Tarkari – Cookbook Giveaway

Enter our giveaway to win one of four copies of Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul by Rohit Ghai. Three copies available in the US from the publisher and one copy supplied by EYB worldwide.

Tarkari: Innovative Vegetarian and Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul by Rohit Ghai is a beautiful book filled with recipes that everyone can appreciate. Chef Ghai has gained a reputation for colourful, flavour-rich curries that showcase both classic and lesser-known Indian flavours.

Tarkari is Rohit’s first book and celebrates the diverse heritage of India’s incredibly rich and varied food scene – but on a more personal, homely note. Packed with innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes, it pays homage to the food his parents ate – the book is dedicated to his father who passed away in 2020.

Tarkari is a very common word in India, a Bengali word that refers to any vegetable dish – stir fries, curries, everything from simple dishes to complex, Chef Ghai explains. Whether a dish is simple or complex, he reminds that balance is important and that we should taste and adjust as we cook. Other important factors in creating great dishes are texture, consistency, and color. Before delivering the recipes, the author explains the magic of spices and shares many spice mixes and pastes that are so vital to Indian cooking.

This book is approachable and offers a great introduction to Indian cuisine to both beginning cooks as well as offering inspiration to those with more experience. Special thanks to Kyle books for sharing the following recipe with our members to try now.

Avocado chutney
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Makes 500g (1lb 1½oz)

This avocado chutney is easy, quick, healthy and nutritious. Spread it on toast or serve it with parathas or snacks.

  • 2 avocados
  • 75g (2½oz) coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 50g (1¾oz) mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 25g (1oz) ginger, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)
  • 4–6 long green chillies, deseeded and cut into pieces
  • ½ teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
  • 1 small tomato, deseeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt

Wash the avocados, then cut them in half and remove the stones. Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp into a bowl and smash it with a fork.

Put the coriander, mint, ginger, garlic (if using) and green chillies in a food processor or blender and blitz coarsely. Add the blended mixture to the avocado.

Add the toasted cumin, tomato, olive oil, lime juice and salt to taste. Mix evenly and correct the seasoning, if necessary, before serving.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing three copies of this title in our promotion to US members (EYB is supplying one additional copy worldwide). Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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    Apple and roots dhokla salad

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    Cashew Nut paste

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    First recipe is Jeera aloo

  • redcurrant  on  January 5, 2022

    Poori bhaji

  • ChefTamiMitchell  on  January 5, 2022

    The spice blends sound intriguing – I would like to experiment there

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    Poha masala

  • jinni  on  January 5, 2022

    Mushroom and truffle khichadi

  • veggiemel  on  January 5, 2022

    This looks beautiful and as an aubergine addict i would definitely have a crack a the Baingan ka bharta

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    Punjabi Samosas

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    Kadai Tofu

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    I would make the Chettinad Spice Mix ! I’m originally from Tamil Nadu and the flavors in this particular spice mix brings me right back to my childhood! I can just about imagine mixing it with steaming hot rice with a drizzle of ghee or sesame oil!

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    The Poha Masala!

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  January 5, 2022

    Aloo gobi!

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    Aloo Gobi!

  • wildchild  on  January 6, 2022

    Chettinad spice mix

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    Punjabi samosa

  • jezairey  on  January 6, 2022

    Aamras poori sounds intriguing!

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    I would make break pakora. It has asafoetida which is a great alternative to onion and garlic and contains amchur which I just love!

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    Paneer anardana – yum!

  • RSW  on  January 6, 2022

    Paneer makhani

  • vividbowl  on  January 6, 2022

    dal makhani

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    Paneer makhani

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    Junjabi Samosa

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    Chickpea and samphire salad

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    Kadai tofu

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    I can never get enough potato recipes, so Crispy fried potatoes (Tareko aloo).

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    Tarek aloo

  • Sjwoodin  on  January 7, 2022

    Vangi Bhaat

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    Chickpea and mushroom biryani

  • hrk  on  January 7, 2022

    Pindi chana

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    Chandni chowk ki aloo tikki

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    I would like to try baingan ka bharta. I love eggplant, and I love this dish. Always looking for a good recipe

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    I’d like to make those spice blends

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    Sun-dried tomato and asparagus rolls

  • MariaSwe  on  January 7, 2022

    Dum aloo

  • cljones  on  January 7, 2022

    I love Aloo Paratha

  • AMKW  on  January 7, 2022

    Malabar cauliflower and/or coconut chutney!

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    I’m just getting into vegetarian cooking and the avocado chutney sounds delicious. I love mango chutney so I think I’ll enjoy this one!

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    Palak Paneer

  • Roosta  on  January 7, 2022

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  • miggsy  on  January 7, 2022

    Palak paneer

  • kmwyman  on  January 7, 2022

    tareko aloo

  • LaurenE  on  January 7, 2022

    Paneer makhani

  • oduong930  on  January 8, 2022

    poha masala

  • dzm  on  January 8, 2022

    Poha masala

  • Plumbobmummy  on  January 8, 2022


  • bopper  on  January 8, 2022

    Cashew Nut Paste

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    Green Mint Chutney x

  • aesop57  on  January 8, 2022

    Punjabi samosa

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    Bread pakora

  • Beckyth  on  January 8, 2022

    I’m interested in the chickpea salad recipe.

  • Knitter  on  January 8, 2022

    Paneer Makhani

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    Paneer makhani

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    Punjabi samosas

  • Laura1  on  January 8, 2022

    dal makhani

  • Isis1981uk  on  January 9, 2022

    Akuri masala

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    I’d make jeera aloo!

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    Punjabi samosa

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    Aloo gobi

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    Palak Paneer! But honestly “Spiced Salt” also sounds so interesting

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    Avocado chutney

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    Pindi chana!

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    Butter naan

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    Tawa salad

  • chromiumman  on  January 10, 2022

    probably paneer makhani

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    Punjabi Samosas

  • PennyBarr  on  January 10, 2022

    I’m not being very original but I love the sound of that avocado chutney sounds like heaven in a dish!

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    Punjabi Samosas for me!

  • janv  on  January 12, 2022

    Bharleli vangi sounds great

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    Garam masala

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    Dal makhani

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    Punjabi samosas

  • Buffizz_1  on  January 17, 2022

    Goda masala

  • rchesser  on  January 17, 2022

    Poha Masala.

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    Aloo Gobi

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    Paneer makhani

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    The Stuffed sweet peppers sound delicious!

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    Idli sambhar

  • lene  on  January 20, 2022

    Bread pakora

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    bedai bhaji

  • trudys_person  on  January 21, 2022

    Poached pears – the seasonings sound intriguing!

  • moralla  on  January 23, 2022

    Vermicelli upma

  • nvernon  on  January 24, 2022

    Poori bhaji

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