Blast From The Past
I have been on a romantic movie spree since Sunday. It happens once in a while. These are the times when I speak as an authority when it comes to the matters of the heart. I become this philosophy consumed, idealistic creature.
Here’s the thing about love. Everything written about love is true. Yes. Even the most cliched ones. From “Love is Blind” to “Journeys end in lovers meeting”. Everything is true. One has to fall “in” love with everything. You’ll have to think big. That’s the risk you need to take. That’s how it works. Isn’t it?
Now what happens if it doesn’t? What happens when one starts feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible? What happens when it starts aching in the places, which you never thought existed inside you? BAM! THUDD! You fall flat on your face and then you start doing some random things like, joining the gym, getting haircuts and all that jazz. By the way, falling flat on your face, absolutely sucks! And after all that, however long it may be, you’ll go somewhere new, meet new people, people who will make you feel worthwhile again, and all the pieces which were misplaced, will start falling back into place. That’s when you know that you have separated yourself from all the suck and try again. Waaaaaaaayyyy later and this time waaaaaayyyyy more cautiously.
That was surely some food for thought.
Aah. Food. Back to square one.
Remember, I had told you, I absolutely had the right thing for this blogpost? Well, yes! I know I always say that. Never mind.
This is my dad’s recipe and I believe that nobody makes this dish as delicious as my dad. I have tasted various versions, but nothing beats this.
Aate Ka Halwa. Ok! I am salivating now. My dad has spent significant years of his life growing up in Kota, Rajasthan. He recollected that this was given as a prasad (anything edible that is offered in religious places) to all the people who went to the gurudwara. There is something special about the prasad given in all religious places. So delicious!
So on Sunday my dad made Aate Ka Halwa. You know there are two categories of food. Food that reaches your heart and food that reaches your soul. This belongs to the latter. I asked him if he could make some more, for the blog, to which he replied “Then when will you learn?”
So I decided to make this amazingly simple, delicious, soul-touching sweet. I have told you about my sweet jaw I think 😉
The ingredients used are minimum, but the process is a tad longer than usual. Take my word, its absolutely worth it.
I have used jaggery instead of sugar, because it gives this rustic flavor and I love jaggery.
Atte Ka Halwa- Recipe
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup ghee/clarified butter
1 cup jaggery
5-6 Almonds, slivered
1/2 cup of water
Heat the ghee in a pan and roast the wheat flour in it. This is the time consuming part. You need to roast for about 10-12 mins. Basically the color should turn from pale brown to slightly dark brown and there should be no raw smell of the wheat flour.
Add jaggery and stir for about 5-6 minutes. Slowly add water, till you get the consistency shown in the picture. Add nuts and serve hot.
And now can you see those running shoes?? Yes? Then go run! 😀
If you never feel guilty (like me) then you are the happiest one after this 😛