This week’s show is all about authentic and healthy Indian cooking. Indian food has always been a bit of a mystery to me, but my guest today explains the diverse and delicious cuisine of India in an easy and understandable way. If the extent of your Indian cooking knowledge revolves around the word “curry,” (that was me!) then you don’t want to miss today’s show.
Madhu Gadia is a leading authority on Indian cooking and the author of The Indian Vegan Kitchen: More Than 150 Quick and Healthy Homestyle Recipes. She is the mother of two grown children, a grandmother, and a fellow registered dietitian. She’s also the voice behind the must-visit website, Cuisine of India. Hop over to Madhu’s website to see her delightful cooking videos, blog posts, and recipes, and think of it as your one-stop-shop for all things Indian cooking.
On today’s show, you’ll hear about Madhu’s life as a child around the kitchen table in India, her favorite family recipes (hint: you’re going to need some chickpeas!), and tips for setting up a nourishing Indian pantry in no time, including the six spices you’ll need to make traditional Indian dishes. We’ll also talk about the exciting recipes in Madhu’s latest book.
“80% of Indian dishes can be made with six basic spices.”
– Madhu Gadia, MS, RDN
Head to Amazon to check out The Indian Vegan Kitchen.
Recipes discussed on the show:
Potato Stuffed Flatbread (her grandson’s favorite Indian recipe). Want to watch more of Madhu’s cooking videos? Head to her YouTube channel.
- Madhu’s life in Ames, Iowa; her work; and her family
- The biggest differences in the regions of northern India and southern India are the staple grains; wheat is prevalent in the north and west, and rice is used mainly in the south and east
- Misconceptions about “curry” in Indian cuisine: Is it a spice or a dish … or both?
- Madhu’s Creamy Mushroom Curry, a side dish with no cream, is made with onions, ginger, garlic, green chiles, almonds, cashews, mushrooms, turmeric, salt, and cayenne pepper
- Starter spices for Indian cooking include turmeric, cumin seeds, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, garam masala, and black mustard seeds
- What is garam masala? A flavorful spice blend of cloves, ginger, cumin seeds, and cardamom. It is “heating” to the body and good for health and digestion
- Other basics in the Indian pantry include onions, ginger, garlic, green chiles, beans, whole wheat flour, lentils, chickpeas, and basmati rice
- Madhu’s first cookbook, Light and Luscious Cuisine of India, was published in 1997; it was later republished and renamed New Indian Home Cooking
- Why Indian cooks add asafoetida (a spice) to most bean dishes
- Madhu’s favorite Indian recipe: Quick Chickpea Curry, which brings all the flavors of India with canned chickpeas, onions, cumin seeds, ginger, chopped tomatoes, turmeric, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, garam masala, and lemon juice; it’s ready in 15 minutes and goes well with rice for a quick meal
- “Masala” is a general Indian term for a dry spice blend
- “Dal” is a general Indian term for a dish with beans
- Madhu’s life as a young girl growing up in India
- Madhu’s Pea and Tofu Curry made with tofu, frozen peas, onions, ginger, garlic, green chiles, tomato sauce, cumin seeds, almond meal, white poppy seeds, turmeric, coriander seeds, garam masala, and cilantro
- Madhu’s favorite Indian desserts: Jalebi (a dessert similar to funnel cake) and Almond Halwa, which is made with roasted almond meal and a syrup of sugar, water, and cardamom
- Kid-friendly, starter recipes to try in Madhu’s book: Potato Flatbread and Veggie Noodles
LINKS and RESOURCES:
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Cuisine of India: Madhu’s website
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