From the Chefette Diaries – 10

Cuisine: Jewish

 Dish: Vegetable-Feta Latkes


I’ve cooked before, as you all well know, but never was a single dish a whole story.

My obsession with SATC was inevitably going to make me want to do a Jewish Cuisine, since Charlotte so beautifully morphed into a Jew and her kitchen was so incredible!

So, I googled Jewish recipes and I came upon latkes, only to realize I have no idea what on earth a matzo meal is, so I googled that, and I came upon matzo loaves. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t find that here so I googled how to make it, only to realize it was the most complicated procedure with so many rules that confused me, this was more than cooking, this was a Jewish kitchen. (Not to offend any other kitchens out there!)

So once again my BFF google and I took a trip to study some of the Jewish cooking practices and their taboos and way of doing things, which obviously came with references from the Torah, which were quite naturally mostly verses from the Bible as well.

Which got me to thinking how being a Christian is SO much of a Jew, but absolutely nothing like it. I was curious of the Jews in India, and when I looked it up (Oh Google and I spend a good four to five hours together that day!) I saw that Kerala, infact Cochin, is the first and one of the very few places where Jews came to be inhabited in India.

The next day my mom and I had a talk and I told her I absolutely had to see the synagogue, and a few weeks later we took the trip.

Jew street in Cochin is an interesting place, although I couldn’t click much pictures I promise you that you need to see it. The whole experience was sprinkled with amazement for me, and when I went into the synagogue, I told God that if He was there, I was with Him.

I didn’t feel any mystical aura envelope me or anything but the whole adventure was definitely more spiritual than culinary.

Today, I finally made latkes, substituting matzo with crackers, and it’s absolutely delicious! Here is the recipe I used:

Do give it a try, it shan’t disappoint!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. sophiebowns says:

    What a gorgeous idea!

    1. soumyaj says:

      Thankyou! 🙂

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