The Spice Tree

The Spice Tree

Indian Cooking Made Beautifully Simple


All the secrets to cook authentic family-style and takeaway favourite curries at home from Mowgli founder and curry evangelist Nisha Katona.

'Nisha's book is brilliant - stunning recipes' -- Tom Kerridge
Beautiful, tasty, delicious food that I could eat every day. - Simon Rimmer
Nisha's food is good for the soul - bowls of comfort and platefuls of joy. Her recipes are simple and utterly delicious -- Lorraine Kelly
'This is simply one of the best books on Indian food I've come across' -- ***** Reader review
'By far the best cookery book I've ever bought' -- ***** Reader review
'Every recipe has been a hit!' -- ***** Reader review

Mowgli founder and 'curry evangelist' Nisha Katona shares all the secrets from her Indian family kitchen, passed down through the generations, so you can cook your favourite curries at home.

Introducing her concept of the 'spice tree' - a simple infographic formula to show you which spices and ingredients go best together - Nisha will demonstrate how to get that authentic curry flavour every time.

Discover new and inventive recipes that showcase the perfect flavour pairings of the Indian kitchen, including:
*Steamed Bengali Trout
*Salmon and Cauliflower Curry
*Mackerel with Nigella and Tomato
*Goan Fish Curry
*Butter Chicken
*Quail Masala
*Railway Goat Curry
*Spiced Ginger Lamb Raan
*Green Dahl with Rhubarb and Ginger
*Puy Lentils with Cardamom and Garam Masala
*Peanut and Potato Powa

With stunning photography, easy to follow recipes and accessible explanations of flavour pairings, this will change the way you approach Indian cuisine!


  • Beautiful, tasty, delicious food that I could eat every day.
    Simon Rimmer

About the author

Nisha Katona

Liverpudlian child-protection barrister, Nisha Katona, opened the first Mowgli Street Food in Liverpool in 2014. There are now 6 Mowgli restaurants around the UK, beloved for their fresh and tasty Indian home cooking (and famous Chip Butties). A familiar face on Lorraine, This Morning and Sunday Brunch, find Nisha at @NishaKatona and @Mowglistfood.
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