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Author: Pamela Timms
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789382277149
A food memoir that brings the legendary dishes of old Delhi to vivid and mouth-watering life.
Pamela Timms leaves cold, damp Scotland with her family to embark on the trip of a lifetime to Delhi, but soon finds herself frustrated with expatriate life and stranded far from the ‘real India’ she set out for.
Then the chaotic, medieval gullies of the old city provide her with an unexpected escape. Several adventures change forever the way she thinks about food and cooking and she embarks on a quest to discover the stories and secret ingredients of Old Delhi’s beloved street food. She unravels the mysteries surrounding Ashok and Ashok’s mutton korma, Bade Mian’s kheer, the ‘Old and Famous’ jalebis, and that most elusive of Shahjahanabad’s winter treats, daulat ki chaat.
The journey takes her deep into the heart of the old city, where she is welcomed into the lives of those who make and sell its extraordinary dishes. With them she celebrates festivals, learns about their families, finds recipes and makes treasured friends, soon realizing Old Delhi has become a place she can call home.
Quite literally a feast for the senses, Korma, Kheer and Kismet is an unforgettable portrait of a place, its people and their food.
One of the great highlights of the winter is a heavenly milky dessert that makes a brief but unforgettable earthly appearance in the gullies of Old Delhi almost as soon as the last Diwali firecracker has fizzled. From then until Holi, the daulat ki chaat vendors wander through the bazaars, their snowy platters dazzling in the pale sunshine, as if a dozen small, perfectly formed clouds have dropped from the sky.
Daulat Ki chaat (meaning snack of wealth) is probably Old Delhi's most surprising street food. Anyone expecting the punchy, spicy flavors usually suggested by the word ‘chaat’ will be disappointed. It resembles uncooked meringue and the taste is shocking in its subtlety, more molecular gastronomy than raunchy street food, a light foam that disappears instantly on the tongue, leaving behind the merest hint of sweetness, cream, saffron, sugar and nuts, tantalizing, almost not there. I've often wondered if daulat ki chaat is a preview of what might be on the menu should we make it as far as the pearly gates.
‘You can smell the streets of Old Delhi and taste the amazing food through the pages of this remarkable book.’
== Vir Sanghvi
List of Recipes
1. The Mutton Korma Mysteries
2. From Irn-Bru to Ecrevisses
3. A Refuge in Old Delhi
4. Independence Day in Sadar Bazaar
5. Homesick Restaurants
7. Shakarkandi in Ballimaran
8. Fasting and Feasting
9. Kheer and Kismet
10. Mughal Breakfasts and Jalebi Brunches
11. God’s Own Street Food
12. At Home in Old Delhi