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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 6:16 pm 
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Thanks for the input! And I like the book and am excited to make more from it. It just feels a bit simplistic, kind of like if Vegan Brunch had 7 pages of recipes for toast:

Page 1: Toast: Recipe - toast bread
Page 2: Strawberry jam on toast: Take toast prepared as on page 1 and apply jam (found in any supermarket)
Page 3: Grape jelly on toast:
Page 4: Peanut Butter on toast:
Page 5: Peanut Butter and Jelly on toast:
Page 6: Peanut Butter and strawberry jam on toast:
Page 7: nooch on Toast:

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 7:39 pm 
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Well, now I want toast.

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 12:15 pm 
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Tofulish wrote:
Thanks for the input! And I like the book and am excited to make more from it. It just feels a bit simplistic, kind of like if Vegan Brunch had 7 pages of recipes for toast:

Page 1: Toast: Recipe - toast bread
Page 2: Strawberry jam on toast: Take toast prepared as on page 1 and apply jam (found in any supermarket)
Page 3: Grape jelly on toast:
Page 4: Peanut Butter on toast:
Page 5: Peanut Butter and Jelly on toast:
Page 6: Peanut Butter and strawberry jam on toast:
Page 7: nooch on Toast:


And think of how awesome that would be for someone from a culture that didn't ever eat toast or had no access to peanut butter?

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 12:32 pm 
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My point was that you could get all 7 toast recipes on one page :)

To your point, I guess its a question of who her audience is. I don't think Indian food is that unfamiliar to the people who would be buying her book.

Either way, its a fine book, I just had a bit of a quibble with the lay-out. It seems like a bigger book than it actually is. And I think its a weird concept to include so many non-recipes (like roasted cumin (roast cumin seeds, then grind), garlic ginger paste (blend garlic and ginger with water) or how to make yogurt from scratch). That said, the recipes for the dishes themselves are very userfriendly. I got this as a counter point to Dakshin, which is fantastic, but very involved. This will be nice for simple "Americanized" Indian meals, and Dakshin will remain my go-to for more complicated and authentic treats.

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 1:32 pm 
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I do agree with what you say about the book, but I've really liked what I've made from it, which is quite a lot now. I haven't used Dakshin much though I've had it forever. Which are your favourites? I also like Cooking with Pedatha but again have hardly used it.

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I'm with you on this one, tofulish. The recipes we've made are really tasty, but there's also kind of a lot of fluff, especially about beans. Basically I do like the book, but wish there were more RECIPE recipes, like why not more dals?


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:06 pm 
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As Tofulish posted in the other thread, Vegan Indian Cooking is now available FREE on Kindle! Thanks Tofulish!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FOSJXS


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I really like this book. I think the incongruencies we're noticing are due to weird publisher stuff--but I assume they just wanted to make the book appeal to the widest range of people possible. So there are people who have never thought to find out how to cook beans or to sprinkle spices on pomegranate seeds, or have never considered the idea of making their own garam masala. But I think there is something for everything and I've loved what I've tried.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I tried the potatoes and green bean recipe from Vegan Indian Cooking, served it with the Toor Dal from Indian vegan kitchen (different author, much loved recipe/book). This was my first try from this book.

I liked it! Perfect heat, but it was decreased by over half. Glad I read this thread! I'll make it again, but with slightly more spices. I think mustard seeds would really make the dish pop more


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:28 am 
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doncherryfan wrote:
Well, now I want toast.

Me too! I do love toast...


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I made the tofu fritters and put them in a flatbread with mint chutney, some sliced tomato, and the Indian-spiced pickled red onions from VEW. I'm sad its gone, it was that tasty. And I think tofu as a fritter will be pretty omni-friendly to my tofu-hesitant husband; I definitely see frying up some fritters in my future...


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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Has anyone made the dohlka with success? I tried yesterday and it was a gelatinous, tasteless mess. I pitched it.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I'm glad there's a thread on this book. I ordered it a couple days ago and it's supposed to be here Monday. I chose it because the reviews on amazon were good... people said the taste is authentic and I kind of like the idea of getting a breakdown of spice mixtures and cuisine history. Based on the recommendations of people on amazon, I'm excited to try the chana masala and the chickpea popovers. Also chai tea while it's still spring and only 92 degrees outside in Texas. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I made the spiced green soup from VIC. It was delicious! I didn't blend it and I used a sprinkle of red pepper flakes instead of the chiles. It's a pretty quick recipe!

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:31 am 
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All from Vegan Indian Cooking:

I tried the Banana Curry; never tasted anything like it, quite good.

Tried the Sweet and Sour Sweet Potatoes; I wonder if there's a mistake in the book and they need to be pre-cooked prior to frying with the fenugreek seeds? Also, it was my first time eating fenugreek seeds, and I have to admit I'm not sold yet.

Tried the Goan-Inspired Curry with Coconut Milk and the Indian-Inspired Soup; thought they kinda lacked flavor.

Tried the Warm North Indian Salad and loved it; quick, easy, and flavorful.

Finally, I tried the Orange Salad (with Kalamata olives) and loved it as well. I am a fan of the savory/salty and sweet combination.

Next up: I really want to try the Masala Chickpea Burger, the Black Forest Burger, the Tofu Curry, the Spiced Spinach with "Paneer", and the Beets with Mustard Seeds and Coconut.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:05 pm 
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I made the spinach with tofu from Vegan Indian Cooking a while ago and except for needing less salt, it was really quite good.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:02 am 
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Yeah, I almost never add the full amount of salt she calls for, often a tablespoon for a recipe. The palak (tofu) paneer in her second book is one of my favorites.

I do find that she says things need to be cooked for an absurdly short amount of time sometimes. I'm sure we cooked the sweet and sour sweet potatoes way longer than she called for.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:45 pm 
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Yeah, I almost never add the full amount of salt she calls for, often a tablespoon for a recipe. The palak (tofu) paneer in her second book is one of my favorites.

I do find that she says things need to be cooked for an absurdly short amount of time sometimes. I'm sure we cooked the sweet and sour sweet potatoes way longer than she called for.


I'm glad you like it too creep. It was my first time making Indian Spinach at home, rather than having it a at a restaurant.

I didn't mind the cooking time on the spinach but I can imagine that when it comes to potatoes, it becomes an issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I'll try to trust my cooking gut more than the time indicated in the recipes! Working on that; glad to know though it's not just me that was skeptical of the instructions.

Looking forward even more now to trying out the spinach paneer!


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I remember reading somewhere in the beginning of the book that she uses coarsely ground salt, and that if you use finely ground, you should use half the amount specified.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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That makes sense. I've used medium coarse and still felt like it was a bit much sometimes. I'm possibly more sensitive to salt than the average person though.


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:43 am 
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I made the Spinach Paneer. It smells heavenly while it's cooking. I forgot to buy tomatoes, so I didn't put any in, nor did I put the tomato paste. It was still great overall, but even though I used coarse sea salt, it was a little too salty for me.

I'll make again with the tomatoes and less salt. Definitely a winner!


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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:41 am 
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I think everyone knows my grumbles with this book, but I found another annoying "recipe."

Its for iced coffee. Using instant coffee, ice-cubes and water. A whole page for iced coffee.

I really wish there were more lentil recipes instead!

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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I just saw this book on Amazon:

Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes by Anupy Singla

Can anyone tell me if the recipes come with nutrition information, calories per serving?

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 Post subject: Re: Anupy Singla's Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooki
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They don't, sadly!

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