Delhi is what I put in every form where it asks me ‘Place/City of Birth’. And that seems to be enough to make me feel a special connection to this city which I have visited not more than five times in my life (I think, and this includes my entry into the world!) but each visit was a treasure chest of memories its own. One of them is recorded here.
My last visit to the capital city of India was last summer with my DH and my little (well, not so little anymore at 14 and 11 years) ones. (Check – – Favorite Childhood Memories, be it games or books or food or movies or just random somethings – with one additional twist – these are memories I would like to build in the future as well – with my kids, if possible).
Here are some glimpses of Delhi from the eyes of my camera…
Dharwad Peda: This simple looking, often overlooked in the sweet shop (except by die-hard fans like me) dessert is simply put, delicious. While other people might go for the fancier looking sweets shaped like flowers or fruits or all colorful, or rich milk sweets like rasmalai or the cham-cham, or the nuts based barfis, my eyes (and taste-buds) always lead me to this sweet – the Dharwad Peda. Named for where it hails from, the town of Dharwad in north Karnataka, this simple sweet has an interesting history that goes back two centuries. Baba Singh Thakur of Unnao in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh fled to Dharwad when plague struck Unnao in the 19th century. He started making the pedas and his grandson popularized it – today Thakur Peda or ‘Line Bazaar peda’ or Dharwad peda is known all around the state and elsewhere and always leaves your sweet tooth satisfied. The recipe is zealously guarded but there are faithful copycat versions and recipes and someday, I will eat it whenever I want – homemade! One recipe can be found at easybitesonline should the reader want to attempt it.
And yes, now I share the love for this peda with my little ones too – it is the family favorite!
Q to the reader: What is your favorite dessert? Have you tried the Dharwad Peda?