Ceylonese heritage cookbook draws on memories of mum's food

Author Indra Iswaran's book shows how her family's dishes are entwined in everyday life, festivals and historical trends.
Author Indra Iswaran's book shows how her family's dishes are entwined in everyday life, festivals and historical trends.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Ceylonese heritage cookbook includes diverse range of multicultural recipes

The first curries that food heritage book author Indra Iswaran cooked turned out gluey. She was then a 17-year-old newly-wed who had stepped into the kitchen to cook for the first time while living in England with her gynaecologist husband, who was pursuing a post-graduate degree in the late 1960s.

Now 69, the Singaporean with Tamil roots in Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) has come a long way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2019, with the headline 'Book draws on memories of mum's food'. Print Edition | Subscribe