Overview for Benares Ki Rasoi: Cuisine of Benares
This book is an expert culinary guide to the exotic recipes from the ancient living city of Benares. The cuisine of Benares is a unique blend of purity, simplicity and refinement. The book is a valuable storehouse of delectable fare from the Benarese Ki Rasoi - from cool drinks like Mango Panna, Kanji and various kinds of sherbet including falase, Kaaseru and Bel to appetisers like corn fritters, Raj Kachori, Nagori Tikkias to main dishes like Kachnar ki Kali ki tarkari, Kofta, Arbi Dum along with Channa Dal with gourd, Kevati etc. These can be combined with a wide selection of rice preparations and Indian breads. To complete a perfect meal, the book has an exciting collection of preserves, chutneys and of course the famous sweet dishes of Benares including Malpua, Srikhand, Phirni, Kulfi and Chandra Kala.
Shashi Prabha Jain (Author)
Shashi Prabha Jain hails from an illustrious Vaish family of Benares. She got married at a young age into a leading Jain family of Allahabad. Initiated into the fine art of cooking by her mother, she slowly imbibed the best of the two culinary trends - the sumptuousness of the vaishnavite cuisine and the Spartan simplicity of the typical Jain food. It was a happy convergence of the cuisines of eastern U.P. and Bihar. Today, she presides over a large joint family. Her cooking skills have been continuously enriched and refined by interaction with the new generation of her "betis and bahus".