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Vij's restaurant in Vancouver presents a signature cookbook, filled with exotic dishes from their menu, including Marinated Lamb Popsicles in Fenugreek Curry and Sautéed Arugula and Spinach with Paneer and Roasted Cashews

Cookbook Profile

Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine

by Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala

The lineups are legendary at Vij's restaurant in Vancouver, where genial proprietor Vikram Vij and his wife, Meeru, use local ingredients and original ideas to create exciting takes on the cuisines of India.

Dishes such as Marinated Lamb Popsicles in Fenugreek Curry and Portobello Mushrooms in Porcini Cream Curry are far from traditional, but spiced exquisitely, allowing flavors such as mango, tamarind and cardamom to shine through.

Vij's, the couple's debut cookbook, includes delectable offerings such as Grilled Chicken Breast Marinated in Lemon-Ghee Dressing with Garlic and Cashews and Seared Venison Medallions with Fig and Roasted Pomegranate Khoa. Vegetarian selections, as well as side dishes and accompaniments such as rice pilafs, chapattis (flatbread), and chutneys round out this elegant volume. A certified sommelier, Vikram Vij is passionate about pairing wines with Indian food, so each recipe is accompanied by a carefully selected wine suggestion.

Vij's brings stunning interpretations of the flavors of India to home cooks around the world.

About the Authors

Vikram Vij was born in India and grew up in Amritsar and Mumbai. He studied hotel management in Salzburg, Austria, before moving to Canada, where he opened the original Vij's restaurant in Vancouver in 1994.

Meeru Dhalwala was born in India but moved to Washington, D.C., at a very young age with her parents. Prior to marrying Vikram and moving to Canada, she worked with various organizations on human rights and international development projects.

Buy the Book  

Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine

by Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala
Douglas & McIntyre
$29.95/trade paperback with flaps
Full-color photographs throughout
ISBN: 1-55365-184-7
Information provided by the publisher.





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