Entice with Spice: Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People

Shubhra Ramineni, Author, Masano Kawana, Photographer
Shubhra Ramineni, Tuttle, $27.95 (160pp) ISBN 9780804840293
Reviewed on: 10/11/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
Engineer and Indian cooking instructor Ramineni entices readers with a beautiful cookbook full of traditional Indian recipes adapted for busy American kitchens. Beginning with thorough explanations, from terminology to spice mixtures, she provides time-saving suggestions and tips for preparing ingredients (including some unusual ideas, like using gram flour for a facial mask). Most recipes are accompanied by Masan Kawan's beautiful color photos, and cook-ahead instructions for storing and reheating are provided. From restaurant favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala and Mulligatawney Soup to new creations like Dad's Baked Salmon, the book is filled with mouth-watering recipes. In addition to vegetarian and meat-based entrees, Ramineni also includes beverages, desserts, breads, soups, and salads. Readers will appreciate substitutions for unusual ingredients, like lime juice instead of dried mango powder when making mint chutney. Complicated recipes are often accompanied by step-by step photos, making even stuffed dosas and paneer possible for the home cook. Readers seeking healthier recipes will appreciate that Ramineni has replaced ghee with vegetable oil and wields cream with restraint, though she doesn't sacrifice authenticity; samosas, for instance, are still fried. This may be the Indian cookbook that American foodies have been waiting for. (Sept.)