About the Book
One experiences deep
satisfaction when creating delicacies in one's home kitchen. And if those
delicacies are mithai, the satisfaction is doubled. Apart from the obvious advantages
of preparing food at home: good quality ingredients, cost savings, and cooking
to one's taste and health needs, there is sheer joy in reproducing the
seemingly complicated and laborious traditional sweetmeats so easily available
at one's local halwai.
In Mithai, Master
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor demystifies the art and science of sweet- making. With
clear instructions and sharing of a few trade secrets, he leads one through the
process, one step at a time, to produce sweet treats that will rival the best
of those commercially available.
"I love sweets
and you can tempt me with them any time", he says. And then adds,
"but I have to control myself from eating too many too often. So, although
I never say no to any sweet, I make sure to run that extra mile to burn those
extra calories consumed."
So, follow the Master
Chef's example and treat yourself and your loved ones to some sweet delights,
in moderation! Tryout the Kaju Katli, Coconut Burfi, Jalebi, Lavang Latika or
Khajur aur Akhrot Roll to begin with - you will find them so easy to prepare
that you will wonder why you had not tried making them before. So enjoy them as
often as you want, but remember sweet restraint is the name of the game.
About the Author
Master Chef Sanjeev
Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. He is the co-owner
of FOODFOOD India's first-ever 24 hour
Hindi food channel, and the charismatic host of the award-winning Khana
Khazana, the longest-running cookery show on Indian television.
award-winning Master Chef, he is the best-selling author of over 150 cookery books. His portal is a complete cookery
manual with a compendium of more than 6,000 tried and tested recipes and a wealth of information on the art and
craft of cooking.
Master Chef Kapoor
owns Sanjeev Kapoor's Khazana, a popular brand of pickles, masalas, sprinklers
and ready-to-eat mixes. The Yellow Chilli, The Yellow Chilli Express, Sanjeev
Kapoor's Khazana, Grain of Salt and Hot Rocks are renowned national and
international restaurant chains franchised by Sanjeev Kapoor.
Sanjeev Kapoor is on
the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India panel to promote Indian cuisine,
and serves, together with other world renowned chefs, on the board of Singapore
Airlines International Culinary Panel.
figures at No. 31 in
the Reader's Digest list of India's 100 Most Trusted People. He has appeared on several international TV
programmes including Quest on CNN and the Rachael Ray Show.
I have been receiving
many requests for a book on mithai from food lovers who want to try their hand
at churning out the sweet delicacies at home. From the vast variety of mithai
commercially available, I have chosen a few that can easily be prepared at
India, with its many
regions and cultures is the home to a mind-boggling variety of mithai made from
fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, milk and milk products, all sweetened with
sugar or jaggery and enriched with ghee. Every region has its speciality. While
in Eastern India, chhena forms the mainstay of mithai (Rosogulla, Sandesh,
Rajbhog.), in North India, mawa or khoya is more popular (as in Mathura ka
Peda, Mawa Gujiya, Mawa Burfi). In the Western and Southern regions, pulses and
legumes are used to advantage (Mohanthaal, Ukdiche Modak, Mysore Paak,
Raghavdas Laadoo etc.).
Whatever the region,
every happy occasion, festival or celebration is incomplete without something
sweet. Mithai are also offered as good luck charms before important events such
as interviews and examinations: think dahi aur shakkar to bring good luck and
Rich as they may be
in calories, sweets when made at home can be made healthier, by controlling the
sugar and the fat to a certain extent. I have also included a few recipes,
which have been made suitable for those who have to abstain from sugar. You can
now treat yourself to Besan ke Laddoo, Kesar-Pista Phirni, Mawa Gujiya or
Khajur aur Akhrot ka Roll without worrying about their effect on your weight or
blood sugar levels. Having said that, I would repeat the mantra: everything in
moderation is good and excess is bad. So enjoy these sweets but do not forget
your exercise regime. Good health after all is sweeter than any sweet!
PEDA & KHOYA MITHAI
KATLI & ROLLS
Khoya aur Besan ke Laddoo
Akhrot ka Roll
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