You can never have too many Indian cookbooks. That’s the best way to increase your repertoire of this delicious, vibrant, vegetarian-friendly cuisine (and the best way to avoid the take-out menu). Pick up a copy of recipe developer and YouTube host Chetna Makan’s new cookbook and add a few more go-to dishes to your line-up, like this delicious fried eggplant dish known as baigan bhaja. 

These pakoras are spiced with nothing other than salt, turmeric and chili, yet the flavor is outstanding, no doubt due to the beautifully tender aubergine encased in a crisp, tasty coating. Pair them with chutney.

Reprinted with permission from Chai, Chaat & Chutney