By Emily Morrow

Spice it Up: Ink+Volt and Indian As Apple Pie's 30-Day Cooking Challenge


We collaborated with cookbook author Anupy Singla to create a 30-day challenge for the kitchen.

Success is all about consistency.

That’s why we love committing to a 30-day challenge. It’s one of the key features in our goal planners because it encourages you to identify something you can work on in small doses for an entire month that will bring you closer to the person you want to be.

We are big believers in the idea that long-term success is best achieved through small steps that you take every single day. A 30-day challenge is the perfect way to jumpstart your progress with focused energy and effort in one meaningful area.

This month, we’ve collaborated with cookbook author Anupy Singla of Indian as Apple Pie to create a 30-day challenge for you to help you be more organized, adventurous, and confident in the kitchen: introduce a new spice into your cooking routine each week.

Click here to download our FREE 30-day challenge worksheet and commit to making next month the one where you improve your skills in the kitchen!

Anupy Singla is the author of three cookbooks, including The Indian Slow Cooker, Vegan Indian Cooking, and Indian for Everyone. She’s an authority on Indian food and cooking, and she’s chosen to focus her 30-day challenge on utilizing more spices into your kitchen and committing to planning and cooking new, healthy recipes each week.

“Whenever I’m organized in the kitchen, it’s like everything else falls into place,” Anupy says. 

In her experience, she sees people spend a lot of time trying to get organized and make plans for their work, their family, and their home, but often neglect planning in the kitchen, which can result in a last-minute scramble to decide on meals every day.

Getting organized in the kitchen takes many forms. Whether you take the time to plan out your meals for the week, grocery shop with intention, or prep all your ingredients in advance, your efforts to organize can have big payoffs in the long run.

“The more we focus on the kitchen,” she says, “the more time we have to do everything else in our lives.”

Here’s a look ahead at what you can expect from this 30-day challenge, including the spices that Anupy recommends you focus on incorporating each week:

  • Week 1 — Cumin Seeds: Warm and earthy, these tiny seeds pack a big flavor punch, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are a good source of iron.
  • Week 2 — Coriander Powder: At once light and lemony, coriander powder adds a citrus taste profile to your dishes and can help to lower blood sugar. 
  • Week 3 — Mustard Seeds: Black mustard seeds are used extensively in Indian cuisine and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Heat them in a little oil for maximum benefits. 
  • Week 4 — Garam Masala: The quintessential North Indian spice blend is made from combining cumin seeds, cinnamon, and other key spices. Roast them first and then grind them down into this delicious blend. 

Each week, for this 30-day challenge, Anupy will be sharing recipes, cooking tips, and video demonstrations featuring the spice of the week on her Facebook page, Indian As Apple Pie — be sure to follow along for inspiration throughout the month of June.

We can’t wait to see what you cook up this month! 

Find even more inspiration for 30-day challenges here, here, and here, and keep following our blog for future 30-day challenge collaborations.