24 Jun '16, 3am

The Essence of Choka

“Stand still in front of Cynthia for five minutes, and you may end up as a choka.” Jugalbandi I am not calling names, but I think I know who at Jugalbandi wrote that statement. The truth is, I do love me some choka. As I wrote in my column this week , choka for me is soul-food, it is rustic food, real food, food that connects you and speaks to you in a special way. Choka for us in the Caribbean refers to a method of making a dish. In other words, you’d hear people say, I’m making a choka. The tenets of choka-making are roasting, pounding and grinding. It is about getting the texture and consistency just right. So where did choka come from? As you well know, the Caribbean is a made-up place, our ancestors came from various continents, (ahem, some of them brought against their will) to these shores. We know for a fact that choka came from our Indian ancestors and thanks to s...

Full article: http://www.tasteslikehome.org/2008/01/essence-of-choka.html

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