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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top 50 cookery books of all time..., 3 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Indian Vegetarian Cookery (Paperback)
I'd read quite a few good reviews of this cookery book, and was happy to find it on Amazon. My edition doesn't look the same as the one featured here, although the ISBN is quite correct. I tracked this gem of a book down after reading about it on Chowhound and E-Gullet. I'm interested in Indian food, and have other books by Madhur Jaffrey, Khalid Aziz, Yamuna Devi and Anjum Anand, to name just a few. All these writers are excellent, and have published books with beautiful photographs throughout. Jack Santa Maria has a great selection of recipes in this small unassuming paperback, which contains no photographs at all. The anecdotes and tips and valuable information on the use of spices, and how to blend your own masalas goes beyond what you would expect in a paperback of this size.
Chapters include:
Rice
Breads, Pancakes and Dumplings
Legumes
Vegetables
Eggs
Yoghurt
Savouries
Sweets and Desserts
Pickles and Chutney
Drinks
Soups
One recipe that I had read about was his Banana Curry - Kela Ki Kari, and we decided to give it a try during the week. It was easy to prepare, didn't require a list of unfamiliar ingredients, and we served it with shop-bought Naan, and Plain Pulau Rice, another deliciously easy recipe from this book. Jack Santa Maria has created simple yet very authentic recipes that are made in no time at all. The Semolina Cookies - Nan Khatai, have an incredibly rich and crumbly texture, and the cardamom flavouring made it impossible to stop at only one or two, when served with a nice cup of tea to round off the meal.
If you are looking for authentic delicious recipes, I can recommend this book which appeared on the OFM'S listing of the Top 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time.
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