Cooking from Masala and Meatballs – cookbook review

Jam buns” from Masala and Meatballs by Asha Shivakumar

April saw the #rainydaybitescookbookclub on Instagram cooking from the fabulous Masala and Meatballs by Asha Shivakumar. You might already know Asha and her beautiful blog Food Fashion Party. If you don’t, you really need to check it out. The photography is stunning and I love the way Asha writes.

As soon as I laid my eyes on the cover tag line “Incredible Indian dishes with an American twist”, I knew this book was going to be right up my street. There are so many amazing sounding recipes – like apple pistachio waffled French toast, onion rings with wasabi aioli (the onion rings are coated in crushed crisps/potato chips!!), tomato garlic chicken Naan pizza and apple cardamom funnel cake. I couldn’t wait to start cooking from the book.

I mean…..


Believe me when I say they tasted every bit as good as they looked. They are worth the price of the book alone! I filled some with cardamom mixed fruit strawberry jam (another recipe from the book) and some with strawberry jam.

This was chicken curry pot pie. A light, coconut milk chicken curry with a puff pastry lid. It was delicious.

Tomato Dahl soup with spinach fritters. I loved this. My kitchen was filled with the most amazing aromas while I cooked the Dahl. Spicy, warning and comforting. I’ll make this often. The spinach fritters made a lovely accompaniment. I ate a lot of them!

Mushroom and chive omelette. I love an omelette at any time of the day and this was so good. It had earthiness from the mushrooms and plenty of heat from fresh green chilli and red chilli powder.

Coffee chocolate walnut challah. Such a stunning bread. So delicious! But with espresso powder, chocolate and walnuts, how could it fail to be anything less than gorgeous?

Coconut cardamom granola with saffron infused yoghurt. Except I used cinnamon in place of cardamom. I just love cinnamon in my granola. This granola is a keeper – oats, sesame seeds and almonds covered in coconut oil and maple syrup, then cashews, coconut flakes and cranberries are mixed through to create one of the best granolas I’ve ever had.

Masala and meatballs really is a beautiful book. If, like myself, you visit Asha’s blog and fall in love with it you will definitely love the book!

I was not asked to write a review for Masala and Meatballs – I just love the book! I purchased my own copy.


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