Anoushka Shankar: 'Dad said he could make a really good dal, but I never saw him cook'

The musician and daughter of Ravi Shankar talks about Bengali food, having George Harrison as an uncle and being Asian in California I was born in 1981 and raised as an only child , so a lot of this will be about my mum. I’m remembering the lovely food she made. And I’m picturing this kitchen with a really odd, red linoleum floor, check red. I stood next to her a lot at the sink, while she was washing and I was drying – it’s a good time and place to chat. I never really cooked alongside her, but I don’t know why. Mum’s home food was comfy, exquisite and she was also capable of the most wonderful gourmet food. She’d mix the rice and dal with stuff and roll these easy-to-pick-up extra-softened little balls of rice. I have a very vivid memory of them. I think she’s the best cook in the world. Lots of people say that about their own mothers, but many people say it about my mother. Continue reading...