- The Indian Pantry
- Essential Kitchen Gear
- Cooking Techniques
- Basic Recipes
- Meat Recipes – 14 recipes
- Chicken Recipes – 15 recipes
- Fish & Seafood Recipes – 17 recipes
- Vegetarian Recipes – 10 recipes
- Snack Recipes – 10 recipes
- Sweet Recipes – 10 recipes
a brief description about the recipe that makes you want to try it out by imposing a sense of confidence.
To complete the dish section at the end of most of the recipes tells you what to expect about the final dish. Why certain ingredients are added and how they lift up the flavors of the dish and some ideas on how to serve the dish differently and make it into a whole new recipe.
Every step of the recipe is so well explained and what to expect or happens on every step.
The way he explains about why a certain ingredient is being added. For example, in the Bhurji dish he explains “ Mix in sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes”. For a complete newbie these finer details will help them to learn the nuances of cooking.
The pictures could have been even more better considering the fact that we first eat with our eyes. The macro shots leave you guessing and keeps you in the lurk. (see the above picture from the book)
With a large sum of the population on their way to becoming either a vegetarian or vegan, the choices for them in this book are so limited. Even the snack section has only 4 vegetarian recipes.
I wonder if the measurements are accurate. I do understand that the spice level of a person and their families differ but I’m yet to be convinced about the precision of the measurements from the dish that I tried as I had to make major changes to make it suitable for my palate.
None of the recipe mentions the time it takes to cook so that the person could be prepared. Anyone without a better understanding of the nuances of cooking must be prepared to spend ‘n’ amount of time in the kitchen and pray for patience.
In the Intro section Aditya mentions about his grandmother who happens to be a legendary baker but to my disappointment I could not find a single recipe with baking technique.
The sweets section could have been better. All the recipes are so basic and well known and fail to invoke any interest and hold your attention.
The publishers of the book are Westland Ltd and it costs INR.395.00.