Milwaukee restaurant owner explains Indian food


Over 25 years of cooking in India, Hong Kong and the US have taught Ruta Kahate that keeping food simple and healthy is the best bet.

She follows this guideline at her restaurant, Ruta’s Vibrant Indian Café, at Crossroads Collective on Milwaukee’s East Side, where she serves curry bowls, naanwitches (sandwiches made with naan bread), baked goods with an Indian twist, and unique drinks; and her most recent cookbook, “6 Spices, 60 Dishes” (Chronicle Books, $24.95) in which she presents dishes with an Indian twist that are healthy, easy to prepare, and can fit on any menu. .

Kahate, who lives in Shorewood with her husband and two daughters, said she follows the principles of Ayurveda in her cooking.

“The main objective of Ayurveda is the correct digestion, assimilation and elimination of the food you eat. And for this to happen, it recommends a balanced diet, which of course seems obvious. But Indian cuisine achieves this balance through fresh ingredients and the use of spices to help digestibility in food.