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    A cookbook with the finest flavours from across the globe

    food8anchor2It was over a conversation with fellow foodies that Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal, food writer, consultant and stylist came up with the idea for her cookbook, A Pinch of This, A Handful of That. a�?We were discussing how each of our distinct palates are a result of the experiences we had with food, growing up,a�? Ghildiyal says.

    She may have grown up in a Gujarati household but her exposure to food was global, often starting with a dosa and chutney for breakfast and winding up with a light refreshing Vietnamese pho,A� with North Indian dal chawal and springy, soft dhoklas in between. a�?Food in my house was a big mix ofA� every kind of dish from all parts of the country as well as Chinese, Thai, Italian and American favourites,a�? Ghildiyal shares. Her in-depth knowledge of the craft and her eclectic bank of tried and tested recipes are reflected in her 300-page book along with anecdotes and trivia, making it pleasantly interactive and very personal.

    Grandmaa��s footsteps
    Typically, Ghildiyal credits her mother and grandmother for her cooking skills, and her mastery overA� the fine art of pickle making. a�?My grandmother was a master pickle maker. And people say I take after her,a�? Ghildiyal beams.

    Her recipes are quick, meant for busy individuals who have no time to put together a lavish meal from scratch. Like dakkho, a dish made during Janmashtami thata��s traditionally served with puris. a�?It takes almost the whole day to make but we have it with bread instead,a�? she says. Ghildiyala��s collection of recipes are comprehensive with two more volumes expected to be published over the course of the year. But one treat really close to her heart is her muma��s dal soup. a�?Ita��s my go-to comfort food. My mother always has a generous helping ready for me each time I visit,a�? she signs off.

    Rs. 595. At Godrej Naturea��s Basket, Koramangala. Details: 41317401

    a��Rashmi Rajagopal

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