In my Culinary journey My ATR(Any Time Recipe) bank has been my Mother. Nisha Limaye. Inspiration to prepare simple user friendly recipes has been truly from my Mother.
As a Kid I have been lucky enough to savour real thin crust Pizzas way back in 1985 when the word itself was Latin to Indian Foodie coomunity and Mind you she has no idea what Italy is as even in her wildest of her dreams Italy let alone Naples never must have featured. For her it was a concept of serving Poli Bhaji/Roti Subzi in a new format. But Yess way back then and almost every week I have been reallly Lucky to savour these Pizzas and with multiple topppings of Sprouts, Peppers, Vegggies and real Home made Napolitaine sauce.
Like this I even remember in Mid 80′s one day in school we were party to a new Earthworm food which resembled Noodles as it was mentioned on the packet (and China) only resembled in Bruce Lee movies and largets tally of Gold Medals inn Asian Games.
The packets were distributed for us to try out this new meal which would cook itself in 2 minutes saving precious time of all Mothers. Most kids probably may not have got curious about it but Mazhi AAi(My Mom) tried it the same day and for next few days it was a Earthworm festival(Noodles Fest). and forget the USP of 2 minutes , this came with again multiple additions of veggies, sauces all steamed and tossed in variious ways . She was more zapped than me as if she has just opened a Culinary treasure trove out of this packet. And I lovedddd them all. The subtle taste of that steamed 2 minutes Noodles is way different than the one we boil in water.. It still lingers on my palate. Try Steaming it. Leave aside the SOP’s may take wee bit more time but the taste is Superbbbb.
Infact I firmly believe all the Mothers even if they are novice in cooking but once they become Mothers not a Wife but a Mother they have been gifted by God tthe magic wand which are their hands to whip out delicasies. They just get to know how to do it! Even if it is just round Chapatis. They may have a paranoia about handing the chapatis before marriage, as young kids, or teenagers but the shape and method is never a hurdle once they know it is for their loved ones. Behavioural Instinct.
Present day status I am doing many food trials for PizzaS, Asian Cooking, Recipes for Convenience packets for Feasters Brand at MORE! For demos , For large scale catering orders, For Waffles but the common factor is Coooking with Love and Passion. Whatever it is; only then can I not feel tired or fatigued.
Trying out Chai and Pakora festival for my new outlet Asia on my Plate. Very conveniently located on busy Lower Parel area of Mumbai want to be known for a good homely Pakoras with special Rainforest vegetables and Reviving the Zaffrani Chai now that the Monsoons are expected anytime. Ideal situation for a Garma Garam Zaffrani Chai and multiple Pakoras and Tempuras or Fritters. They are all Global but a sole purpose of enjoying the crunch and getting rain soaked.