Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian: Quick and Easy Everyday Meals

Mitchell Beazley. Jul. 2021. 208p. ISBN 9781784727505. $29.99. COOKING
Since her 2014 appearance on The Great British Bake Off, India-born/UK-based Makan has established herself as a go-to source for family-friendly, modern Indian recipes. In her fifth cookbook, Makan focuses on dishes (from various regions of India) that can be prepped, cooked, and put on the table within 30 minutes. The book provides a wealth of options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. To achieve speedy results without sacrificing flavor, Makan chooses quick-cooking ingredients and applies time-conscious techniques to classics like Butter Chicken, plus flatbreads and seafood curries. She also offers an appealing range of snacks, light meals, and savory pastries that beg to be shared at parties; her dessert recipes will delight Bake Off fans with new twists on traditional Indian sweets, such as Rose and Pistachio Cake with Cardamom Toffee Sauce. The book includes 14 menu suggestions for entertaining or planning family meals.
VERDICT The reliability of Makan’s recipes and her personable, confident voice ensure that this collection will be a go-to for home cooks seeking creative inspiration for midweek meals. A welcome addition to Makan’s range of popular cookbooks.
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