Indian philosophy behind food
For us food is a sacred gift of goddess Annapurna, an avatar of Parvati, wife of Shiva. She is the goddess of prosperity, food and nourishment. (All the newly weds in my community are given an idol of Annapurna-Parvati which is considered bringing prosperity to her new home).
According to Ayurveda, every object around us, even the food is considered to be made of ‘Pancha mahabhuta’, five great elements of nature- Pruthvi (earth), Aap (water), Tej (fire), Vayu (wind) and Aakash (space). These five elements contribute forming six tastes of food- Madhur (sweet), Amla (sour), Lavan (salty), Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter) Kashaya (stringent). Eating good food made with love makes healthy persons with better mind.
It is what you eat is, what you are…For me it is food made with love and passion make happy persons.
My journey towards food, changing sides...
Throughout my life I have seen best cooks around me. They were my mom, my sister, my grannies and aunties. Since my childhood I grew up eating tasty food made by them and later I kept exploring the street foods and snacks around the city of Pune and Mumbai where per capita food joints were amongst highest in India and of course the food was great.
After I migrated to New Zealand, cooking was never remotely thought as a profession. I even didn’t know how to hold the cooking spoon or to cook rice. I was Botanist, working as Interior designer. The deprivation and craving for delicious street food brought a thought, ‘Why not me?’ And first Indian food caravan by name of ‘Soul Curry’ was born with my zero knowledge of cooking but strong memories of great delicious food from India. Here my elder sister and the best cook of my life Subodhini alias Subi came to my rescue. She gave me the lessons and tips of cooking on phone. My plan was to bring her here and start a restaurant. But that was not to happen. She was suffering with breast cancer and later succumbed to it. She kept behind her legacy for me