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Book Review : Daastan-e-Dastarkhan

The book reveals the secrets about Muslim cooking and foods

Book Review : Daastan-e-Dastarkhan

If you’ve wondered about Muslim cooking and foods, this book by a former Masterchef India contestant will answer all your queries. For starters, what is a Dastarkhan you might ask? It traditionally refers to a yellow cloth placed on the floor on which dishes, sharing-style, are served. This book is anecdotal because the chef-cum-writer tells readers about his family, friends, and travels, correlating those with his love for food and providing recipes that make one’s mouth water. There are 30 recipes to choose from that unravel the history and cooking techniques involved in the culinary heritage of Muslim communities in the country. The writing is evocative, and interwined with facts and statistics to give readers a complete picture. We don’t know about you, but we sure are looking forward to trying the haleem (porridge-like, labour intensive dish that’s completely worth the wait) and akhti (mutton curry with flour dumplings) in our kitchens. Also, vegetarians rejoice—this book includes plenty of green recipes.

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