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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
PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 5:38 am 
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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
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:04 am 
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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
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:07 am 
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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
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:14 am 
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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
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:19 pm 
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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
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:32 pm 
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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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