Store-bought Smashers – Chicken Mini-cups

Store-bought Smashers – Chicken Mini-cups

From the bubbly burble of a sea of red following the mashing and cooking of dozens of tubby tomatoes, eventually getting bottled and stashed away as sauce for the year ahead.. the cheep of a thousand kernels of wheat as they chafed, cracked and got milled into fine flour between the robust stones of a hand-spun chakki . From the race to the rooftop at sunset to gather row upon row of spice-studded papads that had been sunning on yards of white cotton..the clouds of piquant dust that rose around a pestle as it rhythmically pounded on whole spices. From times when getting help from a store meant dispatching a dabba of hand-kneaded dough to the dhaba down the road, to be turned into thick tandoori rotis . When the only processing to transpire involved the milkman, his cow and a pot of fresh milk at the doorstep on foggy mornings..and the only form of packaging to prevail was quite simply a square of newspaper holding prized comestibles like jaggery or dry coconut, tied with strands of hairy twine by the nimble fingers of local shopkeepers. The mistresses of the kitchen have since come a long way, surely. Then again, so have the stores. To hail this thriving tie-in, we’re rummaging the racks of our local supermarket and wheeling in some home-made vittles..to dish out some scrumptious * Store-bought Smashers. *

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