Award winning actress and best-selling cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey will share her expertise on Indian cuisine when she discusses her latest book, At Home with Madhur Jaffrey, on Wednesday, December 8, at 7 pm, in the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library.
Jaffrey, regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, deconstructed age-old techniques and reduced the number of steps in a recipe to help readers understand the nature of each spice and seasoning. The end result makes seemingly exotic Indian dishes part of your everyday cooking. Throughout, Jaffrey's knowledge of and love of these foods is contagious. There are the dishes she grew up on in India and then shared with her own family and friends in America.
First, she tantalizes us with bite-size delights to snack on with drinks or tea. A silky soup is mellowed with coconut milk; a spinach-and-ginger soup is perfumed with cloves. Fish and seafood are transformed by simple rubs and sauces and new ways of cooking. A lover of eggs and chicken dishes, Jaffrey offers fresh and easy ways to cook them, including her favorite masala omelet and simple poached eggs over vegetables. There's chicken from western Goa cooked in garlic, onion, and a splash of vinegar; from Bombay, it's with apricots; from Delhi, it's stewed with spinach and cardamom; from eastern India, it has yogurt and cinnamon; and from the south, mustard, curry leaves, and coconut.
There are vegetable dishes, in a tempting array--from everyday carrots and greens in new dress to intriguing ways with eggplant and okra--served center stage for vegetarians or as accompaniments. At the heart of so many Indian meals are the dals, rice, and grains, as well as the little salads, chutneys, and pickles that add sparkle, and Jaffrey opens up a new world of these simple pleasures.
Jaffrey is best-selling cookbook author of Indian, Asian and world vegetarian cuisines, several of which have won James Beard Foundation awards. She has presented several cookery series on television, including Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery, Madhur Jaffrey's Far Eastern Cookery, and Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours of India. Jaffrey is said to have been responsible for introducing filmmakers James Ivory and Ismail Merchant. She appeared in many of their earlier films including Shakespeare Wallah (1965), The Guru (1969), and Heat and Dust (1983).
Part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series, the program is free and open to all. Books will be available for sale and signing through Diane's Books. For more information, please call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.