'Old habits die hard' - this is phrase which is often used to describe someone who never gives up their bad habits, but today's post is about this same phrase used in a very positive way. What would we all do if our moms or grandmoms gave up on slaving over traditional food year after year, decade after decade? Not only would our rich culture be in jeopardy but even the younger generation would miss out on the chance to enjoy authentic cuisine or maybe even partake in the process of creating those delicacies and thus carry forward the legacy.
When I recently saw a recipe of the 'Kotto (as it's called in Konkani) from my friend Vidya on Konkani Amchi Food, a group on Facebook, I was like wow! what a coincidence! Just a couple of days before I had bookmarked the Kori Ghassi recipe on Cherie's Stolen Recipes, a nice Mangalorean Bunt recipe blog and I was thrilled when I decided to make the Kottige (as it's called in Kannada)/Gunda (as it's called in Tulu) to go along with the Kori Ghassi. Now, the big task I had was to hunt for the Jackfruit leaves and then learn how to weave the baskets.