iCooking Indian Cuisine – Explore the World Through Cooking

Price: $0.99    Score: 9/10    By Nancy JonesiCooking Indian Cuisine

iCooking Indian Cuisine, developed by Apps of All Nations, LLC, invites you to journey through a host of dishes that are traditional favorites in both Northern and Southern India. Whether you are looking for entree’s, main meals or desserts, the 61 recipes provide you with opportunities to please your family and impress your friends.

Your first step after downloading iCooking Indian Cuisine is to choose what to cook. You can look through all the recipes or trim the choices down a bit by going through the types of dishes – appetizers, meat, fish and eggs, vegetables, rice and bread or desserts. Once you choose your target recipe, you can add it as a favorite by tapping the heart at the top right hand corner of the screen. Each recipe includes a photo of the finished product, a list of ingredients, preparation instructions and a “more” option which allows you to either add or remove it as a favorite or send it to yourself, or someone else, via email. One of the unique features of this app is that you can add your own recipes. Once added, they work just like the ones that come with the app.

You can choose to print out the recipe (you emailed to yourself) and use it as your grocery list, or just use the ingredient list in the app. That, actually, is one of the things that makes this app so appealing. I can be standing in the store, decide I want to prepare an Indian dish for supper, and have the ingredient list (and prep time) readily at hand. It is also really handy when someone says, “What a great dish, can I have the recipe?” to be able to easily send it their way. This app works like a mobile “Mom” letting you know how to assemble a meal.

I am a recent convert to Indian cuisine. My favorite dish is one of the simplest – lentils and rice. With that as the main dish, add naan and chutney and I am in heaven. When testing this app I was tempted by the Chicken Masala and the Black Pepper Chicken, but I simply had to know how to cook lentils. I went to a local spice store to pick up all the ingredients and some naan. I admit I substituted vegetable oil instead of ghee. I did a little online research and determined that was acceptable. Cooking the lentils was pretty much like cooking any beans. I did use a pressure cooker to speed things along. I also cut down on the red chili peppers to take a little of the heat out of the dish. The results were everything I had hoped for –  a simple meal that didn’t take a lot of time and ended up tasting great and with the added benefit of being good for me!

Could this app be improved? I would like to see an option to create a grocery list. It wouldn’t be too much of a leap to imagine that you are preparing more than one dish from the app. Combining all the ingredients into one list would be helpful.

If you like to try new dishes and impress your friends with your cooking expertise then it is hard to go wrong with iCooking Indian Cuisine. Your only investment is 99 cents and you have plenty of recipe options. For the cost of printed cookbook, you could buy this app and all of the other apps offered by Apps of All Nations. Test them yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

iCooking Indian Cuisine is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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