So what do Moms want on Mother’s Day? Scented candles, a monogrammed purse, a book or a holiday even? Quite frankly, I don’t have the right answer; at best I juggle between such options every year because my Mom doesn’t lead me on to anything she might want! But this year, I’m getting a little ahead of the game… A couple of years ago, while we were on a family vacay, Mom and I slipped away to catch a drink ahead of the others. That’s when she confessed to me that what she liked best about holidays was that she could enjoy a meal for meal’s sake. No meal planning, dealing with leftovers or packing lunches; she could go to bed without worrying about what breakfast she would make… and that’s where I found my answer! Perhaps the best thing I can do this Mother’s Day is to cook a meal from scratch so she won’t have to worry about it and can enjoy a meal at home without worrying about anything!
Chicken Stroganoff is just the kind of indulgent meal that oozes pampering with every bite. Perfect for Mom’s on such a day, right?
Keeping the crazy Mumbai humidity in mind, I’ve ditched the butter and sour cream and swapped in olive oil and some cashew cream. But, you’ll never be able to tell because I’ve blended the cashew cream with chicken stock instead of plain water, boosting the flavours wherever I can! The result is a thick sauce and a lightened version of stroganoff that doesn’t in anyway mar the flavour. Serve the Stroganoff on a bed of pasta, egg noodles or rice; it pairs well with all of these. A dish of Russian origin getting adapted for the Indian summer, that’s globalisation of sorts, don’t you think? I hope you have a fantastic Mother’s Day celebration, I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with a home cooked, luxurious meal such as this for your Mom!