Anjali Pathak's fi rst memories are of making chapatis with her
grandmother who founded the family business, doing her homework on
the kitchen table as her mother presented her with dish upon dish to
test and her father's favourite phrase - 'can we get that into a
jar?' Anjali grew up understanding that spices were magical
ingredients and quickly learnt that just a few could transform a
simple dish into something extraordinary.
Secrets From My Indian Family Kitchen takes its inspiration from
the recipes that she learnt from her family in a beautiful collection
of authentic Indian dishes and modern creations that are perfect for
all cooks. Each recipe has a special memory on her journey of
discovery into the wonderful fl avours and ingredients of Indian
cooking. From her Sunday roast family favourite Slow-roast Spiced
Lamb, to her dad's Smokin' Ribs, all the recipes hold a unique place
in her heart.
Indian food can sometimes feel complicated, with seemingly endless
ingredient lists, so Anjali has carefully picked a selection of
dishes for all occasions that are easy to create and don't need a
vast array of ingredients. There are recipes for those rushed days
when cooking needs to be especially quick, along with some for
sun-filled barbecue get-togethers, showstopper dinner party mains or
for the health conscious in need of nutritious, feel-good meals.
Scattered throughout are Anjali's 'My Secret' stamps giving you tips
on how to make the most of your ingredients, ways to tweak the recipe
for slightly different yet still scrumptious results and her
favourite serving suggestions.
Anjali believes a well-stocked store cupboard is all that stands
between you and glorious Indian cooking. With advice on her family's
kitchen essentials and must-haves, along with dedicated sections on
chillies, wine and shortcuts, you will have all the insider-knowledge
to make your new favourite Indian restaurant your home.
Anjali Pathak is an exciting talent in the Indian food and spice
arena with a fun-loving and warm character. She's been surrounded by
food all her life as the next generation of a family that brought
Indian cuisine to households in over 40 countries around the world.
Trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine, Anjali has been
shortlisted for a number of awards including the Asian Women of
Achievement Awards for her work with Indian food and fl avours. A
member of the Guild of Food Writers, Anjali is also a popular blogger
and an ambassador for the British Asian Trust.