Memories of My Dad – Apachan
This Easter I want to write a few words about Apachan. During my Childhood Every Easter my Dad bought home a Pink Coloured Easter egg made of Sugar. A big Egg filled with Candies and Chocolates of all sorts.
After coming back from Church, he would gather all the Children around him. Kids of friends, kids from the neighbourhood and cousins. Ceremoniously he would say “Are you ready?” Everybody had to say YES. Then he would throw the Egg on the ground. All the candy would scatter all over the floor and the children rushed to pick it up. After this he would entertain kids with Jokes and Magic.
Apachan loved children. All the kids loved him. He was a party person who loved to have guests all the time. Poor Amachi doing all the cooking (I see it now!!)
For me my Dad was the best dad in the World. He was a perfect Dad!! In my view he could do no Wrong. In the last couple of years since my dad passed many of my friends and cousins have talked fondly of my Dad, saying they think of him during Easter time. Thank you Apachan for being you. Memories are forever!! I will always have that.
Daddy’s Pork Curry
Blend – 1 tbsps. Pepper – 2 tsp cumin – 2 tsp mustard – 2 tsp. Chilli powder – 1tbsps. Salt – Coarse spice powder
Marinate – 1kg Pork – Spice powder – 30 mnts.
Grind – 2 Big Root Ginger – 1 Big Bulb Garlic – 1 Kg Juicy Tomatoes – rough paste
Cook – Marinated Pork – Ground paste – pressure cooker – till done
Delicious Vindaloo ready. Mmmmm……. Love this Curry. So Delicious.
Note: Use Chicken if preferred. Adjust Spice to taste. Add a touch of coconut oil if dry.
Mummy (Anto’s mom) made this recipe all the time supervised by Daddy. But it was first made by Daddy, a recipe he brought home from work. The whole family enjoyed this dish. I make this dish all the time and call it Daddy’s Pork Curry. I have shared this recipe many times with my cousins and friends who love it too.
Daddy your Pork Curry is the Best!! Mummy says you are the Best Husband anyone can ask for in this World. How kind and sharing you were!! Your non-stop supply of Tea and Bananas we miss!! And the Jam Buns too that you brought home after Tambola.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter filled with lots of Love and Happiness.
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Chop – 4 cups of mixed Veg – (Carrot/Beans/Cucumber/zucchini/raw banana/drumstick/ raw mango) – cut in thick Juliennes
Boil – Chopped Veg – 2tsp Salt – pinch turmeric + chilli in +/- 1 cup water
Grind – 1 cup grated coconut -1 green chilli – 1tsp cumin seeds
Cook – Add ground coconut to boiling Veg – cook till done turn off Stove – cool 5 mnts.
Mix – Cooked Veg with 2 cups Creamy Yogurt – Warm slowly low flame – 1 mnt. Turn off Stove.
Seasoning – heat 1 tbsps. Coconut Oil – Splutter 1 tsp mustard – 2 red chilly -1 tsp Urad dal – handful curry leaves – 1 mnt – add to above
Delicious Aviyal ready to Serve!! Eat it with Rice or Chapati or Just Plain.
Note: Use veg of Choice. Mix colours and textures – Skip Seasoning just add coconut oil dressing.
Every year for Good Friday my mom made several different Delicious Veg dishes. This recipe brings back memories of mom’s cooking, dad and brothers spontaneously inviting neighbours and friends to join us for a meal. I am remembering my mom’s Erissery now, my favourite. That is a recipe for another time!!
AVIYAL OR AVIAL A TRADITIONAL SIDE DISH CURRY RECIPE FROM KERALA INDIA
Practice gratitude and Self Care
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