Meera Sodha

Chef It Up with Meera Sodha

In her latest cookbook, Sodha travels through India, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan, by way of China, Thailand and Vietnam, with a delicious collection of fuss-free vegan and vegetarian recipes.

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Meera Sodha is a voracious home cook, a best-selling cookbook author and the vegan columnist for The Guardian daily newspaper in the United Kingdom.

In her new cookbook East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing (Flatiron, 2020), Sodha shares plant-forward recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients.

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Inspirations when developing recipes:

My mum, aunts and grandma are my greatest inspiration. I try to keep them in mind when I write new recipes, because every day they cook fabulous and wholesome meals, using ingredients mostly from the cupboard with fresh and in-season vegetables.

Meera Sodha’s Peanut Butter and Broccolini Pad Thai

Chef Tips:

1. Open up to new flavors. There are many cuisines, cultures and communities that have put plants at the center of their tables for centuries with delicious results, like India, for example. 

2. Buy the best vegetables you can afford and those that are in season. You can really taste the difference, and it feels like a total joy eating something when nature says it’s right.

3. Buy the ingredients I’ve suggested above—miso, gochujang and kimchi—to play around with; they can transform vegetables into meals very easily.

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