Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna and Ritu Krishna

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  • Bombshell13 on September 13, 2020

    Garlic Ginger Chicken has become a regular dish. However I do add cream towards the end so it's more of a curry then a dry dish. So delicious and addictive!

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  • Raita

    • Lepa on August 19, 2019

      I liked this basic raita.

  • Squash raita

    • SheilaS on October 20, 2020

      I liked the combination of toasted cumin and squash in this raita. I think I'd prefer to dice the squash a bit smaller so there would be some in every bite.

  • Cucumber raita

    • SheilaS on October 08, 2020

      The cumin and ground chile make this a very flavorful raita. I recommend adding the sugar and salt to taste as yogurt can vary a lot. I was happy with 1/4 the amount of sugar, most of the salt and a squeeze of lime juice for extra tartness.

    • clkandel on September 11, 2019

      Great flavor that blend nicely when made in advance. Next time I won't squeeze the liquid from the cucumbers because I'd like this to dish to be looser.

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      I love this! I’ve had multiple raita variations at this point, but this is a definite favorite!

  • Mustard seed and curry leaf raita

    • bernalgirl on October 11, 2020

      I adjust the basic raita that this is built from, reducing the sugar to a scant teaspoonful. With that change, this raita is great, the curry leaves are a wonderful counterpoint to the cool yogurt

  • Spicy olive tapenade

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      This goes great with an antipasto appetizer platter!

  • Lima bean and basil dip

    • SheilaS on October 17, 2020

      I made this with holy basil and liked it quite a lot. I think the recipe could be adapted to highlight any fresh herb that you enjoy. I had to add extra olive oil and a good bit of water to get this to blend but the final texture was lovely.

  • Sun-dried tomato, chile, and garlic dip

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      So good! Serve this with a strong cheese and crackers!

  • Spicy chickpea dip

    • SheilaS on October 16, 2020

      The flavors here are different enough that it's quite distinct from a basic hummus. Very tasty dip with fresh veggies

    • patioweather on October 25, 2020

      This was quite spicy for me but my partner loved it.

  • Peanut chutney

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2020

      I made this with cashews instead of peanuts and it's delicious.

  • Cilantro chutney

    • SheilaS on October 08, 2020

      I usually go for mint chutney but this is a great alternative, especially since fresh cilantro is readily available year-round. Quick and easy and keeps in the fridge for a couple of days.

    • Dannausc on January 18, 2020

      I used 2 chiles. Really good and super easy.

  • Green chile and cherry tomato pickle

    • dtremit on August 23, 2019

      This was a good fit for ripe CSA cherry tomatoes, and kept well for a couple of days.

    • bernalgirl on October 11, 2020

      The spices and chile are a perfect counterpoint to sweet, in-season cherry tomatoes. A definite keeper.

    • SheilaS on October 06, 2020

      Tons of flavor for very little effort. I can see why Food52 featured it as a Genius Recipe. https://food52.com/recipes/83821-green-chile-cherry-tomato-pickle-recipe

  • Matar paneer

    • clkandel on May 19, 2020

      - Lightly crush the coriander seeds. - Used 2 cups of mixed frozen veg in place of the peas.

    • Dannausc on January 18, 2020

      I used 4 chiles. Quite good. Easy.

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      One of my favorite indian dishes and finally found a recipe that tastes just like the resto!

  • White bean-stuffed poblanos

    • clkandel on September 07, 2020

      Love the flavor of the stuffing mix. I use it in whatever peppers I have on hand.

  • Tofu green bean breakfast scramble

    • dinnermints on September 15, 2020

      Glad I saw kzwa's note with the link - this was super easy and very flavorful. I might decrease the salt next time, since my chaat masala is fairly salty. I ended up using frozen green beans since this was a last minute thing, and those worked out fine. It's a bit crumbly to put on toast, but I'd love this in pita bread with some tomato and cilantro for dinner.

    • SheilaS on October 06, 2020

      I made this with sugar snap peas instead of green beans. Either way, the veggies add great texture to a tofu scramble. I served this with the green chile and cherry tomato pickle which really punched up the flavors.

    • kzwa on September 12, 2020

      Easy and tasty. Adding this in to the weeknight rotation. Recipe online https://foodism.co.uk/recipes/make-priya-krishna-tofu-green-bean-breakfast-scramble/

  • Spinach and feta cooked like saag paneer

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      I love the feta! My blender did not break down the coriander seeds, though. Next time I’ll sub in ground.

    • mooo42 on October 27, 2020

      The coriander seeds didn’t blend in the Vitamix and the texture wasn’t pleasant. I’d like to try again and grind the seeds separately.

