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American Masala by Suvir Saran
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Oct 01, 09

bookshelves: immigrant-experience, india, nonfiction, cookbooks
Read in October, 2009

I loved the idea of this cookbook, though I was expecting something a little more Indian than it turned out to be. Quite a few recipes, most notably the one for Macaroni and Cheese, take a very broad understanding of "masala" --the only thing an Indian would recognize are the peppercorns. There are a few which appear a bit like dishes my mother in law has made or I've tried at Indian restaurants and I've found them helpful in getting the proportions right (Indian Eggplant Caponata and Not So Dull Dhal). I really enjoyed Saran's commentary and attitude toward blending Indian and American cooking styles. Our favorite so far is the Creamy Roast Chicken Breasts (Malai Murgh) -- relatively quick to make but so richly concocted and flavorful.
The Day-After Turkey Hash Masala is definitely one I'll try after next Thanksgiving.
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