One of the most amazing things about Indian and Pakistani food is the endless variety of delicious dishes at your disposal once you learn the foundation of flavors used in the cuisine overall. Nearly a dozen dishes can be made out of a single food item, and yet the taste is unique to that part of the world. The downside for novice cooks to this type of cuisine is that it can seem a bit intimidating at first. With Farhana Sahibzada’s cookbook Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian/(Pakistani) Cooking any cook will have the perfect tool to practice and learn with east. With an extensive background in teaching cooking, Farhana manages to demystify the entire process with her cookbook, making it doable for even the most amateur of cooks.
Her cookbook not only has a ton of great recipes for common (i.e. samosas and mango lassi) and not so common fare, but it also comes with surefire tips to make the experience of cooking Indian/Pakistani food a smooth and easy process as possible. The book lacks pictures of the finished products, which may make it more difficult for those who have never seen the dishes before, but her detailed instructions, explanations of spices and great tips are more than enough to make up for that. Besides, you’ll be busy reading her shortcuts that make the experience simpler and inspire confidence in your cooking of this type of cuisine.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Indian/Pakistani culture, Farhana provides a little personal history for each of the dishes, highlighting occasions when the dish is generally served. With food being a primary part of the culture, this cookbook does a great job of tying in both. If you ever thought cooking Indian/Pakistani food was lengthy and difficult or you know someone who really wants to learn more about this type of cuisine, it could just be a perfect gift!
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