More ways to eat Pattodas – Pattoda Pakora

I had made a big batch steamed pattodas roles(recipe previous post ) and I still had some left. Mummy had told me that you can even fry the steamed pattoda pieces like pakoras. I had never tried that before and I decided to give it a try. So sunday morning, I prepared some chickpea batter (using chickpea flour, salt, red chilli powder, amchoor powder, all combined with water to make a paste with heavy cream consistency. Spices can be added per taste) for pakoras and…

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Birthday Cake

Mummy’s cake is one of those dishes that most of us will remember for a long time. She owned a oven for as long as I can remember. The older oven, once it stopped working, was painted and mounted on the wall and was used as an airtight little cupboard to store special snack/food items. She baked cake for the birthdays for anybody that mattered to her. If it was my birthday, no matter where I was, I knew she must have baked a cake…

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Pattodas using Taro leaves

I never had any formal training in cooking my mother’s dishes. Not that it is common in India for mothers to formally teach their daugthers how to cook. We just learn by watching, by being a helper in the kitchen or just by hanging out. My most formal training happened when she visited us and I requested her to make this or that. This is one of those dishes that I learnt in that visit. Mummy and I had gone for vegetable shopping and she…

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I have to start sometime

Just the thought of trying my mother’s recipes by cooking each one gets me excited but also makes me very nervous. I am not sure where to start. I am most nervous about not being able to recreate the same taste. And this is the reason the dishes I like the best are the ones I never cook on my own. Mummy loved to cook, she cooked a variety of things, she cooked lot of dishes that I consider unique to our family, the city/region…

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