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Artful Mixing of Spices: Smorgasbord of Indian Recipes Published by Outskirts Press

Author and reputed Indian cook Achala Kshirsagar provides a collection of 250 recipes for the most popular Indian dishes as well as a one stop resource for information about spices and cooking techniques for the novice and veteran cook alike.

Ann Arbor, MI, July 24, 2011 --( Ms. Achala Kshirsagar announced today the release of Smorgasbord of Indian Recipes, A Collection of Indian Dishes Most Popular in India and All Over the World, published by Outskirts Press. A mouth watering delight for any aficionado of Indian food, Ms. Kshirsagar’s new compendium of all things curried not only offers cooking techniques and directions for the novice and the experienced, it also provides information on the four geographical styles of Indian cuisine.

“A curry has been described as ‘dancing with spices’,” Ms. Kshirsagar writes, and her extensive list of popular Indian recipes is, well-choreographed, and complete a rendition of the steps to those dances, as probably exists on the market today.

The author starts off with an explanation of the various cooking techniques, uses for ghee, coconut milk and tamarind, to name a few, and goes on to give tips on tempering, deep frying and browning. A thorough overview of Indian spices follows before she unrolls her litany of easily followed recipes for kormas, vindaloos and tandoori.

Smorgasbord of Indian Recipes not only lists scores of recipes for chicken, meat, vegetable and fish dishes, it also has individual sections on soups, on dals, on chutneys, raitas and kachumbers, on desserts and on Indian flatbreads such as chapati, naan and puri -- again, to name just a few of those dishes covered in this marvelously extensive collection.

Ms. Kshirsagar has provided recipes for special occasions and for popular homemade and restaurant style dishes from various parts of India. She has described how these dishes were influenced by the various climatic conditions and cultural difference in different parts of India which have all contributed to the true smorgasbord of contemporary Indian dishes. This itself is illuminating for any lover of Indian food. The author explains the origins of the four Indian styles of cooking – northern, western, southern and eastern.

Lovers of cooking and lovers of eating Indian dishes will both find that the knowledge contained in Kshirsagar’s work will enhance their enjoyment of every future Indian meal.

Smorgasbord of Indian Recipes is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 7.5 x 9.25 paperback ISBN: 978-1-4327-6809-6 SRP: $19.95
Kindle $9.99
e-Book $10.00
Genre: Cooking/regional and ethnic/Indian and South Asian

About the author:

Ms. Achala Kshirsagar obtained a B. Lib. Degree in Library Science from the Nagpur University in India, came to the U.S.A. in 1968 and has lived here since then. She earned an M.S. Degree in Library Science from Sam Houston University, Texas, in 1974. She also earned an A.M.L.S. Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1978.

She worked at U.M.I. (a division of Xerox) and the University of Michigan and she retired from Warner Lambert/Parke-Davis, now the Pfizer pharmaceutical company.

Ms. Kshirsagar holds a degree (Sangeet Visharad) in Indian Classical Music and she stood first in the all-India examinations, for which she was awarded a Gold Medal. Music, interior decoration and drama acting are her other hobbies.

She has a passion and love for cooking and has acquired quite a reputation for the innovative and delicious dishes for which also she is well known in India and America.

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