Tuesday, November 3

Modern Spice Cookbook Review and a Cookbook Give-Away

If you love Indian food but are intimated by authentic recipes with 20+ ingredients -- most you've never heard of -- then Monica Bhide's new cookbook Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen is for you.

Bhide's book presents authentic Indian flavors in refreshing, modern ways. She often blends traditional Eastern and Western flavors creating unique, contemporary Indian dishes that are sure to inspire. The recipes tend to be short and straight forward, many ideal for easy mid-week meals. There are several vegetarian options and many meat dishes could easily be made vegetarian. The 100+ recipes are divided into the following categories: chutneys and marinades; modern drinks; appetizers, snacks, and salads; vegetables, beans, and lentiles; poultry, meat, and eggs; fish and shellfsih; rice and breads; and desserts. For each recipe, Bhide gives cooking tips and/or serving suggestions, and she personalizes the book by including several engaging stories about her family life. By the book's end, Bhide feels like a friend.

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Saffron-Cardamom Macaroons; I will post this recipe in the near future.

I highly recommend reading Bhide's introduction prior to starting in on the recipes. In the section "The Modern Spice Pantry, she provides an extensive list of Indian spices and ingredients, such as tandoori  masala, paneer, tamarind paste, and fenugreek seeds. She defines them, explains how to store them, and where to buy them, including online sites. If you do this step first, it'll make the actually cooking a breeze. It also helps to read "Monica's Kitchen Rules," which address issues such as the best cookware for Indian cooking (nonstick) and ingredient substitutions (coriander seeds, for example, are not a good substitute for fresh coriander leaves).

As for photos, the few that are included are beautiful. My only regret is that there weren't more.

Here are the recipes I made and my thoughts about them:

Pomegranate Chutney is made from pureed pomegranate seeds seasoned simply with lemon juice, ginger, chaat masala, and light brown sugar. This colorful chutney takes minutes to make and is wonderfully versatile. The sweet-tart flavors pairs well with chicken, pork, and, my favorite, sauteed shrimp.

Green Beans Subzi consists of green beans (I used fresh) and potatoes sauteed with garlic, tomato, and spices, including cumin seeds, and turmeric. This dish is easy to prepare and makes green beans and potatoes a lot more exciting than usual. The flavors are bold without being overwhelming, which makes this an ideal side dish for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.

Monica's Tomato and Coconut Fish Curry: Bhide's recipe introduction enticed me to make this one. She writes, "I have been cooking [this] for as long as I can remember. It is a favorite with adults and kids alike. My dad once told me it was his favorite. I cannot tell you how happy I was, since he has such discerning tastes." I'm with Monica's dad on this one: this recipe was my favorite as well. Catfish stars in this dish and is elevated to something special. The fish is gently cooked in a tomato-coconut milk bath that is seasoned liberally with spices such as mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, and turmeric. It's a perfect mid-week meal, since it's inexpensive, fast, and easy. I served it atop brown basmati rice. Although Bhide says one pound of catfish fillets serves 4, Jeff and I nearly finished it all.

Saffron-Cardamom Macaroons: I'm a sucker for macaroons and baked goods laced with cardamom, so it didn't take me long to make these cookies. They were amazingly fragrant and very sweet. I think they'd make a lovely holiday gift since they're both unusual and travel well.

Modern Spice will definitely secure a spot on my cookbook shelf; in fact, I already have a few more recipes marked to try soon. I hope you'll be making some of Bhide's recipes as well. 

Now for the exciting part! Two lucky Food Blogga readers will receive a complimentary copy of Monica Bhide's Modern Spice cookbook. Here's how to enter for your chance to win:

Just leave a comment below telling us about your favorite Indian dish. That's it. The deadline for entries is next Monday, November 9th, 11:50 pm PST. Winners will be selected randomly and announced on the 10th. Each winner must provide her or his full name and mailing address to receive the cookbook. Good luck!

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Monica's Tomato and Coconut Fish Curry
Recipe from Modern Spice
Serves 4
Prep/Cook Time: 40 minutes

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoons black mustard seeds
10 fresh curry leaves
1 inch piece peeled fresh ginger, grated
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small green serrano chile, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon red chile powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound catfish fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 of a 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)

1. In a large skillet heat the olive over medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the mustard seeds. As soon as they crackle, add the curry leaves, ginger, garlic, and green chile. Saute for a few seconds to combine.

