Sunday, 27 October 2019

Soan Papri's difficult journey

Once upon a time, when I used to eat sweets without counting calories, I remember eating Soan Papri (also spelled as 'Soan Papdi) with relish. It was nowhere near the top of my preferred sugar-laden snacks, but then I have never been one to have favourites.

I do remember preferring the fresher, more structured, less thready, big brother of its, Pateesa. Especially one brought from Saharanpur.
Pateesa didn't demand to be put in a bowl before being eaten. No spoon was needed.

Soan Papri, on the other hand, would disintegrate on the first bite. Some in hand, some on shirt front, a little on the lap, but most on the floor.
Mom's lecture would follow.
She would conjure a katori and chamach (bowl and spoon) for me and another spoon for scooping out the Soan Papri.
You see, much as you can identify the clear cut cuboids while the now-notorious sweet would lie packed in the box, the moment you try to pick one piece, all the pieces seem to merge ...(?) into the other.

Each spoonful would melt in the mouth leaving its sticky remnants in the mouth to be enjoyed.

It's been ages, it seems, since I ate Soan Papri, or even gave it much thought. And here I am - at 10 in the morning on a working day - typing a blog on it.

The reason is that suddenly it is everywhere. I watched a video yesterday where a colourfully dressed guy playing the role of Soan Papri is gifted by one family to another, and the second one to the third, and so on, as a Diwali gift.
https://www.facebook.com/ScoopWhoopOkTested/videos/2409810015754306?sfns=mo

A few minutes ago, I glanced at my phone to take a quick look at headlines, and Soan Papri is there too.
'Soan Papri is like Karma'... I think this is the first time I am writing this on my blog, but LOL.



Will history remember this phase at the time of Soan Papri's fall from grace? Would it discourage people from buying it now? I don't think so.

See, you have to understand. The reason Soan Papri is the chosen one (as a gift to be bought, and as a gift to be passed on) is that it has a long shelf like. I did a quick google search and found out that it has a best before of 120 days.
The only other Indian sweet I can think of is Dhoda, but it can in no way compete with the life expectancy of Soan Papri.

And now Soan Papri is on my Insta too...



Btw, Kaju Katli should be consumed within 2-7 days depending on its dairy content.

Someone somewhere does buy the long-lasting, taken-for-granted, densely-packed dabba, and finally, someone somewhere does enjoy the crumbling sweetness of it. If it takes a long, wavering path from the former to the latter, it has the strength to take it.