Artist Shobha Patki talks about having the best seafood at a little-known village in Konkan.
I have always been a foodie and enjoy cooking. Even though I dont relish eating out as much as I did earlier,I love the food we eat during our annual Konkan trip to Kihim. We usually stay at a quaint guest house where the family cooks the most amazing seafood we have ever tasted. They make fritters and curries from local fish. Even the variety of fish and crabs that I tried during a recent visit to Singapore could not compare to the seafood we have in our little Konkani getaway. The sauces they used in Singapore are sweet,while my family and I are used to the typical Maharashtrian spicy sauces.
I particularly remember this one year when we had gone to Kihim with a group of friends. We had arranged for a kelwan (a Maharashtrian custom for inviting an newly engaged couple for a feast) for one of our friends. The family at the guest house had prepared a range of food items from fish curries and fritters to special coastal chapatis stuffed with cooked rice batter and rolled like a parantha. The food that day was just amazing. The couple even whipped up some puran polis,since no Maharashtrian occasion is complete without them.
I also enjoy recycling leftovers to make scrumptious new dishes. One of my legendary experiments is an omelette made from some leftover Koshimbir (a Maharashtrian salad of cucumber,tomato,onion and peanuts).