2. Add the tomato. Cook gently for 10-12 minutes, until the tomato is soft and the oil begins to leave the side of the mixture. You can add some water if the tomatoo begins to stick. I sometimes add a quarter-cup of water and cover the pan for 5-6 minutes. This helps cook the tomatoes faster. Then I uncover it and continue to cook until all the water evaporates.

3. Stir in the turmeric, chile powder, and salt. Cook for 1 minute.

4. Stir in the fish and cook 5 minutes.

5. Add the coconut milk. Let the mixture come to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the fish is tender. Serve immediately.


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Monica Bhide was born in India and moved to the U.S. in 1991. She resides in Washington D.C. She is the author of The Everything Indian Cookbook and The Spice is Right and also writes a blog called A Life of Spice. Click here to view a short trailer about Bhide and Modern Spice narrated by the author.

115 comments:

Nicole Lewon said...

I love any India dish with paneer. I just love paneer in general. Saag paneer, palak paneer, matar paneer any of it, I love it all. I also can't live without Naan! Now I'm hungry.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

My favorite Indian dish is kadhi pakoras, a yogurt-based curry that's thickened with chickpea flour and filled with spiced chickpea-flour and vegetable fritters. I also love most dishes from the Gujarati region. This dish looks amazing too!

Jen B said...

My fav Indian dish is my own combination! I made Aloo Gobi + Aloo Matar (potatoes, cauliflower, peas) and I use sweet potatoes in place of white ones to bump up the nutrition. YUAM!!

Sarah E. said...

my favorite indian dish is the very first indian food i ever had--chicken korma. with lots and lots of naan. i was hooked :)

Sean said...

I don't make Indian food too often because I usually don't have the ingredients on hand (and the fact that I really like those tandoor meats).

My favorite Indian dish is a simple chicken or vegetable curry with roti. My friend's mom makes this sandwich like roti that's delicious but I forgot what it's called.

Is the contest not open to male bloggers? I see that it says "her full name". :P

The Teacher Cooks said...

I do not have a favorite Indian dish. I need help in this area. Just a Southern Cook!

Tiff said...

Chicken Tandoori is my favorite, but I do love the naan as well.

Susan said...

Hands down my fav is saag chicken. But, I love it with lamb as well.

And my husband and I totally house garlic naan.

I make a really great tandoor chicken concoction with a great spice mix I bought at the Corner Spice Market in Philadelphia. It is awesome.

Great review of the cookbook, BTW.

TBC said...

Dosa, a crepe made from rice and lentils, is easily my favorite Indian dish. It is something I make at least twice a week.

Shannon said...

those macaroons sound amazing! my fav dish is saag paneer :)

debra said...

we love curried cauliflower. And tandoori chicken and chutneys, too

Dawn said...

I make a great Indian line-up featuring Mughlai Chicken, Muttar Paneer, Basmati Pilaf, accompanied by a Pomegranate Raita. Would love to learn to make more dishes!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I am not sure I know a specific dish, but I do love Indian food and enjoy the blend of delicious flavors.

Madison Kerner said...

Anything Tandoori is my favorite! I recently tried rava dosas which were pretty amazing as well.

Vicki said...

Paneer kofta, in a tomato-onion gravy. Mmmm...

Simona said...

I am intrigued by naan for all sorts of reasons. And I really want to try to make it at home.

Anonymous said...

Chapatti and Butter Chicken..love it.

Ruthy said...

My first real experience with Indian food was actually this past Saturday, when I went with some friends to eat at this really delicious Indian restaurant. The chicken curry is SO delish! I'd never tasted Nan before - that accompanied the curry so well. Eating all of those flavors felt like a party in my mouth. I'll never forget it! Now, because of that experience, I'd like to make and re-create some of those savoury party-in-my mouth dishes!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those macaroons are very original and that savory dish looks so scrumptious! I am addicted to spices and could not live without them...

Cheers,

Rosa

Shades of Grey said...

I read your blog every day Ms Russo :D ...it's my chicken soup for the soul.

But let not that random statement influence your decision. My favourite Indian dishes mostly hail from Kerala - mainly a coconut milk-based fish curry with rice (red or brown rice preferably). The other combination would be rice with fried fish (fish marinated with salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and garlic paste) and rasam (a tomato-tamarind gravy). I also love idli-sambar from Tamil Nadu.

Kristin said...

