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Ask a question About the Book This book is a celebration of the best in Indian cooking. The result is a wonderful collection of recipes-old and new-from their respective repertoires. About the Author J. He is one of those rare writers in his genre who have given Chefs their pride of place as true artistes.
Kalra is now a Restaurant and Travel Consultant specialising in Gourmet-and other-tours. Pradeep Das Gupta, a graduate of St. Get into one or eavesdrop on almost any, and soon you will be treated to a graphic description of a meal eaten or served anywhere from the night before to several years ago. Today, fortunately, there is much more to talk about. Ours is a land of traditions. Others are specialising in regional-Marwari, Goan, Hyderabadi, Parsee-foods.
The effort is being duly lauded: the success of the spate of festivals being hosted in almost every city within-and many cities without-the country is eloquent testimony to this fact.
To the uninitiated, Indian cooking seems like a jigsaw puzzle incapable of solution. It seems like a complex problem, difficult to solve. The reason is simple: there is no recorded text for Indian cuisine. Every genre of cooking has innumerable schools, each school more than one style, each style its own Guru.
Recipes are handled down from generation to generation, but never put on record-only memorized. As a consequence, every recipe is open to interpretation and there is no standard recipe at all. Every great artiste of the kitchen-and there are quite a few-believes that the method he adopts to make a delicacy is the correct one. Innovation is often mistaken for originality. Moreover; Indian cuisine varies from region to region. The taste, colour, texture, appearance and aroma of the same delicacy changes every few kilometres.
The resultant mayhem has only led to confusion-especially far the serious student of Indian cooking. After nearly two decades of watching and working with Master Chefs, after having spent thousands of hours on experimentation and after careful evaluation, we have concluded that Indian cooking is based on three major factors: the-choice of ingredients, their proportions and quantities, and the sequence of cooking. Before that, however, it is important to understand each and every ingredient individually-its salient qualities, nourishment value, calorie count, shelf life, changes in its characteristics with temperature variations etc.
Without this knowledge, it would be practically impossible to buy the correct ingredients in the market. It is obvious, therefore, that buying right is half the battle. When buying meat goat or lamb , to cite another example, it goes without saying that you, will need specific cuts for different dishes. Weight of chicken acquires special importance for different delicacies. Such approximation leads to inconsistency. It is for this reason that each ingredient should be used in the exact proportion and quantity.
For example, excessive use of yoghurt in a dish will make it sour and unappetizing. To give you another example, in the making of Pulao, the proportion is two parts of boiling water for every part of rice. Any deviation from this cardinal principle would either make the rice sticky excess water or leave the cereal raw less water.
Do not cut corners and take the easy way out. Very often, cooks tend to put all the ingredients in cold fat simultaneously.
The resultant disaster is a tasteless mess without any colour or flavour. If the recipe demands that the onions be-fried until golden brown, it would be absurd to introduce the whole garam masala or fresh ground masala before the onions have achieved the requisite colour.
This would, doubtless, destroy the dish, and there will be the taste- of raw onions in the mouth. The dal will, also stay undercooked.
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