It was that time of the year again when I took part in the 8th Annual A Taste of BC event, organised and held by the Sooke Harbourside Lions club at the EMCS. It was my 2nd time and the goal was to ensure people got to experience some of the different tastes of India.
Our offerings (supported by Lord Ganesh that supervised our table) included:
- Pani Puri- Pani puri (also called golgappa) is a street snack in several regions of South Asia. It consists of a round, hollow bread, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water (pani), tamarind chutney, spices, potato, onion and chickpeas.
- Dhokla- Dhokla is a vegetarian food that originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. It is made with a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish, or as a snack.
- Idli with chutney- Idli is a traditional breakfast in South Indian households. Idli is a savoury cake that is popular throughout India and neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka. The cakes are usually four to five inches in diameter, made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body.
The finished idli batter is put into moulds of an idli tray and steamed. Since plain idlis are mild in taste, a condiment is essential. Idlis are often served with sambar (lentil curry) but this varies greatly by region and personal taste. Idlis are also frequently served with chutney.
- Sooji Halwa- Sooji Halwa is a very popular sweet dish all over India and is made on religious occasions, as parsad (offering to God). After prayer Halwa is served to devotees as a blessing. It is made from semolina , which is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat used in making pasta, breakfast cereals, puddings, and couscous
- Besan Ladoo- Besan Ladoo are ball shaped sweets from are made for most festivals and celebrations. Besan ladoo are sweet balls made from chickpea flour, sugar, ghee and nuts. It is said that Lord Ganesh loves ladoos .
We loved peoples reactions and enthusiasm as they tried new foods and discovered who we were and what we did. The event as we were told surpassed the previous years and was sold out. It was great to see so many familiar faces and new ones at the event supporting this great cause and attending the event.