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Indian food for Americans

  • Oct 29, 2003
Marrying Indian with American cuisine in recipes which can be served in an American menu as well as Indian, Batra offers barbecued eggplant in yogurt, okra stuffed with spices, curried baby potatoes, soybeans in curry sauce, cucumber and mint chutney snadwiches, lots of chutneys, homemade yogurt cheeses and more.

None of the recipes are very hot although they can easily be hotted up. Although the dishes are naturally healthy - depending as they do on yogurt and vegetables and spices - Batra does not intend this as a diet book and nutritional information is not included.

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"Cooking is not always [about] doing the right thing, but is [about] being able to create a new masterpiece when something goes wrong.... Think of [it] as an adventure." Combining Indian culinary tradition with others from around the world for an American audience, Batra assumes little about our familiarity with the subcontinent's habits. She's a persuasive proselytizer. Her recipe for lemonade is memorably minted; so is her version of the British cucumber sandwiches. A potato salad, which calls for both sweet and russet types (and a yam, too), is unusual. Salads, chutneys, beans, appetizers, cheeses, rice dishes, yogurts, breads and sweets are thoroughly covered. Check out the orange peel and almond cookies, also the avocado chutney. The chapter on sauces (tomato mustard sauce; pumpkin sauce) is extensive and rewarding. In addition to recipes, Batra offers well-worded introductions, brief informal memoirs and mail-order sources.
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ISBN-10: 0028622855
ISBN-13: 978-0028622859
Author: Neelam Batra
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company.

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