August 18, 2011

Hari Nayak's 'My Indian Kitchen' - A Review

When Cheryl from Cheryl Duncan & co. asked me if I would like to review Hari Nayak's latest cookbook,  I readily agreed. And, Stephanie from TUTTLE PUBLISHING was gracious enough to send me  a complimentary copy of Hari Nayak's latest 'My Indian Kitchen', I was thrilled for I heart cookbooks. As a food blogger, I have more than one reason to fall in love with cookbooks.

Those of you, who do not know, Hari Nayak is an Indian celebrity chef who lives in New Jersey. He is also an author who has several books to his credit. Nayak hails from Udipi, a small town close to Mangalore. So all those who love South Indian food, you can look forward to some lovely South Indian recipes here.


My Indian Kitchen

The book arrived on rainy afternoon here, I immediately sat down with a cuppa Masala Chai, & as I flipped through the pages, I was already in love with this book. The pictures are by Jack Turkel are such a visual treat. Along with a few of his popular dishes, this book includes some of his family recipes as & a few tips & tricks which makes cooking easier.

The book starts with an introduction to Indian Cuisine & what I loved was a note on Pairing Wines with Indian food. Now we all know, which wine to pick with that spicy curry.

The book then gets divided into 9 delicious chapters beginning with recipes for Indian Spice mixes, the quitessential Indian Chutneys, Appetizers, Soups & dal, Vegetable & cheese dishes. There is a separate section for sea food & another one for meat & poultry. There is another chapter dedicated to Indian faltbreads & Rice varieties, in which he also teaches how to cook the perfect Basmati Rice. There is a Desserts & drinks section at the end, which features some delectable desserts. I personally loved the Pistachio & Mango Ice Cream.

A few other unique recipes that caught my fancy were the Avocado & roasted cumin Raita, Potato & Onion Fritters, & Zucchini with lentils & roasted garlic. These recipes are a perfect way of giving western vegbetables an Indian touch.

If you are a vegetarian who hates buying cookbooks because of the Non Vegetarian recipes in them, you need not worry, for this book has ample Vegetraian recipes. I am a vegetarian myself & I was not dissappointed with the veggie collection here.

However, if you are trying your hand at Indian cooking for the first time, this book is perfect to make a beginning & it lives up to its tagline, 'Preparing delicious Indian meals without fear or fuss'. For a novice, the pictures are such boon because you will know what the end result should look like. Most of the recipes are very easy & with simple narration, anybody can get a hang of what Indian cusine is all about.

In case you already own this gorgeous book, some of my favorite recipes in this book that you may want to try are
  • Pomegranate & mint potato salad
  • Carrot Yogurt Slaw
  • Hyderabadi mixed vegetables
  • Pureed spinach with cheese balls
  • Mint Rice with potatoes & toasted cumin
  • Baked garlic naan
  • Chai Creme Brulee
  • Mumbai fruit punch

There are a lot more other fabuluous recipes from this book, which I will be doing in my upcoming posts .. Do watch out

Verdict

Nayak's effort is sincere which reflects in his recipes. The narration is simple, precise & well written. Nayak clearly suceeds in his motive to make Indian cooking less intimidating.

It is a solid cookbook which covers a wide array of the vast Indian cuisine. As the author rightly puts, 'It is for all who love the value of a home cooked family meal' .. Those who love collecting cookbooks,this book definitely deserves a place in your book shelf. It also makes for a great gift to cooking enthusiasts .. Go for it ..

If you wish to know more about Hari Nayak, visit his website at http://www.harinayak.com/.
Also, log on to http://www.myindiankitchen.com/ , to have a look at the recipe gallery.

27 comments:

notyet100 said...

Have heard about this book a lot,will check it out :)

Prathima Rao said...

Thank u for such an thorough review!!! Im a veggie from dipi & so have to buy this book!!! Veg section looks interesting too...Like u said i try as much n avoid buying cookbooks with non-veg dishes too..But this time will go ahead with ur advice & treat myself to this book!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Sanjeeta kk said...

Congrats for the cook book!

Paaka Shaale said...

Even I am a great fan of Hari Nayak Deesha. This book will be on my to buy list when I go to India this time :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Hmmm....your review makes me buy this book....going check it in market once i am back to Bangalore.....

You want's tempting me more is that tempered chat of mango.....yum.....

SHankar said...

Excellent review will plan to gift this book for the newly weds...

Priya said...

Excellent review..pulling me to buy Hari Nayak's book..

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely book and site
following your site keep in touch
regards Akheela

Saji said...

This makes me 2 buy now ...:)
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Babli said...

I have heard about this book. You have given an excellent review. I shall buy it during my India trip.

Deeksha said...

Hi Deesha
Thanks for stopping by dear.

Daksha said...

Excellent review..thanks for stooping my space. U have lovely space with yummy recipes. I'm follow u:).

Nava Krishnan said...

The book is so useful in preparing different types of meal, esp homestyle and healthy, thanks for the info.

Priyanka Dixit said...

Congrats Deepthi :) Well written!

Kaveri said...

Nice review...would love to give this book a try

Alessandra said...

Very interesting, thank you! I am actually quite keen to learn how to pair wine with Indian food!

ciao
Alessandra

Sobha Shyam said...

Its a great review, this book sounds so nice, thanx for sharing with us..

Now Serving said...

Wonderful review - particularly curious about the Chai Creme brulee and it is awesome that there are some wine pairings - a relatively new thing for Indian cook books :) thanks for sharing Deesha!

Kadhyaa... said...

Thats a nice review..love to follow you.

vishy said...

Very good review, tempts to buy the book

Shri said...

Wonderful review.

Tanvi@SinfullySpicy said...

I was reading about this book the other day and how it discusses wine pairings- Loved your review..I will go n hunt down now!

M D said...

Would love to own this book. Good review :)

Muskaan at A2Z Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Would love to have this book...good write up..do visit my space whenever time permits..

gayathri said...

A nice & interesting review, prompts you to buy the book.

bhakti said...

Good review . Book is suitable as a wedding present.

Bhakti

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