The other weekend, I took my brother to a binge book shopping. Mom surprised us with an unexpected treat of delicious Indian cuisine when we were back. Our exhaustion after shopping in almost every independent book shops in Balham vanished as the aroma of delicious curry hit our nostrils. Also, the impeccably cooked curry changed something interesting in our house that day.
I followed my parent’s footsteps and moved to Southern part of London recently. I don’t live very far from their place, which is a great privilege. However, I’m still nostalgic about East London where I was born and brought up. But it should be more painful for my little brother. He had to change schools and lost regular contact with his old friends. That is why I take him out whenever I can.
Tim was talking about some discounts and sales in the independent bookstores around earlier this month. We both share penchant for good fictions, and we decided to use this opportunity to treat ourselves with some books we were thinking of buying for last few months. So we planned for an all-day book shopping weekend.
We had to start early on that planned day, because both of us have the habit of loitering in bookstores. However, we did not realized how much time we spent in the bookstores and how wilted we were unless we were driving back.
Curry is The Cure of Our Exhaustion
When we got back home, we found mom happily beaming at us. She said she picked up our dinner on her way back home from grocery store. She did not even have to tell us what she bought, when she unpacked the takeaways we knew it was curry! The smell was incredibly mouth-watering. I must say, I am a skeptic curry eater. My college roommate was Indian and I had chances to taste real curry cooked in most traditional fashion and that is why I often don’t find the Indian cuisines they serve in restaurants good enough. It’s been ages since I tasted great Tandoori chicken or Saag Paneer.
Mom said the restaurant was called Thali and Pickles, right in the Station Road. She bought my favorite Saag Paneer. There were two Tandoori chicken dishes. One was traditional Tandoori chicken and the other one was a creamy Tandoori chicken curry. The curries were so incredible that my skeptical self was shushed in a heartbeat! We finished those curries with Cheese Naan breads and Lemon Rice.
Thali and Pickles just got a new regular consumer.
Thali and Pickles: The Magic Wand That Transforms Our Views!
Even though his wife and children are avid curry lovers, my father isn’t into curry dishes very much. The presence of spices seem overwhelming to his sensitive tongue. But that night he decided to take a bite of the Chicken Shashlik and he did not stop. He said he never tasted Indian Cuisine cooked with such balance before, and how it melted in his mouth.
Well, we knew what he meant!
Thali and Pickles has managed to convert my dad into a curry lover!
However, we drank sweet Mango Lassi after the meal! It was immaculate and was very soothing to stomach after the Tandoori meal.
Last Saturday was indeed eventful. My brother and I bought a lot of books in a really competitive price, and tasted impeccable Tandoori dishes that transformed my otherwise a curry avoiding dad into a curry appreciating person!