Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What We're Reading : 5 Spices, 50 Dishes #cookbook

5 Spices, 50 Dishes:
 Simple Indian Recipes Using Five Common Spices
by Ruta Kahate

What a brilliant idea : gather five easily found spices, use them with very common ingredients found in the American Kitchen and prove that complexity of Indian cuisine lies in its flavour - not preparation!

Author Ruta Kahate takes five spices that are easy to find in the supermarket (coriander, cumin, mustard, cayenne, and turmeric) to create dozens of recipes that are not only nutritious but are crowd pleasers as well. Many are vegetarian as well.
Western cooking tends to use fat as the main source of flavors, in Indian cooking spices take center stage making these recipes healthy choices. High fiber vegetables have a starring role in many of the dishes. The aromatics used here appeal to more of our senses leaving us satisfied after having eaten a much healthier meal.
Suggested menus offer inspiration for entire Indian dinners. Of course just as most Americans have adopted international flavours as a part of our culinary vernacular, there is no reason why something like "railroad potatoes" cannot be a part of a traditional American roast chicken dinner. For quick and easy Indian meals, keep it simple with 5 Spices, 50 Dishes.