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Masala lab : the science of Indian cooking / Krish Ashok.

Ashok, Krish, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780143451372
  • ISBN: 0143451375
  • Physical Description: xxviii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Gurgaon, Haryana, India : Penguin Books, An imprint of Penguin Random House, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-244) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Zero-pressure cooking -- Science of spice and flavour -- Brown, baby, brown -- Dropping acid -- Umami, soda, rum -- Taking it to the next level -- Burn the recipe -- The Biryani.
Summary, etc.:
Ever wondered why your grandmother threw a teabag into the pressure cooker while boiling chickpeas, or why she measured using the knuckle of her index finger? Why does a counter-intuitive pinch of salt make your kheer more intensely flavourful? What is the Maillard reaction and what does it have to do with fenugreek? What does your high-school chemistry knowledge, or what you remember of it, have to do with perfectly browning your onions? Masala Lab by Krish Ashok is a science nerd's exploration of Indian cooking with the ultimate aim of making the reader a better cook and turning the kitchen into a joyful, creative playground for culinary experimentation. Just like memorizing an equation might have helped you pass an exam but not become a chemist, following a recipe without knowing its rationale can be a sub-optimal way of learning how to cook. Exhaustively tested and researched, and with a curious and engaging approach to food, Krish Ashok puts together the one book the Indian kitchen definitely needs, proving along the way that your grandmother was right all along.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Also available as an ebook.
Subject: Cooking, Indic.
Cooking (Spices)
Formulas, recipes, etc.
Cooking, Indic.
Cooking (Spices)
Formulas, recipes, etc.
Indian cooking.
Genre: Cookbooks.

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