India: A Culinary Journey

India: A Culinary Journey

by Prem Kishore


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Prem Souri Kishore invites readers on a personally-guided tour across the subcontinent, exploring the beloved foods, history, myths, festivals, and traditions that are unique to each region along the way.

More than just a collection of recipes, India: A Culinary Journey gives readers a taste of India's vibrant foodways, whether amidst the hustle and bustle of Chennai, where hawkers fry up delectable pakoras on a crowded Marina Beach; or in a railway car in Punjab where passengers share not only lively discussions about politics, cricket, and Bollywood films, but also whatever they have brought onboard for lunch; to the tranquility of the family home where the daily routine includes making fresh yogurt, hand-grinding spices with a stone, and taking an afternoon nap in the mango orchard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780781812634
Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.06(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Food and Family 1

My Personal Cooking Gurus 2

The Theater of Street Food 4

Railway Food Adventures 6

Have You Eaten?: Food Traditions 8

The Glass an Inch from Your Lips - The Etiquette of Eating 10

The After-Dinner Chew 11

Coconut Blessings and the Evil Eye 13

The Kitchen: A Sacred Space 15

Traditional Oil Baths 16

Grandmother: A Taste of the Times 17

Kolams, Coffee, and the Fisherwoman 17

In a Pickle 25

The Mango Daze 27

Sacred Favorites 30

Sharing Foods in Places of Worship 31

Restaurants, Home-Cooked Food, and Fasting 34

Celebrating Food and Festivals 36

Pongal 37

Gangaur and Holi 37

Navroz 38

Onam 38

Raksha Bandhan 39

Ganesh Chaturthi 39

Navaratri or Dussera 39

Sanjhi 40

Janmashtami 41

Deepavalli 41

Eid 41

Christmas 42

Corning of Age 42

The Food Heritage 43

Ayurveda and Vegetarians: Body, Mind and Spirit 44

Invasions and the Mughal Legacy 47

Persian Guests, Trade, Tiffins and Migrations 49

In An Indian Kitchen 52

Kitchen Vessels 53

Spices and Herbs 56

Dais and Oils 63

Regional Recipes 65

Masalas (Spice Blends) 68

Kashmir: Mountains, Lakes and Banquets 73

North India: Lentils, Breads and Tandoors 80

Uttar Pradesh: Of Pilgrims and Pappadams 99

Orissa and Bihar: Celestial Carvings and Tribal Flavors 104

Madhya Pradesh: Rustic Food and a Jungle Story 109

Rajasthan: Technicolor Cities and Desert Fare 112

Bengal: Bejeweled Fish and Rasagollas 116

Gujarat: Snack Utopia and a Persian Heritage 121

Maharashtra: Mumbai and Beach Vendors 127

Goa: Alhos, Xacutti and Vindaloo 136

Tamil Nadu: Idli, Dosa, and Rice 142

Chettinad: Heat and Spice 158

Andhra Pradesh: Hot and Hotter 166

Hyderabad: Diamonds, Forts and Hospitality 172

Kerala: Snakeboat Races and Appams 183

Karnataka: Southern Comfort Foods 192

Street Fare 201

Quick Takes 207

Index 218

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