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Where have all the goodies of yesteryears gone ?

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Chitvish, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    As Deepavali approaches, I tend to become nostalgic about the sweets and savouries made, when we were young.

    Those were the days of Mysorepak (note, not Mysorepa), Coconut burfi, Boondi laddu,wheat halwa, Somasi – well, the list is not long. We had not even heard of badushah in the 50’s. Jangiri was generally shop bought. Gulabjamun was scarce. My Appa’s North Indian friend used to send the same, but the shape was then oval and it used to look like a mini-sausage! The round gulabjamuns came much later.

    In savouries, Mixture and Karasev were the standard ones. Whoever heard of Chiwda, Cornflakes mixture and the likes of the, now famous Rayil Kattidam of Grand sweets ?
    Fresh butter was bought to be made into fresh ghee, fresh gram dhal was ground in the flour mill to make “melt-in-the-mouth” Mysorepak.

    For the deepavali eve, the standard menu was Semiya payasam, Vengaya sambar, potato roast with onion and poricha appalam.

    Deepavali breakfast was idlis, vellayappam and ukkarai – typical Madurai special. If I mention the name ukkarai as my favourite sweet, my grand daughters say “ugh – ukkarai was your favourite?”. In my opinion, soft velvet-textured ukkarai has no parallel!

    But the sad part is, now many do not bother to make sweets at home and prefer mithai-shop packets ! In the 70’s, when my daughter was entering her teens, with her help, I used to make five varieties of sweets for distribution. One burfi, one laddu, one halwa, one fancy sweet like chiroti or rose puri or saffron puri and the last , my standard favourite Ukkarai. We used to gift-pack the sweets, so enjoyably and the entire procedure of preparation, packing and distribution would start 10 days earlier. I used to distribute much ahead of deepavali so that everybody will be in a mood to enjoy sweets, to start with.

    Leave alone deepavali specials, how many youngsters of today like idlis and dosais ? To make petal soft, “mallipoo” idlis is no easy job. Many do not like, rather claim to dislike idlis, more because they have never attempted to make successfully or tasted super soft idlis. The dosais, many make, bear a close resemblance to any geometrical shape other than a circle.

    With perfect measurements, one can make pizzas and pastas but not perfect idlis. Why, the humble upma is disliked by many, more because they have eaten only “gummy” upmas.

    Athirasam is yet another challenging sweet like thayir vadai in savouries. It is sad that most of our traditional dishes are losing their place of pride in our present day cooking.

    Now, I am told that masal dosai and cutlets are popular all over the world, but not the likes of Vathakuzambu & paruppusili ! I wonder why !

    Well, friends, from a “foodie” like me, you cannot expect a blog on any other topic than sweets & savouries, before Deepavali !

    Happy Deepavali !
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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  2. SupriyaDinesh

    SupriyaDinesh Silver IL'ite

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    Hello Madam,
    I agree with you.Who ever says they dont like a dish,it means either they havent tasted the best taste in the dish or they dont know how to make the dish.In this present generation one has no patience nor fresh ingredients at hands reach to prepare tasty sweets.Happy diwali for you and your family members.
    With regards,
    SupriyaDinesh
     
  3. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    I I think the malady is, most of the things are readily available off the rack in shops that many find it easier to buy rather then struggle to make it & get it right !
    In Chennai, now we get idlis, idiyappam etc as well fresh everyday, in big Deptl Stores !
    Well, I now realise that I really belong to the "old generation" of making everything at home !
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    Dear Chitvish,
    You made my mouth water with all my favourite dishes.. Boondhi laddu, villa venam, appadiey sappidalam... Hot iddli with mulagai podi... Garamagaram Dosai with coconut chutney & sambar... Upma, either with sambar or sugar will also be nice... Mysorepak & Gjulab jamoon are tricklish, if it is not done properly.. It will become hard and we need to break it with suthial... It is an art in making those... Vengaya Sambar & urulai fry.... Oh my GOD!!!!....
    Come on.... Now sitting here in the office, I cant even go to Saravana Bhavan, atleast to have a feel of some south indian food... You have a whole family who relish these food any time, any day... When can we parade... We would love to.....
     
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    Dear Chith
    You are making us nostalgic. I like sweets. So I will always be with amma when she is making sweets helping her out. The whole thing of preparation and distribution of sweets is as such a enjoyable process. But only difference is we distribute these sweets for onam. For Deepavali we get sweets from our neighbours. So we make it for onam and distribute it. Yes really miss those days. Miss amma....

    Thank you chith for taking me to those days.Happy Deepavali!

    Love
    vidhi
     
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    Dear chitvish,
    I agree totally with you.Now a days nobody makes or even try making sweets as everything is readly available in the market.But ofcourse we r not sure what oil they use and how healthy it is.Iamstill thinking what to make for deepavali and i going through your recipies links.
    Happy deepavali to you and your Family members.
    Indira narayanan.
     
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    Dear Chitvish,
    I agree with you, gone are the days, where all these are done at home... Now, people tend to get it done outside or sweet shops...It takes enormous amount of time/patience and labour to comlpete the bakshanams... With both husband and wife working and dont have time... they prefer to get it done through specialits (atleast it will taste beter... hahahaha..)... With regard to the age old tiffins to pizzas and all... May be it is in metros and II tier cities... But I find still lot of people, who dont like pizzas and burgars etc... I have 2/3 collegues, who are ready to starve without food than to have a pizza....
     
  8. Chitvish

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    Like me, you also seem to prefer olden days' sweets !
    I never as fo chutney & sambar for idli-dosai ! I love it with my ellu molakapodi & ennai. Nothing to beat it !
    Upma? don't laugh, I like it with lime pickles & thayir !
    The present generation prefer pulao & kofta, whereas I prefer Vengaya Sambar & urulai fry.... anyday !
    Oh, Veda, the list is endless ! next time, when you come to Chennai, you both spend a full day with me - I assure, we will have a gala eating time !
    Thanks for writing here.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Yes, I can imagine, what festivity you must have enjoyed during Onam.:drool
    I think, the absence of TV made all the difference to our lives earlier. Now, the children are more interested in watching deepavali programmes etc.
    We know what all pleasures they are all missing out on - sadly, they know not !:-(
    Love,
    Chithra.
     
  10. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    I am happy to hear from you !:)
    Ofcourse shops like Grand Sweets, Surya, Suswaad etc are famous for genuine stuff - but still we must not lose out on the pleasure of creating the goodies, ourselves !
    Thanks for joinig us here.
    Love,
    Chithra.
     

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