Finally we are having the first rain of winter season in Islamabad, as I write this piece. Eating oranges and dry fruits, wearing caps and mufflers, sitting in a quilt (“razai”) and watching a nice movie along with the heaters burning. This is what “Islamabad-ki-sardi” feels like.
In my neighborhood, lives a simple and sweet aunty. She is very energetic and social. She invited me today to learn and help her mak “saunf kay ladoo”. My first reaction was, “aunty homemade ladoo in this cold, damp and rainy morning with a sore throat and flu?” She laughed and said, “betay aur kis mosam mein khao ge?” (what other weather is better for ladoos than this?”. Few minutes later I was making ladoo as I could not resist the temptation mainly because it was my first chance to make something like a ladoo and I was excited.
At her place, listening to her folk tales from Azad Kashmir and how every household makes these ladoos with the first downpour of the winters. Time passed quickly indeed.
Cutting a long story short, we made heavenly tasting ladoos with ghee (oil) and atta (wheat flour). We used gurh (jaggery) instead of sugar and flavored it with saunf and nuts. I never thought I would ever make ladoos in my entire life, but it was really fun and not that difficult at all . I kept eating the mixture while we were still shaping them and she gave a sweet smile with an “I told you so” kind of expression. I will never forget this adventure! Are you setting out on an adventure of your own this rainy season?