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ABOUT DAN TOOMBS

Your food blog for Indian food recipes and so much more!

Welcome to The Curry Guy Indian food blog where I share all of my easy to follow recipes with you. Many of these recipes end up in my cookbooks but I try them all out here first!

The recipes you find here have all been prepared and photographed by my wife, Caroline and myself in our own home kitchen or – weather permitting – outside on the barbecue.

Dan Toombs The Curry Guy

Photo by Mark Benham

About The Curry Guy Indian Food Blog – The Early Years

I started The Curry Guy Indian food blog in 2010 as a way of learning as much as I could about Indian food and culture.

It was a bit of experimental fun and escapism from my life running a promotional products business. I guess you could say I did just that! Escape.

As a way of getting enough content for the site, I convinced my wife and three kids that we should cook and eat nothing but Indian food for a whole year. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Indian food was on the menu. Though I’m pretty sure my kids cheated a bit.

I wanted not only to learn how to cook Indian food correctly, but also really get to know how all those spices and other ingredients worked together. I wanted to be able to put the cookbooks away and develop my own Indian recipes.

The Blog Takes Off!

After almost completing our year of eating nothing but Indian food, we were really looking forward to going back and cooking other cuisines too.

Then I received phone calls from a few national papers asking if it was true that my family had been cooking and eating nothing but Indian food for a whole year!

My blog and family ended up getting featured in The Daily Mail, The People and The Mirror as well as many online papers.

We went from seeing perhaps a couple hundred visitors to our site daily to thousands! There was no way we could stop then! We continued cooking up delicious Indian food daily for another year and blogging about it.

Indian food photo of The Curry Guy, Dan Toombs and family

The family pic that went in the papers.

How my blog has progressed over the years…

While writing my blog and featuring many authentic Indian food recipes, I began receiving messages through the blog and social media asking why the Indian food in cookbooks wasn’t anything like what they were used to.

This made a lot of sense as I too found that the Indian food served at British curry houses was nothing like what you find in the books.

I had a little knowledge about the differences but at the time, these curry house recipes were a closely guarded secret. I made it my goal to get the recipes for the curries that people wanted to recreate at home. British Indian restaurant (BIR) curries are among the most delicious and popular in the world.

How the British Indian Restaurant (BIR) focus made the blog

When I first started my Indian food blog, I found it near impossible to get into the kitchens of popular curry houses to learn their recipes.

After the features in the national newspapers, however it became much easier. Restaurateurs and chefs were happy to share their recipes in exchange for a mention on my blog.

I started travelling the UK, visiting famous and some not so famous curry houses to learn their recipes and share them on the blog.

After a few more years of writing and sharing recipes, my life changed in a way I never believed possible! 

Dan Toombs

Cooking at Lahore Kebab House in Shoreditch, London.

From Blogger to Cookbook Author

When I signed my first book deal, I had already given up on the whole idea of becoming a cookbook author. In 2013 I was just about to sign a book deal with Absolute Press when they pulled out saying there just wasn’t a big enough market for a cookbook of British Indian food recipes.

After that letdown it took me a while to get back into blogging but I was determined to prove Absolute Press wrong! In 2016 I finally signed my first book deal with Quadrille Publishing. That first cookbook was a best-seller and it led to a whole series of cookbooks. There are currently six cookbooks in the series with the seventh coming out in May 2022 and an eighth book I just started working on! More on that soon.

I have listed my cookbooks below. All of my cookbooks are available on amazon and all good book shops worldwide. I am also available daily to answer recipe questions on my Facebook Group, Curry Chit Chaat.

The Curry Guy Cookbooks

Join me in my Facebook group where we share more recipes and answer recipe questions.

My Cookbooks

The Curry Guy
My first cookbook features all of the most popular curry house recipes.

The Curry Guy Easy
This book is full of popular Indian recipes, both curry house style and authentic Indian food.

The Curry Guy Veggie
This book is packed with authentic Indian vegetarian recipes. Believe me… you won’t miss the meat!

The Curry Guy Light
Not a diet cookbook! You will find over 100 delicious recipes that are naturally in low fat and carbs

The Curry Guy Bible
Packed with over 200 recipes. The Curry Guy Bible features 50 recipes from each of my first three books and 50 brand new recipes. If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, this is it.

