East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera Sodha

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  • Blackened sweetcorn with miso butter

    • rodillagra on October 08, 2020

      The miso butter was very salty. But I would have put salt on corn on the cob anyway so it made a pleasant change. Use the lime wedges it is served with, a squeeze of lime makes all the difference.

  • Honey, soy and ginger braised tofu

    • Apollonia on January 27, 2022

      Fantastic! My pears were really juicy and ripe; I don't think it would work with firmer pears. I also doubled the sauce, which worked great. Served with steamed broccoli and rice.

    • potatooryam on December 29, 2020

      Like Lepa my sauce looked nothing like the picture, I wonder if my pear was too large and not as ripe as it should have been. I ended up pureeing the sauce and adding it back to the pan. It was tasty enough but probably wouldn't repeat.

    • Dinovino on April 08, 2022

      Half a grated apple instead of the pear worked well.

    • EmilyR on March 16, 2022

      The sauce was excellent, though as others have stated - it doesn't look like the picture in the book. We had broccoli and this tofu, which was excellent. My tofu stuck to the pan quite a bit, but I'm far from a frying pro. I ended up blitzing the sauce in a vitamix and I think you could even use canned pears in juice / water for the subtle sweetness.

    • tarae1204 on April 25, 2021

      I used a small, ripe pear and my sauce didn’t look like that in the picture. Still it was tasty and my kids liked it with reduced gochujang.

    • Lepa on September 12, 2019

      My sauce didn't look like the sauce in the picture. I suspect it was because my pear wasn't ripe and didn't cook down as much as it should have. The dish was still very good. I reduced the gochujang paste to 1 tsp so it wouldn't be too hot for my kids and it was just right.

    • lizbot2000 on March 14, 2022

      I have loved Maangchi's version of this for years, and I wanted to try this version with the added pear and added braising of the sauce and tofu together at the end. I had always just thrown the sauce on the fried tofu without cooking it. I really like the pear and cooking the sauce to thicken it up, but I ended up needing to double the gochujang and soy sauce to make it as spicy and umami as I wanted.

    • Kduncan on January 18, 2021

      This was fine. My sauce was a bit thick but overall the flavor was great. Will probably try some other recipes in this book before I circle back to this one.

    • jhallen on October 20, 2021

      This was easy and really amazing. Great sauce & great texture.

    • Shaxon on December 26, 2021

      I've made this more than once and will definitely make it again. My pears have always blended well into the sauce. It's like a "secret ingredient." Excellent with some jasmine or basmati rice, easy and not too many dishes.

  • Chilli tofu

    • Apollonia on September 18, 2020

      Loved this dish! Based on the other comments, I cut the amount of tofu in half, which resulted in 2 generous or 3 more slim servings (you could probably stretch to 4 servings with chapati or another accompaniment). I also pan fried the tofu, which worked nicely, though I'm sure a deep fry would get you closer to restaurant flavor. This is definitely a repeat in our house; next time I will just double the sauce.

    • Yildiz100 on December 28, 2020

      This dish was fine but not comparable to versions of this dish that include tamarind. Made a half recipe which was all that my largest skillet could handle. Not a repeat for us. Not because it is bad, we just have a version we like better.

    • sarahj22 on September 12, 2020

      My friend made this for me and it was truly delicious. When I made it myself it was still very tasty, but I must have let the tofu cook in the sauce too long after frying as it had lost its lovely crispiness. I halved the amount of tofu but kept the other quantities the same, which was enough for three not-overly-saucy portions. (As Lepa says, using more tofu seems odd as it would mess with the tofu-sauce ratio.) Unfortunately this dish didn't convert my tofu-hating husband - otherwise I'd consider this a repeat recipe.

    • Lepa on October 11, 2019

      This dish is spicy and satisfying. I only had a pound of tofu and that was perfect. I have a hard time believing twice as much (as listed in the recipe) would work. Dusting the tofu on cornmeal was a great trick that gave it excellent texture and prevented the sticking that often drives me nuts. I added extra salt at the end but otherwise made this dish as listed. I will probably make this again- but only when the kids aren't eating!

    • christineakiyoshi on November 13, 2020

      Very tasty. We needed to add additional water, as recommended in the recipe. We did not have serrano on hand so used a mix of jalapeno and Anaheim peppers. Used the recommended amount of tofu since we are tofu fiends. Will make it again!

    • Nickelp on February 11, 2022

      I had a head of cauliflower to use up so replaced the tofu with the cauliflower and it turned out quite tasty. Next time would probably roast the cauliflower instead of steaming it.

    • aeybkme on March 02, 2022

      I use a 400g pack of tofu and three peppers. This makes 4 decent sized portions.

  • Paneer, tomato and kale saag

    • Apollonia on August 23, 2021

      This is decent, but we apparently liked it less than others. It was a bit under-spiced (maybe a fault of my spices!) and my family wasn't too keen on the kale.

