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October 2009 eRecipes

Posted on 06/11/2010 at 03:43 PM by Madhu Gadia

October 2009

The Indian Vegan Kitchen is Now Available! Yehhhh!

I’m proud to announce the arrival of my new cookbook, The Indian Vegan Kitchen: More than 150 Quick and Healthy Homestyle Recipes at a bookstore near you. If I say so myself, it looks fantastic! The book is off to a great start: a recipe from the book was featured in the October issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, page 132. This is an exciting time for me as I’m booked with interviews, book signings, and cooking demos for the next two months.
Happy Diwali! It’s not a coincidence that The Indian Vegan Kitchen is coming out October 6th. My editor, Marian Lizzi at Perigee Books/Penguin Group, actually planned to release the book just before Diwali—what an auspicious beginning for me! Thank you Marian.

Diwali (also written as Dipawali or Deepavali) is one of the main Hindu festivals. Diwali translates as the Festival of Lights. It’s celebrated with similar reverence as Christmas. The celebrations start almost a month before with various religious and social events. The main components of the festival include cleaning the house, visiting family and friends, lighting oil lamps, praying to the goddess Laxmi for wealth, lots and lots of food, and to top it off—fireworks. It is a celebration of “victory of good over evil” and signifies the uplifting of spiritual darkness. Diwali is celebrated based on the lunar calendar and this year it’s on October 17th.

Indian Hospitality: If you’re Indian, have been to India, or to an Indian’s home you may know what I’m talking about here. Hospitality is central to Indian culture. The Sanskrit saying "Atithi Devo Bhava," meaning "guest is god," conveys the respect granted to guests. Most Indians take pride in making a visitor feel comfortable and cared for. A visit is considered incomplete without offering and receiving food.

The most important thing to learn when eating at an Indian’s home, pace yourself, for the host will offer the food personally several times—“please take one more”. My children, when they visit India, are aghast at how much food they are offered. I, on the other hand, love it and have come to expect it. To read more about Indian hospitality, click here for sample pages including Snacks, Chaat, and Beverages chapter introduction from The Indian Vegan Kitchen.

October Recipes: Recipes this month are festive dishes from The Indian Vegan Kitchen. Puri (Fried Bread), spicy potatoes, and halwa (dessert) turn any meal into a celebration. They can be served for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. Halwa is often the choice of food offered to God for blessings and then served as communion. Diwali or not, enjoy a meal of Puri, Potato Stew, and Almond Halwa and have your own party.

Puri (Fried Bread)
Potato Stew (Lipte Aloo)
Almond Halwa (Badam Halwa)

Please email me if you see any reviews or sample recipes from The Indian Vegan Kitchen in a magazine or newspaper in your area.

I wish you and yours A Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. May all your wishes come true!

Happy and Healthy Cooking!
Madhu Gadia

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