For all of us life in quarantine seems impossible!

Everything has stopped, except the supermarkets, but apart from the sad reason for this quarantine, I would say that I am not feeling bad! I miss taking long walks, I miss running against the wind, I miss having a coffee at the bar, I miss greeting the bartender, in short, I miss the same things that everyone is missing.

But I’m trying to consider this quarantine as a sort of “trip” and therefore I adapt to it. Even if we don’t have the material possibility to travel, we remember that our mind is also programmed to travel with the imagination and not only ….

In this virtual journey of mine, I decided to take back my red suitcase and put all the documents I had from my research into it, these will be my mementos …

First memento: India

This morning I woke up still with the emotion of the film I watched the night before and since it is a “Bollywood” film I decided to find out about India and their customs.

Did you know that …?

Did you know that the guest in India is sacred? For Indians the guest is a God and as such should be served and revered.

Did you know that when food is offered to us, we have to refuse twice and then accept it? Also before sitting at the table, you have to wash your hands.

Do you think that in Indian restaurants there are special washbasins for the hands, divided from those of the bathroom, because as we all know, in India, especially in the southern part, it is customary to consume food with your hands, so before starting to eat it is good to wash your hands.

You have to wash your hands even between courses, because continuing with your dirty hand is not welcome. When you eat, you are very careful to only get your fingers dirty, because if your whole hand gets dirty, it means that you are rude and that we cannot eat together.

Furthermore, one must eat only and exclusively with the right hand, not with the left. In fact, the left hand is considered “dirty”, as it is used for hygiene and therefore the food should not be touched with this hand nor can the dishes.

If a dish is touched with the left hand, the same food is considered “dirty”, so if we were to meet an Indian person or if one day you decided to visit India, keep this in mind.

Furthermore, thanking is not well appreciated, because it is as if it were a payment, but the best way to make us understand that we liked the food is to eat everything, everything.

With this news, however, I became very hungry and above all had a desire to try to taste food with my hands.

Do not disturb please! Tonight I travel and have dinner in front of the Taj Mahal with some Samosa.

Samosa recipe

Typical Indian appetizer and easy to cook!

Ingredients:

  • 250g of flour
  • 100ml of water
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Chilli pepper
  • 50ml of olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Cumin

Preparation

We prepare the dough using the same technique that is used in every part of the world. Then, mix 250 g of flour with water and oil and salt in a bowl, work with your hands, until you obtain a consistency similar to that for pizza.

Then we prepare the filling: we boil the potatoes and then sauté them in a pan with oil, onion, peas, chilli and cumin.

Meanwhile, let the filling cool down, roll out the dough and create small round pizzas which we will then divide in two, we must make two half-moons that we have to fill and then close off giving the shape of a cone.

We can fry them or bake them in the oven at 200° for about 15 minutes.

Obviously the original recipe is different, this is a version more suitable for us and with ingredients that are easy to get at home.


Lucilla Minori

ITA

Laureata in lingua cinese, da sempre amante del vasto panorama orientale, per le tradizioni, i colori, le culture, le credenze mitologiche, in particolare quelle cinesi. Eternamente innamorata del mondo e della sua vastità.

ENG

A graduate in Chinese language studies, she has always been a lover of the vast eastern landscape, for its traditions, colors, cultures, mythological beliefs, especially Chinese ones. Eternally in love with the world and its vastness.

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