Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.
This was when my mother learned to make Paalak Paneer. Nobody else in my family eats paneer (cottage cheese), but she makes it for me. So, when I was in school one day, I came home and Amma told me that there was some Chitranna (Lemon rice) was left. I was no big fan and I groaned.
Then she found a small box of palak paneer in the fridge and she asked if I wanted it. I thought things would taste better and that would be more edible, so I said, okay.
She brought me a bowl of the rice and another smaller bowl of Palak Paneer and I slowly took some of the gravy and mixed it with the rice. I made a face at it before eating it—it did look rather unappetizing—and took a bite.
And that is the best combination in the world. It is pure heaven and my dad and I both enjoy it to the fullest.
We’ve tried mixing other types gravies with it: different types of chicken gravies, brinjal (egg plant), including saambaars, if they’re almost over and not enough for one person to mix with rice. And we’ve bonded over that.
Who would’ve thought?