The Curry Guy Thai
Long before I started cooking Indian food, I made it my goal to master Thai food. This book features all the most popular Thai restaurant recipes. It is also the start of the new direction I am taking my blog.

More books and blog recipes on the way!

The Future…

After writing five Indian cookbooks and one Thai book, I have decided to take things even further!

You can expect to find recipes for curries and barbecue from all over the world in the coming months. So be sure to subscribe to my blog while you’re here so you never miss a recipe.

While you’re here, why not check out some of my favourite British Indian food recipes?

Chicken Korma
Chicken Madras
Lamb Rogan Josh
Chicken Dhansak
Lamb Vindaloo
Chicken Chilli Garlic
Chicken Patia
Lamb Bhuna
Butter chicken

cooking a curry

Cooking a curry is easier when you use the recipes on my blog and in my cookbooks. I promise!

My wife and I now work together on these recipes to bring you more home tested curry and barbecue ideas.

I hope you enjoy sharing my Indian food journey as well as the new direction of my blog and books. You are certain to find many Indian food favourites and curries from all around the world.

Steve

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

Hi Dan,

I've just cooked Chicken Madras tonight and am completely blown away. I've been cooking curries (including madras) for over 40 years but I've never managed to create anything so utterly delicious. ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING.

Thank you, thank you thank you.

Worth every bit of prep, and now I have Base Sauce, BIR Chicken and homemade spice mixes ready for my next curry adventure. Trying to decide which book to order.

Can't wait to get stuck into more of your recipes.

Dan Toombs

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Thank you so much for your e-mail. I am really glad you enjoyed my chicken madras so much. If you haven't already I would start with the Curry Guy Bible as that has a very good mixture of all my recipes. Thanks again. Dan

Mark Astbury

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Hi Dan, I have just made my first base curry sauce...Amazing recipe! my next step is to make a Chicken Tikka Rogan Josh. I have read the recipe for the chicken tikka part from the awesome "The curry Guy" and noticed something very strange.....The inclusion of 3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese!?!?

I have not seen this in any other recipe and it is not in your one on this feed. Is it a mistake or can you elaborate on the origins of this quite European ingredient?

Cool books of course.

Many thanks, Mark.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

Thanks for your e-mail. The addition of parmesan cheese is definitely not a mistake. It is a trick used in a lot of Indian restaurants to give chicken tikka a bit of a bite. It is a bit of fusion with European food that works really well. Thanks again Dan

Sathyamoorthy Umapathy y

Saturday 29th of January 2022

Hi Dan I stumbled upon you first when I wanted to get an authentic Madras Curry Powder recipe on internet. At age 80, I am a learner in Indian cooking, and your blog fascinated me the most. Your passion and drive to master various Indian dishes is just amazing. That you involved your entire family into this adventure is laudable. I am very sure, you are a reincarnation of a Indian master chef of British East India days!!! Otherwise how can you get such abiding interest to cook and serve, as also write books on Indian cooking, and Indian recipes ? You are a gifted soul, and may you and your family be blessed for propagating the great taste of Indian food across continents. Remember sir, every spice that goes into Indian cooking is in fact a medicine, passed on by word of mouth by ancient rishis, ayurvedic pundits to the village level household cooks for generations. These were further well served by our great grandmothers who passed on the knowledge to their next generation, with great care. You are doing the same service to humanity at large to promote good health, and healthy eating habits by promoting Indian foods, using Indian spices. Wishing you and your family every success in all your ventures. When you serve health-promoting, as also tasty foods you reach a divine status. You are the need of the hour in these days of KFC and McDonalds.

Even the Thai food you are so interested about is full of fresh herbs used in our South Indian cooking traditions.. They use more fresh green herbs, and very less of dried ones. Thats the secret of the freshness of the Thai foods. Having lived in Thailand a number of years and studied their food habits, I can confidently say that Thai food is yet another health promoting medicinal food for the welfare of all who eat it. Indian influence in traditional Thai cooking is enormous.

You are an Honoured Ambassador for Indian spices, and Indian foods. With all my respects to you dear sir .

Dan Toombs

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Thank you so much for all your kind comments, I really appreciate it. I agree with you about the medicinal value of many ingredients in Thai and Indian food. Dan