    • Astrid5555 on April 13, 2022

      Delicious, even my teenagers enjoyed this curry. Very tasty, used Swiss chard instead of kale.

    • lilham on July 06, 2020

      This is delicious. I substituted granulated sugar for the brown rice syrup. I love how it uses kale instead of the normal spinach. This will be in our regular rotation for curry night.

    • potatooryam on December 29, 2020

      So good. I was a little worried that it would be too sweet right after I added the rice syrup, but the flavors combined really nicely once it had cooked for a bit.

    • ksg518 on May 04, 2022

      Good although not a "wow" dish. But still a likely repeat given how much kale my CSA gives me from time to time. Oddly, my book calls for agave, not brown rice syrup. I thought it was a tad too sweet and would cut back on the agave next time.

    • Florafauna on September 16, 2020

      Very tasty, a keeper! We will have this whenever we have a glut of kale (veg box - autumn, most weeks!) We used chickpeas instead of paneer to make it vegan. Maple syrup substitute for the rice syrup. It went very well with the green chilli and mustard pickle in her fresh India book page 236!

  • Mushroom bao

    • Apollonia on August 20, 2021

      I used store bought frozen bao buns, so can only review the filling, but these were only a moderate success for us. I found the the mushroom filling kind of gloopy and the vinegar only pickles didn't have a ton of flavor. Despite measuring everything to the gram, I also ended up with easily 3x the filling needed for the bao. Put together, everything tasted fine but I wouldn't make again.

    • skvalentine on October 08, 2021

      The bao dough was so good (this was my first time ever eating this type of thing) but the mushroom filling was a miss for me.

  • Double rainbow salad

    • Apollonia on August 22, 2021

      This was ok, but the dressing was very sesame heavy for me. Maybe my sesame oil is particularly strong, but it really drowned out all of the cilantro and ginger flavors. I wouldn't make again without dialing that back (or making my life easier and just dressing with lime and sesame rather than messing about with a dressing I couldn't really taste).

  • Roasted paneer aloo gobi

    • Apollonia on August 11, 2021

      This was a good dish, but probably not a repeater. It took a super long time in the oven, and I'm not sure it was ultimately that much faster or less annoying than just doing it in the oven.

    • Astrid5555 on February 15, 2022

      Based on the other reviewers’notes I fiddled with the marinade and left the vegetables in the oven for 10 more minutes. The whole family really liked this dish and we will definitely have this one again.

    • julieshul on April 01, 2021

      We found this to be so bland! I ended up throwing hot sauce on it every time I ate it, because it was missing something.

    • libbyanelson on April 21, 2021

      Really wanted to love this -- love aloo gobi, love paneer, love to roast non-melty cheese on a sheet pan -- but it ended up underwhelming me. The spice balance seemed off to me (½ tsp salt is not very much for two whole sheet pans of vegetables, and 2 t of chili powder, even the relatively mild Kashmiri, gave it a REAL kick that overwhelmed other flavors). Even after longer in the oven than the recipe called for, the whole thing seemed a little underdone (not the dark browned cauliflower and caramelized tomatoes in the photo). Also I'm not sure if US red onions are just bigger or what, but it was a LOT of red onion (which I don't personally mind, but added to the general feeling of "off-ness.") Definitely not bad and I don't regret making it, but likely not destined for the rotation.

    • lizbot2000 on October 13, 2019

      Easy & delicious. I used a container of mixed sweet cherry tomatoes and just halved them. The cauliflower and potatoes took a lot longer than listed, but that seems to always happen to me. I'm probably cutting them larger, or maybe I like everything more charred.

    • luluf on May 24, 2022

      Family loved it. I had to cook everything for way longer than 25 minutes though as well as turning the oven onto fan grill to give the required charred effect but that’s partly my oven

    • OnVaDeguster on May 17, 2020

      The whole family loves this recipe. I make my paneer using 3l of fresh full cream milk, 500gr fresh yoghurt and the juice of one lemon. The mix of spices is great and reminds me of my 10 years spent living in India. A regular on our table!

  • Sweet potato and aubergine massaman curry

    • Astrid5555 on February 20, 2021

      Used almond butter instead of peanut butter because of peanut allergies in the family. Together with the sweet potatoes this made the dish quite sweet. Nevertheless husband and younger son loved it, so will make again. Curry paste alone is really excellent though.

    • jacqie on January 19, 2021

      I used zucchini instead of eggplant and canned penang paste- really fast and really good.

    • ALawson25 on March 10, 2022

      This was only just alright for us, the heat level was quite spicy for a massaman curry and the paste felt like it was missing something despite following the ingredients to the letter. I did like the aubergine in it though.

