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Here’s a covetable handbag-sized cookbook

Spicezee Bureau

New Delhi: Here is a great book on gastronomy for the discerning food and book lover. ‘Miss Masala: Real Indian Cooking for Busy Living’ by Mallika Basu, is a highly covetable handbag-sized cookbook based on her popular blog. Published by HarperCollins, the book is a must buy for those on the lookout for rare kind of books.

In Miss Masala, Mallika reveals her secrets for cooking gorgeous Indian food. Her no-nonsense kitchen advice fuses with irresistible recipes and quirky, hilarious tales about her high-flying city life – like how to cook a jhalfrezi and still head to the bar an hour later without reeking of eau de curry.

Mallika is a completely self taught cook. During her university days in freezing England, her experiments in the kitchen were short-lived. The burnt frozen pizzas. The tins that exploded in the microwave. The basmati rice that was never quite right. But after years of takeaways, she started aching for some good home-cooked food during her Master’s degree in Journalism.

She quickly realized that seasoned Indian Cooks can be a canny lot. Always happy to give you a quick breakdown of ingredients, they withhold some of the crucial basics. Perhaps as a payback for all their hard graft as beginners. Directions like ‘Cook the onions, add some turmeric and fry with a bit of garam masala’ are no good to a novice. They need specifics.

Mallika’s mother sent her a copy of the National Indian Association of Women Cookbook and with that she was ready to become Miss Masala. This book is about the invaluable lessons she has learnt. Sexy, sassy and smart, it has yummy recipes whether you’re cooking to impress or kicking back on the couch, it’s all you’ll need to go from stressful day, to dinner (and cocktails).

This book is about loving Indian food and cooking it from scratch while enjoying too many cocktails, after a steamy commute and faced with an empty fridge. The pages are packed with simple recipes and handy tips for busy people who live full lives. A reminder that gorgeous Indian cooking need never be a chore!

The book will be launched on July 23rd at Oxford bookstore, Statesman Building, Barakhamba Rd, New Delhi.

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