Following publication of the critically acclaimed The Cardamom Trail in April 2016, my new book, Chai, Chaat & Chutney: A Street Food Journey Through India is an ode to my travels through India and the incredible food I have discovered on the way.
Chai, Chaat & Chutney has been chosen as one of the Best Books on Food for 2017 by The Guardian.
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I travelled to the four corners of India – Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai – sampling the varieties of street food on offer. Each area has subtle differences in ingredients and techniques, making the local cuisine completely unique and full of character.
In Chai, Chaat & Chutney, I have taken inspiration from the street and created delicious recipes that are simple to cook at home. The result is a completely fresh take on Indian cuisine. You can try Tamarind Stuffed Chillis and Sticky Bombay Chicken from the South or let your senses venture to the North for Pani Puri and Cardamom & Pistachio Kulfi.
Street food is a huge and important part of India’s food culture. I love the fact that it is such a leveller – no matter what your background might be, standing at a popular street stall next to the other customers, you are all simply people enjoying the food.
Most street food is freshly prepared to order, served very quickly and, best of all, extremely cheap. Not only can you buy snacks and light dishes to keep you going, but you will also find on offer amazing meals, complete with a variety of flavours and components. And, yes – there are also sweets to enjoy!
My book takes you on a journey in each chapter to four of the most popular and diverse cities in India. The pages are filled with stunning travel photography and interspersed with personal stories and explanations of the nuances of each area, and each dish. I have gently used everything in my power to bring this simple yet inspirational food to the readers.