From Publishers Weekly
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.
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"This may be the Indian cookbook that American foodies have been waiting for." —Publishers Weekly
"An excellent beginning Indian cookbook; highly recommended." —Library Journal
"A must-have for food enthusiasts who do not have the luxury of time. The book has diverse and generational appeal for anyone who relishes Indian food." —The Times of India
"Shubhra is a great cooking instructor. She is teaching food she knows intimately, and yet she is always learning something new and bringing that to the kitchen. Her passion for Indian food and her ability to pass that on to her students is her greatest gift. She removes the mystery from Indian cooking and makes it easy, quick and tasty." —Jason Cammack, Culinary Coordinator, Sur La Table
"Shubhra's approach to Indian cuisine is easy, straightforward, and utterly delicious. I have had the opportunity to work with her on a few Community events and her cooking style, the simplicity of the recipes, and the passion behind her work has made me a fan for life!" —Nick Fisher, Whole Foods Market
"[A]n excellent beginning Indian cookbook; highly recommended."—Library Journal