My favorite Indian dish is the chicken makhani I can get at my local Indian takeout.

Bellini Valli said...

This book has received rave reviews. My favourite Indian dish is Tikka Paneer. No paneer in site here so I had to make my own, but it was worth the effort and easy.

Manggy said...

Love your review, Susan, thanks :) My favorite Indian dish is murgh korma shahi :)

Thalia said...

Definitely dosas :)
You can do so many variations with them, fillings are endless, you can even variety with a dosa itself, so... dosas :)

miskat said...

I haven't ever tried any Indian food! really. I probably should...

Cancemini4 said...

Definitely a tie between the Malai Kofta I had at NYC's Bombay Talkie and the Palak Chaat at DC's Rasika. The kofta were the perfect mix of sweet and savor and the palak chaat--well, let's just say I never knew spinach could taste so good!

Nupur said...

My favorite Indian dish? That's a really tough one- but I will say dal (spiced lentils) and steamed rice. My ultimate comfort food.

wendy said...

In a restaurant, my family loves biryanis, but at home, they love my chana masala and a new lamb rogan josh I just tried out.

Amy said...

My first experience with Indian food was a stand at a street fair in New Haven almost 15 years ago. They were selling Chicken Tikka Masala... love at first taste! It's still what I order at any time we try a new restaurant, the yardstick by which I measure if I will be going back.

Kelly said...

Chicken Tikka Masala with garlic naan bread is my very favorite, but I love just about everything!

Anonymous said...

I've been too timid to make Indian food, but would like to start with simple and delicious recipes. Modern Spice would be a welcome addition to my modest cook book collection. My favorite Indian meal is garlic naan and curry cauliflower. Mary-Rose

jezinthekitchen said...

Matar paneer ... *drool* ... and naan ... *drool* ... and pretty much any curry ... I'm heading to BooksAMillion after work to check out this cookbook! It would be so nice to make these dishes at home.

Akane said...

I simply love naan, but I like also very much phul chaat (spicy fruit salad) and palak aloo sag (potatoes and spinach curry). Indian food It's amazing!

George said...

I love butter chicken. Very easy to make and loaded with flavor.

kate said...

Dal Makhani is one I love; black lentils in a deliciously spicy sauce. The other that I often crave, the one dish that sends me heading towards my most favorite restaurant to gobble down is Baingan Bharta, or Eggplant Curry. It is especially delicious if the eggplant is grilled over open flame to make it smoky and sumptuous. Hmmm....guess what I want now?

carrie said...

hard to pick a favorite. i do love tikka masala. i'm not nearly close enough to a good indian restaraunt as a i should be. this cookbook could fill that void!

juniperberry said...

My favorite Indian dish is a Watermelon Curry my husband and I make in the heat of summer. so refreshing!

Rachel said...

My favourite Indian dish is the Kerala Fish curry..,

AlwaysJoy said...

Spinach Paneer is my favorite Indian dish - ooooh or good old plain Naan!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I remembered hearing about Monica's book a while back, and then it left my mind. Thanks for reminding me - I so need to get it! I love Indian cuisine, but I would also like to become more familiar with it. Those macaroons make me drool.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

LOL and I forgot to tell you about my favorite Indian dish - duh. I love kheer. I keep making my oatmeal every morning mirroring some of the flavors. But seriously - rice pudding spiced with saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, with nuts and dried fruit? What's not to love? I could eat boatloads.

Anu said...

I love simple dal made with pink lentils. Easy, warming and healthy on a weeknight :)

Cindy said...

saag paneer or aloo gobi or chana masala or lamb korma. So many choices. mmmm...now I want lunch.

naiadkitty said...

My husband makes wonderful curries, although I think they're probably not very authentic. I would love to see what he'd do with some actual recipes... (If I buy this for Christmas, is it a gift for him, or a gift for me?)

Julianne said...

Anything with rice and curry is great, although my family doesn't like anything that "interesting".

mycucoon said...

I love all indian vegeterian food. i love gobi paratha, missi roti , methi dhebra, and rice like vegetable pulao,kichdi, and sides of dal, chana masala, rajma masala, kofta curry,chutneys, badam halwa, rasmalai, jamoon, etc etc

P Rex said...

My favorite Indian dish is butter chicken. The overnight marinade in yogurt is the key with this dish.
I'm new to your site but enjoy you blog and the recipes I've seen so far.Thank you.
Rex Coble

SKM said...

