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Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking by Alamelu Vairavan & Margaret Pfeiffer
Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking Spice Up Your Gluten-Free Diet
Trusted Indian cookbook author brings global flavors to the
gluten-free community with Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking. Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking was named a “Best new GF cookbook for 2013” by Delicious Living Magazine

Among the first of its kind, Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking is spicing up the gluten-free lifestyle with one of the healthiest and surprisingly easy cuisines in the world. Indian food lends itself naturally to gluten-free cooking because the vegetable and rice dishes are enhanced with spices and legumes without wheat, oat or barley. That, along with requests from her students and viewers of her PBS program “Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu,” is precisely why veteran author and culinary instructor Alamelu Vairavan decided to write Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking.

Together with Registered Dietician Margaret Pfeiffer, Alamelu introduces the rich aromatic dishes of India to a market focused mainly on gluten-free breads and desserts.  Featuring more than 100 step-by-step recipes, a helpful FAQ on gluten-free foods, and a guide to Indian ingredients, Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking includes nutritional analysis and a full-color photo for each recipe. The book’s appeal extends to anyone interested in adding healthful options to everyday meals.

Sample recipes:
• Lentil Crepes
• Seasoned Apple Relish
• Sweet Potato Quinoa Soup
• Carrots in Seasoned Yogurt
• Mushroom and Green Pea Quinoa with Pistachios
• Brussels Sprouts in Aromatic Sauce
• Chickpeas with Ginger and Mango
• Chicken in Almond-Coconut Sauce
• Mango Lassi
• Poached Pears with Ginger and Cardamom


Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc. 171 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10016 www.hippocrenebooks.com www.amazon.com
Healthy South Indian Cooking focuses on easy-to-follow recipes for preparing aromatic and healthful foods using legumes and spices. It presents an introduction to the culinary delights of South India where the cuisine is exceptionally appetizing and appealing. Clear and simple instructions make the recipes accessible to even novice cooks.This book is the fruitful result of two neighbors sharing recipes and cooking together for many years even before the thought of publication. These informal cooking sessions resulted in many enjoyable family meals which combined eastern and western dishes.  The memorable family experiences led the authors to write their cookbooks in the hope of sharing the joy of cooking that they have known. Features:  Includes over 100 vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes
South Indian Cookbook
  • Nutritional introduction
  • Glossary of spices, dals (lentils), and flours; Description of the spice box
  • Discussion on storing spices and lentils
  • Glossary of South Indian dishes
  • Recipes for appetizers, beverages, breads, chutneys, desserts, non-vegetarian dishes, rice dishes, sambhar, soups, and  vegetable dishes
  • Suggested menus
  • Ideas for fusion meals.
Alamelu and Dr Marquardt
Just Right For:
Anyone interested in cooking aromatic and flavorful foods. This book can help transform even vegetable haters into vegetable lovers, including kids.
To Purchase:
Contact your local bookstore, or Hippocrene books (phone 718-454-2366), 171 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Also available in internet bookstores including amazon.com
Amazon.com Customer Review Samples of Healthy South Indian Cooking:
  • “Easy, Healthy and Very Tasty.”
  • “I never knew something so wonderful could be so easy.”
  • “This is the book that has my children eating vegetables now.”
  • “The recipes I have tried so far are easy and just plain delicious.”
  • “I thought it was going to be difficult and time consuming. Boy was I wrong….author, chef and instructor Alamelu, along with her friend Pat have done a brilliant job…”
  • “I have been cooking Indian food for 40 years. But this is the first book I have found that has truly tasty vegetables that are easy and fast to prepare.”
  • “Vegetable Magic!!”
  • “I love to cook and have several shelves full of cookbooks, but this one is something very special: it translates ordinary vegetables (green beans, spinach, cauliflower, etc.) into addictive, exotic and habit forming dishes that will amaze you and your guests.”
  • “Not only is the food great, the recipes are easy to follow, and are straight forward to prepare.”
  • “An excellent, user friendly introduction to South Indian Cooking.”
  • “I know it is healthy to eat lots of vegetables, but just boiled or steamed, they become boring. With Indian spices, carrots, broccoli, beans and spinach can have a variety of tastes and I have learned to like Brussels sprouts too.”
  •  “The flavors are subtle and wonderful.”
  • “Great for low cholesterol diet.”
  • “The spices add tremendous flavor and eggplant and cauliflower never tasted so good.”
  • “Healthy South Indian Cooking is amust for anyone interested in maintaing a healthy life style.”
  • “Losing the weight…keeping it off…is easy with the wonderful meals I prepare based on this book.”
  • “Quick and easy recipes, incredible flavors.”
  • “This book is a terrific resource for those interested in exploring Indian cooking.”
  • “Some of the most excellent South Indian recipes I have seen and eaten.”
  • “Healthy South Indian Cooking is an excellent cookbook-especially for beginners like me.”
  • “Great for entertaining-guests will be impressed.”
  • “This cookbook is exceptional.”
  • “This cookbook has clear step by step instructions with suggestions for substitutions or deletions if needed.”
  •  “I found any great tasting vegetables and rice recipes, and my kids loved them too.”
  • “I am eating much better these days.”
  • “Thanks to Alamelu and Patricia, I am now able to frequently cook healthy food that I love, without taking the day off from work.”
  • “This will probably add a few years to my life, and make it more enjoyable.”
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