Growing up, my parents went out of their way to make me feel like everyone else, and still appreciate my glorious differences. That line is tough to walk, but they were masters.
They taught me my language and the wonders of delicious, spice-infused Indian food.
We painted eggs at Easter time and my dad even hid them in our yard a few years.
Christmas time brought a tree downstairs and gifts that came straight from Santa (the tags said so).
And, through it all, I learned the beauty of living in two cultures at once.
Today, we still walk that line, and, every Thanksgiving we celebrate a holiday that makes us stop and take a second look at life. This holiday asks that we take a brief moment from the hustle and bustle and appreciate all of our blessings, whatever those may be.
And, each year, my family gets together to eat an Indian feast deliciously prepared by MomEat. And, this year, we got extra lucky and MomEat prepared supercalifragalisticexpialidocious Indian fry bread, called “puri”, and channa masala, chickpeas simmered in a spicy tomato sauce, and roasted potato curry, chopped potatoes sauteed with mustard seed, coriander, lemon juice, turmeric, and ginger. I’m hungry again.
Indian Fry Bread (“Puri”)
To make puris, combine two cups all purpose flour and 1 tsp salt. Mix together. Stream water into the flour until you create a dough ball (similar to pizza dough). Break dough into smaller portions and roll flat. Fry in one to two inches of sunflower oil (or vegetable oil of your choice). Sunflower oil works well.
Keep a tray lined with paper towels next to your frying pan so that you can lay the finished puris there to drain excess oil before eating.
More delicious Mom Eat’s Indian Thanksgiving recipes to follow this week. For now, let’s all be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!