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A good attempt at introducing indian ingredients to salads!
Reviewed in India on 16 February 2018
It is said that one goes through three phases - 'heights of expectation', 'valley of despair' and finally the 'plain of reasoning' - when it comes to highly anticipated things - be it technology, gadgets etc. My experience with this book has been somewhat similar.
When I placed the order, I was expecting that this book will let me make salads with every day Indian ingredients. I was expecting some magic by which the mundane stuff that we buy from the local vegetable vendor can be turned into exotic salads.
But when I received the book and I started browsing through the recipes, I was feeling depressed seeing that most of the items required one or two ingredients that were alien to me. It did not appear to me that I could start making all those salads, right away.
But after a few days of trying out different things, with whatever ingredients I could find, I have finally reached the 'plain of reasoning'. I do now appreciate the book for many things :
- The author has sincerely attempted to fuse Indian ingredients into unique recipes that are really interesting.
- This book does inspire you to 'eat raw and eat more' as the title claims.
- It's OK if you do not have some of those exotic ingredients - just experiment with what you have, use the recipes as an outline and try variations - I wasn't disappointed.
- It was about time that someone introduced Indian vegetables and spices to salads - Indian cuisine does lack variety when it comes to Salads.
Overall - I do not regret the decision to buy this book. It did nudge me to make salads with local items, and it gave me more courage to experiment with unusual ingredients, and finally, we did increase the quantity of raw food that we consume on an average day.
I would love it if a 'volume 2' comes out with more of such recipes! :-)