India, Aug. 2 -- I wrote, three years ago, about ordering delicious flakey keema samosas in Bengaluru from Anisa's Kitchen, a catering service run by the eponymous Anisa. I was introduced to Anisa and her delicious food by my friend, Ash Lilani, who has the good fortune to know Rezwan Razack (of the Prestige group), one of Bengaluru's great gourmets.

Rezwan often used Anisa's catering service and he sent me the first batch of keema samosas. After that I ordered them each time I was in Bengaluru and took them everywhere with me. (Mumbai, Delhi, even the beach on an island in the Maldives!) Last week, Ash texted me the sad news. Anisa had passed away.

I thought back to the first time I had tried the samosas. When I wrote about them, I had...