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Although the recipes are very nice they are by no means healthy! I feel let down as I was expecting a true healthy cookbook but I'm pretty sure the amount of oil and salt used in most the recipes negates any healthy accolade. I'm not sure why the author called it healthy and didn't just stick to Indian recipes.
My wife and I have conflicting opinions of this well produced Indian cookbook; she thinks it's nearer four stars and I think it's nearer three. My initial reaction after browsing through the recipes was that there was little I really found appealing and after trying three of the recipes my opinion hasn't changed. The chicken and coconut curry was very nice, although the sauce is quite thin it goes well with rice and we both enjoyed it and it was quite quick and easy to make. The yoghurt curry we didn't like. As we didn't have any purple sprouting broccoli my wife added roasted cauliflower and that was the only thing about which I liked. The curry itself had quite an unpleasant texture, more like custard than a curry sauce, and the flavour although at first appealing soon became too rich, but it would probably be okay as a dip or a very small side dish. The mango and mint salad was basically a shiraz salad with added chilli and a blended mango and mint dressing, which my wife described as "slimy".
So, having tried three recipes and only liked one, I'm not keen to try many others, which is disappointing as I love Indian cooking. As for the title Healthy Indian, it does seem to be a misnomer. In terms of fat and salt there doesn't seem to be any less of either ingredient than in a "non-healthy" Indian cookbook. Perhaps it refers to the fact that none of the recipes contain red meat, but are either vegetarian, fish or chicken. Overall, it's well laid out and well produced but I can't see it getting much use in our house.
A zero jacket book which is better in the kitchen, lovely and vibrant and a nice forward which sets the book up but overall there's nothing really stand out in this book for me. Healthy, perhaps but having cooked many cuisines for many years it takes a real difference to bring something new to the game. There's a little fusion food going on that mixes up the indian with a little healthy aspect or two but not enough to grab my attention to the fullest.
There's snacks, mains, desserts, drinks and photo's featured are colourful and attention grabbing. If you liked the first book it's a good follow up, but nothing that will set the world on fire as it were. Some dishes cannot be or should not be made to be healthy in my opinion, they are naughty for a reason and taste nothing alike if made healthy, simply come up with new recipes instead.