We had Chicken Curry for dinner… In a very Bengali way… chicken with potatoes, cooked and marinated with mustard oil, garnished with fresh cilantro from the back yard! The kind is usually termed as the Robibar er Murgir Jhol (Sunday Chicken Curry) as it is laden with memories and almost a tradition to have an elaborate meal with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
There, it says it all! Only it does not have to be Sunday to love this. The word elaborate holds a different meaning for me. It is not that the meal back home on the Sunday afternoons were ornamented. It was just the other way round – few and simple; hot steaming white rice, the chicken/mutton curry and usually a sweet chutney to complete the meal. It was elaborate because of the time we spent, the little details of conversations we shared. It was more than food.