Healthy vegetarian heritage recipes from India.
Indian food is an internationally popular cuisine, yet, unfairly, it is often considered to be heavy, rich and indulgent. With more people than ever before turning to healthy home cooking there has never been a better time for a fresh and lighter take on Indian food – one that Mira Manek is creating with her vibrant and healthy cooking style.
In Saffron Soul Mira goes back to her roots to show how the basic ingredients: the lentils, vegetables, grains and most importantly the spices, are all brimming with health benefits and, together, create a perfect balance. Inspired by her mother and grandmother’s cooking, Mira’s style of food is a modern interpretation of the Indian classics, creating utterly delicious and naturally healthy dishes. Whether you want to cook a Saffron & Lime Chia Pot, an Indian Summer Salad, a Thali, a Masala Almond Milk or a Mango Shrikhand Cheesecake, Mira’s recipes combine the best of the core elements of Indian cooking with original health-promoting twists.
Inspired by her mother and grandmother’s cooking, Mira’s style of food is a modern interpretation of the Indian classics, creating utterly delicious and naturally healthy dishes. Whether you want to cook a Saffron & Lime Chia Pot, an Indian Summer Salad, a Thali, a Masala Almond Milk or a Mango Shrikhand Cheesecake, Mira’s recipes combine the best of the core elements of Indian cooking with original health-promoting twists.
As well as offering the best and most naturally healthy Gujarati recipes, Mira also recreates some perennial favourites, replacing traditionally used grains and sugar with more nutritious ingredients such as millet, chia and jaggery, and cutting down on oils and fats, to make her dishes even healthier. Whether cooking a filling spicy curry, a soulful brunch, a nutritious light meal or a luscious dessert, Mira’s dishes vibrantly burst with colour and a richness of flavour and spice, creating beautiful food that is brimming with flavour and goodness.
Whether cooking a filling spicy curry, a soulful brunch, a nutritious light meal or a luscious dessert, Mira’s dishes vibrantly burst with colour and a richness of flavour and spice, creating beautiful food that is brimming with flavour and goodness.
Saffron Soul is another mouthwatering page turner from publisher Jacqui Small. One of the things I really love about this book is the passion in the introduction where we learn about how Mira Manek developed her love for cooking and healthy food. This book is not just a cookbook, it’s a family history shared through recipes that have been passed on down the generations, but with Manek’s healthy twists and adaptations.
The ingredients are easily obtainable too, in our UK supermarkets, without having the need to visit specialist stores. In fact, I could prepare most of the recipes now with what I have in my store cupboard, needing only to buy fresh ingredients.
I can see this book becoming opened regularly in my kitchen, even just to look at the stunning food photographs by Nassima Rothaker. Recipes are divided into categories: breakfasts (soulful mornings), anytime favourites, light meals, traditional thalis, desserts and spiced drinks.
For anyone with a love for Indian food, this is a cookery book that needs be in your collection.
Mira Manek is British-born of Indian heritage. Her desire for healthy cooking combined with her love of traditional Indian cuisine led to her tweaking her mother and grandmother’s recipes to create lighter, healthier dishes. She now collaborates with restaurants and cafes to promote healthy Indian cooking and runs supper clubs, cookery classes and wellness events.
Mira’s recipes have featured in numerous publications including Stylist, Red Magazine, The Independent, Country & Town Magazine, Healthy Magazine, The Resident, Waitrose Magazine and Women’s Health. She has also featured on BBC radio shows and on the BBC Asian Network.
Book: Saffron Soul
Author: Mira Manek
Publication Date: 24 April 2017
RRP: £20 (UK) $29.99 (USA) $38.99 (CAN)
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