Miss Masala

Miss Masala: Real Indian Cooking for Busy Living

By Mallika Basu

Published by Harper Collins, my book is a lifestyle and narrative cookbook for anyone who wants to cook Indian food while juggling a busy social, professional and family life. This is what my publishers have to say about it:

“Cookery goddess and girl about town Mallika Basu reveals her secrets for cooking gorgeous Indian food in this highly covetable book, inspired by her blog.

So much more than just a cookbook, this beautiful, handbag-sized journal fuses irresistible Indian recipes with Mallika’s quirky and hilarious tales – it will make Indian cooking an effortless part of your goddess lifestyle.

Alongside easy instructions for making aromatic Kerala Chicken or the best Seekh Kebabs, Mallika shares witty anecdotes about her high-flying city life, and gives handy hints on how to cook a jalfrezi and still head to the bar an hour later without reeking of eau de curry. Bollywood finally meets Sex and the City, and anyone who wants to whip up a meal for friends will be basking in the glory. This is real Indian cooking for busy city living!”


My mother thinks this is the best thing since sliced,
gluten-free bread. This is what the media are saying:

‘This is a very personal collection of recipes woven together with anecdotes, tips, facts and explanations about how and why she cooks… it doubles as a very good read.”
BBC Olive Magazine, UK

‘There are cook books and more cook books but Mallika Basu’s Miss Masala:Real Indian cooking? for busy living is different. For a start it is amusing’
Eastern Eye, UK

“Gorgeous Mallika Basu is the new queen of Indian cuisine. What she doesn’t know about spices isn’t worth knowing. Funny stories and top tips – such as how to rustle up a jhalfrezi without smelling of eau de curry – [have] made her an instant hit with funky young cooks.”
Sunday Mail, Glasgow

“Simple recipes and basic know how are her secrets, and in this book, Basu shares them with wit and verve. This is a brilliant book for those new to Indian cooking.”
The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand

50 Best Cookbooks, The Independent, UK, only Indian cookbook to be featured alongside Curry Easy,
by Madhur Jaffrey

“Each of Miss Masala ’s cheerfully illustrated pages spills over with peppy humour, handy hints and easy- to- replicate recipes as Mallika talks about her passage from her days as a first- time masala buyer who “ sticks out like an unaccompanied man in the M&S lingerie department.”
Mail Today, India Today

“Fresh from the blogosphere, is Mallika Basu, a self-professed Indian Princess, who is setting out to prove that you can cook Indian food and still have time for a life. Her new book, Miss Masala, stems from her successful blog – www.quickindiancooking.com… Described by fans as ‘Bollywood meets Sex And The City’.”
Press Association, UK


  • Know your Bhuna from your Balti
  • Perfect in No Time
  • Never Let you Down
  • Light and Bright
  • Showing Off
  • Food for Feeling Better
  • Sweet Indulgences

Why Not Try these recipes?

  • Kosha Mangsho (Lamb sauteed in yoghurt and roasted cumin)
  • Murgh Makhani (Velvety butter chicken)
  • Baingan Bharta (Smoky roasted aubergine mash)
  • Channa Masala (Hot, spicy curried chickpeas)
  • Tandoori Macchli (Succulent monkfish in tandoori spices)
  • Peshawari Naan (Luxurious naan stuffed with nuts and raisins)
  • Mango Fool (Pureed mangoes folded into double cream)
  • Bhapa doi (Saffron and cardamom cheesecake)
  • Vodka Chilli Cocktails (For those who dare!)