    • excurvatus on August 19, 2019

      This is definitely good, the taste rewards the effort put into the dish - I'd just caution others not to have your pan too hot when you add the feta - I was being somewhat cautious, and mine melted!

    • jenmacgregor18 on May 18, 2020

      I wish I read the notes before making. I had the same problem with the coriander seeds. Will just use ground next time. Mine was a tad too salty, maybe due to my feta. I'd start with 1/2 tsp kosher. Otherwise, it had a really good flavor.

    • clkandel on August 19, 2019

      A new twist to saag paneer since the feta is more flavorful than paneer. When I made this the coriander seeds didn't get ground up in the food processor. Next time I'll bash them some in a mortar and pestle before adding to the dish.

    • TrishaCP on May 04, 2020

      I found this recipe at the right time, since I had feta on hand but not paneer. We thought this was great. I agree with the suggestion about grinding the coriander seeds separately, but otherwise this was a really good dish.

    • imaluckyducky on July 31, 2020

      5 stars. Holy cow this saag packs a punch of flavor and hits all the notes - spicy, herbacious, salty with a mild bitterness. Yum. I blended this in two batches using my Ninja smoothie blender and it decimated the coriander seeds no problem. Will make again with some roti!

  • Whole roasted cauliflower with green pea chutney

    • bernalgirl on October 11, 2020

      we loved the pea chutney with the cauliflower but — rant warning — I am done with whole roasted cauliflower. I’ve tried several recipes; none are as appealing as roasted florets, it’s impossible for seasonings to penetrate most of the cauliflower, and it just takes too long. Plus cutting the cauliflower into “steaks” results in far more lost tiny florets. Next time I’ll roast the florets and top with the chutney, less dramatic but far more tasty.

    • cdglamontagne on January 02, 2020

      First recipe cooked from this book and I'm excited to try more! The sauce is an awesome, well-balanced punch of flavor that I can see making again and again. Came together pretty easily!

    • kzwa on September 12, 2020

      Super tasty! Next time, I think I’d de-stem the cauliflower for faster roasting (less pretty on the plate, though). Probably not enough for 4 servings without significant sides. Recipe online: https://www.foodnetwork.com/fnk/recipes/whole-roasted-cauliflower-with-green-pea-chutney-7414361

  • Red pepper, potato, and peanut sabzi

    • SheilaS on October 21, 2020

      I quite enjoyed this. From the ingredient list, it's clearly a simple fry up of potato & red pepper. Is it spicy? No, not at all, but the cumin, fennel, peanuts and lime juice add a nice twist and make this a perfect breakfast potato dish, ready to be spiced up with tomato and cilantro chutneys.

  • Cheesy chile broccoli

    • SheilaS on October 11, 2020

      I made this with cauliflower instead of broccoli and it was delicious. The chile and garlic-infused oil make it special.

    • mzgourmand on November 25, 2019

      Absolutely delicious! B/c previous poster said it was oily, I cut back the oil from 3 TBS to 2 TBS but was quite generous with the shredded cheddar - used 1 cup. We gobbled it up and look forward to making it again.

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      This broccoli is spicy! And oh, so amazingly tasty! My new favorite way to eat broccoli (though it is quite oily).

  • Potatoes and cauliflower (Roasted aloo gobhi)

    • dc151 on October 02, 2020

      This was a winner! Flavorful and great texture. I've tried several aloo gobhi recipes and this one is the best so far.

    • angrygreycat on October 25, 2019

      Really tasty and easy potato and cauliflower dish. Next time I'd use parchment or non-stick tinfoil because some of my potatoes stuck to the foil.

    • imaluckyducky on July 29, 2020

      4.5 stars. This dish is delicious and comparatively easy fair compared to other Indian(ish) dishes, and has a huge, warming flavor pay-off. I decided to roast my veg twice as long and skip the step where they get thrown into the pan with the spice mixture - when I took a small portion out of the oven at the prescribed time and followed the rest of the recipe, the cauliflower got too mushy while the inside of the potatoes were still not cooked through.

    • Lepa on August 19, 2019

      The flavors were good but my potatoes and cauliflower never got soft enough. Next time I will cut them in smaller pieces or cook them longer.

    • SheilaS on October 08, 2020

      I liked this roasted aloo gobhi much better than the heavy gravy-laden versions. I roasted the potatoes and cauliflower on separate sheets due to space but it's wise because the cauliflower was done in a fraction of the time needed for the potatoes. Used the leftovers to make the Bombay toast and it was excellent.

    • TrishaCP on October 24, 2020

      I really liked this dish. I added 10-15 minutes of cooking time to get the cauliflower and potatoes soft. I roasted these the day before, and finished them up the following day and that worked fine.

