Six Spices: A Simple Concept of Indian Cooking

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The art of Indian cuisine at your fingertips.

Neeta Saluja simplifies Indian cooking with a unique approach to its preparation. She focuses on the fundamentals—the special ingredients and techniques every cook can use to create fragrant, delicious, and well balanced dishes.

Six Spices demystifies the exotic and complex flavors of Indian cuisine by explaining the characteristics of its essential ...

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Overview


The art of Indian cuisine at your fingertips.

Neeta Saluja simplifies Indian cooking with a unique approach to its preparation. She focuses on the fundamentals—the special ingredients and techniques every cook can use to create fragrant, delicious, and well balanced dishes.

Six Spices demystifies the exotic and complex flavors of Indian cuisine by explaining the characteristics of its essential ingredients—hot chili powder,
aromatic coriander, sweet cumin, roasted nutty mustard seeds, bold asafetida, and hearty turmeric. But here is the twist: the book also reveals the methods used to incorporate them into exquisite, authentic recipes.

Keeping clarity and simplicity in mind, Saluja has created recipes easy enough for beginners, yet inspirational enough to encourage inventiveness in the more seasoned cook.

Readers will discover that seasoning with chounk is one of the basic techniques used to enhance the flavor of beans and legumes. A dish of red lentils will become memorable when infused with aromatic seasoning of hot ghee, fresh herbs, and spices; and cooking with masala, or curry paste, can turn a humble dish into the essence of Indian cuisine.

Saluja has taken the fear out of approaching unfamiliar culinary fare. Her recipe collection has been tasted and tested throughout her more than twenty years of teaching and cooking Indian food.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the previous edition of Six Spices:

Cookbook Selection, New York Times Book Review, Summer Reading Issue

“If you enjoy Indian cuisine you will appreciate the straightforward approach and easy recipes.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“Nicely illustrated and well formatted, this is a good resource for those looking for an introduction to authentic Indian cooking.”—Library Journal

“Culinary instructor Neeta Saluja makes the subcontinent’s cuisine even more accessible with her idiot-proof book Six Spices.”—The Onion

The Onion
Culinary instructor Neeta Saluja makes the subcontinent's cuisine even more accessible with her idiot-proof book Six Spices.
Philadelphia Inquirer
If you enjoy Indian cuisine you will appreciate the straightforward approach and easy recipes in Neeta Saluja's book Six Spices.
Capital Times
Neeta Saluja's advice comes down to this: Simplify
Wisconsin State Journal
Count the spices called for in Indian recipes and, somewhere before a dozen, most cooks are going to give up and eat out to satisfy curry cravings. But they could start with a new cookbook that reflects everyday Indian cooking.
Kansas City Star
[This book} takes great pains to ease fears, with a section dedicated to cooking tips and making one's own spice blends.
Sunday London Times
Inspiring and informative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789211750
  • Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 699,730
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Neeta Saluja, born in Agra, India, home of the Taj Mahal, has been teaching Indian cooking for more than two decades in the United States, Australia, and Japan. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband.
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