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Product Details

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books Ltd.; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770500235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770500235
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bal Arneson was born in Punjab, India, where she learned to cook traditional Indian cuisine with her elders at the age of nine. Today she teaches cooking classes, has made multiple appearances on CityTV's CityCooks, and is sponsored by Cuisinart and Vollrath. Bal's own show, Spice Goddess, airs on the Cooking Channel and Food Network Canada.

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Readers informed me they were surprised to learn how healthy and simple it could be to prepare traditional Indian food. People wanted more recipes, another cookbook that would go into even more detail on the health benefits of the individual ingredients. Well, I’ve been inspired by my readers. This, my second book, is full of my newest, delicious, simple-to-prepare creations.


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We've even made paneer.
Michael Banes
If you love Indian cuisine and are careful to eat healthful, you will truly want to buy this book as well as Bal's other cookbook.
catsmeow
This is a great cookbook and the recipes are easy to make and follow and the illustrations help too.
Nana in Mexio

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've really enjoyed Bal Arenson's Spice Goddess cooking show on TV, enough so that I've looked up a few of her recipes online to make for dinner. When I found that the library had a copy of her new cookbook, I grabbed it. I'm glad I did.

Most Indian cookbooks (and ethnic cookbooks in general) make a big deal about teaching you to cook authentic dishes, just like Mom used to make. Sometimes they take shortcuts for time or because we can't get the same ingredients, but the expectation is that we are approximating a "real" Indian dish. What I like about Bal is that while she celebrates the spices and flavors of India, she is happy to use North American ingredients. (You may need to go shopping for some of the spices, but most of them are available mail order, and I'm lucky enough to have a Penzey's Spices store nearby.) Her attitude seems to be, "If salmon was available in India, this is what we would have done with it."

The author also puts a lot of emphasis on making the food healthy and, if not precisely "ready in 30," at least easy to put together on a busy weeknight. If you have a complete spice pantry (mine is 5 feet high, in what was built to be a DVD wall unit), you only need a few items for a tasty dinner. For instance, "coriander tuna with broccolini" uses crushed coriander seeds as a crust on the fresh tuna, served with steamed veggies spiced up with toasted mustard seeds.

There's a good balance of meat, fish, and vegetarian options. So far, the only dish I've made from the book is "chicken with almond butter," which met my criteria for a healthy midweek meal. (She notes, "Almonds are a good source of monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.") In addition to the chicken breasts and 1/4 cup of almond butter, it uses garlic, a tablespoon (!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Pflaum on August 7, 2011
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Bal caught my attention with her cooking show "Spice Goddess". She is an excellant teacher and her manner translate well into a cook book. I have tried 4 of her recipes from the show and have made 3 of the recipes from this book, including making my own paneer, which is homemade cheese. It is fun and what a difference making your own cheese does for a recipe! She also gives you alternatives for many items for if you don't have it in your kitchen. You do need to stock up your kitchen when some spices normally not found in an US home, but they are well worth the cost to make Indian food in your own home. Well worth the price if you love Indian food and want to make it healthier for today's diets!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nana in Mexio on June 20, 2011
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This is a great cookbook and the recipes are easy to make and follow and the illustrations help too. I will definately recommend this to others who also love Indian cuisine =)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Banes on August 22, 2011
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The recipes we've tried so far have been wonderful. We've even made paneer. Who knew it was so easy? The food tastes even better because of Bal's anecdotes of life in India while she was growing up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drnichols on June 30, 2011
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I have only tried a couple of recipes sofar and they turned out good. The recipes seam to be pretty easy. Would recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JOHN McCREADY on October 31, 2012
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I started watching the Spice Goddess's show on FoodTV in New Zealand and just loved it so I bought the book. My hubby is a celiac and a lot of the recipes have GF ingredients which is great and also he would not eat food that was spicy in any way, but guess what, he will hoover down Bal's meals and go back for seconds. Thank you Bal for this gorgeous book, now I can cook food that is healthy, easy, very tasty, spicy, but not hot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Niki on September 1, 2012
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I've watched Bal on tv forever and found both of her cookbooks here at Amazon. Her recipes are easy to follow and she has many photos of the foods too. Very nice cookbook.
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