Between lunch and dinner, usually, my masi, mom and I would go off for a small shopping trip. The evenings were spent getting dressed for dinner.
Now let's come to the lunch menu at my nani’s house:
1. Kadhi chawal with homemade aam ka achaar.
2. Aloo and gobi paranthas. Daal and gaajar have also been added in recent times. Mooli remains a winter special.
3. Papdi chaat, gol gappas and tikki from the local chaat shop.
4. A few plates of Chholey Bhature are also feasted on.
5. Pakodas from Lajpat Nagar
6. And lastly, butterfly samosas from our favourite Old Delhi are a big favourite. (They’re actually called Japani Samosa in Chandni Chowk)
My nana and nani’s house was a typical Old Delhi business family kind of home. People were always dropping in to meet my nana, while we constantly sneaked in vendors who would sell beautiful shawls, sarees, jewellery, carpets and namkeen. Food in their house was also characteristically Delhi and there always had to be ‘kuchh meetha’ post lunch. It was usually homemade and Indian. The family favourites were thandi kheer and phirni.
3 starters were always served with drinks and a platter designed according to her main course menu.
The Main Course
I’ve now started writing my own family recipe book. And maybe I'll give you a sneak peek of that soon!