What other than food to bring back waves of nostalgia !! That taste of a lamb curry I had many winters back on vacation, still lingering on my taste-buds. A jackfruit dish Aunt used to make whenever we visited during summer. Grandmas mango pickles patiently waiting in the sun. The mind-boggling spread of Pithe puli during Sankranti and what divine flavors !!!
Some recipes I have been indeed lucky to inherit, yet there’s so many more I wish I had. And I have spent many a morning laboring hard to reconstruct those lost recipes. Antiquated cookbooks, sourced post hours of patient scouting, from ancient second-hand bookshops and flea-markets, their dog-eared mildewed pages crumbling on every turn. Faded hand-written scribbles of Maa, must have been quick dictations from Grandma, long forgotten in the far corner of the dresser. Google search. Fellow bloggers recipes.
And of course, trial and error. Try. Taste. Adjust. Try. Taste. Adjust. Persistent persevering cycles of them. Till that old taste comes flooding back.
This recipe, a stir-fried Bombay Duck with an overdose of onions and an explosion of chillies, was one such, simple, humble, yet took me a while to get it perfect, just the taste and texture I grew up with.
Try it for sure the next time your mind settles on Bombay Duck !!!