SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Indian American author Anupy Singla’s “Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook’s Guide to Traditional Favorites,” aims to be a go-to cookbook for both experienced cooks and novices alike.
The book is a compilation of more than 100 popular recipes for flavorful Indian dishes, including traditional favorites like Mattar Paneer, Tandoori Chicken and Vegetable Samosas, as well as fusion fare like Baked Tofu, Aria’s Spiced Potato Mash and Baked Brussels Sprouts Chips.
Less-known dishes from different regions of India are also featured, as well as recipes from Punjab, from where Singla’s family hails.
“Indian for Everyone” begins with sections that outline cooking equipment, along with descriptions of Indian spices, herbs and common ingredients used in Indian cooking. It contains step-by-step guidance on how to use spices.
A point to be noted is that none of Singla’s recipes contain curry powder, as most traditional Indian cuisine does not use it.
The cookbook is divided into eight sections: The Basics (spice blends, chutneys, drinks); Street Food and Snacks; Vegetable Stir-Fries; Dal; Vegetable Curries; Poultry, Meat and Seafood; Bread; and Dessert.
Recipes are adaptable for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets with simple substitutions, and are illustrated with color photographs.
This is Singla’s third cookbook. She published her first book, “The Indian Slow Cooker,” four years ago and “Vegan Indian Cooking” in 2012, which have topped Amazon’s list of bestselling Indian cookbooks.
Singla, a former broadcast journalist, lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. Besides a cookbook author, she is also the co-founder and CEO of “Indian as Apple Pie,” which creates and sells her custom spice blends and unique home goods.
Singla is working on developing her own cooking show from the Indian American point of view.
“Indian for Everyone,” published October 2014 by Agate Surrey, is available on Amazon.com. A Kindle version is also available.