Hello and welcome. Happy Friday, everyone. The short week after a long weekend is the worst, isn’t it? You wait even more eagerly for Friday. This week has shown me its set of surprises. And I am so thankful and slightly overwhelmed.
The first surprise – I was shortlisted by the jury over at #WIN15 for a blogging award. The voting phase begins now and your votes will take me to the finish line. So I request you dear people to please take a few minutes and hit Like on the tiny Facebook button at the bottom of the page at this link.
And the big announcement, my eBook 30 Days of Daal is finally ready for a full fledged launch. Check out this fancy (I think) page I created for selling the ebook. Most of you regular readers are very familiar with what goes on over at kamalkitchen.com. And you have suffered and endured with me as I blogged about 30 different daal recipes every day of the month in June.
I am now bringing you the same recipes you loved in an attractive, easy to use eBook form. This is a PDF that can be easily downloaded on your computer, smartphone or tablet/ iPad. So yes, you can just set it on your kitchen platform and refer to the recipe as you cook.
30 Days of Daal eBook Highlights
- Easy to read and access anywhere
- 100% Vegetarian
- Vegan Friendly with many vegan recipes and vegan substitutions
- Authentic Indian food, made simple for busy urban cooks
- Lesser known Maharashtrian recipes
- Regional Indian recipes from different states
- Section on How to Stock an Indian pantry
Are You New to Indian Food?
30 Days of Daal shatters the myth that Indian food is complex and uses too many ingredients. Considering our culture and diversity, we certainly have recipes which are a work of art.
But not every Indian dish you cook needs to be like that.
Most Daal recipes like Green Moong Daal use a simple spice like ginger and common herb like cilantro for all the flavor. The hugely popular Daal Tadka is simply flavored with cumin and spiced with a dry red chili. And what could be simpler than the Maharashtrian Sadha Varan which is sweetened with a hint of jaggery and served with a squeeze of lemon?
For the slightly more adventurous lot, there are recipes like the Daal Makhani and Daal Bukhara, and the Rajasthani Sweet and Spicy daal.
My vegetarian version of the Parsi Dhansak is also a must try.
30 Days of Daal is a must for anyone who wants to add healthy and nutritious daal to their diet.
Praise for 30 Days of Daal eBook
I am bowled over by all the good wishes and compliments I have received in the pre-launch phase. Here is what Peggy Gilbey McMackin, a prolific food blogger herself at Spiced Peach Blog thinks about my eBook.
” Through beautiful photographs and easy to follow directions, in “30 Days of Daal” the reader is treated a glimpse into the diverse and creative flavor possibilities of daal dishes and their place as a daily staple throughout India.
Each dish of vibrant color within the cookbook displays a traditional harmonious blend and depth of spice flavors introduced through the essence of well flavored, healthy, simplicity.
Demystifying the complexity of preparation and processes often associated with Indian foods, Pragati Bidkar welcomes you to her table warmly, as both a friend and instructor while displaying varied regional Indian daal recipes in a clear, succinctly numbered, short sentence format for anyone to competently prepare, from beginner to seasoned pro.
Pragati’s award winning vegetarian blog, Kamal Kitchen, served as the platform challenge for her e-book in preparing 30 different types of daal in 30 days. Capturing some of the warming daal recipes of youth, Pragati then further begins her exploration on the journey of this single commonality throughout India with each state and area then like a winding bend infusing its own unique combination of regional ingredients and spice blends.
From a common and much loved simple Indian Daal with tomatoes and cumin, to the Bengal fragrance of daal with its prominent use of its 5 spice blend, to the coastline of Odisha, an Eastern Indian state combining a dish of daal with potato, pumpkin, and plantain, “30 Days of Daal” provides an opportunity to prepare some special treasures among the daily daal in India while envisioning its countless creative possibilities along the way.”
Many thanks to Peggy from the bottom of my heart. And I hope and pray that all of you will have good things to say about the book.
Priced Just Right for you
I am sure you are thinking how much this is going to set you back. Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank :).
I want to make this eBook accessible to everyone. I think it is priced reasonably enough that you won’t have to do a big cost-benefit analysis for it.
The checkout process is secure and very easy. All you have to do is enter your payment information and the book will be on its way to you.
So that’s it from me for now, folks. Looking forward to seeing you buy 30 Days of Daal and cooking up some healthy, easy, Indian food with it. Some of you have already taken advantage of our pre-launch offer, and are busy stocking up their kitchen with daal.
Please write to me if you have any questions about the book. And yes, do share this with your friends and family.