, I discovered Madhur Jaffrey and I appreciate her so much as a cookbook author because she does such an excellent job of explaining the fundamentals of Indian cooking.
Thanks to Ms Jaffrey and her excellent explanations, I was able to decipher my notes and reproduce a lot of my mother’s recipes and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
If you have an interest in Indian cooking then I highly recommend what was for me the Bible to Indian cooking, Ms Jaffrey’s: “An Invitation to Indian Cooking”.
Aside from the fantastic recipes, it is also a marvelous read. Ms Jaffrey explains a lot of the history behind Indian cooking and dishes and you can really feel the great love for her country and it’s exquisite cuisine through her writings.
My other favorite of her books is : “Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick and Easy Indian Cooking” which gives you great short cuts without compromising flavors.
Do you have a favorite cookbook author? Who were your greatest cooking influence?