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

The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles: Exploring the Cuisine of Eastern India by Bhattacharya, Rinku

The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles: 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

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 180 easy-to-follow recipes, plus sections on spice pastes, spice blends, and essential tools, and sidebars with family anecdotes and historical and cultural information.

Sample recipes:

  • Green Papaya Chutney
  • Creamed Spinach with Mustard (Shorshe Saag)
  • Spring Onion Pilaf (Piajkolir Pulao)
  • Fish in Light Ginger Gravy (Halka Pabda Maacher Jhol)
  • Saffron Rice with Meatballs (Moti Churi Biryani)
  • Yelow Split Peas with Cauliflower and Radishes (Mulo ar Kopir Data Diye Motor Dal)
  • Lightly-spiced Pan fried Eggplant (Begun Bhaja)
  • Channa Pudding (Channar Payesh)
  • Cottage Cheese Cakes (Sandesh)


Author: Rinku Bhattacharya
Publisher: Hippocrene Books
Published: 11/01/2012
Pages: 287
Format: Paperback
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780781813051

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