Investigator Vish Puri just won't stop his quest for the elusive killer. Unless, of course, it's dinner time. Or lunch time. Or time for an afternoon snack. If you already like Indian food, The Man Who Died Laughing will make your mouth water. And if you haven't tried Indian food, here's a cheat sheet to some of the Most Private Investigator's favorite dishes:
Aachar: a pickle made of vegetables or fruits cooked in mustard oil and spices.
Aloo Tikki Masala: spicy friend potato patties
Barfi: a dessert made from condensed milk and sugar
Biryani: a rice-based dish made with spices, rice, meat, fish, eggs, or vegetables
Daal: a spicy lentil stew
Kadi: a tart, spicy curry made from gram flour (ground chickpeas) fried in butter and mixed with yogurt or buttermilk
Kheer: a dessert pudding, made with rice or vermicelli cooked with milk and sugar and topped with slivered almonds or pistachios
Palaak Paneer: spinach cooked with Indian cheese
Upma: a breakfast dish made with semolina, peanuts, spices, curry leaves, and mustard seeds.
Source: Glossary, The Man Who Died Laughing
Images: Top: Aloo Tikki; Bottom: Palaak Paneer
This article was originally published in November 2010, and has been updated for the
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