This treasury of recipes from the members of the Association of Nepalis in the Americas represents the best of authentic Nepali cuisine. From festival dishes to simple everyday favorites, the recipes included here reflect the many facets of Nepal's colorful and diverse cultures. Nepali food, which is simple to prepare and subtle in flavor, is influenced by the cuisines of both India and Tibet. Here are recipes for all the elements of a full-course Nepali meal: appetizers, soups and lentils, vegetables, meats, pickles and chutneys, rice and breads, and desserts. The most commonly used flavorings include cumin, red and green chilies, garlic, ginger, szechwan pepper, cilantro, and scallions. Special cooking methods and ingredients unfamiliar to a Western audience are fully explained.
Unless in 1986 you discovered Nepali Delights, the first edition of this book, it's unlikely that you have a Nepali cookbook in your collection. This compendium of family recipes from more than 50 contributors provides a sampling of the favorite dishes that make up this cuisine influenced by both Tibetan and, more familiar to American readers, East Indian cooking. Grains are the base of the diet, mustard oil and ghee are used for cooking, and chiles, garlic, ginger, and cumin are favorite flavorings. It's too bad that there are very few recipe notes to give more background to the dishes, but this is a unique resource in any case. For larger and special collections.