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50 Great Recipes by Master Chef's of India
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Tiffin is one of those wonderful words that even many people with an excellent command of the English language don't know what it means. Yet it hails from India, from the time of the British Raj, building upon a long-forgotten English slang word that describes taking one (usually more) small snacks, perhaps with tea.

This book, as you might have guessed from the title, has 50 different Tiffin (dish) recipes and once you open the book and start to leaf through it you will soon be hooked! This reviewer, a west European who has grown up with Indian food nearby, still found many little recipes that looked rather more-ish and ideal for a quasi-Indian high tea that are hopefully (!) better for the waistline than cream cakes and similar dainties.

Written for the Western audience, but by no means 'simplified' or 'dumbed down' in the process, this book keeps things simple and puts the food first. The recipes are presented in a simple manner with the ingredients separate to the instructions. Many full-colour photographs showcase the dishes and hopefully encourage the reader to try some less-familiar items.

A small warning light should be illuminated with regards to some of the ingredients and tools that may be required for some items. However Indian grocery stores are increasingly commonplace and the Internet means that virtually nothing is unobtainable nowadays.

Some of the terms and ingredients may be unfamiliar so an element of caution is given. Read through the book carefully and check you understand everything/have all the bits and pieces you need before starting to thus avoid disappointment.

Even if you are not a particular lover of Indian food, this book still could be a great little find to help you make some different snacks that WILL stand out on your table, unless you are competing against an Indian grandmother of course.

50 Great Recipes: Tiffins, written by Master Chefs of India and published by Roli Books Pvt Ltd. ISBN 9788174363701, 96 pages. Typical price: GBP7. YYYYY.


// This review appeared in YUM.fi and is reproduced here in full with permission of YUM.fi. YUM.fi celebrates the worldwide diversity of food and drink, as presented through the humble book. Whether you call it a cookery book, cook book, recipe book or something else (in the language of your choice) YUM will provide you with news and reviews of the latest books on the marketplace. //
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