What do you get when you mix 4 North American Jews, 5 Mumbai-based Hindu Indians and a Muslim Afghani-American?
A killer Hanukkah party, that’s what!
Jess, visiting from Canada, took the lead on latkes and applesauce. We made the latkes without eggs, a nod to Jess’ vegan diet, and they held together remarkably well (thank you, corn starch and chickpea flour). Diti, meanwhile, whipped up some outstanding dal chawal from scratch. Minor setback during the jeera (cumin seeds) portion of the recipe, but we all like a little minor kitchen fire now and again, don’t we?
Manor and Devorah joined, with gingerbread cookies; Awista brought hummus (which we ate with rotis, talk about fusion!) and Mitesh, Smriti and Aradhana joined with a bottle of Sula Seco champagne. Manasa came a little late and brought cheer + wine. All in all, a lovely party. We had a great time.
Four Jews and an Indian (right to left: Devorah, Manor, yours truly, Diti and Jess)
The third night