Springing Forward

22 Mar

There’s something about a Navroze meal. The sensual downward slide of ghee, the sizzle of restless onions, garlic permeating the yellow lentil, discreetly, determinedly, a stealth bomber on a mission. Spices commune in a group sizzle, arms around each other, one last hurrah before their scent soars toward the air vent and look out! Here comes the water!

The rice, long, white and fragrant, steams patiently. The fish crisps to perfection slowly, tantalizingly. Sev, sweet, darling sev, barely tolerates the nuts it’s surrounded by. And the dahi, vanilla-and-cardamom-splashed, knows its churn will come.

A moment of silence for missing Falooda. He couldn’t join us this year due to a prior commitment. An ounce of gratitude as it all gathers on your plate, warmly, wholesomely.

Feast your senses. Close your eyes. Inhale.

Now, gather around, help yourself and let Spring begin with contentment.

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18 Responses to “Springing Forward”

  1. dipali March 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    So good to have you back! Navroze greetings to you and yours. What delicious prose:)

  2. Aunty G March 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I happily ditto Dipali
    It’s now like divali
    Sparklers burst
    Our long thirst
    For OJ is quenched — no more khaali!

  3. Anindita Sengupta March 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Welcome back!

  4. Broom March 23, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Yay! Welcome back.

  5. M... March 23, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Now thanks to you even after a particularly scrumptious meal, I am hungry all over again ( and I do not even like fish!! )
    But never mind that, YAY you are back 🙂
    Phew!

  6. eM March 23, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    Yum! You’re back and with a Navroze post! How opportune. Also, dhan dar ne kolmi no patio is my favourite meal in the world. Oh and also, Navroze Mubarak!

  7. DewdropDream March 23, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Such wonderful prose! Happy Navroze to you and yours!

  8. aneela z babar March 23, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Spring. When a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love (and I add, Sex and Dhoka) The Parsis turn towards food. sigh. I rest my case.

  9. Pallavi March 23, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Missed you around the blogosphere, missy. Belated wishes for Navroze! I read somewhere that you had a good one 😉

  10. Manju Nair March 23, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Like, like…I realized thats all I am capable of, post FB. Welcome back OJ, and thank you for brining back the symphony of words to our lives!

  11. the mad momma March 23, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    welcome back OJ 🙂

  12. Orange Jammies March 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Dipali: Wasn’t it freaky how you wrote at the precise moment the blog went live?

    Aunty G: Now you’re the Momma everyone should have. Bear hug.

    Anindita & Broom: Thank you!

    M…: 🙂 What did you eat?

    eM: Not taaja boomla? I’d sell my soul for crisp, fresh-off-the-pan boomla. Navroze Mubarak!

    Dewdrop Dream: Hey girl! 🙂 How’s gorgeous London?

    aneela: Hon. Have you had a Parsi wedding meal? That IS sex.

    Pallavi: Pallavi from pretty Pune…thanks for missing me. 😉

    Manju: Get off the darn thing and WRITE!

    MM: Big hug, babe.

  13. Chips March 24, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    Welcome back! Missed reading you. Belated Navroze greetings.

  14. Rohini March 24, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    Food porn alert!

    *drools*

  15. sukanyabora March 24, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    woo-hoo lookie who is back!!! 🙂
    spring is playing games with us… we are expecting snow this weekend. bummer! but i am glad you are back-missed your writing.

  16. Orange Jammies March 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Chips: Hey Chippie! 🙂 Thanks.

    Rohini: I’m *loving* that!

    sukanya: Awww, stay warm hon.

  17. Thinking Cramps March 25, 2011 at 3:03 am #

    Navroze Mubarak. And you’re BACK. Love that, and the new look 🙂

  18. Orange Jammies March 26, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Thinking Cramps: 🙂 Thank you, hon.

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