The Udupi Kitchen – Cookbook Review - Sihi Kumbalkai Raita
Cookbooks were my favorite . I am having a bookshelf
full of cookbooks and I should say I spend my leisure time with my cookbook
This was the first time I am posting a
review about the cookbook . I thank Westland Limited for sending me this
wonderful cookbook The Udupi Kitchen by Malati Srinivasanand Geetha Rao.
WestlandLimited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trent Limited , the retail arm
of the Tata group , the large diversified industrial group in India.
They have a huge array of books in every
About the Authors
The Authors of this book are Malati
Srinivasan and her daughter , Geetha Roa.
I should mention
here the famous Indian cook Madhur
Jaffrey’s words on the authors“ Both
mother and daughter are wonderful cooks. They have the ability to explain udupi
cookery with clarity and depth.
About the Book :
As the title itself reveals , the book is
about the udupi cuisine. Yes, it is a book with wonderful recipes of udupi
Though I had heard about udupi( a coastal town in Karnataka ) which is
famous for its LORD KRISHNA Temple. The cuisinebeing vegetarian as the cuisine belongs to the Madhwa Brahmins.
The front page of the book depicts the
picture ofHayagreeva with a sprig
ofTulsi ( holy basil ) – a famous sweet
offering to god. It was so divine and
wonderfulas we Indians start our
mealafter offering to god.
The first few pages were for both author’s
notes about how they learnt cooking and their culinary journey. Next , three
pages explains about the udupi cuisine. Another two pages for Handy tips. I am sharing few tips here…..
1.unsalted butter makes the savoury snacks
2.Store the homemade masalas filled in Zip lock packs in the freezer.
The contents of the book were split into 12
1.Masala Pudi ( spice powders)
2.Anna ( Rice)
3.Beles ( Lentils )
4.Gojjus ( vegetables in sweet , sour and
spicy gravies )
5.Palyas ( Dry vegetables )
6.Raitas and yogurt Gravies
7.Kosambaris ( salads ) and chutneys
9.Thindi ( savoury snacks )
12.Sihi Thindi (
section , all the recipes in the section were mentioned in a page.
Few of the recipes
from the book I want to mention here were
Gojju pudi – Spice powder for Gojju
Hulianna – Famous rice recipe of Karnataka
Sandige Huli – Red
gram Dumplings in spicy gravy
Drakshi Gojju - Raisins in spicy gravy
Matwade Palya –
Fenugreek leaves and lentil crumble
Dindu Raita –
yogurt with banana stem
Akki Rotti – Rice
Appe Payasa –
milk pudding with fried semolina fritters
Bengal Gram Halwa
I will be sharing
a recipe from the book which I made on the same day I received
Overall , the
book is worth the priceand a must for
those who want to explore various cuisine…….
You can buy from the Westland publishing’s