  • Udon noodles with red cabbage and cauliflower

    • Astrid5555 on January 04, 2022

      The whole family liked this a lot even without the ginger. Cabbage and cauliflower took 20 minutes, next time will just use one tray to make clean-up easier. Using “straight-to-wok” udon noodles makes this a very quick midweek dish.

    • Lepa on September 29, 2019

      This was pretty easy to throw together and I liked the fact that it was half vegetables. It needed a bit more salt and the ginger was essential (without it, this would be a bit bland).

    • dc151 on May 17, 2021

      I agree with Lepa- more salt and DO NOT leave out the ginger. A great way to get the kids to eat veggies, everybody tried it! I used dried udon noodles, parboiled them before throwing them in the pan and that worked out just fine. Cabbage did not take as long as stated, and both veggies could've used a bit more oil.

    • fscassim on July 01, 2020

      The combination of red cabbage and cauliflower does not meld well together, and the overall flavours are just off

  • Mushroom mapo tofu

    • Astrid5555 on February 11, 2021

      Made as written this was way too spicy for us. Nevertheless will make again with less chilli bean sauce. We loved the mushrooms instead of the usual ground pork.

    • damjih on April 22, 2021

      Its good but kinda just tastes like all the leeks, I'd go easy on them~

    • mademoisielle on January 26, 2021

      Liked this one, easy weeknight meal with some greens and rice. Of the tofu recipes in this book I prefer the honey, soy and ginger braised tofu though.

  • Leek and chard martabak

    • Astrid5555 on April 23, 2020

      We really enjoyed this savory veggie kind of strudel dish, great feedback from both kids. Not too much work for a weeknight dinner, will definitely make again!

  • Banana bread with toasted coconut

    • Astrid5555 on May 05, 2022

      Delicous banana bread, but also for me the baking time was way off. Baked it for 30 minutes at 200, tented it with foil, turned the oven down to 180 and baked for another 20 minutes.

    • rosyannposy on October 31, 2019

      This was delicious but the baking time is off. Baked it 20 minutes less at 400 then only 5 min more at the next temp. I started to smell burning. The crust was black but very good inside. Next time I will cook at 350.

  • Sweetheart cabbage okonomiyaki

    • lilham on November 07, 2021

      This is a bland okonomiyaki recipe. Nothing like the ones I had in Japan. However, it is simple and easy to make and it is filled with lots of cabbages. I shredded the cabbages very finely and the children ate without complaints. (This counts as a win doesn’t it)? I also found the sauce too sweet. A little goes a long way.

    • jacqie on January 19, 2021

      Light but very filling. I like it with the toppings of hoisin sauce and oyster sauce/mayo, but it's a bit plain on its own. Maybe add a chili next time?

    • Cvtbird on April 26, 2021

      This was delicious, greater than the sum of its parts. The sauces make it.

  • Paneer kofta with a tomato and cashew sauce

    • lilham on October 09, 2021

      The recipe didn’t say how long the potatoes should be boiled for. However I am not sure you can ever grate cooked potatoes? Any how, mine was mashed with a potato masher instead. The kofta tasted of potatoes only and nothing of paneer. They were also too soft to be stirred into the sauce. I thought the recipe is ok but Mr Lilham liked it.

    • Shaxon on December 26, 2021

      The payoff to effort ratio wasn't there for me. Too much effort and fuss, but the results weren't fabulous.

  • Swede laksa

    • lilham on February 13, 2021

      I didn’t like the soup base. It lacked the depth of flavour normally found in laksa. I liked swedes in noodle soup however. I won’t be making this again but will borrow the idea of adding roasted swedes to other noodle soups.

    • MilduraSO on May 18, 2020

      Wow! I wouldn’t normally be drawn to a dish starring swede but the head note made me curious and was 100% accurate. The swede and shallots were the most perfect pairing ever and tempered the fiery hot soup so well. Aside from giving the swede an extra 5 minutes, I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe. I’ll probably be eating this weekly in the winter.

    • MilduraSO on June 13, 2020

      Made this for the second time using the leftover soup from when I last made it (2 person household). Just needed to roast the swede and shallots, soak the noodles for 3 minutes and add a squeeze of lime when serving. All in all it was about 5 minutes in total spent in the kitchen and was delicious. I’ll probably make a larger batch of the laksa next time so I can freeze enough for several meals.

  • Kimchi fried rice

    • wcassity on October 27, 2021

      Delicious. Added / scrambled two eggs.

  • Whole roast pumpkin with black bean and chilli oil

    • jacqie on January 19, 2021

      I used gochujang instead of the black beans- it wasn't too spicy and was really good. I tried it as a main course but I think it works better as a side.

  • Maham's dal

    • Ordinaryblogger on May 08, 2022

      Easy to make and so tasty. Wonderful with coconut brown rice.

