Where are the grandma recipes?Very recently I happened to taste what we call "Veththa kuzhambu" in a friend's house. It later transpired that it was made by his 82 year old grandmother. We often make it at home, but this taste was so different. It had such a fabulous taste with the small onion and drumstick in it.
The old lady was so kind and merely said that she learned it from her mother. She further said that she missed the traditional village stove and explained that anything cooked through fire wood would taste so fine. This was Chennai and she used just the cooking gas. But managed to retain the taste of the good old days. She also explained that in today's generation, it would be impossible to see anyone having patience. This was readily accepted by the man's young wife, who said that she had to learn so much from the old lady.
It just got better when the old lady went on to give further tips on every small thing. The young lady just listened so keenly. And it looked as if the younger generation was totally out of tune with the good old and superb ways of cooking.
For the benefit of members who might wonder what the dish is all about, it is a variety of sambar, but one that does not contain any dall, but has oil and taramind base for the overall final taste. It is served in most South Indian homes in Tamil Nadu, but I have tasted variations of it in AP as well. It is a purely vegetarian dish.