Culinary Passport: India


As if you didn’t already know, my family loves ethnic foods: Mexican, Indian, Chinese. You name it, we’re up for the trying. Most recently, we were invited out for Ethiopian, which was a first for us all. Mmm-MMM! In my humble (or not so humble) opinion, being open to trying new and exciting foods from different countries helps you to understand the people of such certain cultures. Why do they eat this? Where does it come from? Is there a story behind it? Food, in itself, contains so much more than just a process of chewing and swallowing. Food is like a string; a common thread that entwines all backgrounds into one.

With living in the center of Nowhere, Indiana, it takes a good amount of driving to find good Indian food (at least 45 minutes each way.) No worries, will drive for food…seriously. Except, for the small fact that we don’t always feel like going anywhere. I’ve never been well versed in the practice of Indian cooking…although, I’m not opposed to learning! Actually, I welcome the challenge with open arms. Enter…Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes.

The follow-up to Anupy Singla’s bestselling The Indian Slow Cooker features more than 140 delicious recipes that take Indian cooking to a healthy, responsible new level. Both Indian and vegan food have been growing enormously in popularity over the last several years, and Vegan Indian Cooking is sure to build on the large audience Singla found for her first book.

Vegan Indian Cooking brings the bright, exciting flavors of the subcontinent to a healthful vegan eating. The book features more than 140 great recipes and gorgeous color photographs, some taken during a recent trip Singla made to India. In addition, each recipe includes metric conversions, making it truly accessible for any cook.

Recipes in this book are simply mouth-watering…Chickpea Poppers, Tomato Cucumber Onion Salad (Kachumber), Masala Pizza and Cauliflower Stuffed Bread (YES, please!) A beautiful cookbook with easy to follow instructions. The only problem for me is the closest Indian grocery is at least 45 minutes away…and these recipes all call for authentic ethnic ingredients. Availability is key! Also, if you participate in Lent, this would be a great time to try out some vegan Indian.

Every time we dine at an Indian restaurant, our son always enjoys the Mango Pudding. So, of course, we tried to recreate it at home…and it was a true success (NOT vegan since this recipe contains gelatin.) We followed this recipe exactly, then added our own toppings. Try it out with your children and don’t forget to stamp their culinary passports as having made a visit to India!


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3 Responses to Culinary Passport: India
  1. Corrin
    January 15, 2013 | 11:32 AM

    You have a much stronger stomach than I do. I can’t even stand the smell of Indian food. Don’t know where the aversion came from but I just cannot handle it.

    • Toni
      January 15, 2013 | 12:19 PM

      That’s right…I remember you are a curry hater. Is it just curry spice or all Indian food? Samosas? Oh man…I love those spices. :) Warms up the insides.

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