Kaka explains how to define a woman by her cooking with examples
by Poornima Laxmeshwar
Volume 2 | Issue 1 [May 2022]
E.g. – 1
X’s stuffed brinjal:
[Brinjal half-sliced + stuffed with onion + tomato + authentic masala, slow cooked with peanut powder + jaggery, garnished with coriander.]
Tastes best with hot jowar bhakri + butter on top.
Keyword is balance.
- The stuffing fills the crevices as neatly as burden finds rude corners.
- Never over-cooks the brinjal which implies that alertness is a responsibility.
- Uses only freshly made kaala masala because stale is a dirty way to breathe.
E.g. – 2
[All dals + some rice + some methi seeds + some jeera + some pepper + some dhaniya + some blah blah blah.]
Tastes best with hot rice + a spoonful of ghee + a pinch of salt + any pickle.
Keyword is endurance.
- The aroma of hing clouds the senses but not the taste: twist of tale.
- Roasts the ingredients one-by-one-by-one-by-one. Tolerance is a slow build.
- Orders the flourmill woman to grind the flour to the finest bit. Here, perfection comes to those who don’t compromise.
E.g. – 3
Z’s sugar poli:
[For dough – maida.]
[For stuffing – sugar powder + cardamom + poppy seeds + cocnut.]
Best suits any mood when served hot.
Keyword is practice.
- The stuffing is never more than the dough. So, there is never a mismatch. Proportion is an intimate understanding just as an opinion is.
- Roasts until right brown which means crunch isn’t a hoax that smells like a promise of freedom.
- Thin as wafer, as quiet as silence.
Who’s the best cook as per your taste, I ask.
The best cooks are always men, he says.