I was amused by the variety of dishes in our own cuisine which I was unaware of.As and when I cooked my way through the book,I felt happy and content trying out new dishes and mastering them.
I heard about The Konkani Saraswat Cookbook from a friend who was a non-konkani and had tried many recipes from the book with success.I purchased this book just out of curiosity but the book is much more than a simple cookbook.
Firstly,I would regard this as a cookbook with precision.When it comes to recipes which we make on a regular basis,the contents are usually eye-balled and it is tough when you have to give precise measures while sharing recipes.The recipes I share on this blog are usually eye-balled first,then I make it again by measuring the ingredients and noting the cooking time,so coming up with a book with the same is no simple task.
Content wise,there is a lot of variety and as the author mentions,Konkani cooking has a whole-earth approach as most of the recipes calls for ingredients such as root-vegetables and greens of every kind.Even peels of vegetables are made use of in stir-fries and curries.
Many recipes are what I cook on a daily basis but there are so many more which I have not even heard of.For example Zonnale Usli is a recipe for Sweet corn upma and it is a traditional recipe made during the times when peeling the corn cob was a tedious job.Also featured is a recipe for Bachanga Polo-Watermelon rind dosa and Chanbure Polo-Puffed rice dosa.
Have you heard of Purnpole saar?That is a rasam made with Purnpole aka Boli,amusing no?Equally amusing is Amsata Upkari which is a stir fry made with dried mango.
The book starts with the breakfast section,rice recipes,side-dishes and accompaniments,vegetable dishes,dry beans and pulses and much more.I found the Dabbe Khaan(savory foods)and the Home remedies section particularly interesting.There are detailed recipes for making Pappads and Vadis from scratch too.
There is a Seafood section too which features a handful recipes from the author's close family and friends circle.Also featured is a recipe for a Quick Eggless Chocolate cake which brought a chuckle to my face-added benefits I say!
The pictures,though minimal are quite appealing too-my favorite being the Surnali pic,which I'd be making and posting on the blog soon.
Here's a small chit-chat with the author Asha S Philar.
- Hello Asha ji,tell us something about yourself-
- Who or what inspired you in cooking?
- How did The Konkani Saraswat Cuisine book come about?
- Is there any special dish in the book which is your family favorite?
- How long did it take you to write the book and what experience did you endure in the process?
- Is there a second book in the offing?
- Do you read food blogs?What do you think about food blogs,do you think it means free-recipe sharing or more than that?
- Any last words of advice-
- Vattano ani Kauliflowera Bhaat - Rice with Cauliflower and Green Peas
- Chanbure Pole- Puffed rice dosa
- Dudda Pitiye Gulab Jamun - Gulab Jamun made with Milk Powder
- Chocoleta Khadi - Chocolate Fudge