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The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles, Expanded Edition: Exploring the Cuisine of Eastern India

The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles, Expanded Edition: Exploring the Cuisine of Eastern India

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WINNER GOURMAND COOKBOOK AWARD for Best Indian Cuisine Cookbook

"What a seductive book this is, a tantalizing world of flavors waiting to be cooked, tasted, experienced . . . but the scope of the book is much larger, including a personal and well-told story of Bengali cuisine. I love this book " -- Deborah Madison, author of The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Now expanded with over 60 new recipes and a new photo section, this perennial favorite of Bengali cuisine is more comprehensive than ever Bengalis have been compared to the French in terms of food-obsessed peoples, as dining and entertaining are such an integral part of the culture. This book begins with a thorough introduction to Bengali culture and cooking, including sections on spices, ingredients, and equipment. Following are recipe chapters (incorporating a balance of traditional and contemporary recipes) on Rice & Breads, Lentils, Fried Vegetables and Fritters, Vegetarian First Courses, Vegetarian Entrees, Eggs, Fish, Chicken & Poultry, Meat Dishes, Chutneys & Relishes, Drinks & Snacks, and Desserts.

Includes 200 easy-to-follow recipes, including a new chapter on globally-influenced Bengali favorites, plus sections on spice pastes, spice blends, and essential tools, and sidebars with family anecdotes and historical and cultural information.

Sample recipes:

  • Chicken Kacchi Biryani
  • Haleem (Lentil, Meat and Cereal Porridge)
  • Creamed Spinach with Mustard (Shorshe Saag)
  • Bengali Golden Fragrant Rice
  • Fish in Light Ginger Gravy (Halka Pabda Maacher Jhol)
  • Saffron Rice with Meatballs (Moti Churi Biryani)
  • Yellow Split Peas with Cauliflower and Radishes (Mulo ar Kopir Data Diye Motor Dal)
  • Pepper-Spiced Bengali Vegetable Stew
  • Lightly-spiced Pan fried Eggplant (Begun Bhaja)
  • Channa Pudding (Channar Payesh)
  • Cottage Cheese Cakes (Sandesh)

Author: Rinku Bhattacharya
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
Published: 12/14/2021
Pages: 350
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.80lbs
Size: 9.00h x 7.20w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780781814232
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