I can’t believe Original Sin started with a mere apple. Who finds apples so irresistible anyway? Surely the Serpent could have come up with something better? Like Double Chocolate Layer Cake, or Butterscotch ice cream?
Right now, I’d vote for Kettle cooked Jalapeno Potato chips. Or, on second thought, any chips.
I remember buying chips from a chain called Hot Chips in Chennai (are they still around?) There were potato chips – the plain salted ones and those covered in bright red chilli-powder. There were banana chips and plaintain chips and other chips I had never tasted before like sweet potato chips, tapioca chips and karela chips. You could bite into a little of every variety and order what you liked. Sadly, I actually never tried out everything they had to offer.
They would also make the chips right in front of you in a huge cauldron bubbling with oil. If you wanted to convince yourself that the chips weren’t too oily, or that they weren’t using reheated oil, well, you were completely out of luck. I would usually avert my eyes from the cauldron and order as fast as I could. Unfortunately, you had to actually walk past the cauldron to order..
While “fish and chips” may be iconic of Britain, and potato chips and French fries may be a staple in the US, I would argue that it is India that has the most diversity in chips.. and then there are the papads and vadams which are chips too.. If I started to write about all the different papads we have, with rice and urad dal and sabu dana, that would be a whole post in itself, right? Okay, I will stop now, the very thought is too mouth-watering to be any good for me.
In the US, I find the Kettle Cooked chips taste the best (I suspect they are also the oiliest). I am not a big fan of some other varieties like the “vegetable chips”. Also, why do all the chips here seem to have salt as their main ingredient?
I am a great believer in avoiding all kinds of fried food. Yet, somehow chips seem to slip under my fried food-radar with extreme ease. The days when I am feeling especially guilty about all the oil in a packet of chips, I simply switch to buying baked potato chips. See! Simple fix.
Then there is my belief that tortilla chips are somehow healthier than potato chips. Even the ones that are not baked. The fact that you eat them with salsa that contains tomatoes and avocados makes them really healthy, right?
As for nachos, give me a little time and I will come up a good reason for why they are healthy snacks too 😉 Some reason involving cheese containing milk proteins and calcium, and never mind all that cholesterol !
Anyway, they do say that a little fat is good for you. WebMD tells me eating fat is good because it helps absorb nutrients better– especially lycopene from tomatoes (remember that salsa)?
So perhaps the ultimate health food is Nachos with salsa 😉 Maybe that’s what the Serpent should have offered.