Hari Nayak’s MY INDIAN KITCHEN (August 10, 2011: $27.95) is a collection of recipes for easy and delicious Indian food that unlocks the magic behind the cuisine. Called “a tasty straight-forward guide to regional Indian cooking,” by Padma Lakshmi, author, actress, model and host of Emmy® Award winning show Top Chef, the book contains authentic yet simple recipes that use local ingredients and are designed for those with busy lifestyles.
Growing up in a rural town in southwest India near the sea, the author, restaurateur and chef shares the secrets of his family’s own style of southern Indian cooking that includes meats and seafood one doesn’t usually associate with Indian food. The chef also includes the usual favorites such as his famous melt-in-your-mouth Café Spice Chicken Tikka Masala found at Whole Foods hot bars nationwide.
From Shrimp Bruschetta with an Indian twist to Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salad to Crispy Masala Fish Fingers, Nayak provides simple tips such as quickly dry-roasting spices in a skillet before grinding them to a powder or a paste to release the oils and awaken the flavors, adding a wonderful aroma to any dish. The cookbook also spices up summer barbecues with a fresh take on grilling as well as lemonade (Indian Lemonade).