Crack the Code: Cook Any Indian Meal with Confidence
Crack the Code: Cook Any Indian Meal With Confidence is a pioneering workbook styled cookbook that demystifies the seemingly complex processes involved in creating a well-balanced Indian dish. This book translates practical cooking advice from many generations of chefs from within Nandita’s family into a simple structured approach about how to craft a well seasoned Indian dish. It exposes the fundamental building blocks of the Indian cuisine, provides sample recipes within its content to illustrate the methods, and eliminates any fear associated with cooking Indian food – the single biggest reservation in the true appreciation of a vibrant, flavorful and healthy cuisine. Two dozen simple practice recipes showcase the role of spices and ingredients and highlights the patterns of balancing and layering flavors. It includes quick notes on health benefits of using specific spices. Most notably, it shows the reader how to build essential taste profiles for an authentic dining experience. Whether it is a comfort meal or feast, a side dish, one-pot-meal or an easy decadent dessert, Crack the Code includes several quintessentially Indian and Indian inspired recipes. The recipes are created with grocery store produce and spices. The choices include a blend of healthy traditional favorites such as Rassam, Chinese Green Beans, Okra, Eggplant Saambar and Sprouted Green Mung Beans with Coconut or Carrot Halwa, alongside recipes adapted for the new urban kitchen such as Creamy Asparagus Soup with Nutmeg and Thyme, Red Radish and Red Potato Salad with Dill, Acorn Squash with Split Yellow Mung Daal, Tomato Fennel Boats with Paneer, Vermicelli with Shrimp & Ginger and Mango-Raspberry Lassi among others. Recipes are chosen from Nandita’s own family kitchen, who keeps family health at the forefront of her cooking as shown in these recipes as well.