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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Instant Indian: Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot by Rinku Bhattacharya- Feature and Review



ABOUT THE BOOK:


Instant Indian - Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot
Discover favorite foods from all over India with the first regional Indian cookbook authorized by Instant Pot!
Rinku Bhattacharya — cookbook author and founder of Spice Chronicles — has put together a collection of 100 authentic recipes that showcase the diversity and range of the foods of India, where every state and region boasts its own unique dishes. Whether you crave takeout favorites or want to be introduced to lesser-known specialties, this cookbook brings the best of India to your table in an instant!
The Instant Pot® lends itself perfectly to Indian recipes, making flavorful, nutritious Indian fare (like simmering-all-day dals, legumes and all manner of curries) in minutes instead of hours. Instant Indian features numerous vegetarian and vegan options , and nearly all recipes are gluten-free.
With step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, Instant Indian makes Indian cooking easy and fool-proof using all the functions of this popular appliance.

MY REVIEW:

Instant Indian: Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant PotInstant Indian: Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot by Rinku Bhattacharya
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Instant pot is THE hot kitchen tool right now. I don't have an official Instant Pot. I have a standard pressure cooker. However, for the record, these recipes can be made in both, but you may want to check with the model you own for specifications. I avoid rice dishes in my Pressure Cooker, but everything else is a go.

That said, this Indian cookbook is a compilation of recipes specifically for the Instant Pot. However, there is also plenty of helpful information included for anyone just starting out with Indian cooking or are new to cooking with an Instant Pot.

A wide array of dishes, spices, and sauces are featured, including snacks, casseroles, legumes and beans, soups, vegetables, desserts and drinks. The directions are easy to follow, estimating prep. time and the amount yielded. There is also an index to help one locate specific recipes quickly.
The photos are colorful and will leave your mouth watering! For me, the section on bean and legumes was especially of interest because of how quickly the instant pot cooks them, and the new and tasty ways I found to enjoy them. The vegetarian dishes are plentiful as well, and the egg dishes look very intriguing. I hope to try a few of them soon!

Overall, this is an informative cookbook for those who have an instant pot or plan to purchase one. My husband is a huge fan of pressure cookers and Instant pots, and because we are learning to cook Indian foods, this is a cookbook I am sure we will reference often. However, I think this cookbook would come in handy even if you are a little wary of instant pots. I don’t think it would be too hard to adapt these recipes to cook in more traditional ways.

4 stars


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About Rinku Bhattacharya
Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”



Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.



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