A feast for the eyes as well as the mind, this is a comprehensive encyclopaedia of the mouth-watering ingredients used in Indian cooking. Monisha Bharadwaj shares the secrets of Indian cuisine and celebrates variety and ingenuity. From asafoetida to walnuts, each of 100 ingredients is explored giving useful advice about its appearance and taste, how it grows, how to store it and, of course, its culinary uses, complemented with over 200 classic Indian dishes. Every ingredient is a vivid insight into India's great and colourful traditions, from the earthy, creamy lentil dishes and yogurt-based marinades in North Indian cooking to the rice, coconut and curry leaves that are the famous staples of the South. Including tips on how to balance hot, sweet and sour flavours, how to cook spices so that they achieve their full-bodied, almost nutty-tasting flavour and explanations for why it is so essential to brown onions to a deep russet colour, The Indian Kitchen will bring rich and heady flavours into the heart of every home.
Monisha Bharadwaj was born in Mumbai and was taught to cook by her mother, grandmother and aunts. She attended the Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai and qualified as a professional chef. Monisha is also is an award-winning author and food writer. She contributes to several magazines such as Elle and Delicious in the UK and Cookery Plus in India. Monisha regularly cooks on TV, especially for Good Food Live on UK Food and has been food consultant to the Times of India (India's largest media group), creating menus for celebrities such as the deputy Prime Minister of India as well as several top film stars.She teaches at several cookery schools around the UK and also runs her own successful Indian cookery school in London.<