Thursday, August 13, 2009

Everyday Indian

I love East Indian food. I love quick and easy meal preparation. So how could I pass up this delightful find - Everyday Indian by Bal Arneson which is perfectly fabulous. Her philosophy, by the way...is that no one should spend more than 25 minutes in the kitchen to make a healthy Indian meal. I'm all for that! The book is filled with "100 fast, fresh and healthy recipes"...says so on the cover. But that's not the only awesome thing about the book.

The recipes are so interesting and unique and Bal puts a spin on dishes that only she could do. She was born and raised in Punjab, India and learned the very traditional ways to cook from her mother and grandmother. Then she moved to Canada and applied what she learned...cooking simply, healthfully and delicously (not a word, but it should be)...and added a very Canadian spin to many of her dishes.

For example - although I love Indian food and eat it whenever I get the chance - and make it occasionally too, I never tasted the likes of these....

Curried Spaghetti Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

Salmon Paneer Cakes

I was out of canned salmon so I substituted crab instead - fabulous and I might even try it with chopped cooked shrimps.

Since I'm a huge fan of Butter Chicken, I'm definitely going to try her No-Butter Chicken, which is a much healthier version made with yoghurt and a little brown sugar instead of all that clarified butter/ghee.

And the Curried Scallop Salad - scallops dipped in Garam Masala before searing...I'm drooling.

Of course I'll be making soups like no cream cauliflower, lentil & split pea, plus many of the traditional vegetable dishes like cauliflower with yams, potato curry, green peas with paneer and potatoes...

If you're like me...less time in the kitchen is a great idea... you love Indian food... you love to experiment...then this is the book for you.

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