Friday, October 15, 2010

Cookbook review: The Indian Slow Cooker

I love Indian food, and I love my CrockPot. The Indian Slow Cooker ($14.36 at Amazon) would seem to be the perfect combination of those things, especially since I keep meaning to experiment more with Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines.

But I think I will have to test-run a couple of these recipes first. I like the concept, but I think the cookbook has been written for people already familiar with Indian food and not with relative novices like me--many of the recipes include hard-to-find ingredients like black lentils, black chickpeas, pigeon peas, and tamarind paste. Then again, it doesn't include nearly so many weird ingredients as some Indian cookbooks I've seen. The vast majority of the spices are easily obtainable (garam masala, turmeric, cumin), and the recipes with weird stuff have easily obtainable substitutions (you could use another color lentil instead of black lentils, for example, though I assume the end result won't be exactly the same).

So I'm going to test-run a couple before I offer up my final verdict. Perhaps some potato curry or chicken tikka masala. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. I am really into slow cookers right now -- curious to hear what you think of this cookbook.