I would like to present an article written by my dad, Shri S Muthukrishna Iyer, recollecting his childhood and formative years.
This article could help ‘seniors’ to recollect their childhood days. More importantly, it could give a glimpse to children on how their grand parents led their lives
- In those days, womenfolk were mostly homemakers. Though on compulsions, most found enjoyment in meeting the dietary needs of their family members.
- Being members of joint families, they had opportunities for preparing delicacies. This ensured the quality of food.
- Dishes were made out of locally produced grains, vegetables and fruits cultivated using natural manure, also were made out of freshly ground corns.
- The use of ‘ammi kallu’ and ‘aattu kallu’, ensured squeezing out juice from ingredients like coconut scrapings, this helped to enhance the taste of curries.
- The heat of fire of firewood choola matched with that of the present day LPG stove, this was a plus point.
- It was a common practice to cook tubers, and ‘ethan pazham’ (a variety of banana which is amenable for making a variety of dishes by cooking) by inserting them in the fire of‘firewood choolas’. The taste of food cooked thus is beyond description, usually, the present day children do not get such items even to taste.
S. Muthukrishna Iyer.