Rewarding recipes

Good Food Monish Gujral  

Monish Gujral's cookbook is recognised by Gourmand for best easy recipes

Cooking up a storm is what Monish Gujral, MD, Moti Mahal Tandoori Trail restaurants, has got into the habit of doing. Speaking of storms, Monish says it has been “raining” awards this season. Recently, he picked up the Coca-Cola Golden Spoon Award for his restaurant chain in the Indian category. And not long ago he was in Paris, where his book, “The Moti Mahal Cookbook — On the Butter Chicken Trail”, published by Penguin, received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2010 for Best Easy Recipe Book in the World. It is no mean honour, as a Gourmand, he says, is like the “Oscar of cookbooks” — and instituted 15 years ago on the premise that writing cookbooks is much tougher and more demanding than any other genre . Gourmand gives awards in eight categories, including those in desserts, culinary history, etc. With recipes like murgh makhani, kesari dum murgh (slow-cooked saffron chicken), pasanda kabab (lamb escalope), etc., how easy are they? True, agrees Monish, recipes for Indian delicacies are not renowned as simple. “Nobody wants to read an Indian recipe book,” he says, admitting, “When I wrote my first book it was lengthier.”

This time though, he concentrated on dishes with ingredients commonly found in Indian kitchens like dals and garam masala for example.