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In our continuing series of recipes taken from Italian Khana, an Italian cookbook for the Indian kitchen, Ritu Dalmia, celebrated chef and owner of Diva, one of Delhi's finest Italian restaurants, reveals her best tips and shows you how to cook an authentic Italian dish for dinner tonight in 30 minutes or less.
Ritu will also answer reader queries, so scroll down to the bottom of the page to address your questions to her.
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The most basic of cooked sauces and the simplest, tomato and basil sauce is the benchmark of a good Italian home cook. It should be cooked fast and hot for the tomatoes to retain their summer sweetness, yet long enough to lose the watery quality that signals a bad sauce.
Previous recipe: Spaghetti aglio Olio e Peperoncino
Excerpted from Italian Khana, India's first Italian cookbook for the Indian kitchen, with permission from the publishers, Random House India. Ritu will also answer reader queries, so please address your questions to her in the QnA box below.
Photograph: Sephi Bergerson
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