Tag: Love for Food

At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day

Almost nine years back, as a newlywed Tamizh pudhu pondatti, I was clueless about the vast Tamizh cuisine. Moreover, growing up a vegetarian, the idea of cooking fish 🐟 was completely new, smelly 😷 and out of question for me. Still, considering my mother’s teaching 

The Colors of Innocence

The Colors of Innocence

Clockwise on the platter – Makhuti, Dahi Vada, Chura bhunja, Gujhiya Photo courtesy: GulmoharDoodles Neythiri is a curious soul. Lately she has been obsessed with the solar system. She likes to admire the moon every single night. Yesterday, while waiting for her Appa to come 

Jharkhand Food Series – 01

Jharkhand Food Series – 01

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It was a blazing hot summer afternoon. I was fumblingly wrapping up the clothes put outside for drying in the morning while tiny sweat drops lazily rolled down my forehead. I turned my head and saw the happily dancing newly blossomed white jasmine flowers and my heart swelled up with pride and contentment. I lovingly bent over to caress and smell them for a moment when my eyes caught up seeing a young couple in the nearby shop. The nervousness of meeting in the most secured and safe hours, the excitement of seeing your love amidst the fear of getting caught. That tender love which can lift you to cloud nine in just a whiff of your lover’s perfume. The lover’s smirk, the rolling of the eyes, hastily running your fingers in your hair and then nervously whimpering for things which you don’t even know why and what you want it for? Isn’t young love so pure and cute? You know it won’t last (mostly), you know it is just a phase yet you fall for it. But, when you grow older and wiser, maybe one day, doing the most random things, you might catch up seeing a younger version of yourself which can leave you lingering with sweet maybe funny memories of your own days?

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When I was in my teens, there was a small grocery shop near our home. I still remember those nervous tinkling eyes and the stammering voice which always asked for 100gms of Sattu from the shopkeeper. I wasn’t sure whether he liked eating Sattu that much or blurted it each time just because his brain somehow knew it was affordable and healthy! I wonder how many kilos of Sattu he would have bought just for a glimpse of his love. My vague memory remembers his mom complaining about finding packets of Sattu in random places of her house and I guess this caused so many Sattu delicacies often trips to our home 😀

Both Bihar and Jharkhand, strive on Sattu. It is still one of the most sought out food there. Apart from being really healthy and nourishing, it is very fulfilling and easy to prepare too. I can not fathom anyone from there who would not carry a packet or two of this while travelling outside the state :). A variety of dishes are made from this humble soul. Litti, Sattu ka sharbat, Sattu ka jhor, Sattu ka paratha and Sattu ki kachori to name a few. You can even find random joints selling a combination of Sattu ka sharbat and sprouted brown or green chana (chickpeas) early in the mornings. A semi dry preparation of Sattu along with chopped onions, green chilli, finely chopped coriander and mint leaves, pinch of cumin-pepper powder and salt too is a morning breakfast favorite among the locals during the scorching summers. Winters are reserved for hot-piping Sattu parathas along with kheer, coriander-tomato chutney and some homemade pickles. Nights when the weather becomes really cold, the members of the family get together, play antakshari, lit up charcoal and bake themselves some delicious litti and chokha. Some days it could be teamed up with a spicy garlic chicken. Sattu was a saviour even during our 4:00am morning schools during summers. A quick stir of sattu ka sharbat and we were ready to go to school with a full stomach.

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I have loved the humble Sattu in all its form. But, Sattu ki kachori has been my all time favorite. It is my childhood love. It is nostalgia. I remember going to my grandmom’s house and among lots of other delicacies she wouldn’t bat an eyelid to cook these lovelies for me in breakfast. I would wake up with a big smile on my face smelling the aroma of these kachories being deep fried in coal stove. The smoke, the atmosphere, the busy mornings, the mist, the shared laughter and the feeling of being loved, together, has created magic in my head. I can still sit and think of those times for hours. So you see, every time I go back home, I ensure, rather goad my mom to make a couple of these for me. Those perfectly round fluffy beauty can lift anyone’s mood in a jiffy. The aroma, the crunchiness and the taste can keep on lingering to your soul for years.

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No wonder, whenever I see my daughter’s fluffy round cheeks, an instant feeling of biting those comes in my mind 😉 I have resisted from doing so by pampering myself with some kachories. Forget the calories, just gulp and enjoy 😀

I believe that this humble soul, can create that urge in your tiny heart to come visit that land from where you belong to once again. To come and get pampered, love and relate to it again and see what you have been missing this entire time. It can remind you to take a moment, relax, take a deep breath and cherish the moment. I invite you to Jharkhand, live in it, cherish its humbleness, it’s beauty and the unadulterated serenity. Don’t just believe me, come, find it and discover it yourself 😀

Love For Food ;)

Love For Food ;)

Photo courtesy: Balakrishnan K | www.utopianhere.com “There is no sincerer love than the love of food” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Happy Deepavali And Yummy Food Memoirs :)

Happy Deepavali And Yummy Food Memoirs :)

Happy Diwali everyone!! Ahem, as the world knows, I am such a busy-Indian-lady and that gives me an excuse to wish everyone a day later The endless rituals which comes along with these festivals have kept me busy like a bee. But that doesn’t scare 

Happy Holi Folks :)

Happy Holi Folks :)

Gulaal ka rang laal hai..
Gujiya ki mithaas bemisaal hai..
Sab geele hain pyaar ke paani mein..
Sab ghule hain Holi ki ravaani mein..
Rangon ke tyohar me sabhi rangon ki ho bharmar..
Dher saari khushiyo se bhara ho aapka sansar..
Sunhari dhoop barsaat ke baad..
Thodi si hassi har baat ke baad..
Usi tarah ho mubahrak aapko ye nayi subah..
Yahi dua hai bhagwan se humari har baar..
Rangon ki bahaar hai…
Sab mein jhalakta pyaar hai..
Sab jhoom naacho gaao aaj “Holi” ka tyohaar hai..
Makki ki roti, Nimbu ka aachar,
Suraj ki kirne, Khushiyo ki bahar,
Chand ki chandi, Apno ka pyar,
Mubarak ho aapko, HOLI ka tyohar!!

“आप सभी को होली की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं….”

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Good Night Awesome People :)

Good Night Awesome People :)

Here is a photo of one of my good mood cooking 🙂 :)… I hope everyone had a great day. A day to cherish, a day to remember and a day worth living for! Last but not the least, remember you all are special to 

Lazy Dinner

Lazy Dinner

Ahhh! It was such a hectic day for me yesterday!! The work, Bangalore traffic, dust and the back-pain really took a toll on me. Generally I love to cook…and that’s not a secret anymore. But yes, I don’t like to cook every night! Sometimes I’m 

Happy Weekend Readers

Happy Weekend Readers

It has been so nice to visit you all this week through these digital pages — I have enjoyed connecting with each of you so much in such less time since I started my blog! It is now time for the weekend and I must sign off and do all of those weekend things that need to be done but I wanted to wish you well and hope that you have a very happy weekend!

Oh! since it is summer and trees are loaded with the golden delicious mangoes, I’ve prepared mango shake for all my dear readers… don’t forget to taste some…. 😛 … Have a very nice & restful few days until we meet again and loads of love!

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