When my sister and I were very little, Mom had an au pair for a few years. The au pair, Mari, was dating a young man from India, Jiwan, who taught Mom how to cook a few Indian dishes. Vibrant India, a cookbook by Chitra Agrawal, brought back those memories with a smile.
A bevy of delicious dishes, all plant-based, harking from southern India. You won’t find the heavy creams and curries in this book! Instead, your tastebuds will be taken on a delightful journey led by a tempting array of spices.
Chitra Agrawal is the talent behind the blog The ABCD’s Of Cooking and the Brooklyn Delhi condiments line. (Go check them both out!) I’ll be honest – I’d never heard of her before, but have rapidly turned into a fan after playing around with some of the recipes in her book. And yes – I am putting together a little order list for her condiments as well!
Considering both Hims and I are really beginning to focus on diet and nutrition again, this book is like a gift from heaven. He absolutely loves Indian food and the mixture of spices incorporated, but the heavier, creamier things really aren’t very conducive to weight loss. This way we can enjoy the Indian fare we crave and not worry about the results. In fact, this is one of the healthiest ways of eating there is. And there’s not only meals in this: there’s a great recipe for pan-roasted masala peanuts, South Indian drip coffee, and a great recipe for summer peaches in sweetened yogurt. All of these have notes just under the names of the dishes, explaining what season or seasons are best for each item, too.
Beautiful illustrations, and very understandable, engaging recipes – this cookbook is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
**I was sent this copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**