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Mangala Barve's Annapurna (March 2020)


We're meeting on Saturday, March 21st evening. At my house.

Here's what's on the (proposed) menu:
  • Starters:
    • Kothimbirichya vadya (fritters made from besan and coriander)
    • Kheema bharleli andi (devilled eggs, with keema)
    • Bharla paaplet (stuffed pomfret fish)
  • Pickles/Salads:
    • Chinchecha thecha (imli pickle)
    • Kolambiche lonche (shrimp pickle)
  • Mains:
    • Fish biryani or Kolambi bhaat (fish biryani or prawn rice)
    • Bharli vaangi (stuffed brinjal)
    • Katachi aamti (Maharashtrian daal)
    • Muttonacha pandhra rassa (white-ish curry made with mutton stock as a base)
    • Ambyacha rasateel fish curry (fish in a curry made with a mango-pulp base)
    • Bhakri (chapati, rustic Maharashtrian style and made with a variety of flours - rice, jowar, bajra)
  • Drinks:
    • Panha (the classic kachi kairi coolant, ever special in most Maharashtrian households in summer, with additives to make a suitable cocktail and a mocktail)
  • Dessert:
    • Shrikhand (hung yoghurt dessert)
    • Naralachya vadya (coconut squares)
We have as part of our group now culinary students from IHM and IIHMCA. None of the rest of us have ANY culinary experience. We have regular day jobs in banks and IT and law and pharma-consulting to name a few, and really all we have in common is the constant urge to cook well (and cook new) and eat well. So this is most definitely something new and exciting!

2020 and 2021 seem like they will be the years of Indian regional cuisines coming to the spotlight. TV shows, restaurants, culinary movements, all focusing on reviving Indian food, delving into the rich, cultural heritage of lesser-known regions here and moving beyond chicken tikka masala and butter naan.

For the uninitiated, Annapurna was first written in the seventies and was part of most upper-middle-class Maharashtrian girls' wedding trousseaus. It has been reprinted several times since. The recipes look fairly simple but bonding over good, home-cooked food is what is important, not so much whether it pertains to a foreign culture or something regional and Indian.

Since ePubs and PDFs of Indian publications are hard to come by, I'm happy to share pictures and photocopies of the book. I have hardcopies of both the Marathi version and the English translation.
Ping me for more deets, if you like!

Here's the link on amazon.in if we wish to purchase it.
As always, there's a lot more you can read about Mangala Barve if you have the time and the inclination to do so.
Hit me up if you want to and fill out this form to RSVP if you aren't in on the plan yet. Vadya waitin' for!
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