  • Coconut rice with aubergines and pickled cucumber

    • Hellyloves2cook on April 27, 2020

      The aubergine element to the dish was rather nice. However the rice part didn't work and remained hard and nutty- I cooked it longer than suggested. Perhaps I should have used the carton version of coconut milk rather than the canned variety. I will try to do my own version of a coconut rice next time.

    • Cvtbird on March 19, 2021

      Large portion size

  • Winter pilau with beetroot, cauliflower and coriander chutney

    • Hellyloves2cook on April 27, 2020

      My husband made this as one of our lockdown meals. It was nice and pretty to look at with the gem like pomegranate seeds.

  • Kung pao cauliflower

    • Hellyloves2cook on June 28, 2020

      This was very nice. Made as part of a meal. In fact this has been made a few times since- it’s that delicious!

    • christineakiyoshi on November 21, 2020

      Another quick to make recipe from this book. Very good!

  • Leek, mushroom and kale subji

    • Hellyloves2cook on June 28, 2020

      My lovely husband made this ( well I did buy him this book for Xmas one year) As a taster I can say it was a blend of wonderful veggies and spices,stir fried together to create a deliciously tasty meal. One of those recipes you can tweak with and add whatever you have in the fridge.

    • VineTomato on December 15, 2019

      A lovely way to eat a bowl of vegetables! I replaced the kale with rainbow chard, which worked well, it would not be a terrible idea to double the amount of chard. I like to chop the stems and added those at the beginning with the onions.

  • Peanut butter and purple sprouting broccoli pad Thai

    • Hellyloves2cook on June 27, 2020

      My husband made this in May 2020. It was ok! I think he overcooked the noodles so that instantly made the dish gluggy. The sauce was quite strong and I’m not sure it really worked for me to be honest. I like all the ingredients in the recipe but I guess my brain was thinking Pad Thai and it certainly did not resemble any Pad Thai I’ve eaten, ever. I have eaten a fair few in my time too. I may repeat it and make it myself and see. Meanwhile there are too many other recipes in this book I have earmarked.

    • Lepa on September 23, 2019

      We didn't like this very much. The introductory note says that it is a vegan version of Pad Thai but it didn't taste anything like any Pad Thai I have had. It had an odd taste from too much tamarind (or maybe I just don't like tamarind). I won't be repeating this recipe.

    • christineakiyoshi on July 14, 2021

      This is great! Would probably add a little more lime next time. Love the recipes in this book because they come together in less than an hour.

    • ems_kitchen on March 10, 2021

      This is great! It's a lot more flavoursome than 'normal' pad thai. We loved the sauce and I'll be coming back to this recipe. I'm not a huge fan of tofu but it was delicious in this dish.

  • Sweet potato cakes with kimchi mayo

    • Hellyloves2cook on June 16, 2020

      Husband made this and as the eater I can say these potato cakes were really very nice. Will definitely be making these again in our household.

    • Dinovino on March 31, 2022

      Can substitute pumpkin for sweet potato. Very tasty mayo.

  • Asparagus and mangetout with chilli peanut crumbs

    • Hellyloves2cook on January 27, 2020

      Made this for Xmas dinner - too hot to make traditional roast here in NZ - and well it was easy to prepare and tasted very very nice. Liked by everyone and the favourite out of 3 dishes made from this book.

    • ALawson25 on August 24, 2021

      Quick to make, used dried panko breadcrumbs and it worked out fine. The lemon was definitely crucial to the flavour. Would make again as a side or another veg dish.

  • Salted miso brownies

    • Hellyloves2cook on June 28, 2020

      Hmm... My husband made this and used gf flour instead of plain flour. It wasn’t soft or moist like a traditional brownie. Now, I admit it could be that he overcooked them, but putting that aside, they were sickly sweet and inedible. No one in my family liked them. One bite and we all put them in the bin. Like to hear anyone else’s experience of making these.

    • damjih on March 30, 2021

      I made these last week with GF flour, came out perfect, even better when in the fridge for a day

    • chezmaryb on March 04, 2021

      Worth the hype, these were sweet, a little savory, and the flavor combination really worked

    • Jonnadv on January 21, 2022

      Just made this recipe, and it turned out a bit weird. I followed all the steps exactly but after adding the chia seeds, the coconut oil separated from the rest of the mixture. Because of that the inside turned out fine but the outside got sort of fried and burned a bit.

  • Tandoori broccoli

    • Dinovino on April 13, 2022

      Page under Broccoli is incorrect, should be 242 on 42

    • tarae1204 on April 25, 2021

      Really tasty and fairly simple. Didn’t look like the picture in the book. I wonder if “cream cheese” is for the US version and a different ingredient shows up for the UK version?

  • Mouth-numbing noodles with chilli oil and red cabbage

    • Kattancock on February 12, 2022

      We really enjoyed these. The recipe calls for way too many noodles, you can easily halve them and still have extra.

