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Book Review: The Indian Family Kitchen

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The Indian Family Kitchen is such a beautiful book it will probably take an intermittent home on my coffee table when it is not in use in the kitchen (so it may not be in the coffee table much!). The pages of the book are so colorful and comforting and the food styling is drool-worthy. I love the sections between recipes that make me feel transported to India. This book is perfect for everyone. Really. If you want something light or hearty, quick to prepare or simmers for hours, something traditionally Indian or a delicious burger this book is for you. Pathak has such an encouraging voice in her writing of the recipes that this book could be used by novices but will satisfy the adept home cook, too.

I have a handful of purely authentic Indian cookbooks and after researching The Indian Family Kitchen by Anjali Pathak I decided to give it a try because I love Indian flavors and was looking for more of an Indian-fusion cookbook. The author has some serious street cred with Indian cuisine being the granddaughter of the founder of a huge line of Indian grocery products. These recipes are fresh, creative, healthful and most importantly they are incredibly delicious.

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I have to disagree with another review of this book that questioned the use of the word family in the title of the book. As a mom of three young kids and a husband with a discerning palate I viewed the recipes through a family lens and with every page I turned I found another recipe that we would be able to gather around the table to enjoy. My husband says, “if your kids are picky little snots that is not this book’s fault.” I would go one further and say even if your kids are picky they would still like these recipes with just a tweak on the spicy ingredients.

Here is my take on the recipes we tried:

Sizzling steak and cumin paprika wedges (page 50) with mixed herb salad with honey pecan dressing (page 78). The flavors in these recipes were amazing! The timing listed in the recipes were accurate, both for prep and cook times. We loved pairing flavors that we typically have on chicken with steak. The aromatics really gave the steak and potatoes great flavor. The kids thought some of the bites of the potatoes were spicy so next time we may add a little less paprika. The salad was so refreshing and light. We used a combo of mint, cilantro and basil for the herbs and it was delicious!

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Mini tortillas with chickpea salsa (page 24 and 25). We omitted the chipotles in the pork and used the tip to reduce the sauce and add it back in with the pork. The pork has a subtle sweetness from the orange and lots of savory yumminess from roasting with all of the spices. The salsa has a mild flavor that is so unexpected with tortillas but the lime, herbs and chickpeas just work so well together. This recipe is absolutely family friendly, but you may want to double it.

We are going to have the crispy sumac okra (page 18, Light Bites chapter) today and the coconut shrimp later this week and I can’t wait! This book is one I know we will love and use for many years to come. I highly recommend it!

I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

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