The Magic of Maa Ke Haath Ka Khana: You Can Inherit a Recipe But You Can Never Recreate It

My mother has published a cookbook; my aunt has made meticulous recipe cards with the fond intention of passing them down to the next generation. And yet, an appeal to either one for how to make a favourite dish turns into an hour spent deciphering how much “about a handful” is, or when a dish “smells of dum”.

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