The year was 1997. I was a chubby and gawky 11-year-old. And there I was sitting wide-eyed, an awkward smirk lurking on my lips, right in between my uncle and his girlfriend (who is now his wife) watching Shah Rukh Khan bobbing his head to Chand ne Kuchh Kaha. I do not remember anymore what propelled my uncle to take me on what I think was a date with his girlfriend, but yes I accompanied them to Priya to watch Dil To Pagal Hai and yes that's when I heard of this day called Valentine's Day for the very first time in my life . That year it was all the rage at school. We waited for February 14 with animated excitement. Ours was a girls' school, a convent at that, and so it was going to be nothing like an American high school drama but we were excited nonetheless. The few of us who already had boyfriends by now or at least claimed to, had promised to share their Valentines Day stories with us and those of us who were still single were convinced that we would find our love on Valentine'
It’s chili and it’s soup and it has meatballs! Normally I’ll substitute ingredients with whatever I have on hand, but in this case there was a very noticeable difference using Mexican oregano instead of regular and pure ancho chile powder instead of plain ‘chili powder’.
There is something about the rains and char-grilled corn. I love sitting in my verandah, watching the rain, and chewing on a bhuna bhutta, liberally laced with spicy lemon juice. This salad is inspired by the bhuna bhutta of my childhood and is great for those friends of mine who now find it difficult to get at the corn on the cob.