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Question Dear Kurma Dasa, We have been using your books to cook many, many international items and each one of them turned out to be great. My wife is very fond of pizzas and very, very reluctantly accepted spiritual initiation as it meant to give up store-bought pizza. About the same time she tried the pizza recipe from one of your books and immediately lost the taste for bought pizza. Thank you!

This is just one of the many examples. As we are of Indian origin, we were proud of our own recipes for Indian dishes until we tried your recipe for the Gujarati Kadi. It was far better than what we have ever tasted before and was again an instant hit in our family. Please keep up the great work and write many, many more books.

We have never had any success in baking items such as breads, rolls, cakes, bagels, doughnuts etc. Can we expect a book from you for these items?

Thanks again from everyone in our family.
K.D., Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Answer Dear K.D.,
Thank you for your very encouraging words. Letters such as yours give me great impetus to write more books.

You ask whether you can expect a book specialising in breads, rolls, cakes, bagels, doughnuts and the like.

I think the answer at this stage is no, at least for now.The theme of my next book is a little different. But your question inspired me to consult my personal index of recipes from all my published books. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that there is already quite a substantial list of the recipes you ask for.

For your convenience I hereby submit this list of breads, rolls, cakes, bagels doughnuts, tarts, pies, muffins, dumplings and pastries, and in which books you can find them. Happy cooking!

Cooking with Kurma

Punjabi Baked Flatbread (Naan)
Super-flaky Wholemeal Griddle-fried Breads (Parathas)
Dense and Delicious German Sourdough Bread (Pumpernickel)
Herbed Bread Rolls
Steamed Semolina Bread (Dhokla)
Trinidad-style Flatbread (Roti)
Light and Moist Rye Bread
Stuffed Italian Flatbread (Focaccia)
Old English Saffron Bread
Buckwheat Chapatis
Leavened Turkish Flatbread (Pide)
Puffed Fried Sesame Breads (Til poori)
Spicy Cajun Cornbread
Party Pizzas
Mexican Spicy Bean and Cheese Stuffed Flatbreads (Burras)
Greek-style Nut-filled Pastries in Fragrant Syrup (Kataifi)
Sweet Cheese-filled Pancakes (Blintzes)
Carob and Raisin Cake
Apple Kuchen
Pumpkin Pie
Poached Pear and Prune Tart
Danish Pastries
Macadamia and Blueberry Muffins
Rose-scented Marzipan Half-moon Pastries
Apricot and Walnut Crescents (Rugelach)
Amish Apple Dumplings
Strawberry Cream Shortcake
Fresh Nectarine Pie

Great Vegetarian Dishes

Wholemeal Bread
Griddle-Baked Bread (Chapati)
Italian Fried Corn-Bread (Polenta)
Rajasthani Spicy Dal-Stuffed Bread (Urad Dal Poori)
Puffed Fried Bread (Poori)
Savoury Wholemeal Pancakes (Dosa)
Stuffed Pan-Fried (Paratha)
Middle Eastern Round Bread (Pita)
Mozzarella and Tomato Pizza
Stuffed Puffed-Bread (Stuffed Poori)
Mexican Oatmeal Corn and Cheese Bread
Yeasted, Puffed Fried-Bread (Khamiri Poori)
Fruity Bran Muffins
Corn Flat-Bread (Tortilla)
Asparagus and Pinenut Pizza
Ricotta Cheese-filled Pastries (Calzone)
Potato and Cottage Cheese Rolls with Cranberry Sauce
Baked Stuffed Cheesy Corn Breads (Enchiladas)
Carrot Cake
Baked Cheesecake
Apple and Blackberry Crumble
Lokshen Pudding
Soft Cakes in Strawberry Yogurt (Malpoora)
Fruit Cake
Vietnamese Sweet Mung Bean Cakes (Dau Xanh Vung)
Easy Apple Pie
Italian-style Lemon Doughnuts
Turkish Nut Pastries in Syrup (Baklava)
Orange Cheesecake
Carob Fudge Cake

Quick Vegetarian Dishes

Grilled Vegetables Wrapped in Pita Breads, Greek-style (Souvlakia)
Buttermilk Soda Bread
Avocados on Rye with Lime & Watercress
Soft Bread Rolls with Bocconcini, Grilled Eggplant, Sun-dried Capsicum & Basil
Toasted Focaccia with Hoummos & Moroccan Broad Bean Puree (Bissara)
Deluxe Cumin-flavoured Grilled Triple-cheese Sandwich
Rosemary-scented Bruschetta of Grilled Vegetables, Mozzarella & Pesto
Open-faced Sandwich of Pears & Gorgonzola Dolce Latte
Crispy Lavash Bread with Hot & Sweet Pear Chutney
Quick Pide Pizza
Poached Strawberries & Goats Cheese on Toasted Baguette
Cheddar & Jalapeno Chili Biscuits
Spinach & Cheese Tart
Italian-flavoured Vegetable Turnovers (Calzone) with Red Pepper Sauce
Moist & Luscious Maple Fruit Muffins
Apple Strudel
Individual Rhubarb Crumbles
Pears Croustada
Anise-flavoured Doughnuts in Mango Yogurt (Malpoura)
Quick Cherry Cheesecake
Egyptian Baked Semolina Syrup Cake (Basbousa)
Little Berry Puddings
Buttermilk Scones with Jam & Cream
Saffron, Lemon & Coconut Cupcakes

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