A Spicy Touch

Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen

Photographs by: Pauli-Ann Carriere
ISBN 9781771513333
Hardcover | Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Book Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in
320 Pages
$40.00 CAD

About the Book

Mouth-watering Indo–East African dishes that will become instant classics for home cooks.

A Spicy Touch is Noorbanu Nimji’s celebration of her North Indian Ismaili Muslim ancestry and the East African cuisine from her homeland in Kenya. Noorbanu collaborates with food writer and tour operator Karen Anderson to present more than 200 time-tested family favourites and new recipes.

With beautiful photographs, the book takes the home cook step by step through soups and snacks, samosa-wrapping, three chapters of main dishes (including Noorbanu’s famous Butter Chicken and Beef Nihari), a dedicated chapter on Indian tandoori grilling, vegetables, daal, Indian breads and rice dishes, chutneys and specialty Indian sweets. Learn how to make:

  • Bhajias – chickpea flour vegetable pakoras
  • Kuka Paka – chicken, eggs and potatoes in a subtly spiced coconut cream
  • Chana wagharia – chickpeas and eggplant in a spicy tamarind sauce
  • Bharazi and mandazi – pigeon pea curry with East African coconut donuts
  • Badam Pak – a creamy cardamom and almond fudge
  • And many more

Many recipes are vegetarian and/or gluten-free and all original recipes have been re-tested and rewritten to reflect the increased availability of ingredients today. With an extended section on pantry items, and tips and techniques that can only come from a master, readers will feel the authors at their side while they prepare the 200+ recipes. Welcome Noorbanu into your kitchen and find out for yourself why she’s considered the expert in her field by people all over the world.

About the Author(s)

Karen Anderson is the owner of Calgary Food Tours Inc. and a columnist for CBC Radio and Calgary’s City Palate magazine. She is co-author of the guidebook Food Artisans of Alberta. She has led seven tours to India and has cooked with chefs all over the country. Since 2006, she has worked with Noorbanu Nimji, testing recipes and teaching Indian cooking classes.

Noorbanu Nimji is an East African Ismaili Muslim with ancestral roots in Northern India. Her family moved to Canada in 1974. Soon after her arrival in Calgary, Noorbanu was asked to teach cooking to youth in the local Ismaili community. She taught for a decade before beginning to publish her recipes. She self-published three cookbooks prior to beginning the manuscript for A Spicy Touch, with sales of over 250,000 copies.

Pauli-Ann Carriere is a photographer and entrepreneur who lives in Vancouver, B.C. Her photographic art captures transitory encounters of people, places, colours, texture and light. Pauli-Ann is a featured artist at Provide Home in Vancouver.