Milk Halwa; An Indian Jewish Rosh HaShanah
I just came across this quote over social media: "We need to consider what we may be losing in our perpetual quest for convenience. Once we lose the knowledge of something learned and refined over centuries, it's gone for good." Sebastien Rouxel, Bouchon Bakery (cookbook). So timely and beautifully put. So prophetic!
I've written in the past about the Malida Ceremony and the corresponding (super easy) dish coincidentally also called Malida that is at the core of the Bnai Israel right of passage rituals. I've also written about one savory dish that lies at the core of the Rosh HaShanah table, the Lamb Biryani. Yesterday, I shared with the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, another quintessential Indian Jewish Rosh HaShanah dish, this time on the sweet side, the halwa. It's our apples and honey, although in Israel we have both apples and honey and halwa on Rosh HaShanah for a sweet new year.
It feels like coming full circle, being published in Israel for the first time, even if it's in the English edition and not in Hebrew. I feel particularly sentimental today. I hope you'll read it and share this slice of culture, food, history and recipe.
Nowadays, I not only make Lamb Biryani and Halwa for Rosh HaShanah, but I also started my own traditions of including at our table freshly baked challahs and cooking an array of Middle Eastern foods, apple cakes an more. Somehow they all mesh well together.
...and for Yom Kippur?! Check out the article I published last year "Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast Traditions Around the World."
Happy 5776 you all!