David and I have a deep love for Indian food. As a vegetarian, I can almost always find pages of options on an Indian restaurant menu. I hadn’t ever tried making it at home, but I just found the perfect recipe book, Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast by Urvashi Pitre. This Indian cookbook is so good that David decided to try his hand at cooking a few recipes from it, as well! It’s not a vegetarian book, but it has plenty of vegetarian recipes to keep me happy – and David likes the meat recipes. He’s even suggested buying a second Instant Pot just for that purpose! I know this Marathi Rassa has already made more than one appearance on our dinner table.
Oh! And this is currently the only Instant Pot authorized Indian cookbook.
Changes I Made
This recipe, though! It’s as flavorful as it is colorful – and has a healthy dose of turmeric. While this recipe is delicious on its own, the recipe originally calls for peanut oil. I substitute coconut oil. It also asks for 6 cups of vegetables cut up. I use potatoes, cauliflower, peas, and carrots. Don’t like the vegetables I used? Just sub in your favorite.
About the Book
Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast by Urvashi Pitre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read a review copy provided the publisher provided. I love that Urvashi Pitre shares so much of herself in this book. Growing up as a child of Indian parents from different parts of the country gives her a unique insight into the differences in the food. The straightforward recipes do not contain hard-to-find ingredients. Also, while this book does provide many typical Punjabi restaurant fare recipes, it also introduces new dishes most people outside of India have never tried, such as Marathi Rassa.
Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast begins with a little of the author’s background and continues with a primer on Instant Pot use, answering questions such as “How full can I fill my Instant Pot?.” It also answers questions about Indian food and explains that author has modified traditional recipes to make them more suitable for busy households.
Each chapter includes a gorgeous full-color photo, and so do many of the recipes. Many recipes include short tips for substitutions, additions, or times savers. Each recipe contains approximate times including prep, cook, and release. The author clearly points out vegan recipes – and includes a special section for them in the book index. In addition to the book index, a recipe index is also included.
The author also thoughtfully includes several cooking time charts if you desire to substitute ingredients. For example, fish cooks much faster than chicken.
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