Thursday, July 16, 2015

#BookReview: India On My Platter - The 20,000 km Food Journey by Saransh Goila

On the jacket:

Backpacking through the country, young chef Saransh Goila sets off on a culinary trail through India, where in he discovers the various nuances of local cuisine. From rural villages to barren deserts to freezing mountains, he unfolds the flavor of his destination by meeting local villagers or erstwhile royalty, picking up a tip or two to use in his kitchen. Wherever he goes, he makes sure to visit the famous eateries of that place. Through him, the reader can vividly smell the spices and taste the dishes that are described. The recipes given also present ways on using locally found ingredients. From having steaming Murthal ke paranthes to savoring tasty street food in home town Delhi, from cooking on a boat in Varanasi to cooking dishes using a bamboo hollow in Assam, Goila does it all and presents his adventures in a lucid, flowing narrative peppered with humorous anecdotes.


India On My Platter - The 20,000 km Food Journey is chef Saransh Goila's travelogue across the country and it includes some fantastic recipes. Having seen Goila cook up storms in the kitchen, on tv shows, I already expected this book to be a smasher. Adding to the fact that he seems to a simple, earthy guy I was sure to expect some very recipes of the land. It is not that one gets to travel through India at a stretch and indulge in what they love doing the most, and Goila made the most of it. Starting from Delhi, moving on to Punjab and travelling southwards via Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.

The language is simple. A little crisp editing could have made the travelogue more interesting. Nagpur being my hometown, seeing  Saoji's recipe made me very happy. Recipes from Kolkata were disappointing, though. Goila's travel tales are not only heartwarming to read, but also

I have book marked the recipes of sindhi kadhi, sikkim chicken curry, chocolate football momos, tofu kofta, chicken rizala, saoji curry, baghare baingan, hyderabadi gobhi musallam biryani and tomato, dried fenugreek & wine rice, to try out in my own kitchen very soon.

Rating: ***.5/5

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