Tuwar Ringan Sakh
We left my mum’s yesterday, late afternoon, armed with five bags of food and a bin full of seeding compost. We made an odd sight on the tube, with our bounty piled up at the very front of the first carriage (that convenient spot before the driver’s compartment) but for us it wasn’t entirely unusual.
My mum is a feeder. She’s not satisfied unless you go home groaning under the weight of all the food she has carefully found and packed for you. She actually searches through her cupboards for things that we can take, things she perhaps imagines we don’t have all the way in east London. ‘do you need tins of tomatoes? How about kidney beans? I’ve got some tomatoes you can have. Help yourself to cleaning products! Toilet roll was on offer so I bought you a pack, will you take it with you?’ The answer is often no, but sometimes the stuff she gives us is pretty handy - especially if it’s my all time favourite curry packed into tupperware for lunch the following day!
Tuwar ringan sakh - pigeon pea & aubergine curry. Pigeon peas are quite different to normal peas. Instead of the fresh sweetness, they have a softer, more mellow flavour and a smooth texture. They’re easiest to find in the frozen food section of an Asian grocery store, but we managed to find some fresh on Ealing Road - a high street near my mum’s crammed with shops selling Asian fruit & veg, sarees or gleaming stainless steel kitchenware. She also made what we call parotha but others know as thepla - a spicy chapatti flavoured with methi (fenugreek leaves).
I know it might seem a little ridiculous to have your mum send you home with so much food. After all, we have jobs and earn enough money for what we need, we can cook reasonably well so feeding ourselves isn’t an issue, and for goodness sake we have shops in east London!! But it really is nice to have someone look after you so well…who else’s mum would do all this for them?? I don’t think there’s another mother out there quite like mine. A bit batty, but totally awesome.
(I’ll share the recipe another time, Karl’s just made me a cocktail and I’m afraid that’s more important right now - I’m sure you all understand!)