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Healthy South Indian Cooking: Expanded Edition by [Vairavan, Alamelu, Patricia Marquardt]
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"Besides 100 feast-worthy vegetarian recipes. [Vairavan and Marquardt explain how the spices that make Indian cuisine so fragrant and flavorful also pack a wallop of nutrients and disease-fighting phytochemicals." -- Wisconsin State Journal

"Coconut-infused curries, brilliant vegetable dishes .... What could be complex becomes relatively simple in Vairavan's approach ..." -- Los Angeles Times

"Dals, chutneys and curries take their place along with fare that might be totally new to many ... the authors do a remarkably good job of keeping the recipes relatively simple and accessible." -- The Post-Crescent

"One important aspect of this excellent book is that most of the dishes are vegetarian. The authors rightfully take pride in the fact that most South Indian dishes are not only delicious but remarkably nutritious as well." -- Frontline India

"Thankfully, we have such new cookbooks as Healthy South Indian Cooking .... The recipes should intrigue anyone who is fond of vegetables, as they offer a new approach to seasoning .... Tested recipes yielded results that were as tasty as they were authentic." -- Winston-Salem Journal

From the Publisher

The authors of the top-selling Art of South Indian Cooking are back with a new book—featuring both new and revised recipes with a healthy approach to traditional Indian cooking!

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  • File Size: 1417 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Expanded edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055N6WQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I have several East Indian Cook books, but Healthy South Indian Cooking has fast become my favorite. The descriptions of the many spices, oils, herbs, and the multilingual glossary are a great help for this westerner when shopping for ingredients. The recipes are easy to follow and the instructions on when to add each spice ensure success and the utmost flavor. As one who loves to cook and make notes about recipes, it is a pleasure to finally have a book that allows space on the pages for just that without skimping on the type size or readability of the recipes. I took the book with me to my local international food store to show the owner, who was so pleased that she is ordering her own copy. Food should be beautiful to look at, fun to make and exciting and healthful to eat. Healthy South Indian Cooking does it all. Thank you to authors' Vairavan and Marquardt for this delightful addition to our joy of eating.
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Format: Hardcover
I love to cook and have several shelves full of cookbooks, but this one is something very special: it transforms ordinary vegetables (green beans, spinach, cauliflower, etc.) into addictive, exotic, habit-forming dishes that will amaze you and your guests. One of the great frustrations of some types of `ethnic' cuisines is that it seems impossible to recapture the exotic flavors that can be enjoyed in a good restaurant. I used to think Indian food fit into this category; with Healthy South Indian Cooking, that's no longer the case. In fact, one dinner guest, expressing his surprise that my husband and I actually cooked the food we set before him, commented that we served far better food than any of the Indian restaurants in town! Not only is the food great, the recipes are easy to follow, and are straightforward to prepare. Once you have a few spices on hand, more or less any vegetable (or chicken or other meat) that catches your eye in the grocery store can be turned into something truly memorable with a minimum of fuss, bother, and time.
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By A Customer on February 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book introduces the readers to the marvelous cuisine
and cooking of South India. Most people in the west are
not familiar with the exquisite array of vegetarian and
non-vegetarian dishes from Southern India. One reason for
this is that most of the Indian restaurants in the West
serve North Indian foods (which are also delicious, but
are different.) Another reason is that most of the Indian
cookbooks present North Indian foods. This new book by
the authors has the potential to change this.
The recipes are clearly presented with useful nutritional
analysis for each dish. Every dish I tried turned out very
well and was delicious. The authors have presented a great
deal of introductory material that readers unfamilar with
Indian cooking wil find very useful. I believe a main
strength of the book is that it is oriented towards modern
day cooks in a western kitchen while mostly maintaining the
authenticity of the cuisine. Another positive feature of
the book is its success in demonstrating the richness of
the variety of the vegetarian dishes in the South Indian
cuisine. I have found that even people who dislike certain
vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts or spinach,
may be in for a pleasant surprise when they try the recipes
discussed in this book!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just purchased Healthy Indian Cooking from amazon.com and already I'm impressed. I live in the city of Philadelphia where there are many wonderful Indian restaurants. I have several Indian cookbooks but this one has quickly become my favorite. The recipes I have tried so far are easy and just plain delicious. Even though I did not have some of the ingredients on hand, I took the advice of Alamelu and Patricia and started having fun in the kitchen. I've made the lemon rice, masoor dal supreme, eggplant masala and chickpea and bell pepper poriyal. I found each dish to be fresh tasting and perfectly spiced. I can't wait cook my way through this book! Many thanks to Alamelu Vairavan and Patricia Marquardt for writing such a wonderful cookbook.
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Format: Hardcover
I HAVE BEEN COOKING INDIAN FOOD FOR 40 YEARS.BUT THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK I HAVE FOUND THAT HAS TRULY TASTY VEGETABLES THAT ARE EASY AND FAST TO PREPARE. A FEW BASIC INDIAN SPICES ARE NEEDED WHICH ARE EASY TO OBTAIN THESE DAYS AND THE REST IS SIMPLE. THIS IS ALSO THE FIRST INDIAN COOK BOOK THAT GIVES THE NUTRITIONAL VALUES FOR EACH DISH, WHICH WE ARE ALL INTERESTED IN THESE DAYS. I ONLY RECENTLY PURCHASED THE BOOK, BUT HAVE ALREADY TRIED SEVERAL RECIPES. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO A BEGINNING COOK OR ADVANCED COOK LOOKING FOR UNUSUAL FLAVORS USING PRODUCE FOUND IN ANY GROCERY STORE.
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Format: Hardcover
I've had an interest in Indian cooking and have bought several books but had a hard time getting started. This book got me in gear! It includes a list upfront of what spices and ingredients are needed and suggestions for combining recipes and sample menus in the back. With the spices on hand, I have been able to quickly make delicious foods. The recipes are easy to follow and voila we have delicious meals in 20-30 minutes.
Because I'm a registered dietitian I have wanted to know how to make Indian cooking in a lower fat, healthy manner. This book does that too by using tricks like using powdered coconut powder instead of higher fat coconut milk. The recipes also include a nutritional analysis. Don't let this put you off because there has been no sacrifice in taste to accomplish the healthy aspect of these recipes. The flavors are subtle and wonderful. I attended a cooking class with Alamelu and her love of cooking and good food are woven throughout this cookbook. Enjoy!
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