Been wanting to do this series for quite sometime now. So heres the first of the series - kharwas (the marathi name for this mildly sweet snack), also known as 'ginnu' in kannada.
For the uninitiated, ginnu is made from the milk of a cow that has given birth to a calf recently (within a week, the closer it is to 'calf birth', the better). Animal rights activists rest assured, the calf first has its fill and only the excess is used.
This milk, which is extra thick and full of nutrients is boiled with gur (jaggery) or sugar (jaggery version is better) and let to cool, and thicken. After cooling, it gains the consistency of jelly and is eaten as a snack/sweeet.
Available at the Aarey store in Aarey Colony, this mildly sweet sweet brought back memories of childhood when mom used to prepare it, getting the necessary milk from any of the many tabelas that existed (then) in cosmopolitan Mumbai.