Vish Puri's Favorite Dishes: Background information when reading The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator

by Tarquin Hall

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall
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Vish Puri's Favorite Dishes

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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

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 Aloo Tikki

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

Article by Norah Piehl

This article was originally published in November 2010, and has been updated for the June 2011 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.

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