Devika Sekhar is a movement therapist and a consummate foodie and cook. She can whip up a storm in the kitchen,and naturally has a keen nose for good food around her. Here are her most memorable food stories
For me,food is all about evoking the senses- the smells,the touch,the sight. It can transport you back in time and take you to that time and place where it all began. When thinking about memorable food experiences,I think of when my family and I used to live in Amritsar. When we wanted to go out to eat,we would make our way down to our tandoori guy,hardly 10 minutes away. The crisp chill of the winters and the bon fires would command us to go to Lawrence road and have the tandoori chicken and the Amritsari fish. We would be welcomed by the wafting smells of the masalas of the fish and the chicken. The tenderness of the chicken,not heavily coated in the red food colouring tandoori masala that you would see in other places around the world today,and being able to actually taste the beautiful play of the spices made it a delight to eat. The softness of the Amritsari fish would be coated in a light batter of salt and besan. The seasoning of ajwain in the batter would make it just that little bit more exciting,and it would be fried in a hot,heavy bottomed tawa of smoking mustard oil and served hot and fresh with a sprinkle of chaat masala for extra measure. The mere thought brings about a pool of drool and a nostalgic memory of the place where I had my most fond memory of food.
My memories of Amristar are filled with the crisp chill of the winters with the bon fires in our neighborhood lawns and the cracking of sugarcane. It reminds me of the hot pieces of chicken and fish that made me feel cozy and warm in ones tummy much like a hot bowl of chicken soup on a cold winter nights.