Gita Ashok was born in Delhi but because she grew up in an Army family, she moved every two to three years to a new state in India. A frequent motif of her childhood was the large parties organized by her parents, in which professional staff and caterers would buy and prepare local specialty food from scratch. The variety of dishes, drawn from the many areas in which she lived, inspired Gita to want to try to do something similar herself. As an adult, Gita continued the theme of hosting parties and professional cooking, but this time she was the chef. While in India, she along with two of her friends started “Pack a Snack”-a restaurant service which catered for large and small parties, as well as take away food for hungry office goers. She left this behind when she and her husband moved to the United Arab Emirates. Now whenever she visits her family in the United States, Gita still loves to cook for her children and grandchildren. It was their idea that she share those recipes with others. The result is this recipe book, packed with recipes for snacks, curries dals, chutneys and desserts which are highly nutritious, yet easy to prepare.
My memories take me back to growing up in India. I grew up in different parts of India which gave me exposure to the vibrant cultures all across the regions. I was fascinated how different cultures used the same ingredients but transformed the food into something different yet so abundant in flavors. The health benefits of food cooked with coconut and coconut oil are well known across the world today.I know you will love these recipes that have been blended using spices and techniques popular in North and South Indian cuisine. These dishes are healthy and easy to prepare with no compromise on taste. ...Read More
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