I was tagged by the lady whose spice is always right - Garam Masala - for this meme. :) Thanks, GM!
I like how memes and quizzes help you get to know other bloggers better, even if you've never met them - and especially as you might never meet them in person. Reading about their recipes is one thing, but to know more about their background, about what inspires or moves them... those are the sort of details that interest me almost as much as new recipes.
This meme in particular resonated with me. I know I cook quite well, but I never enjoy my cooking as much as I do my mother's. I suppose that would be pretty much the case with pretty much everybody!
Anyhow, here are the 10 things that I miss of my mom's cooking. I guess they should be in order, but they're not. I miss them all, anyway!
1. Veppilakatti - A fragrant chutney powder made from tender leaves picked from lemon trees. It takes a lot of leaves to make a decent amount of the powder, and they HAVE to be tender, so this is a very rare preparation.
2. Melt-in-the-mouth mysorepak - a simple yet festive sweet made with sugar, gram flour and ghee.
3. Aviyal - a mixed vegetable medley made with coconut, tamarind and a bit of buttermilk.
4. Poricha kuzhambu with coconut thogayal - A family favourite.
5. Thengai kuzhambu with green plantain curry - Simple everyday food that me and my siblings could die for.
6. Kozhakattai - Steamed riceflour dumplings with a filling of coconut sweetened with jaggery and cardamom, usually made for the Ganesh chathurthi festival.
7. Filter coffee - Pete would vouch for this as well.
8. Savoury mango pachadi - usually made with pickled baby mangoes that have gone soft and squidgy and would not be eaten any other way. Waste not, want not!
9. Karuveppilai podi - Chutney powder made with curry leaves. Yum!
10. Any kalanda sadham - Lemon rice, tamarind rice, coconut rice. Especially curd rice that has been jazzed up with fried mustard seeds, cashews, curry leaves and best of all, mor milagai (chillies soaked in buttermilk and sun-dried).
Damn, gotta add one more - Semiya payasam (vermicelli pudding).
Dont want to impose this meme on anyone, but it would be great if Ammani of Chaipani, Nupur of One Hot Stove, Mika of Green Jackfruit, and Meeta of What's for lunch Honey could find the time to take part! :)