Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Yummy Tummy Tuesday - Book Review and Giveaway - Devnaa's INDIA: Delicious Vegetarian Home Cooking & Street Food

The Book Review: 
Devnaa's INDIA: Delicious Vegetarian Home Cooking & Street Food by Roopa Rawal
So you have tried the pakora, the naan, or the biryani at a restaurant or a friend’s place and loved it?  Or you want to try dishes like the patra but were a little overwhelmed at the thought?  Then this book will be just perfect for you!

I love the collection of recipes here and the photographs are lip slurping, smackingly delicious.  I have discovered many new recipes considering I have been trolling the blogworld for Indian (and other) recipes over the past few years regularly. I learned new/local names for many of the recipes that I knew differently and the tidbits of information about them are fascinating too.  For example, I was surprised to discover a recipe so similar to the very traditional Nombu adai we Tamilians make – the khichi.

Here is a brief description of the different sections of the book as the Rawal siblings take the reader on a journey through meals they grew up eating in their home:
  • Indian Kitchen Essentials – useful. A listing along with information of the basic, easy-to-find spices, ingredients, and kitchen tools that will make cooking the recipes here easier.
  • Chutneys - this section includes local favorites presented just like at home – coconut chutney from the South and the date tamarind chutney are among the many featured in this section
  • Snacks & Farsaan – The ever popular dhokla and bhajiyas, along with other recipes not often featured in cookbooks like handwo, khandvi, and even patra, are included in this section.
  • Starters & Street Food – roasted chili and garlic mogo is a dish I need to try out here. Presented along with so many other favorites and yummy paneer dishes
  • Main Courses – This includes hearty recipes and comfort food ranging from the Gujrati Kadhi to a complete one-pot-meal in the spinach and corn kofta biryani(yum!). Among the dishes I plan to try out first here are the undhiyu and the corn & coconut malai curry.
  • Breads – Indian breads a part of meals in many Indian homes in various forms. My recipe to try out here is the naan.
  • Desserts - My favorite section has to be the one, which involves sugar – of course, desserts! Roopa and Jay bring a few but wonderful selection of desserts here – with a twist on the traditional – that I really am thrilled about. I am trying them all out soon (and yes, many of the untried recipes in the other sections too! But, in my world, first comes sugar).
  • Drinks – Masala chai, anyone? As for me, with the weather being what it is outside, I would love a cup of masala chai with bhajiyas right out of the book, if I could..
Everything in the book evokes wonderful feelings – from the bright colors and patterns to the heartfelt introduction; and from the informative kitchen essentials section to the recipes themselves (both the selection of recipes in this book - which is awesome; and the detailed instructions for each recipe that make me feel someone is right next to me gently guiding me along as I try out something new).  I also love the information and stories shared throughout the book as well as tips that really help.

Food that is always delicious, always familiar is presented here by Jay and Roopa Rawal with care, with tips to help, with notes that for me are an ‘aha’ moment, and with just a bit of a twist in some of the recipes to create an awesome fusion of worlds. 

One point to note: The measurements follow the UK standard so for readers in other places, a simple conversion chart will help. An Amazon review mentions a chart at the end of the book but the ebook version I am reviewing does not seem to have it. Though it is easy enough to convert!

Rating: A+
Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley and Devnaa for a eCopy  of this book reviewed here. The opinions here are my own and a honest review. 

My plan was – to make undhiyu for the very first time - using the recipe featured in this book and feature the finished product along with this review. The instructions are straightforward and healthier as well compared to other recipes I have seen, so perfect for me!
My reality was – end of a long day plus found myself minus a few necessary ingredients (and though I always do a switcheroo, it was more than a couple ingredients) – so no undhiyu made to photograph but for Teaser Tuesdays, I do have the teaser photo from the book below along with couple of other teasers.

The Giveaway:
You can buy this book as well as their first book - Devnaa:Indian-Inspired Desserts by Roopa Rawal here. For my readers, I do have a giveaway for the book reviewed today, thanks to Devnaa and Jay Rawal.
One lucky reader will win a copy of this book to try out the wonderful recipes (do let me know when you try them out). This giveaway is open worldwide and ends 12/17 (Dec 17th at midnight). 

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  1. I am not usually a big fan of Indian food as I don't like spicy things. I do like curry but not the spicy kind.

  2. Palak paneer since I became a vegetarian.

  3. Thanks for this giveaway
    I just love curry!
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  4. Rava Dhokla is my favorite but I love curry.

  5. I love Biryani and not to forget rasmalai:-D

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  7. Chicken Tikka Masala so delicious! I'd love to make some of these dishes.

  8. Followed on Pinterest (Nicolette Beach)

  9. My favorite Indian food is either chicken tikka, vegetable korma, or naan.

  10. Thanks for the giveaway. :)
    I don't have a favorite Indian food yet, so it would be great to try out the recipes. :)

  11. Following you on twitter! @kirbyhoberg

  12. Hmmm. That's a toss up between vindaloo and saag.

  13. Following you on twitter and pinterest!

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  14. Followed you on twitter! @pequenamermaid

  15. I followed by pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cmarquez482/

  16. i follow on pinterest as kelly mcgrew

  17. my favorite is Tandoori Chicken with naan.

  18. Honestly I havent had a lot of Indian food :S I think this would be a fantastic introduction to a cuisine that I have always wanted to explore.

  19. I follow you on Pinterest (same name) and on twitter as @fahlinstar

  20. Thanks for this giveaway! I've been trying Indian food lately. There dishes are really tasty. Anyways, thanks for this review!


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