It is Mother's Day and your Facebook Newsfeed has been deluged with wishes and photographs by those who took it online to reminisce the sweet moments they have shared with their moms. Some like to celebrate it by planting a sweet kiss on her cheek, like the thousands she had given them as a child; some like to surprise her with gifts and flowers; and some, by cooking her favorite dish.
By cooking, we reckon the simple bottle gourd stir fry to the smart chocolate cupcakes and cookies. Yes, some of these easy recipes truly bring back the memories of childhood.
When you think of it, the flavors of childhood are not only associated with the taste and fragrance of your favorite food, but also the tenderness of the hands that fed you with much love and care.
She had saved the one pappadam with the biggest bubble especially for you. She had kept the softest of the unniyappams and crunchiest of kondattams safe and away from rest of the family until you got back home after school. She would always pour some batter on the corner of the tawa to make a 'kutti' dosa exclusively for you. The dough that is left after making the chappathi balls would be rolled and baked into your favorite shape, making you giggle while taking every bite.
The occasional treats of palppayasam and neyyappams or the jaggery-filled kozhukkattas made by her could just make the day for that messy-haired child ensconced in the corner of the kitchen table while she cooks.
And when you were hostler and too broke to eat out, she would lend a hand by dictating the easiest pulao or egg curry recipes. When you try to pull out a pudding for the first time in life for your loved one's birthday, she would give tips by saying not to pour one whole teaspoon of vanilla essence as suggested on the packet.
Much thought is needed while prepping a treat for her this Mothers' Day. She might like her kheer garnished with raisins, even though she cooks specially for you without it since you are allergic to raisins. She might like her rotis plain, not with butter melted over it. She might like tea a bit lighter, unlike the sweet and strong cups she had made for you.
This Mother's Day, you can give the sweetest gift ever, both literally and figuratively, by cooking her favorite dishes the way she would like to have them. Whether you have made an elaborate dinner or whipped up some easy snacks, make them the way she prefers. This Mother's Day, make her eat her heart out!