Thursday, June 08, 2006

These are a few of my favorite things

Note to the Reader: This particular post was supposed to go up on Mother's day.. but I didn't have time then. But, now even Mom's b'day is a long way off, so I thought I would post this now anyway. Another motherly figure (MIL) is with us right now... and I can't wait to write about the excellent dishes she is making for us here. I will try to be back soon :)

10 things I miss of Mom's cooking

Try as I might, I can never enjoy my own cooking. It has been cruelly long since I've had any of mom's cooking and I thought I would salivate a little thinking of what I miss the most. Here is what I came up with...

10. Her many undocumented masterpieces... *clean up the fridge special*... with warm just ballooned chappatis. I miss the variety in taste and the incredible suspense in those meals. Oh.. the joy when we correctly guessed the secret ingredients :)
9. Badam Kheer (Almond milk pudding)
8. Fragrant Arachvitta Sambar (Sambar with freshly ground spices) with drumsticks
7. Alu Paratha
6. Rava Payasam (Semolina milk pudding)
5. Filter Coffee
4. Masala Dal Vada (deep fried, crunchy lentil fritters)
3. Lemon rasam, rice and crunchy roasted small potatoes and/or Vazhaka Podimas (Spicy Mashed Plantains)
2. Hot idlis, rubbed generously with Molaga Podi
1. Vatral Kuzhumbu with hot steaming rice, with creamy spinach kootu on the side

I am rumbly in the tummy with all that food talk.
I would love to hear what some of the readers consider their childhood indulgence!

UPDATE: Following the suggestions of some fellow bloggers, I have decided to make this into a Meme - 10 Things I Miss of Mom's Cooking. It doesn't have to be a food item, may be just a meal tradition etc. I hope you will enjoy writing it up! Here are the first few people (in no particular order) I am tagging.

1. Revathi
2. Aparna
3. Ashwini
4. Shammi
5. L.G.
6. Mika
7. BDSN
8. Sailu

Participation ofcourse will be entirely optional. Tag 3-5 people to continue the meme. Enjoy!

19 comments:

Mika said...

What a great way to honor our mom and her cooking! I would sure write a post sharing my mom's culinary delights. Thanks for a great idea.

Ramya said...

Strange so many south indian recipes....You have put northindian spice to your nickname....??what's the secret?

Inji Pennu said...

:( feeling homesick!!

Anything my mom prepares, and esp she rolls up a small rice ball dipped in a curry and feeds me...oh!!

BDSN said...

It's a nice way to honor your mom!!Good Going!! I love all the things my mom cooks....I love her chappathis,phulkas and dhals especially...

Ashwini said...

GM how thoughtful...I miss my mum's cooking too. More and more I notice it is the really simple meals that I crave. The kind she makes without a second thought and which taste just exquisite. "How hard can making a dal be?" I ask myself...but no matter what I dont quite get it right :-)

sailaja said...

It felt nice reading your post,GM.
The unconditional love of amma....
God bless our mothers!!

shammi said...

What a lovely post, GM :) I wish my mum was here now!!

Revathi said...

Yes yes yes. I know what you are talking about.. I think this should be a meme - we can all relive the food that we are missing from amma.

Aparna said...

Hi GM....
You are so right said.. i too never enjoy my own cooking.. and when i cook in large qualntiites.. and all are relishing each bite of it.. i cant take a single mouthful. I think that goes withmost of us...

Moreover.. mother's day can be anyday which is comfortable between you and your mom..
There is nothing mandatory like you have to wish or remember your mom when whole world does.. :)

Tht was a great post!

Aparna said...

As revathi said.. make it a meme and tag it.. 10 food we miss from amma...

Garam Masala said...

Thanks guys for all your comments!! I enjoyed reading every one of them. As per Revathi and Aparna's feedback, I will make this a meme. More details on the update to the post!

Sumitha said...

Nice post,Its so bad that we all have to stay away from our loved ones here,miles away from home!

BDSN said...

I would love to participate in your meme!!Thanks for inviting me to such a meme..I lov it..Thanks again...

shammi said...

oho, I've been tagged... right, I'll do my bit for the meme! Thanks for the invite :)

Aparna said...

GM, Thanks for tagging me..:)

i will try my best.

Inji Pennu said...

10 foods? Oh-ho!

Krithika said...

Vatral Kuzhambu, Badam Kheer ... oooh! Mouth watering.

Sowjanya said...

A great thought garam masala.I've always missed my moms cooking.

Puspha said...

Great meme.