02 October, 2020

Childhood In A Pickle

Papad and pickle, the two therapeutic ingredients of Indian households, have been banished due to ‘too much salt’ and ‘too much oil’.

Illustration by Saahil
Childhood In A Pickle

Exams are over and children will be home full-time—hope that sounds as good to you as it sounds to the kids. Vacations are a wonderful time for exploring, not just museums and parks but our food wisdom too. That’s exactly what India has routinely done. Children went visiting grandparents and, amongst many other things, took part in making papad and pickles.

Yes, that’s learning food culture, isn’t it? And with that one also learns another inherent part of India’s culture—understanding and practising the fine art of cooking. Every grandchild irrespective of gender must have learnt how to pick fresh produce for pickles, knead the dough for papad, segregate spices and celebrate the coming together of the entire household and even neighbourhood over cooking/food.

I am not sure how to say it the right way but this will be the first generation of grandparents guilty of not transmitting this beautiful tradition to their grandkids. In the meanwhile, papad and pickle, the two therapeutic ingredients of Indian households, have been...



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