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Flavors of India: Recipes from Vegetarian Hindu Cuisine [Paperback]

Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company; New edition edition (Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570670234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570670237
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 17.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vegetarianism has become more popular in India, and this cookbook includes some of the regional specialities. The recipes cover beverages, snacks, chutneys, dairy products, vegetable dishes, rice, dal, breads and sweets. Also included is information on the essential spices in Indian cooking.

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WE ARE VERY GLAD WE FOUND YOUR BOOK
I FIRST PURCHASED YOUR BOOK IN 1972 AND IT HAS PLEASED MY HUSBAND AND FAMILY ALL THESE YEARS. MY HUSBAND IS FROM MADRAS AND YOUR RECIPES HAVE FORMED THE BASIS OF OUR INDIAN COOKING

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Most food lovers aren't aware of the regional variety and vast differences in India's cuisine. This book, which I first acquired in the 1970's, is superb both in terms of accuracy (duplicating the right flavor) and bringing lesser-known items to the Westerner's table, less rich and more balanced nutritionally. Try things you haven't heard of, like the yogurt soup (Kadi) or if you never liked Okra, the recipe with tumeric, mustard seeds and yogurt may convert you... And you don't have to be vegetarian to enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 10 July 1998
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A great introduction to the flavor and character of Indian cooking using ingredients that can be easily found in the States.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal 6 Jan 2006
By E. Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
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Background: I grew up eating Indian vegetarian food. Sometimes it was good, sometimes mediocre, occassionally fantastic. I had kichadi for breakfast and dal-chawal-roti-sabji for dinner every day except festival days.

Bias: I will admit a bias that I actually met the author; I went to high school with her son and was lucky enough to have dinner at her house once.

Review: This is the absolute, number one, best Indian cookbook on the market today. I own most of the big ones and many little ones, and nothing else out there even approaches this book for utility and quality. Most cookbooks offer a good base for a recipe, but you have to make it once and then adjust and improve it. All the recipes in this book are excellent as written; I have not had to modify any of them! There's no padding in this book. She doesn't include every Indian recipe you've ever (and never) heard of, but she does include all the basics you need to eat well every day. This is the only time I have seen okra treated properly in a cookbook, and the recipe for pakora batter is phenomenal. Her style is authentic Gujarati-style cooking. Having spent some time in Gujarat and eaten at many Gujarati houses, I should know.

All in all, a highly recommended resource for any kitchen. Having eaten at the author's house, I can attest that her cooking is excellent, authentic Indian vegetarian cusine, and she used the same recipes included in the book. She is the real deal.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and Delicious 26 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my second edition of Flavors of India. Over the years, I have made nearly all of the recipes and have found them, without exception, to be delicious, usually low in fat, and always very easy for the American cook. Whether you are an expert in cooking Indian foods or just beginning to experiment with this cuisine, you will love this book. It is one I personally could not do without.
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vegetarian delights 3 Oct 2002
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a vegetarian, a few Indian recipes are a great thing to have in your culinary repertoire, and this book has some tasty and easy to make dishes that are nutritious, aromatic, nice to look at, and even better to eat.
Even if you don't like Indian cuisine, you'll get a lot out of the rice and lentil (dal) chapters. It gives a tremendous amount of information on both these items, their many different types, and how to cook them to perfection.
The "Dal-Based Dishes" is a superb chapter, and one can even "mix and match" these recipes and come up with a delightful side dish.
Other good chapters are "Snacks" (oh ! those heavenly samosas !), and the many pages of veggie recipes...you'll also get a lot of info on spices and ingredients.
Most of the spices and ingredients are available in any good supermarket, although if you're lucky to live in an area with an Indian market, you'll find the same items, usually for a fraction of the cost.
I have the 1972 hardcover edition to this book, and though the chapters have been moved about, the contents in this edition are almost the same. With all my many moves, I don't have a lot of cookbooks, but this one will always be a keeper.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now this is authentic Indian food - Glad it's back in print 7 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Most food lovers aren't aware of the regional variety and vast differences in India's cuisine. This book, which I first acquired in the 1970's, is superb both in terms of accuracy (duplicating the right flavor) and bringing lesser-known items to the Westerner's table, less rich and more balanced nutritionally. Try things you haven't heard of, like the yogurt soup (Kadi) or if you never liked Okra, the recipe with tumeric, mustard seeds and yogurt may convert you... And you don't have to be vegetarian to enjoy it
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change the smell of your house. 27 April 2007
By Crease in the Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It turns out that even an average American mom like me can make great Indian food. In the two months since my sister gave it to me as a birthday gift, I have made many recipes from this book. While I cook, the house smells like an Indian restaurant. My three young kids have willingly eaten most of the meals--they're that good.

This is not some sort of foo-foo picture book written by a well-known chef. It's a rubber-meets-the-road sort of book by a real mom. The book is a sensible size for setting on the counter while cooking, and the binding stays open fairly well. The author includes a shopping list ("The Healthful Indian Pantry"), which is very helpful. Each chapter has an interesting introduction that provides a cultural background for the food. Most of the recipes are actually vegan, and when they are not, the author includes adaptations to make the recipe vegan. For anyone who lives nowhere near an Indian market, at the end of the book there is a list of addresses for mail order. And, of course, there is an index and glossary--also helpful.

I am writing this paragraph a few years after I wrote my original review. Just want to add that I now have a few other Indian cookbooks, and this is still my favorite. It is practical and all the recipes I've tried have been delicious. I use this cookbook more than any other, Indian or otherwise.
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