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When my maternal grandmother was alive, I visited her in Delhi on more than 20 occasions over the years and stayed with her in her flat in Gautam Nagar. Every time I went there, she would prepare for me my favorite gajar ka halwa and sometimes, her mysurpa. She had her special knack for making these two sweets. I never did find out the recipe, because I guess deep down, I knew I wasn’t into cooking and wouldn’t try to replicate these recipes. 

Sometimes, I wish I had written down the recipes from her because now she is no more and if I ever change my mind in the future about trying to make these dishes her way, I would not be able to follow her recipe.

I know she used those Delhi carrots, which are different from the usual orange carrots we get in Chennai,  for her gajar ka halwa. I also loved her pulikachal, but she made this less frequently. 

My paternal grandmother was well-known for her cooking and used to invite my parents and me for lunch to Anna Nagar, which she would painstakingly make when she was well into her 80s. I loved her aviyal the best! 

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These memories of my grandmothers making food, especially for me, are very dear to my heart since they went out of their way to show their love by offering me their delicacies. They put their time, effort, and love into these dishes, and that is something I will always remember and cherish. 

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