Archive for June 27, 2007

The Real Thing Revealed

brinjal sambhar
brinjal sambhar made according to ISG’s Drumstick Sambhar recipe

So what’s more precious than gold?

Revathi, Jyothsna and Richa get gold stars — it’s sambhar powder. Not just any sambhar powder though — Nupur and Sandeepa get an extra star for mentioning ISG’s recipe. And that’s not all it is!

A few days back ISG posted her family recipe for sambhar powder;
she said it was “specially for me”.
I was very happy and I sent her a note to say so.

ISG very kindly offered to send me some of the “real thing”. How could I refuse?!
I gratefully accepted thinking I would get a nice little packet to try. Imagine my surprise, and then my delight, when I found this *gigantic* bag-in-a-bag waiting for me last night!

sambhar powder from ISG
homemade sambhar powder from ISG and her ammayi!

When I wrote to thank her, I was surprised again to learn that not only is this ISG’s family recipe — it comes straight from India! Of course I had to open it and try some right away, so I made sambhar with eggplants I had in the fridge. I can’t wait to taste it with drumsticks. Now that I know what I’ve been missing, I’ll never go back to store-bought — this is total tastebud tantalization!!

So what’s more precious than gold? Homemade sambhar powder, for sure, but even more precious is the generosity of spirit that prompted a friend I have never met to share something so dear. As ISG said, “it’s a little bit of home and aroma all the way from there, with ammayi’s magic”. That is priceless.

This beautiful, silky-soft gift with the heavenly aroma will hold a special place in my home. Thank you, ISG, you are a sweetheart!! 🙂

more precious than gold…

more precious than gold… sambhar powder made by ISG’s grandmother

Speaking of things dear to the heart, I’m off to the lakes for a few days — hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

desolate beauty -- huron coast
lake huron coast in late winter

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