The New Indian Slow Cooker: Recipes for Curries, Dals, Chutneys, Masalas, Biryani and More
By Neela Paniz
Published by Ten Speed Press

I love eating Indian food, but have always been reluctant to try cooking it myself. I head to a restaurant for my biryani and keema fix. On the other hand, the slow cooker is about the easiest cooking technique for making meals. This book combines the complex flavors and spices of Indian cuisine with the preparation ease of a slow cooker.

The cookbook starts with a very crucial aspect of Indian food, the spices. There is a section to start the book that explains all of the spices and some of the unique ingredients that go into the recipes. Quite a few of the recipes can be made with ingredients found at a well-stocked grocery store. Others will involve a trip to an Indian grocer or an online resource for things like green mango powder and kari leaves. Many of the spices are used in multiple recipes, so once they’re bought, you can use them in a variety of dishes.

While using the slow cooker saves some work, these aren’t the kinds of recipes where you dump everything into the cooker, turn it on and walk away. Often vegetables need to be sauteed before adding to the crockpot or tadkas (spices cooked in ghee) need to be made to add to the dish at the end of the cooking time. It’s a good idea to read through all of the steps in the recipe before beginning to make it, so there aren’t any unexpected surprises.

There is a great variety of recipes. Basics not made in the crockpot include chapatti flatbreads and paneer cheese. Then there are all kinds of recipes to explore from simple dals that cook quickly in the slow cooker to Kerala fish curry and even lamb biryani, a layered rice dish. I’m working on building my Indian spice pantry and I can’t wait to try many of the recipes in this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This post is part of Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads

 

7 thoughts on “Cookbook Review: The New Indian Slow Cooker

  1. I saw that one on the list at blogging for books, looked intriguing. I like trying new cuisines but our experience with the local Indian joint wasn’t great, any of the times we went.
    I wondered about making out own as you mentioned.Yea for crockpot meals, always great!

  2. I love this idea and will have to look for this book! I don’t mind that it’s not dump and go recipes because the extra sauteing or whatever still takes place well before dinner and generally makes the dish better. I love the Indian food I’ve tried and would love to try making more at home. Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely have to look for this one!

  3. What a great idea – I don’t use my slow cooker as much as I should…mainly because I need to put more work into finding good recipes. And – I love Indian food and have been experimenting with basic Indian spices at home…a far cry from making my own Paneer! I did recently discover that my 1 1/2 yr old loves Saag Paneer from our local Indian spot, so I should try to make it at home. Enjoy!

  4. Um, I totally love and need this book. First, I am obsessed with my slow cooker. Second, my family is from India and I hardly can cook any dishes. My mom is a phenomenal cook but she throws ingredients together without measuring. So when I try to make her recipes it just doesn’t come out as good. The one dish I can make is a slow cooker tikka masala and would love to make more like it. Thanks for sharing. Adding to my Christmas wish list!

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