You may not know this about me, or you may know… but I love to cook. I’m no chef, nevertheless I really do enjoy cooking. So, when I saw this blog tour I immediately knew I wanted to be apart of it.
“Instant Indian – Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot“, written by Rinku Bhattacharya, is a Non Fiction Cookbook.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rinku Bhattacharya for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Discover favorite foods from all over India with the first regional Indian cookbook authorized by Instant Pot!
Rinku Bhattacharya — cookbook author and founder of Spice Chronicles — has put together a collection of 100 authentic recipes that showcase the diversity and range of the foods of India, where every state and region boasts its own unique dishes. Whether you crave takeout favorites or want to be introduced to lesser-known specialties, this cookbook brings the best of India to your table in an instant!
The Instant Pot® lends itself perfectly to Indian recipes, making flavorful, nutritious Indian fare (like simmering-all-day dals, legumes and all manner of curries) in minutes instead of hours. Instant Indian features numerous vegetarian and vegan options, and nearly all recipes are gluten-free.
With step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, Instant Indian makes Indian cooking easy and fool-proof using all the functions of this popular appliance.
Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”
Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.
First of all, I don’t really remember ever having Indian food, but I knew I wanted to try it, and knowing that with this cookbook I could not only try it, but also learn how to make it… I was so excited.
I only tried to make some recipes, but I’m planning to make other, especially the vegetarian and vegan dishes, for my friend to try. So I felt like not only was this the perfect introduction to Indian food, as well as an amazing way to connect with other cultures, and connect with family and friends.
Food is an art for me. We can adapt a recipe, we can create new ways to use an ingredient. And with this book I truly loved how it was organized, how the author gave us tips and advices, about the Instant Pot and spices. It was all very informative, especially if you don’t know some of the ingredients that are being used. That been said, if we see it that way, it’s a perfect cookbook.
Let’s talk about recipes, shall we?… Although my mom can’t eat dishes that have many spices because some of them make her a bit sick (she has Crohn’s disease), so she can’t try them all, I know my brother will enjoy some of them, especially the chicken recipes and the desserts. So I’m excited to try them out for the family, instead of just making for me.
I’m thinking about making Shredded Tandoori Spiced Chicken or maybe the Kashmiri Chicken Curry for me and my brother very soon. I haven’t tried all recipes, but those sound delicious. Hell! All the recipes sound very good and I’m having a hard time deciding that recipes to try next.
Thinking about desserts… I’m thinking about translating (because she’s not very good with English) some of the recipes to my aunt so we can make some of them. We are all about making desserts in our family and I love pies and pudding. When I saw the recipe of Vermicelli and Date Pudding, my first thought as “What’s Vermicelli?”, because I didn’t know the word. The second thought was, I need to show this to my aunt and try to make it.
And let’s not even go to rice pudding… My aunt makes this sweet rice (Arroz Doce) every holiday and I just love it. And when I read that there is a rice pudding recipe… As you can probably tell by now, I haven’t tried making the desserts yet, but my love for sweets is big and I’m planning to do it as soon as I have time to go grocery shopping.
Let me just say that I’m in love with this cookbook and that I highly recommend it to does that love to cook and love Indian food. And also, I recommend it to those that, like me, have never tried Indian food but are curious.
This cookbook not only opens doors to everyone that wants to learn more about the art of preparing a dish, it also takes you on a culinary experience into the realm of a rich and colorful cuisine, such as Indian cuisine.
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