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Born in New Delhi, India, Bharti Saincher of South Surrey immigrated to Windsor, Ontario in 1967 as a young girl and grew up there. Having obtained a BSc. and BEd. degree in 1980, she married in 1981 and moved to Nanaimo, B.C. She worked in Winnipeg and Calgary as a school teacher prior to raising three children. Her self-published, 376-page cookbook, Pass the Masala: Vegetarian Indian Cooking Made Simple (Callawind Custom Books $40) contains more than 200 recipes for both beginners and experienced chefs.
"Although my children were born and brought up in Canada," she says, "they have always loved Indian food. If they are away from home for even a weekend, they cannot wait to come home to a fresh home-cooked Indian meal.
"From day one, I wanted my children to taste the different regional dishes that exist in a large country such as India. I wanted to pass my knowledge and expertise to my children so that one day they will be able to impress their friends and family and cook a heavenly delicious Indian meal.
"I think what distinguishes Indian food from other cuisines is that it offers so many different I think what distinguishes Indian food from other cuisines is that it offers so many different types of blends of herbs, spices and seasonings that result in some of the most diverse flavors in the entire world. I hope to inspire beginners as well as experienced individuals to try out this authentic Indian cookbook written in a simplified manner. My recipes are written in a simple format yet still include all the traditional blending of Indian herbs, spices and seasoning."