51EML1tiLfLIt wasn’t until I met Mr. Mom’s Kitchen right after college that I tried Indian food for the first time. He’d just returned from four years in the UK where the cuisines of India and Pakistan are more prevalent and the quality of the food far superior. I was hooked immediately. Since then I’ve dipped my pinky toe into what you might call entry level Indian cookery: simple curries, cucumber raita, tandoori-style chicken on the grill.

To be honest, I’ve been intimidated by the spices, specialty ingredients, and labor demands that classic Indian cooking requires. But last year I got ahold of Quick Fix Indian: Easy, Exotic Dishes in 30 Minutes or Less, and my outlook changed. This colorful cookbook by Ruta Kahate manages to make Indian food completely approachable, appealing, and easy enough for weeknight suppers. The recipes are nourishing — lighter than many traditional Indian recipes with a big emphasis on vegetables.

Lucky for you, I’m giving away a copy of Quick Fix Indian as part of my Month of Mother’s Day giveaways. You can enter to win by leaving a comment below sharing what your experience is with Indian cooking. If you’ve cooked Indian food, what have been your resources and inspirations?

You must be 18 years or older to enter, live in the United States, and not be related to me. Contest ends at midnight PST Wednesday May 29.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of Quick Fix Indian for this giveaway. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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  1. Marie
    05.22.2013 at 4:01 AM #

    I like to use Eating Well for their Indian recipes. They aren’t highly sophisticated but great for a quick, week night Indian meal.

  2. Emily Sagor
    05.22.2013 at 4:13 AM #

    I have only dabbled in Indian cooking, but I have loved what I have made using Anupy Singla’s The Indian Slow Cooker book and VIJ’s Elegant Inspired Indian Cuisine.

  3. Ilene
    05.22.2013 at 4:16 AM #

    I’ve only made Indian food with premade sauces. The recipes from scratch have so many ingredients, that it would cost too much too buy them for one recipe. I do love Indian food though.

  4. kathleen
    05.22.2013 at 4:30 AM #

    I love cooking Indian food. Madhur Jaffrey is my go to chef!

  5. Teresa
    05.22.2013 at 4:46 AM #

    The hardest part of Indian cooking is all the chopping! But I love to eat what has been prepared!

  6. Anne Mullen
    05.22.2013 at 5:50 AM #

    My Dad did the cooking in my family, and he loved curry. He found a recipe for lamb curry in Life magazine in the ’50s that he fiddled with and made his own. I took it from him, and it’s the only recipe I use that doesn’t have any proportions: it’s all to taste, which usually makes me very nervous. Instead of having lots of little dishes of condiments to add at the table, much of that is included in the cooking: raisins, lemons with the skin on, etc. Only chutney is passed to add later. I usually make a lot so some can be frozen. I’d love to learn some other faster Indian recipes!

    • katiemorford
      05.22.2013 at 6:15 AM #

      I’d love to get your dad’s curry recipe!

  7. Tanya
    05.22.2013 at 6:16 AM #

    I LOVE to eat Indian food…but cooking it has always seemed rather intimidating. I’ve tried my hand at several simple curries and raita.

  8. jenny
    05.22.2013 at 6:51 AM #

    Years ago when I was addicted to the food network (when it actually had cooking shows), I made chana masala a few times. My husband and I also discovered Indian right after college. I’m thrilled that my kids finally like it too after many attempts, so I would love to learn to cook some more dishes. Love your blog!

  9. Brittany F.
    05.22.2013 at 7:02 AM #

    I love Indian food!!! I remember the first curry I made and it was super bland and not very delicious… but I was still very determined to get my favorite curry made just right so I saught out my Indian friend for help. He helped me understand their spices and sauces and I am able to make a semi-okay curry now. I still need a lot of practice until it tastes as good as the restaurants though :)

  10. 05.22.2013 at 7:18 AM #

    A Goan Fish Curry is my absolute favourite, memories of sitting on a beach in India. It requires time and a well stocked spice cupboard to prepare but it’s worthwhile for a weekend supper. I went to school in a British town where more than 25% of the population are Asian and we were spoiled for choice, there were many different types of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi curries to be had. The best were the vegetarian cafeteria style restaurants.

  11. Corrie
    05.22.2013 at 7:25 AM #

    I absolutely LOVE Indian food of all kinds but I have never attempted to prepare any on my own. I like things that are easy to fix, and felt intimidated by the spices and want to really make a great curry, or tandoori chicken my kids will love. This cookbook could be just what we need to get our summer off to an exciting start ! Are there any Indian desserts in this book?