  • Vietnamese coconut pancakes

    • Kattancock on February 12, 2022

      One of those recipes that I thought would be decent and we ended up loving. The pancakes are nice and creamy to contrast with the sharp, crunchy salad. Note that the US measurement conversion is off for the rice flour - the Guardian online version of the recipe says 220 g and I'll do that next time, my batter was too thick. (Continually mad that Canadians end up with the American versions of these cookbooks when I would way rather have grams and ml!)

  • Chickpea flour chips with chilli sauce

    • Kattancock on February 12, 2022

      I was a little surprised at how good these were! Crisp on the outside and nice and creamy in the middle. I had to cook the mixture on the stovetop a lot longer than 12 minutes, I probably made it to 20 and it was only barely starting to pull away from the pan. The recipe says to use an 8-inch pan and cut in half then in strips; I found the 4-inch pieces a bit long and they tended to break when I was frying them, so I might do thirds next time. I also want to strategize another dipping sauce as the ketchup-sriracha mixture was fine but I think one could do better... and yes, they do require more oil than the recipe says, but not that much more, maybe 2 tbsp with each batch? I did mine in 2 1/2 batches in my medium pan.

    • Yildiz100 on May 07, 2021

      Needs about 10x as much oil as stated because these soak up the oil like crazy. I followed the recipe precisely but the result was too soft. The middle sort of melted making something that looked a bit like an eclair and wanted to fall apart. Ok, but not a repeat.

    • Cvtbird on March 18, 2022

      Surprisingly nice, crispy outside and soft inside. Can make the chips then leave in the fridge before frying to order.

  • Aubergine katsu curry with pickled radishes

    • SugarFree_Vegan on August 09, 2020

      I used Gram / Chickpea Flour instead of the plain flour in the recipe because I find it works really well and also adds protein to the dish. I had a very big aubergine so sliced it in rounds which also works well. Really tasty sauce which compliments the crispy aubergine and tangy pickled radish.

    • ALawson25 on August 18, 2021

      Totally delicious, prefer it to the chicken version actually. I part cooked my aubergines in the oven, then deep fried and chucked them in the oven again. They were lovely and crispy, and the sauce had a great flavour. Will definitely make this again!

    • MilduraSO on May 17, 2020

      The sauce was a huge success and makes enough to be frozen for at least a couple more meals. I found the aubergine a bit dry. In the future, I’ll finish it off by frying in oil.

  • Food court Singapore noodles

    • Yildiz100 on December 27, 2020

      Good! Added a scrambled egg for protein. Used extra bean sprouts instead of green beans. Looks like too much veg for the amount of noodles, but it was perfect.

    • VineTomato on December 17, 2019

      I only cooked this to use up a spare red and yellow pepper, and now it will be added into regular rotation. Not the healthiest dish around but could slip in nicely for a quick weeknight meal when the rest of the week has been virtuous. I don't love peppers and Mr VT hates a beansprout and yet we both loved it! Used Cape Malay curry powder and Mr VT said it was exactly like a dish he used to get in a food court in Cape Town. Love Meera's recipes.

    • ksg518 on January 11, 2021

      Very good! I used 8 ounces of noodles to use up a whole package and perhaps should have increased the veggies accordingly (although I was very generous with the sprouts). My only complaint was that the recipe calls for slicing the green beans lengthwise. Mine weren't very thick and I gave up when I realized there was a high likelihood of slicing off part of my finger. I don't think it makes a difference if the beans are fairly thin. This would be an easy weeknight dinner if you had the time to prep the veggies a few days ahead of time.

    • sarahj22 on November 24, 2020

      Really yummy and so easy. Once the veg is chopped it all comes together very quickly. We didn't have beansprouts or green beans but subbed in mange tout and swapped the rice noodles for egg noodles. I was surprised at the previous note saying this is 'not the healthiest dish around' as I felt it hit the mark with being cosy and comforting while remaining fairly light and packed with veggies. A definite repeat for us.

    • christineakiyoshi on November 18, 2020

      This is loaded with veg--liked it very much. May want to add a splash of lime the next time I make this. We added a bit of chili oil to the top.

  • Sweet potato momos

    • Yildiz100 on March 25, 2021

      Nice filling. Not crazy about this sauce with sweet potatoes though. I think it was the vinegar that jarred. I would like to try these with some chili garlic chutney

  • Amritsari pomegranate chickpeas

    • Yildiz100 on December 25, 2020

      This is really nice but misses the more complex spice profile that other Amritsari chole recipes usually have. I sprinkled it with some garam masala and that made it more like I expected. I really liked the pomegranate molasses as a substitute for dried pomegranate. The acidity was just right. I used canned tomatoes, so I reduced them to 150 grams since they usually contain less water. Also, chopped the green chili for more heat.

