My Indian Kitchen: Preparing Delicious Indian Meals without Fear or Fuss

My Indian Kitchen: Preparing Delicious Indian Meals without Fear or Fuss

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by Hari Nayak
     
 

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"A delectable straightforward guide to regional Indian cooking." —Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef USA

In My Indian Kitchen, chef Hari Nayak shares the secrets of his family's style of Indian cooking that he learned from his mother and aunts, neighbors, local street vendors and countless friends.

With the recipes in this Indian

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"A delectable straightforward guide to regional Indian cooking." —Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef USA

In My Indian Kitchen, chef Hari Nayak shares the secrets of his family's style of Indian cooking that he learned from his mother and aunts, neighbors, local street vendors and countless friends.

With the recipes in this Indian cookbook, consistently delicious Indian food at home becomes a reality. From a perfect Mint Chutney with Samosa to a melt-in-the-mouth Chicken Tikka Masala, to Pork Vindaloo, Tandoori Chicken and Sweet Mango Yogurt Lassi, traditional Indian meals without hours and hours of work can be achieved.

Authentic Indian recipes include:

  • Cucumber and Yogurt Raita
  • Spicy Paneer Cheese Kebabs
  • Red Kidney Bean Curry
  • Street-Style Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Fish Tikka
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Spicy and Fragrant Lamb Curry
  • Baked Garlic Naan
  • Creamy Rice Pudding
  • And many more...
Having lived in the West for many years, Chef Hari understands the time for meal preparation is limited. To accommodate our busy lifestyle, the recipes in this book have been simplified, without sacrificing any of their authenticity. With Hari's guidance and time saving tips, the ability to create Indian meals appealing to the individual tastes of the home cook can, finally, be achieved.

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"'My Indian Kitchen' feels like an abbreviated "bible" of Indian food. It doesn't have the thickness of some of your more comprehensive tomes, but what it has is packed with goodness! I'm not talking a few yummy recipes and some pretty pictures. Techniques, ingredients, tools, spice mixes and so much more combine with delicious recipes and gorgeous photography to produce a gem for your kitchen. Tuttle has hit a home run once again with this cookbook!!" —Sandra's Kitchen Nook

"If, however, you cheat on the recipe the first time you make it, you're basically saying that you know better, which you don't. How do you know what the recipe's supposed to taste like if you donAEt follow it to the letter?" —Multiculturiosity blog

"A tasty straight-forward guide to regional Indian cooking." —Padma Lakshmi, author, actress, model and TV host

"I adore spices. In Asia, I love visiting spice markets and it's no surprise that I am a great fan of Indian cooking. its intricate blending of spices is absolutely fascinating and delightful. thanks to Chef Nayak, my understanding of Indian flavors and cooking techniques have broadened, and with that, my appreciation for the cuisine. My Indian Kitchen is now in my kitchen, as it should be in yours." —Martin Yan, TV show host and cookbook author of Yan Can Cook

"This book feels close to home and heart. It oozes the awesome flavors of India in a real sense—true to its cuisine and honest in its approach." —Atun Kochar, Indian chef, author and TV presenter

"My Indian Kitchen is the best way for an ambitious home cook to express his true love for Indian cooking. This book is filled with dishes and delicasies that are a feast for both the eyes and the palate. make foom for My Indian Kitchen on your book shelf!" —Sanjeev kapoor, chef author and TV host

"Verdict Overall, this is an ideal Indian cookbook for beginners; those with experience cooking Indian dishes should look elsewhere to expand their repertoire." —Claire Moitra, Providence

"A delectable straightforward guide to regional Indian cooking." —Padma Lakshmi, author actress, model and host of Top Chef USA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804840897
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
08/10/2011
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
301,085
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Hari Nayak is part of the creative new generation of chefs from Asia and is known for his simple approach to food and staying true to the core Indian values of the dishes he creates. Hari graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in the food industry for the past 15 years—including stints at renowned New York restaurants like Aquavit and Daniel. He now runs his own consultancy business called Gourmet Gurus. His first cookbook, Modern Indian Cooking was named "best of the season" for 2007 by the LA Times. Hari lives in New Jersey. HariNayak.com.

Jack Turkel has been a professional photographer for more than thirty-five years. His creative eye has expertly captured an impressive list of subjects and settings. He is now focusing his experience on the art of food photography and styling. JackJayDigital.com

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My Indian Kitchen: Preparing Delicious Indian Meals without Fear or Fuss 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ScarletScribblings More than 1 year ago
While having lived in America for a few years before I moved back to India, I have often had my colleagues and friends make statements like,"No other cuisine frightens me more in the kitchen than Indian food. Don't get me wrong, I love eating it, but preparing it from scratch is a whole other thing! So, I've been putting off the idea of cooking Indian food at home forever..." This book is a boon to all similar-thinking novice chefs, homemakers and anyone else who loves to cook. The recipes in this book are made simple, yet carry the exotic anecdote that is often associated with Indian cooking. Hari Nayak has his own indigenous way of making sure that there is no compromise on taste and flavours, even when he is substituting Indian exotic ingredients with produce locally found in America. This is not an ordinary book, you will see. Not only does the book contain great recipes, it also contains simple techniques and trivial tricks and tips with which conjuring up a delicious Indian menu will be easy as a breeze. It is an exhilarating read which really showcases the diversity of Indian cuisine, various elements and seasons that catalyse certain dishes that we make. The ornamental motives embedded in the layout, and the spectacular food-photography in this book, makes it a visual appeal. I also like the fact, that each recipe has a small history to it, making it all the more personal and offering you sort of a peek into the chef's mind, while he was probably putting the book together. The steps in each recipe are comforting, re-assuring and easy-to-follow. Still, it is so comprehensive, it probably is, the only Indian cookbook (even though I stay in India!) I'll ever need.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
"My Indian Kitchen" feels like an abbreviated "bible" of Indian food. It doesn't have the thickness of some of your more comprehensive tomes, but what it has is packed with goodness! I'm not talking a few yummy recipes and some pretty pictures. Techniques, ingredients, tools, spice mixes and so much more combine with delicious recipes and gorgeous photography to produce a gem for your kitchen. Tuttle has hit a home run once again with this cookbook!! I received a copy of this book from Tuttle Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Recipe Book That Really Works! So far I have tried five of the recipes in this book, which all turned out well.   It was really "without fear or fuss" as the title says.  The author definitely knows how to omit the hard-to-obtain  ingredients without losing authentic flavor.  This book is a boon to me, all the more because I have been  frustrated by another Indian cook book " The Great Curries of India" by Camellia Pamjabi.  Her recipes somehow  did not work for me - I never seemed to be able to make what the picture shows no matter how closely I followed them.  I am very happy I bought Mr. Nayak's book and gave Indian cooking another try.