Guess the delicacy on my plate :):):)
Some of you who grew up with grandmoms and are in my age bracket (40+) will be able to guess easily, but I doubt if the second generation after us can. This is Ragi flour mixed with curd and cooked in an iron “handi” (pan) … When you make the “morkazhi” or Upma, you leave it on reduced flame for sometime and some of it sticks to the frying pan. Then you scrape it off and usually there is a lineup for eating the scraped off stuff called “sorandal” or as I call it “porukku” :):):). There is a similar scraping that is even more yummier which is from boiling milk in a steel vessel. At night, my grandmother would scrape off the bottom and cousins have fought over who gets how much !! This is across India and infact, I remember Varun telling me that his grandmother would add sugar to it and eat it.
Now the non-stick era and the non-stick cookware has just taken these delicacies off the menu !! You can leave the Upma on low heat in a non-stick pan for as long as you want, it won’t form that crust and even if it does, you can’t scrape it … You will end up scratching out the non-stick surface and eating that is dangerous. Even the fumes that are emitted while using the non-stick cookware on high flame is apparently unsafe. I like the non-stick cookware for the convenience and some of the things that don’t need sticking but I continue using my grandmother’s old iron “handi” for cooking vegetables, Upma and Morkazhi. Can’t give up on “sorandal” :):)
Was just wondering if the non-stick cookware also impacts the way we relate to others ? The whole concept of food bringing families together, eating together, making time for each other seems to be going away and we now are either looking down at Whatsapp or looking straight into the TV while eating. Usually my grandmother would not scrape off the “Sorandal” because it’s stuck hard and needs younger folks to do it. Even now, when Mom cooks and there is “sorandal”, I do the scraping and I think it was another way of involving children in the food making process. While we use non-stick cookware for its convenience, we also need to stick to some of the old relationship building practices and ensure relationships are sticky. Instant food, non-stick cookware, plastic containers, microwaved pre-cooked food…. All the romance of cooking is gone, it seems. We don’t need the drudgery of the past, but we need to spend the time in “making” food and the relationship building practices should be preserved.
Food for thought ? :):)