  • Bombay rolls

    • VineTomato on December 15, 2019

      Absolutely delicious! I forgot to add the oil to green paste and didn't miss it in the end. Very easy to make and the flavour is incredible. So good in fact we decided an extra one could be our dessert!

    • MilduraSO on May 17, 2020

      This was so unusual and I’m on the fence. My husband loved them and ate 3 (they are really filling or he would have eaten more!). I enjoyed one but found by the second one that the flavour was too much. Really quick and easy so perfect for a family spread with lots of other bits to balance it out.

    • aeybkme on March 01, 2022

      These are great for picnics. I've made them twice, once with cheddar and once with violife shredded cheese. Both worked really well!

  • Breakfast at Shuko's

    • joneshayley on August 31, 2020

      I didn't enjoy this at all. A confusion of flavours and overall sloppy texture even with the nori. I won't make it again

    • Lepa on October 12, 2019

      I wanted this to taste more like carbonara but it didn't have the same richness. The egg was a bit soupy instead of thick and creamy. I didn't have nori so I put furikake on top. I doubt I'll repeat this recipe.

    • louisewint on January 22, 2021

      I liked this as a super quick lunch, made it for myself with a 200g pack of straight to wok udon and halved the sauce so I only used one egg yolk. i quickly made some edamame from the freezer to eat with it. It's not amazing, but quite tasty to me!

  • Spring pilau with asparagus, fennel and pea

    • ksg518 on April 22, 2021

      Meh. I thought the final product lacked something -- most likely more acid. It calls for lemon wedges at the end but I think the whole dish could use some extra zest and lemon juice. I also think the amount of rice she calls for is too much for the amount of veggies but I've come to realize that Sodha and I appear to disagree on the rice to veggie ratio question. If you used the full amount of rice she recommends, it would be four very big servings.

  • Piccalilli spiced rice

    • ksg518 on February 14, 2021

      Not sure what I was expecting from this but it certainly wasn't what I wound up with. This was just very heavy and blah. I made it as directed except I didn't have the chili. I also cut the rice by about a third - I think this is way too much rice for this dish and I don't think the extra rice would help the final product at all. Not a repeat.

    • aeybkme on March 01, 2022

      I made this as a side for an Indian dinner party. Be heavy handed with the lemon and mustard. We all enjoyed it and I'd make it again.

  • Tomato curry

    • Foodycat on May 06, 2020

      This is really delicious. It needs good tomatoes though! I served it with naan but rice would have been better. Maybe with some cashews in the rice for a bit of texture, because the curry is quite soft.

    • Melissa_427 on October 27, 2021

      Really lovely! I wasn't sure about tomatoes and coconut milk, but it was so tasty. Used the last of our garden cherry tomatoes. O do feel like it took a bit longer to cook down than predicted but that's a forever struggle in my cooking ventures.

  • Egg tamago rolls with wasabi mayo

    • mzgourmand on November 17, 2020

      This cookbook looks gorgeous and I am eager to try other recipes from it. And I think this recipe highlights just how idiocyncratic taste is. I was expecting to love this recipe b/c I love traditional, Japanese restaurant tamago - this rendition is more salty and less sweet, which of course could be tweaked. I definitely did not enjoy the addition of sesame seeds to both the base recipe and the dipping sauce, and I like sesame seeds generally. But here I found that they disrupted the texture of the dish - others might enjoy that contrast. I usually like nori but found that a whole sheet of it was too strong a counter-point for each individual serving, and finally I actively disliked the wasabi mayonnaise dipping sauce, which I made with fresh wasabi powder. However, my wife - who spent several years working in Japan - tasted only the wasabi mayonnaise and thought it was delicious. It really is all a matter of taste.

    • kitchen_chick on November 12, 2021

      We really liked this, and we adore wasabi mayo. I didn’t have nori sheets, so I used shredded nori. I agree it’s a “salty” tamago, so if you’re expecting a sweet egg omelet then try leaving out the soy sauce.

  • Ben Ben noodles

    • sarahj22 on January 18, 2021

      Slightly weird but delicious. I like the flavour of mushrooms but not the texture, so this was a great way to serve them. They matched beautifully with the creamy noodles. I subbed dark soy sauce for light and found the dish a little too salty, so in future I'll make sure to stick with light soy and/or cut back a bit.

    • raybun on February 26, 2021

      Delicious! The mushrooms disintegrated in the processor, next time I’ll be more careful to keep some texture. Tried with shiitake and cremini, no discernible difference.

    • grindabod on January 30, 2020

      Absolutely delicious. I added a little bit of fish sauce along with the vinegar as I'm not vegetarian, but honestly I think it would have been super tasty without as well. Gobbled this up in a matter of seconds!

    • ALawson25 on November 15, 2021

      A really delicious mid week meal, I don’t think it would be as good as it was and will definitely make again. I used flat mushrooms with I thought were fine.

