Shuchi Mittal reveals one of her favorite family recipes.
By Shuchi Mittal
This is a traditional recipe that has been in my husband’s family for years. After being in South Africa for four generations their home cuisine displays distinct Indian flavors with local influences. Spices that were available locally took over some of the traditional Indian spices, and fish and meat became a staple in all households. Like all Indian homes, food is still a sentiment used at every occasion- to celebrate, to grieve, to show love & concern and of course for Indian girls, to display skill.
Far away from home, my husband often craved these savory snacks that his grandmother used to pamper him with. Giving in, I decided to try my hands at the recipe, and not to alter anything to the taste remains as close to home as possible. Was it a success? The smile on his face and that of his family (when they say the pics) says it all. A happy husband can go a long way- and this just took 30 mins of my time.Print
Shuchi cooks with the heart of a poet. Banker turned chef, she runs the 29. Private Kitchen in NYC focusing on social tasting events, dining experiences and small-scale private events. Using simple & wholesome ingredients, she likes to re-invent homemade Indian flavors into modern tapas & small plates. Her dream? To cook, feed, write, and eventually open her own communal dining cafe - with a published recipe book on the stands.