If there is one thing about India I always think of fondly, it is food. That is because my every memory connected to my people back home has an underlying relationship with food, cooking and recipes. My mother, first of all, is an amazing cook. She says she hates cooking but it is amazing how she innovates and comes up with dishes that can send anyone off to gastronomic heaven. To know more, read this up.
I discovered my mom-in-law’s food this time… and it was not all Vatha Kuzhambu as I had promised earlier. To know more, check this. Now, she is the queen of yummy diet food and gosh, are they tasty! I woke up every morning just to potter about the kitchen and learn to make food she is famous for and that exercise had actually paid off. Back at home, I have started to adapt her style and her recipes… something, which I am sure, tickles her.
In my trip back home, I also got to meet two other chefs who hold a special place in my heart. In Bangalore, I stayed over at my eldest sister’s. Now Sarayu Akka is the first ever baker in the family. She has been an inspiration to me and this time, we really got to discuss food, read up recipes and I promised to get my blog more active. So if you see a post with a Sarayu Akka tag, you will know who inspired me to make that!
Finally, my dearest aunt, Sudha Athai: she is the Mom of Modern Food for me. She was the first one to give me a taste of Vegetable Au Gratin, fifteen years back and she is the only one who can rock the Sambar as no one can.
JNU Dhabbas, million visits to relatives, Deepavali goodies, potluck lunches, I can go on and on if you ask me to tell you more. But I will not. Instead, I will show you. You will love it.