By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 16, 2023 at 9:31 AM

Indian fare has long been seen as complex and time-consuming. And certainly, there are many dishes that require special techniques, a laundry list of spices and more time than your average American home cook might wish to spend cooking. Fortunately, there are easy ways to create simple, fresh Indian dishes that are also big on taste.

This week, we're talking to Chef Ruta Kahate, owner of Ruta's restaurant and author of "6 Spices, 60 Dishes," a brand new cookbook which showcases myriad options for remarkable Indian fare that can be easily pulled together, even on a busy weeknight. During the podcast, Kahate shares all the details about her new book, the inspiration behind it and the recipes which make the most of Indian flavors with accessible ingredients, efficient techniques and six versatile spices.



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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.