  • Mustard seed and curry leaf carrot salad

    • SheilaS on October 08, 2020

      This is a great salad. I julienned the carrots instead of grating and liked the extra crunch. Leftovers were even better the next day.

    • Lepa on September 01, 2019

      This is a nice, quick salad and a great way to add a fresh (and crunchy) note to an Indian dinner. It was especially good with some Brooklyn Delhi Tomato Achar on top (actually, everything is better with that on top!)

  • Basic kachumber

    • Lepa on May 29, 2020

      This doesn't feel Indian to me but is a refreshing side.

  • The back-pocket gourd recipe you never knew you needed (Lauki sabzi)

    • SheilaS on October 15, 2020

      I really liked the way the bottle gourd absorbed the flavors of the spices used and maintained its shape - it was tender but not mushy at all. I used a 1 lb gourd and would estimate 2 large or 4 small servings. This is is a very light dish so it's easy to eat a lot!

  • Dosa potatoes with lime and ketchup

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2020

      Love the texture of this dish with some bits of potato almost mashed and others maintaining their shape. I served it with tomato chutney and it was delicious. It certainly benefits from a sweet-tart condiment.

    • bernalgirl on October 12, 2020

      Definitely use the hing if you have it, and finish with lime. This is an easy and delicious recipe. I used fingerlings that needed using and they worked surprisingly well as a substitute.

    • dtremit on August 23, 2019

      Don't skip the ketchup! Without it, they're fairly ordinary, but with that added hit of acid and sweetness they're fantastic.

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      Yum! Potatoes are my go to comfort food! These potatoes are so good - warm spices and tangy lime!

  • Red chile potatoes

    • SheilaS on October 20, 2020

      Very flavorful, very easy potato dish. I made this with little Yukon gold potatoes and I think it would work with most any potato, even larger russets.

  • Sweet-and-sour butternut squash (Kaddu)

    • SheilaS on October 14, 2020

      The sweet and sour flavors work really well with butternut squash. On its own, this dish is on the sweet side but that makes it a perfect complement to other, more savory dishes

    • mzgourmand on November 25, 2019

      Made this, loved this. All the recipes I have tried from Indian-ish are very flavorful and delicious. It definitely helps to have a couple of the key ingredients Krishna recommends, like chaat masala etc. But will be making this dish again, very soon!

  • Spicy potato-tomato soup (Aloo ka rasa)

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      This was a super easy but a very tasty dish. A perfect lunch (I paired it with some naan).

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Not sure I'd make it again. It was really good but just not my fav kind of soup.

  • Bombay toast

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      Love this use of leftover dosa potatoes! Served it with both ketchup and cilantro chutney!

    • SheilaS on October 08, 2020

      Made this with leftover Roasted Aloo Gobhi. I don't have a panini press so I used a cast iron skillet to weigh it down and it came out great. I served it with cilantro chutney, tomato chutney (instead of the recommended ketchup) and the Mustard Seed and Curry Leaf Carrot Salad on the side.

  • Charred tomatoes on toast

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      I think I’ve tried all of the twists in this book by now and I love them! This one is great because it lets me use up tomatoes from the garden! Charring the tomatoes really enhances the flavor.

  • Tomato-cheese masala toast

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      This is my favorite of the toasts! The chaat masala is the perfect extra touch!

  • Spiced yogurt sandwich (Dahi toast)

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      The yogurt filling for this sandwich is amazing! Make extra!

    • patioweather on October 09, 2020

      Served with ketchup, this reminded me of sonic jalapeno poppers. That is a compliment.

    • Dannausc on January 18, 2020

      I used 3 green chiles. I cooked them under the broiler which worked really well. The sandwiches were good but not as good as I had hoped.

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      This was so freaking good. I wish I had easy access to curry leaves. They really make the dish.

  • Roti pizza

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      I love the roti pizza! I especially love that I can sub in a tortilla!

  • Roti noodle stir-fry

    • Dannausc on January 18, 2020

      I used 4 chiles. Super easy. Tastes better than it looks.

  • Roti roli poli

    • SheilaS on October 10, 2020

      I stuffed these with a mix of roasted aloo gobhi and charred, spiced bindhi. Great way to use leftovers.

  • Pav bhaji on potato rolls

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      Like she says, it’s a carb on a carb what’s not to like! I do like spicy and thought this was a bit on the mild side for me. Plan to increase the spice next time.

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      Really yummy! My husband, who loves bread and potatoes, loved this.

  • Herby avocado sandwich

    • lholtzman on October 27, 2020

      Delicious and filling breakfast sandwich. I used dill and mint instead of cilantro. Excellent combination as well.

