Farsan is the umbrella under which a whole list of delicious snacks come under. Loved by Gujrati’s, and more than Gujrati’s by ME, these savory snacks are enjoyed with meals, with an evening cup of tea or coffee or just whenever you want to.
Farsan’s can be deep fried, or freshly made or steamed or just dry items that can be stored for a few days and some even for a few weeks. Dhokla, Bhajiya, Khandvi, Sev, Chakli’s, Ghaitiyas, tiny Samosas and Kachori’s are a few form a long list.
I have never met anyone outside of Bombay who has even heard of the term Farsan, until and unless that person is a Gujrati. Farsans are appetite spoilers and so delicious that you cannot stop at one. I look forward to a Gujrati Thaali or an invite for a Gujrati wedding only for the mouth watering Farsans served.
If there is anything I love more than my Family it is Food! And in food I love and enjoy the snacks and desserts more than I probably enjoy the main meals. I grew up with a Dad who is passionate about food and a Mom who is not only a fabulous cook but someone who loves trying out new cuisines. Mom makes the best (veg) Dhan Shak, Varan, Undhiyo, Pasta, Moong Dal Barfi and Halwa among many other things. Mom is a Rajasthani and Dad is a Punjabi and then we lived in Bombay, which ensured that our palette was acquainted with a host of flavors. Thanks to which I find it easy to adjust to and relish every kind of cuisine and I am not fussy about getting ‘my food’ Strangely the simple and everyday food I rejected while I was growing up, like our Sunday staples like Rajma and Chole, or everyday food like Masoor and Moong Dal and even vegetables like Tinda and Karela, I now find myself craving for. Sometimes I look to replicate the flavors that my Mom’s cooking bought to the dishes while at other times I add a Telugu twist to my cooking and create a brand new flavor. The Further I soar from my home, my hometown and my people the more I find myself digging in my roots. I wonder if this is what is called the circle of life.