COOKING & FOOD

Simple Spice Vegetarian: Easy Indian Vegetarian Recipes from Just 10 Spices

Mitchell Beazley: Octopus. Apr. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9781784725761. $26.99. COOKING
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Celebrity chef and author Todiwala (Mr. Todiwala’s Spice Box), known for his appearances on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, encourages readers to create vegetarian Indian dishes that are both simple and satisfying. Using only ten spices and many ingredients that are likely to be in the home cook’s pantry, these recipes prove that Indian food is much more than heat. Sophisticated, subtle, and fragrant, the recipes featured throughout are a cooking manual for vegetarian daily life, including breakfast, simple lunches and snacks, main courses, and desserts, with a chapter dedicated to pulses and grains. A standout is the macaroni and cauliflower cheese, created by Todiwala’s mother. Later chapters include recipes for the basics, including chutneys, pickles, chapatis, and making your own curry powder. Thorough and thoughtful, the book provides complete step-by-step instructions, and is uncomplicated: the spices are easily obtainable, and many of the ingredients are interchangeable.
VERDICT A colorful and creative introduction to Indian cuisine, with recipes that will both comfort and challenge all types of cooks.

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