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Monday, 8 December 2014


Winner! Congratulations Faye Bowers. I'll be in touch to get your details. My Duchess Bake Shop Cookbook is still up for grabs until Wednesday evening, so hurry. 

Also, there may be a little surprise announcement then too.

When Spices and Seasons first arrived on my doorstep, I was in the middle of a crazy time at work and in life. So I gave it a cursory look through, and it went on my shelf in my 'review later' pile. A month later, I was overwhelmed with produce from my garden and from Prairie Urban Farm, and I remembered this book. And then kicked myself for not giving it more attention early on, because, seriously? This book is a gem for seasonal Indian cooking and I can't believe it wasted so much time on my shelf.

The recipes in this book are easy, delicious and best of all, made with produce available in a Western garden. And more importantly, seasonal. Indian cuisine is very seasonal, and, growing up, what we ate was what my dad was able to find in the markets. We rarely had imported food (erm, Kraft tinned cheese, sometimes, maybe) but ninety nine percent of the time, we ate fruit and vegetables and protein as and when it was available. I still remember craving a crab dish once, and my dad telling me that there were no crabs in the market as it was close to new moon, and crabs were best caught mid-lunar cycle. I had to make do with fish instead (and yes, I am still grumpy)

Coming back to this book, I enjoyed it so much, I knew I had to grab a copy to give away too. The recipes in this book are perfect if you're just beginning to start cooking Indian food, and are easy enough for beginners. The flavours are quintessentially Indian, with the lightest of Western touches that keeps it perfectly seasonal and fresh. The dishes that I tried were fresh, light and healthy and quite a few of them were quick to put together after a long day at work.

So what are you waiting for? Time to spice up your life and enter the giveaway below.


Enter the Giveaway


The giveaway is for one copy of Spices and Seasons by Rinku Bhattacharya and is open worldwide.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment on the post telling me what your favourite Indian dish is (bonus if it is from here :), well not really!)

For an additional entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet this or something similar - Check out ' holiday cookbook(s) giveaway. Win a copy of Spices and Seasons. Enter here: http://goo.gl/Le0yUJ

I'll add the tweets to my spreadsheet when picking a winner. Please make sure that I have a contact email, which I will use to notify the winner. If I can't find an email, I will pick another winner.

The giveaway ends on Sunday, December 14th at 5 PM MST, and the winner will be notified.

Come back on Thursday, December 11th, for my next fabulous cookbook giveaway.

Don't forget, Cookbook Giveaway #4, a copy of Banh Mi by Jacqueline Pham is still open until December 8th. Enter here. 


 

33 comments :

  1. Dhal and chapati. My comfort food. Pmcpinto@hotmail.com

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  2. Kheema and Dahl, Butter Chicken and Potato Curry [for Dosas]

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  3. Steamed chingri (prawn) in mustard sauce - an all time Bengali favority

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  4. Dhal at the moment. I've only recently written a recipe making it from scratch without a pre bought paste and it's so much better than I could ever have imagined. How something so great could come from Lentils, I have no idea. Oh no, hang on! Saag Paneer! I LOVE paneer. That's the thing about Indian food, you don't even need meat to make it taste good!

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  5. panpale with chicken curry! especially when made by mommy!!!

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  6. Chana paneer with a healthy serving of chili-lime chutney

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  7. I'd love to win but I don't think you'd ship to the UK?! But anyway, ultimate favourite Indian dish is saag paneer with aloo gobi on the side. That said, brinjal bhaji is usually what I order at my local Indian restaurant but never actually made myself.
    Anneli

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  8. A great fan of Indian Street Food but if I've to choose one dish it'll be Indian Butter Chicken and for veggie version Baingan Bharta

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  9. Chana masala! It's the best, easiest weeknight meal.

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  10. Madhur Jaffrey's Spicy Baked Chicken

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  11. My favorite Indian dish is Calcutta style Mutton Biryani :)

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  12. I really love Pav Bhaji or Poori Bhaji a lot. And, I love Rasam Rice.

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  13. OMG this would be soo cool!! Cause I'm part indian but can't cook it>< it's less known, but I love idiyppam with sodhi (my name is priya!(:)

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  14. Aloo ghobi is my favourite. Along with great dosa masala.

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  15. I'm a sucker for any dish with Paneer! Palak Paneer especially :P...

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  16. Nice hot dosas with coconut chutney, ultimate Indian comfort food in winter.

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  17. Goan sausages with baby pearl onions and potatoes with basmati rice or goan pao - hot and fresh! Nothing like it! Takes me right back to my childhood where my mom, sister and I would make them from scratch and cure them in the hot Mumbai sun on our terrace. My job was the shoo away the voracious black crows!

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  18. Grilled fish from a recipe by Ramola Parhboo. It makes my mouth water when I think of it!

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  19. Oh that's a tough one....my favourite dish would have to be Palak Paneer!

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  20. Butter Chicken and Samosa's ... sooooo good!

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  21. My favorite Indian dish is Butter Chicken.

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  22. I've only made roti & butter chicken from scratch, but they take too long to make -- need advanced planning. Favourite dish would have to be Palak Paneer. (I love spinach)

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  23. I would say my favourite Indian dish is chana masala

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  24. Love Pork Indad with soft fluffy Sannas. :)
    jsaves@hotmail.com

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