Saturday, July 16, 2011

One Love One World.....

It has been eons that this blog was updated. All bloggers associated with this blog have been busy on their new personal journeys. I sincerely hope that all of them are doing good and enjoying their respective lives.

Also a special thanks to all the readers, many of whom pushed us to revitalize this blog. So without further ado let me get to the post.

In the past year there have been tremendous upheavals around the middle east, latest bombings in my dear city of Bombay (can't still call it Mumbai - feels foreign to me), all sorts of natural calamities and also many joyous occasions around the world. All these events show that we are all striving for justice and freedom from some oppression or just to be able to voice our opinions. I think it is our inherent nature as rational beings.

We as humanity are really ONE just divided by political, religious and mental boundaries. In spite of these differences at the root of our many of our cultures, specially where food is concerned there are uncanny similarities in preparation of food around the globe.

By taking an example of simple filled or wrapped stuffing in a unleavened dough - then fried, baked or steamed - am trying to portray that even though ingredients are local or its meat vs vegetables or sweet, the basic underlying concept is similar. Somehow making me believe that these methods originated some place when we all were still ONE and then took them and modified them as we migrated.

Starting with India - the all time favorite snack Kachori - its filled with peas, or dried pulses or with potatoes or meat - and then fried.

Again in India - Karanji (Maharashtra) or Ghugra (Gujarat) or Kadabu (Karnataka) or Kozhakattai (Tamil Nadu/Kerela) or Gujiya (Rajashthan) - is a same concept of filling dough but here it is filled with sugar, jaggery, nuts, cardomom, saffron etc. and served as a sweet.

Moving to Oriental foods - like Chinese or Japanese - they have Wontons or Dumplings - either steamed or fried - still the concept is the same.

Moving to Italy - this is Ravioli - it is a filled pocket of Dough with usually ricotta cheese and some herbs. In the above picture it is boiled and then served with marinara sauce - but can be eaten in variety of ways - also tasted good simply baked in the oven. They also have a dish called Stromboli which is a larger form of Kachori - and it is a meal not a snack - filled with meat or sauteed vegetables and cheese and served with marinara sauce on side.

Then moving to Poland - this is Pierogi - same concept filled with vegetables or meat and they also have a sweet variety filled with seasonal berries and fruits served with whipped cream. In other parts of Northern Europe it is called by these names - Derelye (Hungary), Bryndzové Pirohy (Slovakia), Kiroște (Romania)

From North Europe moving to South America - these are Pastels (Brazil) - a very common snack served with beer - they have beef, chicken and cheese fillings.

Lastly Empanadas (Argentina and Chili) - similar idea and looks very similar to crescent shaped Kachoris made in India.

There might be many more examples - but I just wanted to portray a point that we all are ONE - so lets enjoy our ONENESS by celebrating the variety that the world has to offer.

I have personally tasted all of the above dishes in their vegetarian forms and do urge you to try them too.....

Lastly tweaking a word in the lyric of the song One Love by Bob Marley....

One Love, One Heart Let's EAT together and feel all right


  1. Kudos CD!!!

    I am so happy to see this blog updated....and my mouth is already watering....i like how u tied together the different cuisines....awesome.....

    Cant wait to go home now...and binge!!!

    CD....ambrosia missed u

  2. @mia

    Thanku thanku...enjoy your binge....

    Khao aur Khane do (sadly Indian politicians don't follow this - they just Khao...:))

  3. I didn't know you were such a foodie Ceedy.

    Check my wife's blog(she is a patissier and into cake art) .

  4. Awesome buddy.. u got the ball rolling. I'll conjure up something in a day or two too!

  5. Enjoyable & mouth watering post.till now didnt know you had another blogname..Every item looks delicious & what happened to our own samosa..u have left it out

    the dessert for this post was //Khao aur Khane do (sadly Indian politicians don't follow this - they just Khao...:)) //
    man this was the Cake , tyoical Cd comment !!

  6. @vrij

    Thanks....waiting anxiously ;)

  7. @cu

    hahah...welcome here. this is a collaborative group project of foodies...

    how is everything?

  8. @prashant

    I enjoy eating :P.....welcome here.

    Great to know your wife's blog...checking it now....

    Gujju hoke mithai ghar pe banti hai isse jyada kya majee :)

  9. dude ... liked the concept and the message in the blog ... of course on top of the worldwide kachori description :)

    sorry for checking out the post a bit late but I was busy in stuffing myself with our gujju wedding food last few days as my cousin got married today ... :)

    p.s. good to see Ambrosia updated ...

  10. @cu

    Yes....I forgot the ubiquitous Samosa....thank you for reminding....

  11. @hiren

    Not a problem as long as you follow the advice I gave Anvita...

    Hope to write more...dunno somehow blog seems to have lost its Charm... but maybe Pottermania will weave some of its magical charm here...

  12. I love Kachoris!!! And Ravioli too.. And dumplings too :)

    Just not a sweet person :)

    Good to see Ambrosia back.

  13. @sach

    I hope you mean you don't like Sweets ;)

  14. yayyyyyyyyyyy....i am so glad to see ambrosia updated.....cheers to everybody...*burps

  15. Commenting in your blog after ages. Anyway, nice blog and I like Empanadas the most.

  16. Yum yum yum! All those pics made my mouth water soooo much!

    Happy eating.. Burrp. ;)

  17. Did I mention I am gonna go have some dumplings or momos in the evening?! :P

  18. @mia

    Write a post.....go for it.

  19. @jaggu

    Welcome...good to know your taste :)

  20. @anindita

    Ola....hope you enjoyed the momos..:)

  21. @all

    Here is some breaking news -
    Samosas banned in Somalia

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  25. Interesting issue :)
    I addition, I'd like to say that PIEROGI are not only in Poland, it's Ukrainian national dish, known all over the world, so does BORSCH.

  26. Enjoyable & mouth watering post.
    The message in the post showa what India is..!

  27. Hey Ceedy.....stopped blogging?

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