Mangia Mangia!…Submitting to Pizza Margherita

I’m spooling the tape back to childhood. Do indulge me while I unfold a tiny snippet from the past. Sukh Sagar, the famed eatery’s italic lightbox glimmered under the city’s night sky. Serving meals to patrons parked outside the restaurant while they reclined in the comfort of their cars was quite à la mode in 90’s Bangalore. The 5 of us(the parents, the 2 brothers and me), huddled in our car outside the restaurant while the food was brought and stationed on the bumper. The tray wobbled precariously as it hosted glasses of water and other snacks. For the next hour or so, the brothers and me devoured 4-inch discs of dough studded with bell peppers, onions and smothered with a tomato sauce and topped with visible strands of cheese. This was our first pizza and it has tethered itself unrelentingly to fond childhood memories much like the way mozzarella cements itself unyieldingly to a pizza base.
We’ve come a long way since then. Simplicity has transpired into a labyrinthine experience and I say this bearing no complaints. The thin-crust, the thick crust, the cheese-burst, the white sauce, the red sauce, the neopolitan, the Italian version, the Chicago version, there’s also the Indian version that I bake by splashing the base with a spicy Paneer Tikka Masala. Suffice to say, the options have no end.

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Vegetarian Burgers/ Sweet Potato & Chickpea Burgers

I’m constantly on a relentless quest for a good vegetarian burger and by “good”, I mean, a healthy (read “medium healthy!), pure vegetarian, a light, soft bun & positively deprived of mayonnaise. To be honest , and at the risk of sounding too critical, I have to say that at times, it feels like a Sisyphean task. At a popular joint,  a vegetarian burger signified, a sliced bun with some butter & a single slice of tomato. As you can imagine, that didn’t satiate my stomach nor my soul. Back home in India, we also have our own little burger that is loved & worshipped by every Indian there is , aka the humble Vada Pav. Back when the husband & me were in Mumbai, be it notorious hunger pangs or just a rainy monsoon day, these spicy, potato filled Vada Pav’s were the ideal snack. Continue reading “Vegetarian Burgers/ Sweet Potato & Chickpea Burgers”