I am hosting a buffet dinner party with India cooking. A couple of people are bringing various curries and I plan on making one meat dish, a veggie dish and perhaps a pulse dish. I have Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking and have once made her vindaloo pork with decent success. Here's my problem -- I love to cook but most of my cooking is Italian influenced. Generally pretty straightforward stuff. Indian cooking is a lot of work and I find Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking to be seriously labor intensive and rather intimidating. Maybe there's no good answer here, maybe that's just the way great Indian food is. But if anyone can suggest a simpler cookbook (that produces yummy results) or perhaps dishes that can be prepared mostly in advance, I would greatly appreciate it.