• Dakshina: Cuisine from India's South

Dakshina: Cuisine from India's South written by Shalini George shares traditional cusines of South India like the Goan Fish Curry to South Indian Lamb Korma. A die-hard foodie and an innovative cook, with a serious career as a writer, Shalini has combined all her passions and writes about food with her whole heart.

"The first time I ventured into the kitchen was to cook Kerala fish curry and mother said: After you add all the ingredients and while the fish is cooking in the fiery red gravy, say a prayer and add a pinch of Sugar for this spicy red fish dish. Needless to say, I was shocked! Mother felt that like salt which brings out the flavour of the rest of the ingredients, a pinch of sugar and prayer in the end balances all the follies. I have religiously followed that advice ever since. Likewise cooking in India is filled with secrets and tiny innovations from decades of mother to daughter exchange. Family cookbooks are compiled and treasured by daughters from the scraps of notes mothers leave around the kitchen. Also from wisdom passed on when the daughter gets married and leave the home she grew up into enter a new household. These oral and sometimes written traditions are passed on from generation to generation just like the rest of the ancestral wealth. Therefore cooking is a fiercely proud deed. Sometimes, even territorially marked and rarely trespassed. Hence compiling this recipe book was an emotional journey. It was like overhearing secrets and tiptoeing into kitchens and peeking into safely guarded family secrets." - Shalini George

Photographs by Salim Pushpanath.

Pages: 80
Size: 23cm x 21cm
Binding: Paperback
Publication Year: 2012

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Dakshina: Cuisine from India's South

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