It's back to school for kids and with it comes the usual question for most mothers, “What quick eats can I make for my kid to take to school or when he/she returns from school?”
Coming to the rescue of mothers stuck in this dilemma is a handy cookbook called Raj Snacks by Raj Gopaal Iyer. A compilation of about 30 mostly traditional Indian quick eat recipes, the book has everything from how to make Vada pav to how to make chicken lollypop.
Says Raj, a hotelier and chef: “The response to my first cookbook Southern Spices was good with me receiving emails and calls of praise from various quarters. Soon I started receiving emails from mothers asking for recipes for snacks. They said coming up with innovative and varied eats for their kids was becoming a task. They also complained how their kids were addicted to junk food. These women were the ones who encouraged me to come out with a cookbook containing recipes for wholesome eats.”
According to Raj, Raj Snacks is a compilation of the various recipes he sent as replies to the women. It is also a result of his frequent travels to various corners of India.
A foodie, he enjoys trying out new dishes on his trips. “While on a marketing trip to Ahmedabad, I stayed with a Gujarati family. The women of the house would prepare delicious pav bhajis, khaman dokhla…I learnt to prepare these dishes from them. My kids are fond of paneer pakodas and sev puri and so I have added them in the cookbook.”
In the cookbook, the recipe for Chole samosa is his favourite. A speciality dish in Delhi, Raj, who has spent a chunk of his life in Delhi, says it is a quick eat he misses. “So, I make it a point to head to the Bengali market whenever I am in Delhi to dine on them.”
Raj Snacks will hit the stands on June 6. Priced at Rs. 100, it has been brought out by Raj, himself. Raj is currently working on a book on cocktails and a book on Brahmin cuisine. Both will be out shortly.