Cooking the Books: Anjum Anand’s ‘Indian Vegetarian Feast’

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Having just returned from our holiday in Goa, it was inevitable that we were going to choose an Indian cookery book!  And Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast felt like a good opportunity to try and keep things light and healthy.

Favourites

  1. Chickpea burgers with Indian purple coleslaw.  The creamy, lemony sour coleslaw did it for me!
  2. Cannellini bean, spring greens and quinoa pilaf. An unexpected favourite.  I thought it might taste bland and worthy but I was very wrong.  Garlicky, lemony, salt, cuminy and somehow earthy and meaty.
  3. Spice-crusted halloumi with fig and pistachio chutney.  Jamie’s verdict was ‘that chutney’s summit else’ which I think is quite an endorsement.
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Chickpea burgers with Indian purple coleslaw
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Cannellini bean, spring greens and quinoa pilaf
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Spiced crusted halloumi with fig and pistachio chutney

Also Very Goods

  1. Rogan Mushrooms and wild basmati rice and spinach raita – I particularly liked the raita.
  2. Smoky spiced aubergines – the aubergines gave this curry a nice meaty feel.
  3. Lemony vegetable and spinach hotpot –  just a good fresh, wholesome, warming curry.
  4. Squash, butter bean and mushroom curry – the double cream gave this dish an indulgent feel.
  5. Elegant vegetable biriyani – I really loved the crispy fried sweet potato slices onion sprinkled on top.
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Rogan mushrooms and wild basmati rice
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Smoky spiced aubergines
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Lemony spinach and vegetable hotpot
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Squash, butter bean and mushroom curry

Anjum 5We loved cooking from Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast – I was a bit daunted by the long lists of ingredients for each dish, but actually most of them were very commonplace and nearly all of the spices were in our cupboards already.  The recipes themselves were extremely straightforward and Jamie and myself were surprised at how much we enjoyed being vegetarians for eight days.  The dishes were not only delicious, but each curry was so different from the last, so kept our interest. And I loved that everything was fresh and healthy – I did feel very virtuous throughout.  I’d really recommend buying this book and giving it a whirl.

4 thoughts on “Cooking the Books: Anjum Anand’s ‘Indian Vegetarian Feast’

  1. These recipes sound delicious – especially being a huge lover of home cooking Indian food! How does the book look? Are there pictures of the recipes or just descriptions – I do like a good recipe picture.

    Thanks for the review, I think I might look into it as a Christmas present to myself 😀 x

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