  • Sun House chilli eggs

    • Lepa on October 11, 2019

      I love shakshuka so I expected to love these eggs but they were only okay. I missed the spices and complexity of shakshuka. I added some Brooklyn Delhi Tomato Achar and that improved the dish but going forward I'll probably make shakshuka.

  • Egg fried rice with peppers, peas and chilli

    • Lepa on November 14, 2019

      This was easy to throw together and really good. I omitted the chili because we have young children and my husband and I topped ours with siracha. Everyone in our family enjoyed this dish!

    • gamulholland on April 14, 2021

      This was tasty and simple, easy to make on a weeknight with food we had in the house and leftover cooked rice. I added ginger at the beginning and some sesame oil at the end, extra bell pepper, no chile because then the kids could eat it.

  • Pumpkin malai kari

    • Lepa on November 02, 2020

      I made this with kabocha. It was good and I will probably make it again. The sauce wasn't anything like the picture. It was an unappetizing pink color with purple onions floating in it - but the taste definitely made up for the ugly appearance.

    • ALawson25 on November 14, 2021

      This had a lot of flavour and was easy to make, I would make this again as it was a very satisfying vegan main.

  • White miso ramen with tofu and asparagus

    • louisewint on January 22, 2021

      Delicious broth! I didn't make the asparagus since it's not in season for long, but I added some cabbage I had leftover and it was delicious.

    • christineakiyoshi on November 23, 2020

      This is another recipe that comes together easily. It is a very hearty soup and filling. I enjoyed it and will make it again.

    • cc7740 on May 25, 2020

      Blending the raw garlic made the paste bitter, would heat the aromatics before blending next time.

    • Melissa_427 on May 17, 2022

      Loved this! Subbed oat milk for soy, bacon for tofu, a food processor for the blender and air fried the asparagus, all substitutions worked great!

  • Wild mushroom miso broth

    • louisewint on January 22, 2021

      I did not like this AT ALL. Maybe it was my brown rice miso, but it just didn't taste good to me. Shame, because I used top-notch mushrooms for this and followed the recipe pretty exactly.

  • Kimchi pancakes with a spinach salad

    • louisewint on January 22, 2021

      Pretty delicious. I halved the sauce and it was just enough, so the recipe makes extra. Not sure how 250 grams of kimchi would yield near to 200mls of kimchi liquid, so I had to top it up a lot. You have to cook these for long enough, I went for 6 minutes per side, to make sure the inside is cooked. Another note, the pancakes in the picture look small, but in the recipe she says to make them 15cms diameter (which makes 4 pancakes) so I went with that.

  • Caramelized onion and chilli ramen

    • grindabod on February 24, 2020

      Another great recipe from a great book. I used a homemade stock based on bean cooking liquid, which had the added bonus of lending the broth that nice milky ramen hue.

    • christineakiyoshi on November 19, 2020

      Huge fan of this recipe. Delicious and easy to pull together. We omitted the egg, since we are vegan, I used three Thai bird chilis and put some chili oil on top. Yummy and the whole family loved it.

    • aeybkme on March 01, 2022

      This is such a great storecupboard recipe. It's worth spending the time to caramelise the onions properly.

  • Thai salad with grapefruit and cashews

    • Kduncan on February 23, 2021

      This makes a lot of salad. Pretty easy to make. Overall a fine salad but not a great salad.

    • chezmaryb on January 31, 2022

      I added a touch of fish sauce and also lime to brighten things up. Also used a little bit of extra sugar. If I made the recipe again I might skip the iceberg lettuce and favor something more nutritious and sturdy, but otherwise turned out quite good

  • Celery and peanut wontons with chilli soy sauce

    • MADCH82 on July 02, 2020

      Quick, easy and delicious

    • pie4u on April 19, 2022

      Made a half recipe. We were cautious about overfilling and only had a couple break during cooking. Sauce was a little salty for our taste but that is easily adjusted. Overall a very tasty first coarse or light main.

    • Melissa_427 on March 19, 2021

      Made the filling only and served over peanut butter noodles, a very lovely and filling meatless meal.

    • Shaxon on June 16, 2021

      Either use smaller wrappers or use filling as a sauce with pasta; large wontons are difficult to keep secured in boiling water.

    • Shaxon on June 16, 2021

      This is an excellent first course dish. Don't overpack the wontons and boil in a skillet rather than a saucepan to avoid too much movement

  • Roast green beans and tenderstem with sesame sauce

    • luluf on May 24, 2022

      Easy and fabulous side dish loved by everyone

  • Caramelized fennel and carrot salad with mung beans and herbs

    • purrviciouz on October 07, 2019

      Very delicious and felt like what I would imagine to be a French style grain salad. I added 1tsp fennel seeds to the roasting vegetables. I enjoyed that the couscous and mung beans were the same size. I served this with a small amount of baked chicken.

