cover image Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian: Quick and Easy Everyday Meals

Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian: Quick and Easy Everyday Meals

Chetna Makan. Mitchell Beazley, $29.99 (208p) ISBN 978-1-784-72750-5

Makan (Chetna’s Healthy Indian Vegetarian), a Great British Baking Show finalist, divvies out 80 sumptuous Indian recipes that are a cinch to whip up. She points out that while Indian cooking can take time, “our everyday food is often fast to prep and cook”—and proves it with a range of flavorful dishes that require no more than 30 minutes to make. She starts with some time-saving advice (“Don’t feel guilty about using canned beans”) then dives into snacks that can be served warm or at room temp, among them flaky paneer onion masala rolls, and a kale, carrot, and bean salad. Sauces and sides—such as a coriander peanut chutney and sweet and sour lentils—are offered as simple ways to enhance dishes, while savory curries, including a standout crab option, come together with just a flash simmer and in a single pan. Makan doesn’t waste time, or food either; a number of recipes make use of leftovers (such as day-old rice in a mouthwatering peanut and paneer rice) and extra veggies one may have lying around. Her pleasant and snappy guidance, meanwhile, takes the guesswork out of putting the dishes together. Readers intimidated by Indian cooking would do well to take a look at this enticing guide. (July)