I can’t believe it.  I finally finished writing and improving Kachi’s Kitchen, a book in which I have captured over 140 of my family’s favorite Indian recipes from my husband’s homeland – south India.  Some of the recipes have been handed down for generations and others my mother-in-law (Kachi) and her mother created.  They are some of the best from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

This project started as an effort to preserve my children’s heritage since they are picky eaters and have not yet become interested in cooking.  As I started collecting Kachi’s recipes in a database, I began to think that I could do more with them than just printing them on my printer and binding them at the local copy store.  This collection would interest south Indians who want to try new recipes as well as everyone else who has an interest in discovering new tastes and preparations. 

After one final review, I will send it to the publisher and start that whole process…

 

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I discovered Indian food while I was in graduate school where I developed an appreciation for its complex but subtle flavors.  I had friend from north India who served me a meal consisting of the food his mother prepared at home.  As he explained the ingredients and the preparations of the dishes to me, I began to appreciate the subtle flavors.  I moved to Boston after I earned my degree.  At the time, there were a few Indian restaurants that I frequented and continued to discover the wonders of Indian food. Through moving to Texas, discovering more Indian restaurants and meeting my husband, I learned that each state in India had a unique contribution to food.  Since then I have learned to recognize the differences between the cuisines of the northern and southern states of India.  Please enjoy the recipes that I will be posting as much as my family and I do.  Indian cooking may appear to be intimidating at first but after a few tries, it will become easy. 

 

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Over the last year and a half, I documented, photographed and taste tested recipes from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  My purpose was to capture my mother-in-law’s recipes for her grandchildren.  My children grew up in the United States.  I worked full-time for over two decades in Information Technology so I didn’t have the opportunity to teach my children to cook dinner much less the food of their father’s family.  I retired early in life and decided that it would be a lot of fun to share these recipes with you as well. 

The book manuscript for Kachi’s Kitchen is 99% complete.  It has been at 99% for two months now because I keep finding more things to add or tweak.  I am giving myself until the end of this month–February 28, 2010–to finish the book, 100%. 

Let me tell you about my mother-in-law.  Kachi Balakrishnan grew up in Kerala, India, where she learned to cook the traditional local Indian recipes from her mother.  Working side by side, she memorized them to create wonderful meals.  She is a wonderful cook and has created many new recipes over the years.  When she married, she moved to Madras (now called Chennai) where she discovered Tamilian food and incorporated these dishes into her own cooking.

Over the coming weeks I will provide updates on the book’s publication and share with you some of my favorite recipes.  I hope you make this blog a frequent stop on your culinary travels.

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