WBEZ | Ranjini Rao http://www.wbez.org/tags/ranjini-rao Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en From Cinnamon To Saffron: Demystifying Indian Cooking in the Western World http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cinnamon-saffron-demystifying-indian-cooking-western-world-105859 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/130119_CHC_From Cinnamon to Saffron.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Right from the chicken curry served out of a food truck in a bustling New York city street, to the jhalmuri served at eat.st in King&rsquo;s Cross in London, Indian food today has become more mainstream and less exotic than it used to be. Everyone seems to like a taste of something Indian&mdash;a deep-fried samosa or a scoop of biryani&mdash;but they&rsquo;re often a little intimidated by what they believe it entails: long hours of slaving in front of the stove and a gazillion spices to pepper everything with.<br /><br />While volumes of text have been devoted to busting those myths, there aren&rsquo;t too many endeavors focused on making Indian cooking simpler, using ingredients sourced right out of a regular grocery store in the West. <strong>Ranjini Rao </strong>and her partner, Ruchira Ramanujam, recently wrote and published <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/our-ebook-mango-masala-60-indian-recipes-from-your-local-supermarket/"><em>Mango Masala: 60 Indian Recipes From Your Local Supermarket</em></a>, which demonstrates what a cinch Indian cooking really is in any kitchen, right from breakfast to snacks, full-fledged lunches to dinner spreads.<br /><br />Ranjini Rao is a marketing and social media co-ordinator at an online publishing company here in Chicago. She runs a food blog, <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/">Tadka Pasta</a>, along with her partner Ruchira, and will highlight the practicalities of whipping up Indian food in the Western world and talk a little bit about her own journey as a writer, foodie, multicultural culinary enthusiast. She&#39;ll also talk about how she ended up crafting a cookbook with her best friend and share her insights into the world of digital publishing.</p></p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cinnamon-saffron-demystifying-indian-cooking-western-world-105859