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Indian Flavor Every Day: Simple Recipes and Smart Techniques to Inspire: A Cookbook (Hardcover)
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Introduce rich, complex Indian flavors to your everyday cooking with 80 easy recipes and ingenious guidance from Julia Child Best First Book Award winner Maya Kaimal.
In Indian Flavor Every Day, Indian cooking authority Maya Kaimal proves it’s possible to experience the joy of this cuisine with minimal time and just a handful of essential ingredients like spices, ghee, and dried chilies. She distills foundational flavor-building methods, like creating spice blends and sizzling whole seeds in oil to release their essence, and applies them to accessible, versatile ingredients any home cook has on hand.
These adaptable techniques open a world of possibility as you’ll not only whip up traditional dishes but also amp up the flavors of your favorite ingredients or meals whenever a craving strikes. Why not swirl some popped mustard seeds into a butternut squash soup or top ho-hum steamed broccoli with a crispy garlic-chili-cumin tarka? How about serving charred carrots with a gingery yogurt sauce next to your roasted chicken, or adding a pinch of garam masala to your cookie dough?
With many vegetarian, gluten-free, and wholesome, hearty offerings, Indian Flavor Every Day includes both simplified classic dishes and new twists. Recipes like Golden Noodles with Tarka Crunch, Roasted Asparagus with Tamarind and Crispy Shallots, and deeply flavorful Chicken Chettinad with Black Pepper Coconut Masala are designed to build your confidence and spark inspiration, so incredible new flavors can become an everyday pleasure.
Embrace the simple tips in this book, purchase a few ingredients for your pantry, and Maya Kaimal promises that Indian flavors can be woven into your meals with delicious ease.
About the Author
Maya Kaimal is an award-winning cookbook author and the founder of Maya Kaimal Foods. Her first book, Curried Favors, won the Julia Child First Book Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She has appeared on the Today show, Martha Stewart TV, Food Network, and the Discovery Channel, and has written features for Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet.
Maya Kaimal needs no introduction; she isa household name all over America. You go to a grocery store and are craving Indian food, and her sauces beckon you and make you into an Indian cook, which is exactly what her new must-have book Indian Flavor Every Day does. It is an amazing compilation created from a lifetime of celebrating the beauty of one of the most ancient and diverse cuisines in the world.”—Maneet Chauhan, chef, restaurateur, and author of Chaat
“Simple yet not simplistic, Maya Kaimal’s latest book is great for anyone looking to add more South Asian flavors into their rotation. Maya concisely coaches you through the cuisine’s foundations and then makes them stick with flavorful keepers.”—Andrea Nguyen, author of Vietnamese Food Any Day and Ever-Green Vietnamese
“This brilliant and beautiful book breaks down Maya’s way of cooking Indian food into easy-to-understand nuggets of information that can be applied to almost every recipe. It sent me immediately into the kitchen because there’s a freshness and versatility to Maya’s cooking that is right up my alley, and I suspect many others’ too.”—Susan Spungen, author of Open Kitchen: Inspired Food for Casual Gatherings
“Indian Flavor Every Day is a modern-day classic. Maya Kaimal is a gifted teacher who empowers you to cook Indian food with confidence. The book is a brilliant collection of irresistible recipes with a wealth of kitchen tips that will elevate your cooking.”—Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge
“In Indian Flavor Every Day, Maya Kaimal delivers a bounty of personal and engaging recipes, broadens your understanding of spice blends like masala, and creatively combines cuisines that have influenced her throughout her life. I’ve been cooking from Maya’s work for twenty years, and I’m thrilled to have a whole new batch of recipes that will inhabit my kitchen for the next twenty years!”—Amanda Hesser, founder of Food52
“Maya Kaimal’s food reminds me of Indian home cooking—comforting and joyful! This is a book richly steeped in flavor and love.”—Nik Sharma, James Beard finalist and author of The Flavor Equation and Season
“For years, I have relied on Maya for insights into Indian cooking, and Indian Flavor Every Day captures so many of the foundational techniques that have made me a better cook. This book clearly distills the vast knowledge of so many Indian cooks into clear, actionable recipes to inspire cooking on any night of the week.”—Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit food director