By Madhur Jaffrey
Written in particular for american citizens, this ebook demonstrates how diversified, intriguing, and cheap Indian cooking should be, and the way simply you could produce actual dishes at domestic. Over 2 hundred recipes.
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Lump tamarind is available in Indian and Middle Eastern specialty stores in America. These stores also sell a bottled tamarind paste, but this is often extremely fermented. To make your own tamarind paste, break or pull a golf-ball-sized piece from the lump tamarind and soak it in ¾ cup hot water for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Use a small, nonmetallic cup or bowl. Press pulp through a strainer and reserve. ) Discard whatever is left in the strainer. Covered tamarind pulp can be stored several days in the refrigerator.
The hottest part of the chilies is their seeds, and there are more seeds near the stem. Ideally, each chili should be sampled before being used. You can cut it in half and take the tiniest bite from its center. If it is hot use it sparingly. Most Indians can generally gauge the hotness of a chili by breaking it in two and just smelling it. As a substitute, canned Mexican jalapenos or cayenne pepper can be used. Neither has the taste of a green chili, but both are hot. ) KALONJI These are black onion seeds which are used occasionally for meat dishes and often for vegetables.
Fresh food was put on the serving plates and the women and girls would eat. We ate directly from the serving plate, breaking off a piece of bread from one plate and dipping it into another. My favorite mushrooms were obtainable only briefly during the rainy season. They were cooked with onions, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and a lot of hot red pepper. We ate them with pooris, an unleavened whole-wheat bread, round and puffed with hot air. We would also have potatoes, boiled first and then cooked with coriander, cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, onions, garlic, ginger, and yogurt.