25 July, 2021

Vegetarian Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Pavani Nandula - [Book Review]

 Book Details:

Title: Vegetarian Indian Instant Pot Cookbook: Authentic Recipes Made Quick and Easy

Author: Pavani Nandula

Genre : Cookbook, Food

Print Length: 219 pages

Publisher : Rockridge Press (July 13, 2021)

Source: ARC from the author for review


Make Indian meals at home with vegetarian recipes for your Instant Pot

The Instant Pot makes it quicker and easier than ever before to cook up hearty dal, fluffy rice dishes, savory curries, and other meatless meals that capture the unique flavors of India. From restaurant favorites to regional home-cooking classics, this Instant Pot vegetarian cookbook is filled with recipes for a wide variety of meat-free Indian dishes that can be made entirely in your Instant Pot. Every recipe includes realistic time estimates that account for every step of the cooking process, including pressure-build and pressure-release time.

Inside this Indian Instant Pot vegetarian cookbook, you’ll find:
An Indian cooking primer—Learn how to stock your kitchen with common Indian ingredients and adapt traditional cooking techniques, like tadka (tempering) and bhunao (sautéing), to the Instant Pot.

Quick dishes—Many of the meals in this Instant Pot vegetarian cookbook come together in less than 45 minutes, and you’ll find convenient labels for super-fast recipes that take 30 minutes or less from prep to table.

Sample menus—Find menu suggestions for everyday lunches and dinners, dinner parties, holiday celebrations, vegan meals, and more in this Instant Pot vegetarian cookbook.
Staple recipes—Make your own Indian essentials from scratch, including ghee, paneer, peanut chutney, and garam masala.

Unlock the flavors of Indian cooking with help from this easy Instant Pot vegetarian cookbook.

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My Review:

The instant pot has made our lives easier - it takes just one pot, no spills, is easy to clean, carries multiple tasks like steam, pressure cook, ferment, etc.,

I use instant pot to make biryani, dal, fermentation of idli/dosa batters, and yogurt. But, I didn't know for what other recipes I can use this instant pot.

Pavani's book is both for beginners of the instant pot and also for people like me who are using it for some recipes. This is also for beginners in Indian cooking. Pavani introduces us to spices, lentils, legumes, and other ingredients used in Indian cooking.

 The book is categorized into appetizers, dal and bean dishes, rice dishes, curries and stews, vegetable and grain dishes, and staples.

I am familiar with a few curries, dal, and rice dishes, but never tried appetizers, grain dishes, and stews with Instant pot. Vegetable Momos seemed interesting to try. Spicy tomato rasam seemed easy and useful for everyday cooking.

I would love to try Rajma masala and Chana saag next time. I liked the recipes of Paneer Makhani and Baingan masala in the curries section. 

Hearty Vegetable and Grain dishes have a wide variety of recipes like Hakka noodles, Indian-style Mac and cheese, Indian-style burrito bowls, and Vegetable Frittata. 

I tried the Vegetable Biryani from the book as it is quick to make on weekend evenings.

I loved the design on each page of the book. Tip about how to make the recipe Vegan is useful. Some recipes also have cooking tips and variations. I loved the way the author mentioned the combinations to pair the recipe with. 

The photos for the recipes are appealing. 

My Rating: 5/5

I recommend this to all who love to try Indian recipes on Instant pot.

About the Author:

Pavani is a food blogger, recipe developer, and photographer at Cook's Hideout (cookshideout.com). Her blog is all about delicious vegetarian dishes from India and all over the world. She shares recipes that are easy to make and tasty to eat.

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