Indian food is on the exotic end of the spectrum for a lot of people. Not everyone finds it as alluring as Chinese or Mexican food, and others are leery of trying spices they have never seen or heard of before. However, when exotic flavors are introduced using familiar dishes, it becomes more inviting to experiment with new tastes. Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul provides the recipes for exactly that method of introducing more conservative palates to exotic Indian flavors.
Doughnuts infused with cardamom, meatballs transformed into a curry, lobster rolls laced with turmeric, and homemade “magic shell” flavored with garam masala are just a few of the American comfort standards given the “Indian twist” treatment in Aarti’s book. Even the most skittish palate would be tempted by ice cream sandwiches made with fresh-baked homemade cookies that introduce the flavors and textures of cardamom and Medjool dates.
If you have ever balked at trying the more exotic flavors of Indian food, Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul is a good first step. Aarti takes you on a tour of Indian flavors using familiar comfort foods as a vehicle. And once you dip your toes in the water, there are even a few Indian staples, like Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas, to encourage you to forge further into Indian cuisine!