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How to make the perfect green chutney? Ask Aunt Fiola

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Family food is a collection of treasured recipes –ย  from family members, neighbours, friends and even acquaintances – that have improved my cooking skills, but more importantly taught me life lessons like generosity and the joys of sharing.

The humble chutney sandwich is such a staple snack for most Indians – so much that few maybe fed up eating it. Most church gatherings, in particular, will have some form of this green sandwich for the hungry souls – a comforting snack that I have never shy away from. But not all chutney sandwiches are created equal, getting the green chutney right is so important! For me, it is (another precious ‘Grandma’ neighbour) Aunt Fiola’sย  sweet and sour green coconut chutney that ticks all the essential checkboxes for creating the perfect chutney sandwich.

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Monsoon vadas filled with nostalgia

Even though the internet is flooded with urad vada recipes, I am compelled to document my quest to make the perfect vadas that are filled with spicy nostalgia. My attachment to food is most evident by the many food memories I hold dear. One such memory, takes me back to being a shy 10 year old at my tuition teacher’s place who was also my neighbor. Ever so often her mallu mom would make these yummy vadas and generously set aside some for me. Oh I can still recall biting into those piping hot vadas and tasting chilli in it with a hint of ginger (I suspect). And there was an occasional bite of dried coconut in it too.

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