A Tricolour Recipe with global food is what I chose to make for the Indian Independence day. While I could have gone all Indian on this one, I decided not just to convey a sense of being global and to represent India’s progress is this tricolour recipe (Saffron, White & Green of the Indian National flag) made with International food.
“Yet another day off from school!” was mostly what I thought of Independence Day as a kid. A day when I went to school to watch a play, collect some sweet treats to be eaten on the way home and scurry away before you were asked to help with the clean-up of school premises. While I had read enough stories and watched many movies about the struggle for Independence, I was too used to mine to really understand the intensity of the fight.
As the years passed by, I had to fight some battles for myself, by myself. A battle to choose between the right and wrong, a battle to stand out from the crowd, a battle to find my identity, and a battle for my independence, to live life on my terms. Somewhere along this road, I have come to identify with the Independence struggle. I do not mean to belittle the freedom fighters or glorify my life. I merely mean that I understand. I understand that if making an identity for yourself can be tough, making an identity for a whole country was no piece of cake or should I say ladoo ( the sweet treat that was given to us in school which almost became the meaning of the day!).
That understanding instilled a sense of patriotism in me. Living in a country far away from home intensified it. But of course, Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Whether the fondness is for a person or a whole country!
Representing my thoughts was my lunch platter today truly depicting the globalization of India. A tricolour recipe – Basmati rice with creamed spinach on a bed of spiced carrot puree. A recipe that took both Nachiket and me by surprise with its taste and flavours.
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Sending this recipe to Cooking With SJ’s Indepent India event.