Saturday night, and Bombay empties out on to Juhu Beach. Aunties, uncles, grans and nieces hold hands and enter the water, saris and all. There are pony rides through the surf; ferris wheels; dancing monkeys; street-wise kids touting knick-knacks, kites, balloons and snacks on the sand; barrows filled with hot coals and loaded with chilli-rubbed corn-cobs; and bhel puri wallahs aplenty handing over little stainless-steel plates of layered potato, crispy sev noodle, tomato and onion, drenched with tamarind and sweet chutney for a few rupees.
The unusuals in this can all be bought readymade from Indian stores.
Mix the tamarind with the mango chutney (if using lemon, add 2 tbsp water). Layer up all the ingredients on to plates, dressing each with the sweetened tamarind dressing as you go flay sound weird, yet tastes great.
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