STREET FOOD INDIA
THIS BOOK IS FINGERLICKING GOOD!
“Well well…” is what I can hear you think. As if I might not know that there are hundreds of new cookbooks on the market every year, and that most of them can soon be found in the second hand section of Amazon.
Yes, I know.
I am not a famous television celebrity chef, showing off my tricks to a large audience. Even more so… I’m not even a really great cook. And yet you will soon enjoy the contents of this cookbook. Want to bet? The thing is, the book is not really meant to teach you how to cook, you have your mum for that, or a famous television cook. Then what is it I am after? I want to inspire you, based on the many vegetarian dishes that I have eaten many, many times in India. But I want more. I want to take you to small court yards in the Thar Desert, where masala chai is being brewed on small wood stoves. Or show you how steaming ochreous kicheri is distributed amongst poor families, free of charge, during the Makar Sankranti, the ritually auspicious moment when the sun enters the Tropic of Capricorn, thus heralding the end of winter. That's why this book has a number of QR codes, also known as Quick Response barcodes, which will take you directly to specially compiled music playlists, videos and more from India. You will not only cook, but exprerience so much more.
A traditional vegetarian Indian meal consists of rice, a vegetable dish, roti, an extra flavour maker like pickle or chutney and a fresh yoghurt based raita. Healthy, slimming meals. And no, you really won’t miss the meat. And before I receive a truck load of angry emails saying these recipes aren’t all that slimming with all that stir-frying in ghee or all those sweet chutneys containing lots of sugar.... wait! In India it’s traditional and common to use a lot of ghee, and this is how one proves prosperity and hospitality. But we, in our prosperous western society, don’t have to prove anything. Remember that you can use ghee and oil sparingly. And no, that jar of sweet chutney doesn’t need to be finished in one night. Use it as a condiment to add flavour, as a little extra. That really doesn’t make you fat. On the contrary, when you regularly combine vegetables and rice you are eating a healthy and slimming diet.
Awarded 'Recipe Book of the Year', this collection of vegetarian dishes will soon be one of your favorite recipe books!