Episode 49: Indian Cuisine and Spices with May Fridel, Author of the Indian Cuisine Diabetes Cookbook

Monday, June 19, 2017
We are delighted to have May Fridel, author of the Indian Cuisine Diabetes Cookbook and CEO of Passion for Spices. She talks all about spices, her family's history in the spice trade, and how to handle and prepare them. She teaches us some basic Indian cuisine and techniques and we learn a lot! Plus, we help our Food Fight listener with some geeky side-dish ideas for a future food truck.



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  • The Indian philosophy of eating and cooking is based on seasons and layering flavors (not necessarily adding fat). Make sure you layer the spices--it's palate enhancement!
  • May's family is from Kerela, India and she told us how the spice trade in her family can be traced all the way back to St. Thomas the Christian.
  • Passion for Spices offers classes and camps for the entire family where May is based in New Jersey, so check it out!
  • Bhuna: Sauteeing the spices in a little hot oil to bring out the flavor.

May Fridel of Passion for Spices

  • She describes using a small food processor like this Cuisinart food processor to grind up her spices after toasting them.
  • The sweeteners in the cookbook are all ADA-friendly. No refined sugar here! See pages 22 and 23 for the Indian pantry portion. She recommends good-quality maple syrup and honey.
  • Winter learned the term "korma" is braising.
  • The key to Tandoori-style cooking is the different layers of marination.


  • Tumeric has curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. You need to know how to use it, taken in the right amount in oil or ghee and with black pepper.
  • May is offering our listeners 50% off her spice line. Enter the coupon code HUNGRY to receive 50% off. Thank you, May!
  • Also, we are giving away a copy of May's cookbook on Instagram. Head over to Hungry Squared Podcast's Instagram page for details. Giveaway ends Sunday, June 25 at 11:59 PM PST.
  • Our food fight listener, Keyra, asked about geek-themed side dishes for a future food truck! French fries as swords, onion rings for Lord of the Rings, fried mushrooms for a Mario Brothers reference, and Fish Custard from the 11th Dr. Who (Alton Brown had a recipe), fried licorice for Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth. We want to know what you do--report back! Keyra meets with a geek group that plays games like Exploding Kittens and Settlers of Catan.

Run Time: 63 minutes

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