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An Insight into Kathiawadi Food

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It's been a really long time since I blogged.There wasn't any exciting enough to write about.One day,Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal told me about her Taste and Talk series and I jumped at the idea! Today was the first event on Kathiawadi cuisine at one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants in the city....Soam,which is at Babulnath.I have spent a few years of my early childhood in Gujarat and while I can speak Gujarati, my only food memory is that of Chicken Jalfrezi at a small joint,the taste of which I haven't been able to find anywhere else.My mother tells me of my fondness for Chinese food,even way back then.I suppose there weren't many Gujarati restaurants at that time as everyone ate at home.Blogger Vegetarian Bhukkad (Sucheta) who has Kathiawadi roots,explained that they now eat traditional food only once a week.With the times,habits have changed and eating out now includes food that was once had only at home.
The owner Pinky Chandan Dixit pointed out that at Soam, y…

Parsi Potluck at Pia's...Carrying Forward Culinary Traditions

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Our group met again,this time for Parsi cuisine.In April,I had attended a Parsi food walk, organized by SodaWaterBottleOpenerWalla,a  hip restaurant that specializes in the same cuisine,along with food blogger Kalyan Karmakar.The decor of the restaurant brings a smile to all those that enter.A blackboard with instructions typical of the Irani restaurants that occupied building corners of old Mumbai and the Parsi family tree invariably connected to the Queen :D Our walk was great fun.From SBOW,we headed to a Parsi bakery and then Kyani restaurant Parsis and Iranis both came to India from Iran but Parsis came during the 8th  to 10th Century A.D in order to preserve their religion Zoroastrianism as Iran was invaded by Muslim rulers.(Iranis came during the period between 19th and 20th century).They landed up in Gujarat and convinced the king of a principality Jadav Rana that they would mix into the people like sugar does in a glass of milk but impart sweetness to it.That they have done i…

Saraswats versus Pathare Prabhus Home Chef Potluck

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Our Potluck group of Home Chefs has been meeting for a while.We believe in three things:
1.We have no rules 2.There is no such thing as too many friends 3.Food is everything :)
Earlier we just got our favorite dishes to the meet up but this time we had a theme....Saraswats versus Pathare Prabhus.In the former team were Smita Hegde Deo and Roopa Nabar and in the latter,Bimba Nayak and Soumitra Velkar.Smita has written a beautiful book "Karwar to Kolhapur to Mumbai" talking about her journey from childhood to married life,with brilliant photographs and perfect measurement recipes.Roopa is well known for her You Tube videos on Coastal Cuisine (the Coastal Diva) via India Food Network and Sanjeev Kapoor's Kitchen.She has designed menus for cancer patients.
Bimba Nayak was well known as Master Cutter as she designed baby clothes but then turned to food and made a mark in sugar craft (she makes edible art) and professional cooking courses including Pathare Prabhu cuisine.Soum…