It’s green mango season! Yes, it’s here and it doesn’t last too long. The young tiny and lip puckering unripe fruit of the mango tree is absolutely delicious. For a quick pickle, cut the tiny mangos into slivers and scatter with cayenne pepper, salt and a bit of dry garlic. If you’d like throw in some chopped cilantro. Stir in some good olive oil and hey presto your done!
Tastes amazing as a condiment with anything really. I particular like eating it rolled up into a paratha (unleavened flaky flatbread) and washing it down with a cup of hot chaa!
I made my first pizza when I was 11 years old or maybe sooner. It was from the Ladybird children’s recipe book series. It took me hours to make the dough alone. I would cautiously warm the water, add the sugar and slowly pour in the yeast granules, watching the little globules scatter delicately into the water below. I then stirred it and glowed at the transformation taking place before my eyes. My favorite spot was leaving it in the sun near the swimming pool and watching it slowly bubble away. Mixing the dough was a feat I cherished. I spent more time than needed, kneading it. I loved the warm, squishy dough squeezing between my fingers. Continue reading →
As a child and well into the years after I got married, I absorbed as much as I could from my maternal grandmother regarding her cooking and recipes. I would gaze at her for hours, mesmerized by the effortless way she made ingredients come together. She would make barfee – a sweet Indian confection similar to fudge, with a balanced sweetness complimented by the creaminess of the ghee – that held it together. It was never overly sweet. Her rotis were the best I’ve had and, as a matter of fact, many folk lucky enough to be in her realm would vouch for that too. A hot ghee smeared roti, perfectly toasted on top to reveal a crispy layer against the pillowy softness of the bottom layer, begged to be eaten with her homemade mango jam.
Ghee, goor and roti is my go-to comfort food. I’ve turned to it on countless occasions to pacify my emotional well being. This is such an endearing sweet meal and is close to my heart. It gently screams to me of family, togetherness, good friends and most importantly being loved. And with Valentines Day around the corner, Ghee, goor and roti makes the perfect dish to be shared amongst the people you care most about.
Ghee, goor and roti was my all time favorite as a little child and still is… and I’m sure will remain so, for as long as I can chew. Wait a minute –
My Mum’s Recipe I was about to publish this recipe and realized that maybe some of you out there may have no idea what halwo is. I would humbly describe it as a cool, creamy, almost jello-like milk dessert. Maybe in the same family as Panna cotta, an italian dessert, but a lot lighter and creamier.