What better time to review this book than during National Curry Week? I originally wanted this book to feature in my National Non Fiction Day post but I chose to wait. This book is a fantastic way of introducing children to new traditions, cultures and ways of cooking.
I don’t think enough children are taught cooking. There will be the rare occasion of a stir up Sunday or a cooking class at school (in which you recreate a meal eaten on the Titanic-oh yes!) but other than that, what time do we honestly have to pass on some cooking wisdom? This book; part of the ‘Cooking the … Way’ series, teaches you the customs, traditions and flavour of Indian cooking through simple, photographic step-by-step instructions.
There is a fascinating map in the introduction explaining where certain foods are traditionally found. Rice is primarily harvested in the North east region of India and more exotic seafood can be found off the Western coast. My favourite recipe has to be the Indian Toffee…the recipe for which you will find at the bottom of this post. There’s also a substantial vegetarian section and a chapter dedicated entirely to festival food…my favourite!
And whilst an Indian cookbook may seem daunting for even the most cultured adult cook, this book has all the starting safety points, instructions and shopping list that will calm any child (or parent!). A great introductory cookery book.
Cooking the Indian Way is published by Lerner Books. wwwlernerbooks.co.uk
INDIAN TOFFEE Families exchange plates of sweets during Diwali. Barfi, a favourite treat at many celebrations, is quick and easy to make, which allows more time for socializing.
INGREDIENTS: 95g sugar, 120ml water, 85g condensed milk, 115g mixed chopped nuts, 45g bread crumbs, 1tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla
1. Bring the sugar and water to the boil and remove it from the heat.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the mixture thickens and resembles dough.
3. While the mixture is hot, roll it out flat until it is 1.5-2cm thick. Roll it on a greased surface or a piece of greaseproof paper. Immediately cut it into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.