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Asma's Indian Kitchen: Home-Cooked Food Brought to You by Darjeeling Express by Asma Khan

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Fall in love with Indian home cooking and Asma Khan in this brilliant book.

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  • Kavey Eats

    The book begins with Asma’s introduction to this personal history, before discussing a number of techniques essential to elevate your Indian cooking, from the proper browning of onions...

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  • ISBN 10 1911595687
  • ISBN 13 9781911595687
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  • Published Oct 04 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 192
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Pavilion Books

Publishers Text

Darjeeling Express began life as a dinner for 12 guests at home - Indian food, lovingly cooked from family recipes going back generations. The recipes in this book are homage to Asma's royal Mughlai ancestry and the busy streets of Kolkata, where she grew up, resulting in a melange of street food such as papri chaat (fried dough with chickpeas, yoghurt and chutney) alongside royal recipes spanning Calcutta in the east to Hyderabad in the south. Platters of dishes boasting texture and flavours encourage you to gather in the style of the traditional `dawaat' (feast).

The kitchen at Darjeeling Express is run by an all-women team and champions home-style food cooked with passion. The recipes are split between simple mid-week meals for two, family feasts for quick and easy cooking with less spice, feasts for friends for when you want to show off a little and celebratory feasts.

Many of the recipes are vegetarian and feature classic feasts such as mattar paneer (pea and paneer curry), aloo dum (spicy potatoes) and raan (a spiced leg of lamb) alongside lesser-known recipes unique to Asma's royal family. The book is more than just a collection of delicious and accessible recipes, it is a celebration of heritage, culture, community and quality.

"There's no need to book a flight to experience Indian home cooking" - Fay Maschler, Evening Standard

"Asma is a force of nature: bold, funny, talented, philanthropic and unstoppable" - Grace Dent, Grace & Flavour

"This is serious Indian cooking... there's a fundamental understanding of regional Indian cooking." - Tom Parker Bowles, Daily Mail

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