The Spice Box
The Spice Box
Surabhi is returning to India after 3 years and she feels she will not be able to adjust with the food habits of her family in India anymore. She thinks she can eat less spicy food now as her food habits have changed, she thinks food habits of her has changed and she is happy with the fact.
She tells her husband that she cannot be able to cook any Indian food and wants him to inform his mother about this and also tells to inform them to cook food in olive oil as they consume that oil.
Surabhi and her husband has reached India and reached home as well. Surabhi doesn't like this house anymore she wants to return to the U. S as soon as possible.
She sits for dinner but seeing aloo paratha and curd with some pickle she resists to eat it and eats some dry fruits saying her mother in law that she is full and goes to sleep. Her husband loved the food and says"Indian food is the best!". . . , Surabhi makes faces listening to this, Next morning she wakes up late and goes for breakfast and she sees idlis with coconut chutney and goes away straight to the kitchen and makes herself oats which she had carried from the U. S, she sees her husband and her in laws enjoying the spicy coconut chutney and idlis but she keeps quiet.
She is bored in her room and goes to the kitchen, she discovers the spice box which is found in all Indian kitchens and she sees her mother in law making lunch, she couldn't control herself and tries to make some dish, she remembers how before going to U. S she used to cook Indian food and loved spicy foods, she tries to make Rice with vegetable curry and dal, she opens the spice box and loves the beautiful colours which change the taste of food, she loves the smell of ghee and butter. . . She touches the spices like cardamom and cinnamon and smells them, her in law is surprised to see the change in her and ask the reason for so.
Surabhi tells that she saw the spice box and remembered her past which brought this change and said she had forgotten the Indian food and the love for cooking Indian food. She takes chilli powder and adds into her curry and also turmeric to her dal, she lived the smell of sizzling tadkas and she was happy to cook. Her husband tasted all the food and was surprised seeing Surabhi having them too and said to her, "Surabhi, Where is your pasta? Which is your favourite lunch?", Surabhi smiled and continued eating with her hand. She realised her love for Indian food and now she loved cooking, serving and trying out different traditional Indian recipes as well, when she returned to the U. S.