As a bookseller, it can be a bit disconcerting when someone tells me that a relative has published a book. Last week, I heard that my teammate's mother had written a cookbook, so with some trepidation, I looked it up: Pure & Simple Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine by Vidhu Mittal. Lo and behold, not only was it on the shelf in our cookbook section, it was mouthwateringly beautiful! Several pages at the beginning are comprised of a glossary of spices, vegetables, legumes, and kitchen tools that are used in the book, each entry accompanied by a photo and a brief description. With multiple color photos of each recipe, this is the kind of cookbook that makes me hungry. By 10am I'd shown it to several coworkers, and I wanted to take the rest of the day off to go home and cook an Indian feast!
On Friday afternoon, after several hours of pie and cookie baking, I realized that James would soon be home from work with our friend Johnny in tow. I'd mentioned that we should try something from the new cookbook, so I started trolling for recipes that looked quick & easy. I settled on Aloo Paratha (Indian Bread Stuffed with Potatoes) and Sabz Pulao (Mixed Vegetable Pilaf). The boys arrived around 6:30, and Johnny and I made a foray to the grocery store for ingredients.
Our total time in the kitchen came in around an hour. I even had enough leftover pilaf & potatoes to make a tasty scramble with a few eggs the next morning. I will definitely try more recipes from this lovely book!