I love chicken korma, I love curries, I love samosas ... I love ANYTHING that is Indian cuisine based. :)

EJacks said...

I love chicken korma. I actually made it once and loved it!

Anonymous said...

Ooooohhh, hard to choose a favorite. But I ate lots of tomato/coconut/seafood curry when traveling in Kerala and it is at the top of the list... competing with the general category of chaat. Take something fried, drench it in tamarind sauce and yogurt, scatter some diced onion on top and you've got me hooked!

Annelise Kelly said...

Make mine masala dosa! Simple yet so good... preferably consumed in a busy crazy market or bus station.

BRM said...

My favorite Indian dishes are palak paneer and palak chaat.

Kara said...

Anything with lots and lots of Naan. Had the best Indian food I've ever had randomly in London years ago... and (clearly) still remember it fondly.

Suzan said...

I have to say that my favorite Indian dishES are saag aloo and something like a butter chicken (sorry don't know the Indian name). The best saag aloo I had was in a restaurant in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, England (east of London) called Elachi. Frankly, everything I ate there (twice!) could have become my new favorite Indian dish because everything was so outstandingly good.

Laura said...

I love saag paneer! And I just started cooking my own curries with my new collection of Indian spices: delicious!

Cheryl said...

I know it says tell your favorite India dish, but to be honest, I have never eaten India food. I have always wanted to try it, but never had the opportunity. I would love to win this cookbook and try out a recipe for myself.

Maninas said...

My favourite indian dish? gosh, where do I start! :))) I apsolutely adore Indian food, but if I had to choose, I'd have to admit that I'm an absolute sucker for dhals. My favourite one at the moment, though this position is hotly contested by a Sri Lankan coconut dhal, is a Bengali Red Lentil dhal seasoned with a double tarka of: 1) onion, tomato, ginger; and then 2) garlic, red chilies, panch phoran. It is absolutely stunning. Visually beautiful and incredibly fragrant, as well as delicious. Let me know if you want the recipe.

Needlesss to say, I'd love to have Monica's book!

vacationmomma said...

My favorite Indian dish is dessert. Ras malai and Gulab Jamuns are the two I love the most. Something about the flavor of cream with rosewater and pistachios and the sticky sweetness of the syrup and the soaked pastry balls. Yummy

Mike and Emily said...

Saag. Give it to me green and gooey.

ChristineLacy said...

Chicken Tikka Masala! with Naan.

City Girl said...

I have so many favorite indian dishes - currently it is probably dal made with yellow split peas, but my favorites rotate :)

knitgurl said...

I love saag paneer and anything with chickpeas in it- thanks for the great review!

cookingisfun said...

I am an Indian and make excellent Indian dishes! I can host a party in San Diego for Susan if you like! :) I am looking forward to the dishes Monika has created!
Smita Gaikwad

adrienne said...

Veggie samosas get me every time.

Alabama Shadows said...

i couldn't live without a really wonderful chicken tikka masala. love.

Kristen said...

I haven't met an Indian dish that I haven't loved. Samosas would be close to the top, I love anything you can eat with your fingers!

Jennifer Gray said...

I love, love LOVE Chicken Tandoori with home made Naan. My husband can't get enough Chapatti. I would LOVE to have a great cookbook to learn more Indian dishes. I've always been captivated by the unique tastes and smells of the food.

Elizabeth said...

My favorite Indian food is a simple dal made with split orange lentils. I make it in a crockpot! There's nothing like arriving home at the end of the day to find dal waiting. I make a quick pot of basmati rice, and add a fresh, chopped tomato and a squeeze of lemon...throw some coriander leaves on top and we're set. This is a heartwarming dish that's great any time of the year...

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Any sort of dosa or dal.... Mmmm!

Emily said...

I'm a sucker for saag paneer, especially when made with our own homemade paneer. Yum!

Kirstjen Pratt said...

Oohhh, probably birayani and anything type of curry!

Eve said...

I love Bengali Red Dal Curry. The spices are unbelievable. YUMMMMMMMMMM.

bread and butter said...

Hands down, my favorite Indian dish is yellow potato curry eaten with paratha. An East Indian friend started making it for me as a special meal back in high school, using her Grandmother's recipe, and I've been hooked ever since.

Ultimate comfort food!!

The Mangerchine's said...

