Kokum / Sol Kadhi
Sol/Kokum Kadhi always makes me nostalgic. It takes me to the memory lane of my childhood. I was introduced to this amazing pink colour beverage by one of my neighbor. This family was very unique from others on our floor. The family consisted of 99% elderly members, most of them were in their 60’s and 70’s. They were like my grannies and grandpa. I being in my early childhood was obviously pampered by all of them :) . My mom says I was mostly spotted in their house nibbling something, may be my foodie nature was developed because of their pampering me with food :) . Sol/Kokum Kadhi was every day on the menu and I used to relish it with plain steamed rice and also drink it plain. It was one of my favorite dish in the thali. All my grannies knew this and they used to serve me with all their love. I remember watching them grind the coconut, garlic and chilli into fine paste on a grinding stone and squeezing out the coconut milk. No electronic gadgets were used, everything was manual.
Now, they are no more but their memories are always fresh in mind. Over the period of time those memories were slightly overlooked due to commitments, stress, workload etc... but never faded.