When Radha Bhatia sat down to jot down a ebook on lassis in India, she wished to succeed in out to the youthful technology that raves about smoothies and detests Indian drinks. Little did she know that the ebook, Lassis of India — Smoothies With a Twist, would win an award for non-alcoholic drinks on the 25th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2020, bringing the world’s gaze to this aspect of Indian delicacies.
The ebook is a compilation of 74 recipes curated by Bhatia, which embrace conventional recipes from totally different states of India to modern-day smoothies. Bhatia says the ebook isn’t just a compilation of recipes, however extra a grandmother’s labour of affection. It contains 5 generations of tales, knowledge and kitchen secrets and techniques. The ebook is an amalgamation of recipes and tales, and she or he has undergone intensive analysis that explores Indian cultural roots, native customs, local weather, and cuisines, that includes a compilation of 17 conventional recipes from varied states, mixing native meals with local weather. The conventional recipes comprise the ever-popular Punjabi ‘meethi lassi’ to the ‘talicha more’ of Tamil Nadu, every having distinctive style and well being advantages.
Bhatia says the concept about compiling a ebook on lassis in India got here to her one Sunday afternoon whereas sitting together with her grandchildren. “When I asked them about lassi, they were not very enthusiastic. But when I told them that they were no different from smoothies, they were immediately interested. I thought it was time to introduce them to our heritage and traditions, through the medium of our healthy beverages, and at the same time revive our legacy, by writing this book and introducing the healthy food of herbs, vegetables and fruits.”
She says the award would make folks the world over conscious of India’s meals tradition. “Our cuisine is an integral part of our rich and diverse heritage. However, people’s exposure to Indian cuisine is restricted to a few dishes made popular by Indian restaurants overseas. They are not aware of the plethora of different cuisines that are actually integral to the different parts of the sub-continent, each based on the climatic conditions and ingredients readily available there. A global award is a step towards global recognition of the taste and diversity of Indian cuisine,” she says, hoping that the ebook shall be her legacy for the brand new technology. — TNS