I’m thrilled to kick of my BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD blog tour with Shelley.
We met on Twitter and were soon chatting about books, writing, agents, kids and life in general. Shelley took part in this book’s cover reveal and she has invited me back to chat about the book.
BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is a contemporary romance/romantic comedy/chicklit/women’s fiction novel. Think ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ With food. Loads of food!
I’m a foodie fanatic. Love my food. So it stood to reason when I wrote a book featuring India I’d include loads of food.
And that’s what I want to share during this blog tour, my love of Indian food.
Over the next 3 weeks, I’ll be regularly posting Indian recipes for dishes taken from the book in my BOLLY-BITES.
I’m hoping you’ll stock up on spices and cook up a storm alongside me!
The first BOLLY-BITE recipe is an Indian standard, dahl. A nutritious lentil dish, it can be eaten with rice or flatbreads (rotis, parathas, chappathis, puris). There are so many variations on this dish but I’ve gone with the basic I love.
½ cup masoor dal (red lentils)
1 tomato roughly chopped (I use diced tinned tomatoes for speed and convenience)
1 onion, roughly chopped
¼ tspn tumeric
½ tspn ground cumin
½ tspn ground coriander
2 garlic cloves
3 tbspns oil
1 tspn cumin seeds
½ tspn mustard seeds
15 curry leaves
Salt to taste
1 onion finely diced (optional)
1-2 red or green chillies (optional)
Place the lentils, roughly chopped onion, tomato, tumeric, ground cumin & coriander with 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Simmer, stir occasionally, until lentils are cooked to a soft mushy consistency, should take about 20 minutes. (if water evaporates before lentils cooked, add ½ cup boiling water.)
Once this is done, time to add the ‘tarka’ (or final seasoning.)
-Heat oil in small saucepan on low heat.
-Add cumin and mustard seeds, cover, the seeds need to pop.
-Add the garlic, finely diced onion and curry leaves and fry until onion browned.
Add the tarka to the cooked lentils, season with salt and cook for another few minutes.
(if you like it spicier, add the optional chillies to the boiling lentil mixture at the start. I also like adding fresh ginger, about an inch cube grated finely.)
Garnish with fresh coriander to serve.
Now that you’re all suitably hungry, I hope you’ll join me for more tasty Indian BOLLY-BITES coming up.
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USA TODAY bestseller Nicola Marsh has published 30 books with Harlequin Romance and Presents series, and BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is her first mainstream contemporary romance with Entangled Publishing.
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