Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The New Indian Slow Cooker {Written by Emilee}

My husband and I were on the lookout for a good Indian cookbook. We checked out Barnes & Noble but their book didn't have pictures and seemed a little complicated. 
 
Then I checked out NetGalley which is a website dedicated to people who love to read and review books. I was thrilled to find...

The New Indian Slow Cooker

Recipes for Curries, Dals, Chutneys, Masalas, Biryani, and More

by Neela Paniz
 
 About:
 
The newest book in Ten Speed's best-selling slow cooker series, featuring more than 60 fix-it-and-forget-it recipes for Indian favorites.

The rich and complex flavors of classic Indian dishes like Lamb Biryani, Palak Paneer, and chicken in a creamy tomato-butter sauce can take hours to develop through such techniques as extended braising and low simmering. In The New Indian Slow Cooker, veteran cooking teacher and chef Neela Paniz revolutionizes the long, slow approach to making Indian cuisine by rethinking its traditional recipes for the slow cooker.

She showcases the best regional curries, dals made with lentils and beans, vegetable and rice sides, as well as key accompaniments like chutneys, flatbreads, raita, and fresh Indian cheese. Using this fix-it-and-forget-it approach, you can produce complete and authentic Indian meals that taste like they came from Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore, or your favorite Indian restaurant.

Featuring both classic and innovative recipes such as Pork Vindaloo, Kashmiri Potato Curry, Date and Tamarind Chutney, and Curried Chickpeas, these full-flavor, no-fuss dishes are perfect for busy cooks any day of the week. 
 
In my opinion:
 
All I can say is that I'm craving Indian food right now. My husband and I love going to Bombay house (here in Utah) but now we can bring Indian food into our home by making it. I usually just buy the Pataks jars so this will be a challenge to create some of Neela Paniz's recipes. They all sounded delicious and the photos complemented the book. There were recipes for basics and accompaniments, soups, chutneys and curries, vegetables, dals and rice dishes. I'm a huge fan of curry so I'll be excited to try the boneless chicken curry, kashmiri potato curry and the basic curry mix.

All of the recipes were done by using a 6-quart or a 31/2-quart slow cooker. How nice is that? I could now do my cooking in the morning and have it all ready when Adrian comes home from work. Plus, our home will smell lovely. 

The best part about the book was that there was an explanation for everything from spices, spice blends and aromatics to a spice prep 101 course. There were also some techniques so the reader wouldn't feel alone in the new task of creating Indian recipes.

Have you ever wondered how to cook cauliflower? Well, we were wondering and now we have a recipe for Cauliflower with ginger and cumin. Yum!

I just wish there were pictures for each recipe. That is key to buying a recipe book for me. Overall, I was pretty impressed with the recipes and instructions. I definitely recommend checking out this book.


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 
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