Tadka Girls Ruchira Ramanujam and Ranjani Rao and write a popular food blog called “Tadka Pasta“. Ruchira and Ranjani have been family friends from a very long time, since they were staying in the US. The blog started as a way to document their recipes and the idea slowly led to a book. They say they took about 6 months to write the book but it took over 2 yrs to finally get in print.
I got my hands on the book sometime ago, it’s always exciting to read book by fellow bloggers and friends. You can relate to almost everything written in the book on a personal level. Ruchira and Ranjini are from totally different cultural backgrounds and they have a travelled a lot and that is something that comes across in the book almost immediately. The recipes are taken from around the world but almost always have a twist to them, a little personalization or tadkafication 🙂
I attended the Tadka Girls promotion event which happened at Atta Gallata some weeks ago, which was basically a cooking demo and an interactive session about the book. I always tell people, there is no other way to launch a cookbook then do a cooking demo and I am glad these girls did one.
They demoed a broccoli salad with a Tadka Girls Twist with a yummy jeera flavour to it but for me the winner of the day was a superbly spiced and seasoned tomato and mint juice which they call “Misty Mary” in the book, I think it will go fabulously well with vodka.
I have had the book with me for sometime and I have been waiting to cook out of it before I do the review, so this morning for breakfast I made “Cantaloupe Salsa” though because my melon wasn’t ripe enough it looked more like a salad then a salsa but the flavours were lovely and it made for a good breakfast along with some boiled eggs for me.
The recipes in the book are pretty no fuss straight forward, with not a mile long ingredients. Most ingredients are the ones which are pantry staples and are on kitchen shelves most of the time which surely makes the book a winner for most people. The thing which I also liked is the fact that it has recipes which are from around the world, its a good book for a person who wants to do simple yet fancy cooking in the house, the mushroom toasties for example are easy to make yet have all the potential to be a party star.
Now to something where the book left me a tad disappointed, I think was the format that changed in every section and also the complex English, really I think the book could do with simpler adjectives but that’s just my humble opinion.
Summary : A lovely book with easy to replicate but fancy enough to impress recipes that work.