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About Alamelu Vairavan
Alamelu Vairavan is an enthusiastic advocate for preparing foods that are both tasty and healthy using spices and legumes.
Alamelu has published several cookbooks that have helped even novice cooks discover easy ways to prepare healthful foods with Indian flavors. If you think children have to be persuaded or tricked into eating more vegetables, try Alamleu's recipes. You may be in for a surprise! She believes even vegetable haters can be transformed to vegetable lovers with subtle enhancements using spices and legumes.
Alamelu's popular cooking TV shows titled, "Healthful Indian Flavors With Alamelu," produced by Milwaukee PBS, has been aired on Public Television in Wisconsin and in many parts of the United States on PBS CREATE since 2010. (Episodes can be seen via YouTube.com). Alamelu's book titled, "Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu" (Hippocrene Books, NY, Nov. 2016) includes most and the best of the recipes featured in her PBS TV series. Her most recent book, "Vegetarian Recipes with Alamelu" (Hippocrene Books, NY, Nov. 2020) features Alamelu's best vegetarian recipes from her TV shows, her previous books and many new recipes.
In her cookbooks and TV shows, Alamelu emphasizes easy to prepare, aromatic and flavorful foods. The Los Angeles Times, for example, has referred to her recipes as, "coconut-infused curries, brilliant vegetable dishes", and has noted "what could be complex becomes relatively simple in Vairavan's approach."
In 2009, Alamelu presented a sold-out workshop, titled, "Enticing Indian Flavors" at the James Beard Foundation, in New York for which she received recognition of "outstanding contribution". Alamelu has also been featured as a celebrity chef at the Annual Kohler Food & Wine event in Kohler, Wisconsin and in Dine and Wine Wisconsin events in Milwaukee. She has also made culinary presentations in Scottsdale, AZ and in Chicago, Ill.
Alamelu has offered wellness and team-building programs to many corporations. She has trained chefs to offer healthful options in restaurants and in company cafeterias. She also makes time for numerous community programs in schools, libraries, hospital outreach programs and in community centers, and for fundraising events.
Besides authoring several books, Alamelu has also contributed recipes to the book, "Healing Spices" by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal (a cancer research scientist formerly at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Center) that was published in 2011. Her contributions have also been featured in "Cooking Healthy Across America", an American Dietetic Association cookbook (John Wiley, 2005).
Alamelu can be contacted through her website: www.curryonwheels.com. Her Facebook page is titled, "Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu" where she posts regular food blogs.
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The best of Alamelu’s cookbooks and TV recipes in one volume!
“I highly recommend Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu to readers who want to take advantage of the powerful, healing antioxidant qualities of spices and at the same time, indulge in the flavor-rich, wholesome offerings of Indian cuisine.” — Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, author of Healing Spices
This cookbook contains recipes featured on the first three seasons of Alamelu Vairavan’s popular MPTV/PBS cooking show, “Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu,” along with updated and improved recipes from her previously-published cookbooks, Healthy South Indian Cooking and Indian-Inspired Gluten Free Cooking.
Included are more than 120 flavorful Indian favorites—each with a full-color photo—that are sure to please fans old and new. With a focus on vegetables and protein-rich legumes, the recipes include soups, curries, crunchy salads, and a host of vegetarian specialties that are not only low-calorie and low-fat, but packed with nutrients, fiber and flavor. Step-by-step recipes and a helpful guide to spices and ingredients make it easy for readers to create authentic Indian dishes at home.
- Salmon Tikka Kebabs
- Peanut and Coconut Chutney
- Cauliflower and Lentil Soup
- Sweet Potato Quinoa Soup
- Masala Dosais
- Fragrant Lemon Rice
- Pomegranate Yogurt Salad
- Kohlrabi Sambhar
- Cabbage with Ginger Poriyal
- Lentil Crumble with Coconut
- Chettinad Chicken Masala
- Spice-Rubbed Seared Fish
All the best vegetarian recipes from Alamelu’s cookbooks and TV show, plus many new ones!
Alamelu Vairavan, host of the popular PBS Create show “Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu” has been teaching viewers how to embrace vegetables and protein-rich legumes with her flavorful, easy-to-follow recipes for years. Now all her vegetarian favorites are available in one volume, for home cooks who want creative, palate-pleasing ways to prepare wholesome vegetables like kale, cauliflower, radishes, eggplant, swiss chard, squashes and much more. These recipes are low-calorie, low-fat and packed with nutrients, fiber and flavor!
Included are over 100 recipes, featuring many new ones that enhance vibrant vegetables with spices and legumes. They range from appetizers, soups, salads and vegetable entrees to chutneys and desserts, and each one is accompanied by a full-color photo and step-by-step instructions. Also included is a helpful guide to Indian spices and ingredients. Fans rave about how easy and fool-proof Alamelu’s recipes are—making nutritious, Indian-inspired meals will be a snap!
- Butternut Squash in Tamarind Sauce
- Baby Kale in a Garlic-Lentil Sauce
- Stir-fried Beets with Coconut
- Sweet Potato, Black Beans & Spinach Wraps
- Asparagus with Shallots and Garlic
- Black-eyed Peas Masala
- Eggplant and Potato Masala
- Bell Pepper and Tomato Rice with Cashews
- Chickpeas with Ginger and Mango
- Parsnips with Green Peas
- Colorful Vegetable Quinoa
- Mango Lassi