Dahi Wada: Lentil Dumplings in Yogurt with Spices

 

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Soft, melt in the mouth wadas nestled close together in that bowl he held out to me. “Chaat Masala?” he asked, as he took  out that little plastic bottle which held the very essence of street food. I nodded in approval as I stretched out the bowl towards him for him to sprinkle some of that Chaat Masala on the white creamy yogurt that covered those dumplings like a soft sheath of snow.

 

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Khandvi: Seasoned Chickpea Rolls

 

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The very first time I saw Khandvi being made at the comfort of a home kitchen was by my mother in law.

 

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Indian Spiced Chicken Strips

 

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What was meant to be a meal of spice marinated kebabs ended up garbed and coated to become these golden brown chicken strips.

 

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Masala Arbi: Taro cooked in Spicy Sauce

 

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Here comes another recipe from home, cradled with memories of my times with my mamoni who was my second mother. I run my fingers over the letters of the recipe on the paper – once written and held by her. Many days and months of my life have been spent in my aunt’s home, whom I fondly called “mamoni“, ma’s sister.  My ma and her sister were close in age, very different in their personalities but as close to one another as sisters could get. When we were little we spent our months of summer vacation in Baharampur, Murshidabad in my aunt’s bungalow.

 

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Rosemary Roasted Chestnuts

 

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping on your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos...”

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