  • Thai green curry with aubergines, courgettes and mangetout

    • christineakiyoshi on October 20, 2021

      This was very easy to make with things that I had on hand. Love the recipes in this book as they all come together quickly!

  • Spring onion and ginger noodles

  • Banana tarte Tatin with cinnamon, black pepper and cloves

    • sdcookbookclub on February 27, 2021

      Ingredient list is missing frozen puff pastry

  • Sweet potato and tenderstem bibimbap

    • pie4u on April 28, 2022

      Simple and delicious. This is our favorite of the recipes we have tried from this book so far. Didn't have avocado so added spinach.

    • aeybkme on March 06, 2022

      Really easy and super delicious! I roast all of the veg to save time.

  • Summer pilau with tomato, coconut and cashews

    • dc151 on May 02, 2021

      This was just ok for us. Too much coconut, other flavors didn't pull through, it seemed.

  • Chilli salt pineapple

    • Melissa_427 on March 19, 2021

      This seasoning mix is such a winner, loved it with pineapple, sprinkled on avocado toast or as a dry rub for meats.

  • Quick coconut dal with tomato sambol

    • Melissa_427 on June 15, 2021

      So tasty! Spicier than I would have imagined!

    • Cvtbird on June 20, 2021

      Delicious! I don’t like tomato so did the Sambol without it which was tangy and provided texture. One of the best dal I’ve had.

  • Aubergine larb with sticky rice and a shallot and peanut salad

    • ALawson25 on March 13, 2022

      Second that this is delicious! Sadly couldn’t get hold of Thai Basil leaves, but it was still tasty. I would try and double the shallot topping next time

    • aeybkme on March 06, 2022

      This is a 10/10 dish. Easy and absolutely delicious. I've made this with both normal basil and Thai basil. It's great either way. I make an extra 1/4 of the dressing because it's delicious.

  • Tomato ponzu salad

    • Ksmotherman on May 09, 2021

      Very simple, but tangy and tasty salad. Choose the best tomatoes you can find. I added 1 more tbsp each of tangerine juice and soy sauce, and used 1 whole lemon.

  • Shiitake pho with crispy leeks

    • Ksmotherman on May 09, 2021

      It was so good! Definitely something I'll make again. The fried leeks are a perfect topping. I also topped it with cilantro, bean sprouts and sliced jalapenos. I increased the spices quite a bit to suit my taste; 3 cinnamon sticks(vs 1), 4 star anise(vs 1), 4 cloves(vs 3), and I doubled the soy sauce to 2TB. I also added 1 TB of hoisin.

    • mademoisielle on February 25, 2021

      One of my favourites from this book! Amazing flavours and fried leeks are a great touch. I tend to double the amount of chopped leeks.

  • Aubergine pollichattu

    • Ksmotherman on May 09, 2021

      Very flavorful. I paired it with the nutmeg, lime & coconut green beans from this book, and the radish, red onion & pomegranate salad from Fresh India. This dish is very rich, so definitely benefits from a sharper tasting side

  • Nutmeg, lime and coconut green beans

    • Ksmotherman on May 09, 2021

      Excellent flavor! The sauce is very silky and slightly sweet, coats everything. One of my favorite ways to cook green beans now

  • Celeriac, tofu and kale gado gado

    • aeybkme on March 06, 2022

      Very easy, really delicious and a great way to use up veg box celeriac.

  • Beetroot and yoghurt rice

    • aeybkme on March 01, 2022

      Surprisingly delicious. A great way to use up veg box beetroot and a very pretty dish!

  • Mashed potato paratha with a quick lemon pickle

    • aeybkme on March 06, 2022

      Really delicious and pretty easy.

  • Red lentil rasam with roast red cabbage

    • aeybkme on March 06, 2022

      This is a great storecupboard dish. You don't need the roster red cabbage but it's very addictive!

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  • ISBN 10 0241387566
  • ISBN 13 9780241387566
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Aug 08 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Fig Tree

Publishers Text

Modern, vibrant, fuss-free food made from British ingredients but with an Eastern slant, East is a must-have whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or simply want to eat more delicious meat-free food.

Drawing from her 'New Vegan' Guardian column, Meera Sodha's stunning new collection also features plenty of brand-new recipes inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines. There are noodles, curries, rice dishes, tofu, salads, sides and sweets, all surprisingly easy to make and bursting with exciting flavours. Taking you from India to Indonesia, Singapore to Japan, by way of China, Thailand, and Vietnam, East will show you how to whip up a chard potato and coconut curry and a swede laksa; how to make Kimchi pancakes, delicious dairy free black dal, and chilli tofu. There are sweet potato momos for snacks and unexpected desserts like salted miso brownies and a no-churn Vietnamese coffee ice-cream.

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