Chetna’s Healthy Indian: Vegetarian: Everyday Veg and Vegan Feasts Effortlessly Good for You

Mitchell Beazley: Octopus. Jun. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9781784726621. $29.99. COOKING
Popular cookbook author Makan follows up the best-selling Chetna’s Healthy Indian with a stellar collection of vegetarian Indian recipes. The book features soups, salads, snacks and starters, curries, sabji, roti, raitas, chutneys, and a handful of desserts, many of which can be made vegan. Makan is particularly passionate about encouraging home cooks to embrace a wide variety of pulses, including lentils, beans, and peas, and offers a handy visual guide to the many different pulses featured in the book. As in her previous cookbooks, Makan strives to maximize the nutrition and health benefits of every dish, often reducing or omitting ghee and oil, using whole grain flours, and baking instead of frying. The recipes’ short ingredient lists and uncomplicated culinary methods are evidence of their workaday origins. Despite their simplicity, however, they never compromise on flavor and enjoyment, continually offering novel ingredient combinations, vibrant color, and flexible serving options.
VERDICT Makan’s steady and reassuring guidance makes this a valuable resource for all home cooks, vegetarian or not, looking to expand their repertoire of contemporary Indian dishes; highly recommended.
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