Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cooking from Memories

I was craving for the tomato chutney that was the staple at our home table in India, and when I found my mother had lost the recipe, I decided to try and make it from my memory of the taste, smell and how it looked. It was an interesting experiment, I first wrote down the visual ingredients - mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, garlic and of course, tomatoes. Then taste and smell - sourish (vinegar) bitter (fenugreek seeds) and spicy (green chillies). And lastly, every indian dish has turmeric and chilli powder, so I added those. The result was pretty good, though not exact. And the process was fun! Is there any favorite food you've tried to create from memories?


La Chili said...

That looks great, and yes, a noodle-fish Japanese soup and it turn fine.

GB said...

Oh that looks gooood. Now I'm craving some! I do this all the time, try to wing it...sometimes it turns out okay and sometimes it's great. :)

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