  12. Mary Frances
    05.22.2013 at 8:05 AM #

    Jamie Oliver is my main inspiration for Indian food – making a curry with Patak’s curry pastes (not sauces) is a great “cheat” and makes for very a very flavourful dinner!

    I would certainly love to learn more quick-fix Indian dishes …

  13. Lisa
    05.22.2013 at 8:05 AM #

    I cook Indian from scratch and from bottle… either korma, curry or tikka masala with chicken or lamb. My daughters been eating mild curry since she was about 2. Jamie Oliver has some tasty recipes. I made butter chicken once… took so long, decided it was better to order it a take out. ;)

  14. Barbara
    05.22.2013 at 8:07 AM #

    Never cooked Indian food at home…..yet. Hope to do it soon. …. with this book.

  15. Debbie P
    05.22.2013 at 8:10 AM #

    I love Indian food. Chicken Korma and Vegetable Korma are my favorite to cook. I don’t remember where I found the recipes that I use.

  16. Pam H
    05.22.2013 at 8:11 AM #

    Long ago, before I had my kids, I took an indian cooking class. The results were delicious, but the prep efforts were far too complex. My kids love “mild” indian food and I’d love faster & easier recipes to try on them. This looks great!

  17. Lynda
    05.22.2013 at 8:23 AM #

    My experience “cooking” Indian food has been limited to one curry-based recipe and warming up TJ’s frozen Channa Masala. I’d love to take it up a notch! :-)

  18. Bliss Tobin
    05.22.2013 at 12:32 PM #

    I have little experience with Indian cooking, and the few times I’ve tried a curry (from a recipe), it was never as flavorful as what I would expect. The emphasis on simple, lighter Indian fare would be wonderful.
    Thanks, Katie!

  19. Sue
    05.22.2013 at 1:29 PM #

    How do we sign up for the free book?

    • katiemorford
      05.22.2013 at 2:17 PM #

      It’s a giveaway. Consider yourself entered!

  20. Ellen Bordman
    05.22.2013 at 3:13 PM #

    I’ve tried a couple Indian dishes. I found that fresh spices are important! I asked an Indian friend to show me how to make chai. She demystified it for me.

  21. Miranda
    05.22.2013 at 3:31 PM #

    Completely intimidated by the amount of ingredients needed!

  22. Kim
    05.22.2013 at 3:31 PM #

    When my son was young I dabbled in Julie Shani’s Classic Indian Cooking, and all of us lapped it up. I’ve been wanting to try preparing Indian food again because I’ve craved it. Last weekend I had that craving again, and made chicken korma, mint chutney, and a wonderful lentil curry from Madhur Jaffrey (from The lentils were definitely the stars. But with brighter mint, the chutney might have stolen the show.

  23. Elinor
    05.22.2013 at 4:44 PM #

    I love Indian food and have also done a bit of cautious dabbling, relying on Patak’s curry sauce and simple preparations. I’m venturing into using the pressure cooker for Indian dishes–I love the consistency it renders sauces.

  24. Diana
    05.23.2013 at 4:57 AM #

    I love going out to eat at the local Indian buffet. They do a fabulous job. Cooking at home, though, I’ve been more than a little intimidated. I love to live on veggies in the summer, so this would be a good time to delve into a new cooking adventure. This was a great book to bring to our attention. Thanks!

  25. Samia
    05.23.2013 at 5:48 AM #

    My husband loves Indian food, but I’m afraid to be adventurous at the restaurants. I hope to learn to cook it fresh at home!

  26. 05.23.2013 at 9:50 AM #

    I’ve unsuccessfully made naan. But I’ve had more luck with curries. I’d love to use this cookbook to make quicker Indian so my kids will have it more frequently!

  27. Christina
    05.23.2013 at 2:05 PM #

    My husband’s family is from India and I really wish that I knew how to make Indian food. Most of what I have seen is heavy/fried/pickled/etc. I would love this book!

  28. 05.25.2013 at 8:09 AM #

    I made tandoori chicken wings a few months ago. Yum!

  29. Jessica Smyth
    05.26.2013 at 4:39 PM #

    Totally obsessed with Indian food. I just made coconut curry chicken, with cauliflower rice, and my kids loved it!

  30. Meryl
    05.29.2013 at 3:55 PM #

    I’ve cooked Indian food occasionally, especially vegetarian.

  31. Louis
    05.29.2013 at 3:56 PM #

    I’ve never cooked Indian food, but would like to try it out.

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