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Six Spices A Simple Concept of Indian Cooking by Neeta Saluja

Six Spices A Simple Concept of Indian Cooking


Six Spices A Simple Concept of Indian Cooking by Neeta Saluja

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.


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

About 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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Publication date

13th March 2014


Neeta Saluja

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Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.


192 pages


National & regional cuisine



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