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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Taste for the Senses with The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles Cookbook

You don't have to be a cook to appreciate all the time and effort that Rinku Bhattacharya has put into her latest cookbook "The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles".

As I mentioned in my previous post, there is so much more to the book such as personal stories and tons of colourful pictures to whet your appetite.

Since I'm not the best cook, I solicited the assistance of my good friend Rene and we made a meal of it.

Well, she cooked, I ate.

On the menu, Chicken with Black Pepper and Fenugreek.

Rene picked this one for several reasons; all of us like chicken, it was "kid-friendly" and most of the ingredients are things that she regularly has on hand except for fenugreek.

Chicken Black Pepper Fenugreek Recipe Ingredients

Unfortunately, when it came time to purchase all the ingredients, we were at a loss for fenugreek leaves.

Fortunately, we had the seeds and it gave me a chance to help out by using Rene's oft-forgotten mortar and pestle set. It made her happy.

Since we both live in the suburbs, we don't have the variety of the big city. Next time I'm in the city, I'll be sure to stop by "Little India" and pick up a bunch of ingredients.

Did I mention that the dogs ate the whole cloves (literally)? We tried to get some from the neighbours but they were out (what ever happened to asking for sugar!?). In turn, we had to be creative and used ground ones instead. See how versatile Rene and the recipe are!

Chicken Black Pepper Fenugreek Dishes

The recipe was really easy to follow, made enough for leftovers and even with the substitutions (nothing was added in replacement of the fenugreek), it tasted amazing!

Rene's "hard-to-please husband" ate all of his and said he'd have it again.

The kids ate a few bites and then dove into the peas and rice portion of the meal.

A real endorsement!

Rene already has some ideas for our next "Family Meal" and I can't wait to experience, yet again, a new slant on authentic Indian cuisine.

If you like this book or are interested in more Indian cooking, check out Rinku's first book, Eclectic Indian (2007). Connect with Rinku via her Website, Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. What a great cookbook! It looks really creative and much different than the regular recipes I try.

  2. I have been purely obsessed with cumin lately, this sounds like something I would like. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh, wow! Awesome post! I luuuuuuuv cooking with cumin! It just gives that extra boost to flavours. Mmmm!

  4. I love Indian food but I have never tried to make it myself! I will definitely pick up this cookbook!

  5. The food looked yummy. Thank you for sharing this post.

  6. This cookbook looks great|| I love Indian food but never cooked it

  7. looks like we're having a good meal huh? hehhehe food looks yummy though

  8. OMG that looks so good! I get made fun of for how much I love my pepper. I this is making my mouth water!!

  9. Wow I am impressed, I love Indian but only "cook" it with premade sauces, I have never made it from scratch.