Monday, May 27, 2013

Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast- Cookbook Review & Best Ever Bombay Potatoes Recipe

If you've watched Anjum Anand's show Indian food made easy on TLC,you'd understand it when I say she makes cooking look so easy,more so when it comes to Indian dishes.There are so many intricate and time-consuming,please note I didn't say complicated,dishes in our cuisine which we find excuses not to cook.But in this show she shows people(mostly people in the UK)how easy and quick it is  to whip up an Indian dish.
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes
When I received the book from MySmartPrice for a book review,I wasn't sure if the book is as good as the show.But after going through the book for almost 2 weeks now,I can safely say the book is as good,if not better,than the show.Detailed explanations,stunning pictures and step by step pictures for slightly difficult to master dishes,it is a wonderful book to own.

One thing which I found amusing is the number of recipes with eggs.Somehow I had assumed that the name Vegetarian Feast meant only vegetarian recipes.But obviously it is not so.Different people have different perspectives,so I am going to brush it aside.
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes About the author - Anjum Anand grew up in London but has lived and studied in Geneva,Paris and Madrid.She has worked in restaurants in New York,Los Angeles and New Delhi,but her love is delicious,stylish and healthy modern Indian food that is simple enough to cook at home.She is based in London and has presented two series of 'Indian Food Made Easy' and now has her own range of Indian sauces-The Spice Tailor.

In the introduction page,Anjum shares how she was raised by a vegetarian mother and a non-vegetarian father.She finds it a funny twist of fate that she got married to a vegetarian who comes from a generation of vegetarians!She admits some of the recipes are 'just hanging by a home-spun cotton thread to an Indian heritage but are too delicious not be included'.
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes
A peep into the Indian Vegetarian Pantry section includes most of the ingredients necessary to whip up exciting,nourishing vegetarian food.Notes on different kinds of pulses,spices,grains,nuts and seeds.Also tips on how to roast spices and how to make paneer.

Some interesting recipes which include Keralan-inspired banana pancakes with peanut butter,Melon & Ginger Sharbat,Steamed Nepalese Momos(with step by step pictures),Mile-high Chickpea Burgers with Indian Coleslaw,PLT-Indian vegetarian version of BLT-Paneer lettuce tomato sandwich,Juhu-beach Pau Bhaji,Rogan Mushroom,a take on vegetarian version of Rogan Josh,Wild-Mushroom biryani(which looks gorgeous!)and many more.
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes
The Dessert section though has only a few recipes,considering how varied and rich our desserts are.Cardamom Kulfi is perhaps the lone 'Indian' dessert in that section.

I wanted to try out either the Mumbai Bhelpuri,Juhu Pau bhaji or the Bombay Potatoes and chose the latter.I have heard a lot about the dish and couldn't wait to see how different it was from our usual potato favorites.Anjum says it goes well with rotis and rice and it does.I felt it was a Mumbai-yya take on the humble Urulai roast!
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes
Best Ever Bombay Potatoes
Recipe source - Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast


Potatoes - 3 large
Ginger - 10 gms,peeled
Garlic cloves - 3,peeled
Tomatoes - 2,one quartered and the other cut into wedges
Oil - 2 tbsp
Jeera/cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 medium,roughly chopped
Haldi/turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
handful of chopped coriander leaves


Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes 
Cook the potatoes in salted water for about 4-5 whistles in a pressure cooker.The potatoes should be just rightly cooked,not too mushy.Peel and chop into medium cubes.
Blend together ginger,garlic and quartered tomatoes to a smooth paste.
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes 
In a kadai add oil and splutter cumin seeds and mustard seeds.Mix in the onion and saute for a minute.Add the ginger garlic tomato paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes 
Add the ground spices-haldi,coriander,jeera,garam masala and red chilly powder,along with salt to taste and saute till the raw smell of the masala and garlic subsides.
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes 
Now add the tomato wedges and cook for 2-3 minutes.Tip in the potatoes and  cook for a further 4-5 minutes till the potatoes absorb the masalas. Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes 
Mix in the chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast - Bombay Potatoes
Indian Tea Biscuits is what I am going to try next!


  1. Simple yet delicious potato curry, nice review

  2. the review is tempting me to buy this book. honestly, being born and grown up in mumbai, i have never heard of bombay potatoes being made and served in bombay. pav bhaji and bhel puri... of course yes. they are two popular street food of mumbai amongst so many. i also came across bombay potatoes and bombay chicken in a few cookbooks. i think these recipes were taken and developed by the britishers. they are very popular in uk and london.

  3. Looks really good and tempting.. wonderful pictures too !!

  4. this looks like a book to have in hand... especially for people like me who struggle to whip up good vegeterian meals... the potato curry looks delicious...

  5. I really loved it. As I love Cooking, would love to see more receipes. Even I sharing a Link of 'Indian Cooking Recipe', 'Indian Recipes cooking show' do check.

  6. saw this book yesterday and pondered a lot over whether or not i should buy it. didnt buy it, sadly, but now i feel i should have. the pictures in this book are amazing...
    btw do these people send you books to keep? how does that work? like if one reviews it, they get to keep books?


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