Reza’s Indian Spice
If you love Reza you will love this book but more importantly if you love Indian food with a western twist you will really love this book!
The first thing that strikes you, and really this should be the case with every cook book, is the superb photography. It can only be described as opening up a jewellery box full of dazzling diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls! Before you even read the title of the recipe you want to make it and eat it!
And the images really do the recipes justice, as they taste just as good as they look (not that I have tried everyone yet but I will in time!). If you only manage to try one, the first recipe for Sweet Potato and Goats Cheese Samosas is one to pencil in. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who doesn’t like Samosas and if I ever do I will have to make these ones for them as I am sure it would change their mind. It is so simple, Reza doesn’t even demand that you make your own filo pastry, just buy the readymade one and away you go!
Throughout the book there is a real feeling of simplicity, an undaunting array of curries, rice dishes, side dishes and candy dishes, my favourite! The Rose Petal and Cardamom Kulfi (ice-cream) would be a winner at any dinner party and quickly transport you to Kitchen Goddess status. White Chocolate, Cardamom and Rose Pannacotta is next on my list to try out. I’m not sure I will be able to make it look as good as Reza but I will certainly give it a go.
A lovely book from a lovely man who wants to be remembered “as a loving, decent human being, who brought a sense of joy and laughter to this planet”.
Reza’s Indian Spice by Reza Mahammad
Published by Quadrille Publishing
Photography by Martin Poole