I have scheduled this post for Jhiva for Love months back .
I couldnot send this because of the non- availability of some
pictures. Today is my Paati's ( Dad's Mom ) Death Anniversary. So
I thought today would be opt for posting this.
It has been a decade since Paati left us . But her
memories still lingering in my heart.Paati was born
and brought up in Rangoon,Burma.
She did her studies in International
School , Rangoon.But she was destined to leave
Burma as Japan bombed Rangoon during
World War II.Paati's kith and kins had to leave all their
belongings there and then settled in her native village in India.And
all through her life she was made to live in the small places since
Thatha was a Govt.doctor.
As a kid I enjoyed Paati's stories about her
childhood in Rangoonand I used to make fun of calling
her as" Rangoon Paati". The most attractive feature of Paati
was her beautiful long hair.She had a very long beautiful hair
that goes beyond her knees.The most saddest part was She lost
all her hair due to the malignant disease Cancer and the follow up
treatment of Chemotherapy.
My regular visitors and dear friends would all know about
Amma's passion for cooking and craft . Though Amma is good
in both cooking and crafts before marriage itself It is more
intensified because of Paati's brilliance and craftiness . Amma
is still having Paati's precious old craft books .
Coming to the recipe , This is Paati's signature podi.
I still remember Paati standing besides Thatha with a tiny
bowl of this podi when Thatha was having lunch . It was a rule
of Paati to give a pinch of this podi with hot mashed rice and ghee
for the first two bites to the babies . For the adults She used
to mix the podi with buttermilk and drink it after finishing the lunch.
Omam ( Ajwain ) - 2 tblsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tblsp
Whole pepper - 1/2 tblsp
Hing - 1 tsp
Dried ginger - 1 inch
Salt - 1 tsp
Dried everything under sun . Grind in the mixie to
a fine powder . Store in an airtight container.
This goes to Raaga's Think Spice Event Ajwain started by Sunita
How to use
Take 1/2 tsp of podi and mix with 2 tblsp of buttermilk.