Pure and Simple: Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Pure and Simple: Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

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by Vidhu Mittal, Sanjay Ramchandran
     
 

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With step-by-step photographs for over 100 classic and contemporary vegetarian recipes, Pure and Simple makes preparing Indian food absolutely easy. Whether you are whisking yogurt or kneading dough, each recipe includes step-by-step photographs so that you can check to make sure you are achieving the right result at each stage. Pure and Simple also includes

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With step-by-step photographs for over 100 classic and contemporary vegetarian recipes, Pure and Simple makes preparing Indian food absolutely easy. Whether you are whisking yogurt or kneading dough, each recipe includes step-by-step photographs so that you can check to make sure you are achieving the right result at each stage. Pure and Simple also includes information on spices, vegetables, and kitchen tools, along with useful tips for each recipe. A separate section on cooking processes is helpful for both beginning and experienced cooks.

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Publishers Weekly
Diners hesitant to attempt Indian dishes will be reassured by the steady, reassuring voice of culinary expert Mittals. In this collection of over 100 classic and contemporary dishes, readers are guided, literally, through step by step instructions for Aloo Gobi, a litany of lentil dishes, and other vegetarian fare, with the inclusion of color photos illustrating key steps. Approachable enough for a beginner (dominated by staples such as pilafs, fritters, and stews), Mittal has an eye for presentation as well, evidenced by the multicolored Sweet Coconut Squares, coconut cakes topped with silver leaves and chopped pistachios; Spicy Chat Bowls that cradle a variety of fillings; and domed Semolina Cakes. Though most recipes come together fairly quickly, those new to Indian cooking will likely need to invest in a pressure cooker and a handful of other items, not to mention spices and key ingredients, in order to complete many of Mittal's dishes. Once properly equipped, home cooks will find this a handy, confidence-building guide to vegetarian fare.
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Library Journal
This colorful, accessible cookbook by a noted Indian cooking teacher and food writer demystifies Indian cuisine for American home cooks with clear, simple instructions accompanied by step-by-step photos. Following an illustrated introduction that covers spices, vegetables, legumes, techniques, and equipment, the recipes focus on delicately spiced dishes rather than stereotypical hot flavors. Especially appealing are drinks like Tender Coconut Cooler (or Daab Shikanji), made with coconut water, lemon soda, black salt, honey, coconut flesh, cilantro, and papaya. Although aimed at cooks new to Indian cooking, the text assumes that readers know how to crack a coconut and separate the water from the flesh. And some ingredients (such as black salt) may not be readily available. For those interested in adding a colorful side dish to their repertoire or creating an entire Indian vegetarian meal, this is the perfect guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566567701
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Pure and Simple: Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MeetaM More than 1 year ago
The recipes are simple and authentic. I have loved every recipe that I tried from the book. You can find all the ingredients at an Indian grocery store.
oregonSR More than 1 year ago
the recipes offered seem enticing however in going to the grocery store to get the spices I wasn't able to find one. not a single one. I will try to contact the author to find out where the ingredients can be found