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The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes Paperback – September 7, 2010
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"Of all the world's cuisines, India's is perhaps best suited to the steady simmer of a slow cooker...If you love Indian food, have a look at Anupy Singla's The Indian Slow Cooker. Folded in with lush food photography are easy, healthful recipes with traditional flavors." Lois White, Better Homes & Gardens
"My favorite new slow cooker book is The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla....Because Indian dishes are rich in spices and robust flavors, they stand up well in slow cookers. Singla actually developed the recipes specifically for the slow cooker so the techniques and ingredients work well in the machine." Genevieve Ko, Good Housekeeping, October 14, 2011
Singla's book goes against what many believe is required of Indian cuisine--infusing hot oil with a whole mess of spices as the base for dishes. Instead, she argues, throw everything into the Crock-Pot and let the aromatics do their thing... the book gives old- and new-school cooks alike ample reason to give Indian food a shot.” Janet Rausa-Fuller, Chicago Sun-Times, October 20, 2011
"Ms. Singla says her book is aimed at anyone who wants to eat more vegetarian food and she doesn’t believe in calling Indian food spicy’ or exotic’ anymore." Wall Street Journal, India Real Time Blog, August 24, 2010
"[The Indian Slow Cooker] is slim in appearance, a mere 136 pages. Yet the author has packed its pages with 50-plus recipes, lots of guidance and enough enthusiasm for slow cookers and Indian food that fans of either or both will be prompted to try one of her recipes...” Judy Hevrdejs, Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2011
"Next time you have a hankering for Indian food, don't think take-out. Think ahead. That's the message from Anupy Singla, author of The Indian Slow Cooker who is on a mission to correct misperceptions about Indian food..." Michele Kayal, Associated Press, October 26, 2010
"In her friendly voice, Anupy Singla welcomes everyone into her kitchen, even busy and beginner cooks. With her comprehensive guide to ingredients and surprisingly simple and healthy recipes that perfume the house on a cold day, The Indian Slow Cooker is a great first book on Indian cooking. We love recommending it to our customers!" — Lara Hamilton, Owner of Book Larder, Seattle, WA
"Anupy has a fantastic blog, Indian As Apple Pie, a beautiful cookbook, "The Indian Slow Cooker", and an innovative spice box product now being offered by Williams-Sonoma." Nancy Loo, WGNtv.com, September 5, 2011
"Anupy is really on to something here. In 50 well-crafted and imaginative recipes, Anupy shows you how to use the modern slow cooker to get the beautiful, complex flavors of her ancient native cuisine. A book that will surprise you.” Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Julia and Around My French Table, as well as contributing editor to Parade magazine, December 23, 2010
"For those who love Indian food--or who are interested in starting to explore it--Anupy shows how to prepare the classic dishes in healthful versions that use far less oil and saturated fat than traditional recipes...Anupy introduces the mainstay spices of an Indian kitchen, and how to store, prepare, and combine them in different preparations.” WLS-ABC Channel 7, March 26, 2011
"The talented and beautiful Anupy Singla, author of The Indian Slow Cooker, understands that many home cooks are intimidated by Indian spices and cooking. So she created spice packets, small bundles of 5 essential Indian spices, that will get anyone cooking Indian. Demystify something for people, and they will love you.” Susan Russo, writer for FoodBlogga blog and contributor to NPR’s Kitchen Window
"Singla's recipes, and writing in general, exudes common sense and practicality...Straightforward, healthy recipes for easy preparations of all your favourite Indian dishes combined with mouthwatering photographs make this a cookbook any lover of Indian food will appreciate." Rebecca Baugniet, EAT Magazine
About the Author
Anupy Singla's food writing has appeared in numerous venues, including the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Chicago.
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I'm a full time mom at the moment, and this has been the perfect solution to getting healthy, yummy food on the table every day without spending more than 20-30 minutes in the kitchen. Love it!
I like this book. The recipes themselves are easy to understand. In addition, there's a long section at the beginning describing various spices, ingredients, etc. So it's easy to refer back the beginning. The recipes have easy step by step instructions and clearly identify cooking times and yield.
A few notes/quibbles.
Most of the recipes are vegetarian. That was great for me, but it's something to be aware of.
There are a few meat dishes, but they often require you to do significant cooking outside of the slow cooker. For me that pretty much defeats the purpose of using a slow cooker, so I doubt I'll try those recipes (chicken tikka masala, for example).
Not all recipes include photographs, which is bizarre to me in a cookbook.
One important note is that these recipes probably won't taste exactly like what you might eat at a good Indian restaurant or some Indian homecooking. The reason for this is that for many Indian recipes, the spices are lightly fried and then added to the dish. This releases a lot of the oils and makes the food more flavorful. This step is missing, of course - you pretty much add all of the ingredients and then let it cook (except for a few meat dishes, as mentioned). This isn't a huge deal to me because the food still turns out flavorful and fantastic, just another thing I thought you should be aware of.
Helpful tip: Visit a local ethnic grocery store to purchase spices. There was a small bottle of cardamom pods for $18 at Wal-Mart. At my local Indian grocery store, I was able to buy a large bag of the pods, a bag of ground cumin, a bag of ground coriander, and a package of garam masala for about $15. Also, this store had a much larger selection than just the green lentils that Wal-Mart had.
The only "cons" to this book -- its pretty short--the recipes are just an entry into Indian cuisine, certainly not a big or thorough sample...and the book itself, soft cover and oddly wide, is quite flimsy. But since the recipes contained are so solid, I consider those more "cautions" and I'd still rate this book 5 stars. Included a photo of my favorite recipe.