Friday, November 26, 2010

Anjum's New Indian - A review

I received this beautiful book  - Anjum's New Indian to review by Wiley Publications.

The author of this book is Anjum Anand who presents Indian Food made easy on the Cooking channel. I still want to catch that show.

This book is Anjum's interpretation of a vast and diverse culinary heritage of India. In her own words -
"This book is only a snapshot of the breadth and depth of cooking of the Indian subcontinent.   "

The book starts with the introduction to the basic ingredients,recipes and techniques. Anjum has introduced her recipes for black masala, garam masala, Goan red paste, Indian yogurt, Paneer. The book is divided into several parts like light meals & snacks, Fish & Seafood, Chicken, Meat, Vegetables, Beans & Lentils, Rice & Bread, Raitas & Chutneys, Desserts & Drinks.

Anjum has written essays about some states of India. She has tried to include a few regional recipes from these states. She has offered  Misal & Black Masala  From Maharashtra,  Red fish curry, salmon wraps from Kerala, Dhokla & Undhiyu from Gujarat, Amrtsari sol & lamb chops from Punjab, Madras Lamb & Lima beans Sundal from Tamilnadu, shrimp toasts & shrimp caes from Goa, Kashmiri lamb kababs & Roganjosh  from Kashmir, Trout with poppy seeds & Mustard shrimp from Bengal - to name just a few. She has also included the recipes like Tomato soup & Indian shephards pie from the Anglo Indian community, chicken Dhansak  from Parsi  community , Sindhi Lamb curry from Sindhi community, Bengal Gram Curry from Jain community.

Being an Indian cook/gourmand myself, many of the recipes are familiar while some are totally new. I was intrigued by Anjum's Peshawari Bread Salad. I have made various  recipes involiving bread salad/chaat. But in this recipe, Anjum stuffs the bread circles with nuts and then dips them into yogurt.

I also loved Anjum's clever presentation of Misal pav. She has served it like a sandwich stuffed into two crusty breads.

The book has 256 pages and contains hundreds of recipes. There are many colorful pictures.

I will surely let you know when I try some of the recipes from this book.

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