Review: Indian Food Made Easy
I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen yet. This time around Indian Food Made Easy.
Last summer I reviewed the other Indian cuisine show on the Cooking Channel, Spice Goddess with Bal Arneson (HERE) and Food Network Star winner Aarti Sequeira’s TV adaptation of her long running web series Aaarti Party (HERE) for the big network. I was impressed with how each weaved Indian flavors in to more Westerns menus.
Anjum Anand does no such thing on Indian Food Made Easy. Her recipes are purely Indian. According to the Cooking Channel web site, “Food writer and chef Anjum Anand is passionate about Indian cooking, and she is on a mission to show exactly how simple it is to cook delicious, healthy Indian food at home.”
Like Spice Goddess this show is another outsourced venture, this time from the BBC. It falls into exactly what you expect from British cooking shows a pleasant, knowledgeable host, a kitschy style, mediocre cinematography, muted colors but all-and-all a good viewing experience (think everything you’ve seen from Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson).
I find that I enjoy watching Anjum Anand a little better than Bal Arneson but not quite as much as Aarti Sequeira. Like Arneson she is a very successful cookbook author with four books to her credit, including the partner book to the TV series conspicuously entitled Indian Food Made Easy (available at amazon). I appreciate how Anjum takes the viewer outside of the kitchen and actually instructs them on the various spices used in Indian cuisine by visiting markets and specialty shops. Again this is another common element of a BBC show.
If you are interested in Indian food but have found it intimidating than this is a good show to walk you through masala mine field. Indian Food Made Easy airs Sundays at 1pm ET on the Cooking Channel.