How would you describe the word ‘wholesome’? Would you say it’s a feeling, or rather a fleeting moment of pure, untouched happiness?
‘Wholesome’ is a large table, packed with plates and bowls of overflowing comfort food, the aroma of the intricately made concoctions wafting the entire room, tingling your taste buds and creating a low rumble in your stomach.
But no matter how delicious and stuffing the food is, it feels incomplete without mummy’s favorite side dish - pickle, or more lovingly known as achaar (a condiment to some, but the hero of the dish to us).
It’s no exaggeration to claim that a sly little finger-lick along with a spoonful of the curry and rice elevates the taste of the dish and gives it a whole new flavor profile altogether.
But why does it feel like everything tastes so much better with pickles? It’s almost like when you sit down to have a meal and find out there’s no pickle, you feel like you’re eating bland food, totally devoid of life and love.
However, you’re not dreaming- pickles do actually make food taste better, and there are several reasons behind it:
- For starters, making pickles is a craft, right from the first step that is procuring the spices and carefully blending them with the right oils and dried vegetables.
- The process of fermentation gives pickle its distinctive flavor that serves as the perfect balance of spicy, sour and bitter to have along with a meal. The diversity of flavors in a single bite is what makes the dish truly complete. It makes the meal finally wholesome.
- What makes everything all the more ‘whole’ is the nostalgia, the sentiment behind uncapping a jar, to be hit with the fragrance of home and happiness. To breathe in the aroma of the purest form of the emotion, a mother’s love.
They may not say it with their words, rather express their love through what they know best - making food that tells a story for centuries to come.
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