Indian for Everyone: 100 Easy, Healthy Dishes the Whole Family Will Love
Indian for Everyone: 100 Easy, Healthy Dishes the Whole Family Will Love by Hari Ghotra
Publisher: Fair Winds Press / Quarto Publishing Group
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
No. of Pages: 176
Date of US Publication: 4 October, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
If there’s a good Indian restaurant, it will call to me, like a siren, and I will go to it. If there’s an Indian cookbook, it will call to me, like a siren, and I will worry about whether it will be too difficult for me, and go back and forth until the siren gets tired from my indecisiveness and falls asleep.
I’ve never been a comfortable home cook - baking, I excel at, I can bake anything, and have comfortably for years, but when it comes to cooking meals - I feel frozen - I didn’t really learn how to cook until I taught myself, via cookbooks in the mid-90’s, when I was in my early twenties. Thus, I still don’t feel comfortable cooking, I always feel like I’m messing up - it’s a hang up, to be sure, but as a result, I tend to stick to cooking my basics.
Indian for Everyone is not intimidating - it’s appealing, it’s full of comfort foods, it’s inclusive - in a word it’s fantastic. But it’s not intimidating; and that is something that I find incredibly appealing, because I feel like any basic home chef can find some new favorites in this cookbook. It’s also British-Indian food, which is a serious favorite of mine; my entire family found many recipes here that we all want to try.
And let’s revisit when I said it’s full of comfort foods - chocolate barfi, vegetable samosas, loaded papdi nachos, spiced battered fish, curried butternut squash soup, turmeric and honey bread, a really nice amount of curries, and desserts. There’s a lot of “yes, please” in here.
* Also, for parents of kids with growing pains, the Blue Moon milk made with a plant bassed milk seems like a real potential for a nighttime drink (some plant based milks are rich in magnesium which, as most parents of kids with growing pains know, can really help alleviate the pain, which can sometimes be very severe).
* Notes for fellow vegans - while some of the recipes do include animal products, including meat, many are vegetarian, and the majority of these are easily veganizable.
* Ms. Ghotra’s youtube channel is terrific!
Temporary PDF kindly provided by Fair Winds Press / Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
Fresh, flavorful, and full of spices, veggies, and healthy proteins, Indian for Everyone presents over 100 curries, daals, and other classic Indian dishes to make and enjoy with your kids (or without).
A former chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant Tamarind, as well as a creator of a popular line of curry kits and sauces, Hari Ghotra’s mission is to demystify Indian cooking so everyone can enjoy its benefits. She explores the many perks of traditional Indian spices—including reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, and easing pain—and shows how to stock your pantry with the most versatile ingredients. She covers basics like biryani and rogan josh, as well as street food, snacks, drinks, and holiday specialties.
Many of the recipes are naturally vegan or vegetarian, but can easily be made with meat as well, as detailed in the substitutions section. And she even includes some flavorful Indian twists on beloved American foods like mac and cheese and chicken wings.
Break out of your food rut with recipes including:
- Shhmokin’ Tandoori Wings
- Curried Jackfruit Tacos
- Crispy Chicken Bomb with Fenugreek and Garlic Butter
- Movie Night Pepperoni Naanza
- Ricotta Stuffed Shells in Saag Masala
- Chili Chocolate Pots
- Blue Moon Milk
Get ready for a lifetime of adventurous eating with Indian for Everyone!
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