30 Sep '16, 3pm

@TheCurryGuy

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is a flat, heavy rectangular block of grinding stone with innumerable holes/dents chiseled into the surface, with one end merging into a triangle. This is the stage where all the harmony and magic of the spices and pastes happened. There was no whir of the blender then. The cylindrical mortar went back and forth over that slab as maa sat down and made the mustard poppy seed paste. A little bowl of water nestled on the right hand side, as she splashed water over the stone, just enough to make a paste thick and smooth to be scooped out. I still get a feeling that the paste made in the shil nora has a better texture than the one we do in the blender. The feeling could also be an effort to hold on to the past. Maybe…

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