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Spicy, tangy or sweet … Granny’s magical touch made every dish oh so yummy!
We all have vivid childhood memories of our grandmothers and the magic they’d spin with their delectable cooking. Fresh, aromatic and bursting with characteristic flavours, even the simplest of meal would be an exquisite treat . Savouring a meal under her watchful eyes or gulping down ma’s knock-out replica of those fabulous dishes (not to mention her own specialties of course!) or making a humble attempt to cook it oneself … most of granny’s cuisines end up becoming not just classic family recipes but lifelong culinary favourites as well.
We take a walk down memory lane with a few such traditional dishes from across India…
1. Chukandar (Beetroot) Puri – Colourful puris made from beetroot and eaten with a piping hot potato & gourd curry, this Punjabi specialty makes for a stunning visual delight apart from being the perfect treat for both children and adults!
2. Zarda or Mutanjan – A popular Lucknavi treat which derives its name from the Persian & Urdu word ‘zard’ meaning yellow, this traditional sweet dish is made by boiling rice with milk, sugar & yellow/orange food colour, and flavoured with cardamoms, raisins, saffron, pistachios or almond.
3. Dhekia Xaak Bhaji or Stir-fried Fiddlehead Greens – Assamese cuisine is renowned for its use of herbs and vegetables, most of which often grows in the wild. Rich in taste and nutrients, dhekia xaak is a popular side dish that often accompanies the main course.
4. Arsa – One of the most sought after delicacy in every Garhwali household, this heavenly sweet dish is made out of a batter of finely ground rice mixed with jaggery.
5. Aloo Posto – A highly popular Bengali dish, this is potato cooked in a poppy seed paste and is eaten in accompaniment with rice/roti, curries and other sides.
6. Thekua – This crispy, crusty traditional dish from Bihar & Jharkhand is made from wheat flour, jaggery, coconut, ghee, cardamom and combined with dates, raisins and other similar dry fruits to create the perfect sweet treat.
7. Idiyappam – This noodle shaped traditional Tamil snack is a regular in most homes across South India and Sri Lanka, and is prepared from rice flour and water. It’s served with a variety of side dishes and gains a zesty flavour when eaten with them, especially the mango chutney and coconut chutney!
8. Choorma – From Haryana comes this yummy delicacy that’s made from a preparation of wheat flour roti crushed and mixed with desi ghee, gur shakkar or ayurvedic sugar and dry fruits for additional flavours.
When it comes to food, grandma’s the BOSS! …
Remember any of grandma’s secret recipes, or maybe a fond childhood food memory??
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