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Malabar Muslim Cookery by Ummi Abdulla

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane

Malabar Muslim Cookery by Ummi Abdulla is a small book of recipes from the region known as Malabar in the southern Kerala region of India where the locals speak the Malayalam language. It provides a good insight into the recipes of this region.
The book starts with an exploration of rice recipes and then moves on to discuss those wonderful foods pathiris (also known as idlis from the cooking vessel), poori and puttus (steamed rice cakes) as well as soups. This is probably the strongest and most interesting chapter in the book and the descriptions make the recipes seem achievable in a Western kitchen.
It then moves through the standard offerings of meat, chicken, fish, vegetables and so on with a particularly interesting one on pickles and chutneys, an area which the author demonstrates a particular flair.
This is a useful addition to your cookbook collection.
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