Oh wow, that curry sounds amazing. I would LOVE this cookbook! My favorite Indian dish is palak paneer, but I really love it all!

shannon.mangerchine@gmail.com

ThatGirlRuns said...

I love all things Indian but the Chicken Tikka Masala my former (Indian) neighbor cooks is to die for!

SecretAgent said...

Well, I haven't a clue what foods I like would be specifically Indian. But I love hommus, rice, lentils, etc. Anything savory. I always try to expand my cooking, though! And I have a book-collecting obsession, so this cookbook would be totally awesome. :)

(My name links to my knitting blog, but I have a food blog [that needs to be updated more often] http://agreeablevodka.wordpress.com/

ariel said...

Chana Masala is my favorite Indian dish. While I tend to order a variety of dishes in a restaurant, I've mastered Chana Masala at home, and I make it at least once a month. It's spicy, filling, healthy, and cost-effective...And I cannot get enough!

Allison said...

I've never met an Indian dish I didn't like! As long as there is some naan on the table that I can eat along with it, I'm good to go.

My mouth is watering from the picture of the dish you posted. mmm.

Nabeela said...

My favorite Indian dish is biryani, rice layered with meat :)

Kerrie said...

I actually love aloo chaat. I know it is more of a side dish, but I love it.

hilary said...

Monica's book is on my wish list, made public for my family to see, I hope. Dull it may be but I am a sucker for the samosas my Fijian friend makes me. I need to learn how to make them and more...

Linda said...

I love indian food. My favorite is chicken makhani. A close second would be lamb saag.

queencake and titangirl said...

my favourite indian dish is aloo gobi ( and my son loves it,too:) )best,anja xx

Krista C said...

My favourite Indian dish is a non butter butter chicken. I love it and it is so healthy you can eat as much as you want. There are others I love but this is my fav...

Krista

Susan G said...

You have tempted me to comment -- this book sounds so good. My favorite meal is Masala Dosa, made at a little restaurant in DC. The owner's mother stood at the stove ladeling out the batter, spreading it so easily into huge pancakes. Our children loved it -- crisp pancake, potato filling, lots of flavor. Once we went with the youngest, about 8 months old. He loved the pancake, chewing happily at the filling until he came to a chili -- wouldn't eat another bite. Now (age 34) he loves it all -- and cooks it too!

Maria said...

You can't go wrong with good Naan. Looks like a great book!

Elizabeth said...

Saag paneer is my favorite dish for sure, but especially the version they serve at Haandi in Falls Church. The mix of spices is totally unique from anything I've had - I've tried to recreate it in the kitchen to no avail, but I know I can always get it there! :)

RJ Flamingo said...

Ooo - tough call! Lately, my favorite Indian food has been Tamil or South Indian vegetarian. Also love aloo bhaji and any pakoras...don't get me started on the pooris and naan!

RV said...

I would die for the soft idli and chicken curry that my mom prepares. Though my mom prepares idli's very often this combo is made occasionally for breakfast. I used to hog 6-7 idli's instead of 3 idli's that I normally have. This reminds me that I should visit India very soon:)

Mandy said...

I recently taught myself to make a traditional labor intensive, multi-step vegetable biryani. It is essentially an Indian comfort food casserole, and the effort is worth ever delicious bite. I made it for my dear friends housewarming party, and all 60 people in attendance loved the results!

Sarah said...

I don't have a favorite dish. Ooh, but one of my Indian friends made this delicious pastry type thing once, it was amazing. =)

Carol G said...

Idli with Sambar soup just like my friend Rama makes.

Joanna said...

My fave is currently channa masala...YUM!

jojo17 at gmail dot com

The Disney Chick said...

I went to India a few years ago and was blown away by all the wonderful foods. I'm a sucker for chicken tikka masala, but for dessert, it's galub jamun everytime.

Elizabeth said...

The only restaurant in town that I actually like and can afford is the Indian restaurant. Plus my roommate is Indian. so although I can't cook any Indian food, I certainly know how to enjoy it!

My favorite dish depends on the month ... saag paneer and chicken tikka masala are reliably good, but last time, I ordered paneer chilly and it was delicious.

I also have a recipe for sweet potato aloo gobi that I'm looking forward to trying.

Omnivore said...

Green beans & tomatoes from Vij's cookbook and Julie Sahni's tandoori chicken.

Cicero Sings said...

We love curries ... just had one recently with coconut milk and mango. SO good. Chicken Vindaloo very good as well. Also had samosas with a tamarind sauce for dipping. Yum.

