A feast in­side a for­est

Savour tra­di­tional fare by the Warli com­mu­nity at Aarey For­est Day this Satur­day

Mid Day - - The Guide - Kar­ishma Kuen­zang

FOR cen­turies, the Warli com­mu­nity has in­hab­ited the forests of Aarey that dot the north­ern fringes of Mum­bai. In the re­cent past, at­tempts have been made to in­tro­duce their largely un­known cui­sine to the rest of us in a sen­si­tive man­ner. Now, the women from the tribe will whip up meals com­pris­ing sig­na­tures like sweet steamed modaks, thecha and za­vla or dried shrimp, a coastal Ma­ha­rash­trian dish. The lunch menu com­prises dal, uniquely made with pump­kin, stuffed brin­jals, jan­glee salad, lo­cal rice, mixed veg­eta­bles, and ragi roti. Non-veg­e­tar­i­ans may try fried bom­bil, and fish and chicken curry. What also sets this meal apart is the use of fire­wood for cook­ing.

“These women use veg­eta­bles that grow around them and don’t use chop­ping boards,” in­forms Cas­san­dra Nazareth, the event’s or­gan­iser, adding, “Nor­mally, we have lunches in the vil­lages. We are or­gan­is­ing an off­site meal for the first time thanks to the smoke­less chul­lahs they are us­ing.”

There’s also a break­fast which in­cludes poha, kokum and black bub­ble tea, fol­lowed by a com­pli­men­tary talk on Ayurveda. While there, sign up for the modak and Warli art work­shops.

TIME Novem­ber 17, 10 am to 11.30 am (break­fast), 1 pm to 3 pm (lunch); 11.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3 pm to 4 pm (modak work­shop); 11.30 am to 12.30 pm; 2 pm to 3 pm; 3 pm to 4 pm (art work­shop) AT Pi­o­neer Hall, Ban­dra West. CALL 9820224450

COST R250 to R750

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