Mouth-watering Indo–East African dishes that will become instant classics for home cooks.
A Spicy Touch is Noorbanu Nimji’s celebration of her North Indian Ismaili Muslim ancestry and the East African cuisine from her homeland in Kenya. Noorbanu collaborates with food writer and tour operator Karen Anderson to present more than 200 time-tested family favourites and new recipes.
With beautiful photographs, the book takes the home cook step by step through soups and snacks, samosa-wrapping, three chapters of main dishes (including Noorbanu’s famous Butter Chicken and Beef Nihari), a dedicated chapter on Indian tandoori grilling, vegetables, daal, Indian breads and rice dishes, chutneys and specialty Indian sweets. Learn how to make:
Many recipes are vegetarian and/or gluten-free and all original recipes have been re-tested and rewritten to reflect the increased availability of ingredients today. With an extended section on pantry items, and tips and techniques that can only come from a master, readers will feel the authors at their side while they prepare the 200+ recipes. Welcome Noorbanu into your kitchen and find out for yourself why she’s considered the expert in her field by people all over the world.
Noorbanu Nimji is an East African Ismaili Muslim with ancestral roots in Northern India. Her family moved to Canada in 1974. Soon after her arrival in Calgary, Noorbanu was asked to teach cooking to youth in the local Ismaili community. She taught for a decade before beginning to publish her recipes. She self-published three cookbooks prior to beginning the manuscript for A Spicy Touch, with sales of over 250,000 copies.
"The brief time I’ve spent in the kitchen with Noorbanu and Karen generated memories that will last a lifetime. Watching Noorbanu cook was exceptional. Her food creates comfort and intrigue in a perfectly delicious package."
- Julie Van Rosendaal, bestselling cookbook author and CBC radio columnist
"A Spicy Touch is the most beautiful, interesting, easy to follow, historical and inviting cookbook I have ever seen. What joy it will bring to so many people. I am so excited for Noorbanu and Karen to have completed this amazing journey and project together. There’s so much love in this cookbook. I can’t wait to own a copy and get started cooking the delicious Indian dishes right here in my own kitchen. Bravo!"
- Shelley Adams, author of Whitewater Cooks
"I grew up in India with my family cooking and me learning just by being there. I am in awe of my mother, aunties and grandmothers and am blessed that they made me who I am today. I realize how fortunate I am since learning to cook from close family members is increasingly rare. That is why I have tremendous respect for Noorbanu Nimji. Noorbanu’s voice as a teacher and cookbook author is just like that of an Indian mother lovingly sharing family favourites with her children."
- Vikram Vij, bestselling cookbook author and renowned restaurateur
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