I've been making my own Roti ... don't always get the full bubble but feel very accomplished when I do!

I'd LOVE that cook book.

Dextery said...

Channa dal! My boyfriend makes a really good chickpea curry that we like to eat with chapati (or parathas) and spicy mango chutney. It's easy, fast and inexpensive so it makes a great weekday meal.

S1nnerman said...

Brilliant. I just got back from kashmir in India and the food was amazing. Didn't have a fave ... and put on at least a few pounds in weight :( lol

Mimi said...

It's always hard to pick a favorite, but chicken tandoori is so good.
Mimi

Lea said...

My favorite Indian meal was a lamb curry (red) that I had in Pune, India. Spicy, melt-in-your-mouth, tender, and fantastic!

Melanie said...

I can't possibly choose a favorite Indian dish! I love naan, my friend's spicy saag paneer, and kheer, but that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Rylan @ Art and Appetite said...

That is so nice of you to do a giveaway! Thanks.

As of Indian food, I'm not really familiar with the Indian food. My mom makes them but I have no idea what they are called.

I do have a favorite recipe that may be like of Indian--although it can also be like Thai or Indonesian. I call it Chicken Curry Skewers. It is so good, especially when grilled.

Ricki said...

Whew--made it in just under the wire! I ADORE Indian cuisine and basically love every single Indian dish I've ever tried (including the hottest of hot vindaloos!). But I'd have to say my top dish is the quick and easy, always delicious lentil dhal. Mmmm-getting hungry now! ;)

hopeeternalcookbook said...

Not sure why the comment I posted at the end of last week has not shown up, but here it is again! One of my favourite Indian dishes has to be one I have posted on my blog for the world to share: Prawn & Tomato Korma with lots of fresh coriander. Its one of the simplest ones in my repertoire and it never fails to please. Delicious, simple method and extremely quick to make. In fact, it is so good that I posted it in my blog for the world to share! I love cooking Indian meals for groups of friends, so I am sure the book would come in very handy if I was fortunate enough to be chosen.
Please, please, do post the macaroon recipe as they sound wonderful and I would love to try them. Thanks!

ikes said...

it is quite hard to pick just one. one of the best i have ever had was some chana saag at haveli in nyc. i've also fallen in love with chicken makhni, rogan josh, saag paneer, and many others.

nelli said...

hmmm.....I love, love, love Indian veggies - bitter gourd, okra and all sorts of green beans. My kids can't get enough of paneer and samosas!!!

brendalynn said...

Indian dishes are among my favorites: Chicken Korma is definitely a comfort food that I can't get enough of! As for experimenting, we've had some pretty tasy success with using Indian-like spice mixes with winter greens and with squash.

We'd love some more inspiration from this cookbook in particular!

Lisa said...

This book sounds great! I'd love to try the subzi and the fish curry.

So difficult to pick one favorite Indian dish, but I'm going to say dal makhani.

Thanks for the review and the chance to win the book!

Samantha said...

I'm a chickpea lover! Chana Masala is one of my faves.

Also - I could probably use Raita on just about anything.

Pair that with a glass of masala chai, and you have me.

Tangled Noodle said...

Lamb korma is my absolute favorite Indian dish! But it's followed closely by a sweet - gulab jamun. I can eat those by the dozen. 8-) I've heard so much about Monica Bhide's book and I am definitely one of those who is intimidated by the complexity of the spice mixtures. As it is, the few times I've made an Indian-inspired dish at home, I've had to rely on pre-mixed spice packets. I would love to learn and gain confidence in making these dishes from the very basics!

In the meantime, many thanks for this tomato and coconut fish curry recipe, and I look forward to the macaroon one as well! 8-)

Evelyn said...

My favorite Indian dish is Egg Curry. It is made with hard boiled eggs, potatoes, cooked in a cashew sauce. I learned this recipe from my friend, Anna, who is Gujarati and she learned it from her father.

Kathy - Cooking On the Side said...

Oooh - I'm making it in right under the deadline! Saag paneer is my favorite Indian dish :-)

Shashi Bellamkonda said...

I love mushroom and potato curry. Its my own recipe and I chane it everytime.

Shashi

Jaime said...

I know the giveaway is closed but I just wanted to say that the curry dish looks wonderful!

I wish more cookbooks would include more pictures, I don't like the ones that don't have a lot of pictures!

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