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      Light and easy, perfect for lunch! Served it with the cucumber raita.

  • Aloo (potato) parathas

    • SheilaS on October 15, 2020

      I made this using leftover dosa potatoes that I mashed up and I would certainly recommend using a very flavorful potato mixture. The photos in the book are very helpful as was a Munchies video of Priya making them.

  • The most basic dal

    • bernalgirl on February 20, 2020

      A good basic dal, cut lime juice by half

  • Priya's dal

    • bernalgirl on February 20, 2020

      A very good basic and comforting dal with great IP instructions. Cut lime juice by half.

    • clkandel on September 11, 2019

      Simple and tasty. Love that it can be made in advance and reheated.

    • Lepa on August 19, 2019

      This is simple and a bit plain but very satisfying. One recipe yielded barely enough for my family of four (including two little kids) so I would make a larger batch next time.

  • Shortcut chickpea and tomato stew (Chhole)

    • lholtzman on October 22, 2020

      Substituting canned tomatoes for fresh works fine.

  • Caramelized onion dal

    • stephcoelho on June 21, 2020

      If you love caramelized onions this is a winner. Might try this with a different type of lentil, found the urad dal a bit dry.

    • Lepa on December 17, 2019

      This is good -but not my favorite dal. My son discovered that it's particularly good with some plain yogurt and naan. We liked the texture of urad dal.

    • patioweather on October 22, 2020

      Amazing. A beautiful "dry" dal.

  • Indian-ish English breakfast baked beans

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      I love, love, love this recipe! You have to use the Heinz baked beans, that’s key! I serve them with a fried egg, on toast.

  • Chile peanut rice

    • dtremit on August 23, 2019

      Generally excellent, but I thought the double hit of ghee was a little too much. I'd probably back off a bit next time.

  • Tomato rice with crispy cheddar

    • dtremit on August 23, 2019

      Surprisingly good -- much more than the sum of its parts -- though it calls for a lot of tomatoes.

    • southerncooker on September 30, 2019

      This was really good. I used brown Basmati rice and a Serrano chili. Husband enjoyed it too.

    • lholtzman on October 13, 2020

      Sub 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes for serrano chili pepper.

    • dc151 on October 02, 2020

      This was not a hit for our family. Lacking flavor for us. Maybe would try again, adding some cumin, garlic, more heat.

  • Warm cumin, asparagus, tomato, and quinoa salad

    • bernalgirl on February 20, 2020

      Great combination of flavors, subbed freekah for the quinoa, would use bulgur too.

  • Malaysian ramen

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      A fun and fancy seeming twist on ramen. It’s super easy to put together and quite tasty!

  • Garlic-ginger chicken with cilantro and mint

    • mzgourmand on November 28, 2019

      Very flavorful, love this cooking technique - resulted in a chicken breast that was cooked through but still moist. Spouse loved it as well!

  • Kachumber tilapia

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      A tangy and easy fish recipe. I served it with a side of the peanut rice and the cucumber raita.

  • Sweet cardamom yogurt (Shrikhand)

    • BeckyLeJ on September 21, 2019

      I was surprised not only by how easy this was, but also how much I liked saffron in a sweet dish!

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Reviews about this book

  • Food52

    ...it's a seamless hybrid between traditional family recipes and the adaptations these recipe necessarily undergo after that family immigrates to a new place.

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  • Kitchn

    8 Ingredients for Mastering Priya Krishna’s Indian-Ish Recipes — and Where to Buy Them

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    Our October Pick for Kitchn’s Cookbook Club

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    An interview with the author.

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  • ISBN 10 1328482472
  • ISBN 13 9781328482471
  • Published Apr 23 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publishers Text

A witty and irresistible celebration of one very cool and boundary-breaking mom’s “Indian-ish” cooking—with accessible and innovative Indian-American recipes

Indian food is everyday food! This colorful, lively book is food writer Priya Krishna’s loving tribute to her mom’s “Indian-ish” cooking—a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen.

Priya’s mom, Ritu, taught herself to cook after moving to the U.S. while also working as a software programmer—her unique creations merging the Indian flavors of her childhood with her global travels and inspiration from cooking shows as well as her kids’ requests for American favorites like spaghetti and PB&Js. The results are approachable and unfailingly delightful, like spiced, yogurt-filled sandwiches crusted with curry leaves, or “Indian Gatorade” (a thirst-quenching salty-sweet limeade)—including plenty of simple dinners you can whip up in minutes at the end of a long work day.

Throughout, Priya’s funny and relatable stories—punctuated with candid portraits and original illustrations by acclaimed Desi pop artist Maria Qamar (also known as Hatecopy)—will bring you up close and personal with the Krishna family and its many quirks.


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