This is the food that Nisha Katona cooks at home: punchy and delicious Mowgli-style recipes that take you from couch to curry in 30 minutes or less. As at Mowgli, the focus is on food that’s big in flavour but also light, healthy and made from accessible ingredients, often just using what’s already in your cupboard or fridge. When Nisha started sharing her ideas for a new cookery book encapsulating this approach on her Mowgli Instagram channel during the spring 2020 lockdown, she was thrilled by the hugely positive response.
For super usability, the chapters are themed around ingredients: “Poultry”, “Meat”, “Fish” and “Vegetables”, with a desserts chapter as well as one called “Ma, Look Away!” – for Nisha’s favourite pasta dishes. Tantalize your tastebuds with “Quick Angry Tandoori” or “Yoghurt Coriander Turkey”, “Gingerbread Lamb Steaks” or “Keema Toasties”, “Bengali Fish Curry” or “Indian Fish Finger Sandwiches”, “Back of the Fridge Curry” or “Million Dollar Green Dahl”. All the recipes are meals that range from light lunches to substantial dinners; all you need to do is accompany them with one of the simple sides suggested in the introduction, which could be rice, noodles, potatoes or a chapati wrap.