Recipes from a South Indian Kitchen
Coconut Lagoon is a collection of 80 easy-to-make recipes designed with home cooks in mind. Kerala, the southwestern region of India, is paradise on earth with its tranquil beaches, lush mountains, and incredibly delicious cuisine. As the birthplace of black pepper, Kerala is hailed as the land of spices. Coconut Lagoon features authentic regional dishes such as mango pickle, dosa, Malabar parathas, biryani, Thrissur-style fish, and banana fritters, as well as more-widely-known Indian recipes that are loved around the world, such as chai, butter chicken, and poori. With a handy section on ingredients, a resource list, and stunning photography throughout, Coconut Lagoon is an indispensable addition to any food lover's library and a delicious tribute to family, food, and home.
Joe Thottungal is a Canadian chef and the owner of the restaurants Coconut Lagoon and Thali Coconut Lagoon in Ottawa. For five years he worked in hotel kitchens in Toronto and Windsor, and at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, where he earned his Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) designation. In 2008, Joe was named Ottawa Chef of the Year by the Canadian Culinary Federation. In 2016, he won top prize at Ottawa’s Gold Medal Plates competition, followed by a silver medal at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships. Joe lives in Ottawa with his wife and three children.