Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ruta Kahate's Quick-Fix Indian - A Book Review

When Barbara @Andrews McMeal Publications asked me if I would like to review a new Indian book "Quick-Fix Indian: Easy, Exotic Dishes in 30 Minutes or Less by Ruta Kahate, I accepted the offer very happily. After all, I love to read cookbooks like storybooks. They are even my own bedtime books. So I was happy to receive a new book. In a few weeks, I received the book by mail.

Ms. Ruta Kahate is a best selling author of "5 spices, 50 dishes". She ran a cooking school in california. She loved to make everything from scratch. But when her two daughters were born , she wanted to tweak the recipes and make them simpler. That's when she discovered her own shortcuts and convenient techniques.  Ruta provides a shopping list for a well stocked pantry for a busy homecook.

All the recipes of this book are quick and easy to follow (Instant Biryani, anyone?) Of course Ruta admits that this isn't 2 minute Biryani recipe but the overall time is substantially reduced and hence it's relatively "instant".

I tried her pickled cucumber recipe which we enjoyed.

If you ask me what I had wished more from this book? then my answer would be some colored photographs would have made this book more vibrant.

Pickled Cucumber Salad
From Quick Fix Indian - Easy, Exotic dishes in 30 minutes or less by Ruta Kahate
2 medium cucumbers, peeled
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 medium green Serrano chilies, deseeded, chopped into thin rounds
1 tbsp minced cilantro
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp sugar

1. Slice cucumbers and carrots in thin rounds
2. Mix all the ingredients using your fingers.
3. Let it sit in the refrigerator at least for 10 minutes before serving.

Quick Fix Indian - Easy, Exotic dishes in 30 minutes or les by Ruta Kahate
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