I am back with more food to share. I think the cooking bug has bitten me big time and I am loooouuvving it ! 🙂
Bonus: Having a hubby who appreciates food (no matter how good it is) and is always calling you even at work to ask you what is cooking for dinner and expresses keen willingness to be experimented upon.
I have started doing what I never thought I’d do – lurking around food blogs and websites of the likes of Tarla Dalal et al. So now I know how to use yoghurt, cashew paste and all the fancy ingredients I thought only the most seasoned of cooks used (read mother and other master chefs). I am loving this. All the nuances that go into cooking resulting in that heavenly concoction that delights you not just gastronomically but also appeases senses beyond this.
I love food. K loves food. It isn’t just about taste or smell. It is not because of the variety. I love it how food brings out such a powerful feel of a particular culture and how your plate and palate are mostly an amalgamation of cultures. I love how the diversity tells us so much about a region and its people. It’s over-powering, really !
Last weekend saw us host a Punjabi couple and their absolutely cuddlable-huggable li’l twin boys. Extended session of X-box Kinect games with some yummy food (ya, I self-certify like that) made for a wonderful saturday !
For the first time, I made aloo bonda. Now you know why I rejoice over such simple feats ! I AM such an amateur. So, K being K had to taste everything at every stage. It is another thing that the salt was really less and that he SAVED it.
So, here’s what it looked like when it was on the kitchen platform under my vigilant eyes.
And the minute it goes on the dining table, you can see what happens –
So ya, that’s the famous “sampling” hand of K. Well, the aloo bonda with mint chutney and some sauce tasted good. The batter layer was thin but was good nevertheless and my heart was all swelling with pride when the li’l guys asked their mom “mummy, ek aur le loon, pleeeesh?”
And then for main course we had mushroom masala and kadai paneer with plain rice. I made some modifications to the recipe and well, they didn’t seem to harm the product though Kadai Paneer ended up becoming Paneer Masala. We ended up really enjoying this meal coz’ I had really spiced it up to the extent of giving everyone pinkish faces but gladly, all of us there could handle the spice. Yay !
Presenting — Mr. Paneer Masala and Ms. Mushroom Masa
We totally licked it off.
For dessert we had alphonso mangoes and some kulfi icecream. Sorry, no pictures of that one. And I won’t make you drool (and curse) by showing alphonos images now.
I don’t have access to them either and lack the guts to even look at them. We burnt off the calories not that I care by playing some Kinect sports with the kids. What bliss!
I have been wanting to make brinjal gojju for long now. So when I saw this dessicate brinjal screaming to be cooked, I called ma and asked what I can do with it. She reminded me of the yummilicious gojju. I also noticed a fellow veggie radish on the verge of tears as well and so fried him up and we had this —
Whenever I make any paneer dish, the fried paneer in butter get gulped down so fast that I need to fry 3 packets to get 2 packs for the gravy. Sigh ! I can’t blame ourselves for they do look so ambrosial, are so succulent and juicy and smell like…. sigh !
I usually don’t deep fry a lot. Maybe like once in 2 weeks or so. Before you think I am health conscious and all let me hurriedly correct your most grave misconception. We eat fried food majorly when we eat out. Sometimes, our waistlines plead for some mercy and we try to go easy at home
The weekend before the last, K suddenly wanted me to make pakoras. This hubby I tell you. What if I didn’t have besan or something? He will just cuddle up and say, “Please make me some pakoras na. I need it now. See the weather. See See” – rolls eyes-
And so, I rush to the kitchen before I change my mind and use some baby corn, potatoes, brinjal and onions and come out with something like this. they don’t look great but they tasted nice only, okay? and well, how can bajjis NOT taste good
with all that yummy oil?
I made mint chutney and washed it down with some yummy apple-mango drink instead of coffee.
On the Friday night I made the vegetarian omelettes that TGND described. I loved the taste but they didn’t look as gorgeous as how hers looked because I made a runny batter in my greed to add everything more. But loved the taste. We ate it with raw banana fry and some onion pickle.
I also made bisibele bath with raita on Sunday but the pictures are in K’s phone and I’ll post them in the next food chronicle. All in a all, a good weekend for food.
We summed the weekend up by discovering a great great sports and community centre where they have an amazing swimming pool, awesome badminton courts and hockey pitches ! We celebrated the discovery by booking a one hour slot for badminton that saw us fighting like hardcore opponents. Lets just say that we’ll be frequenting this place often.
I also read a wonderful series and the review will be up by this weekend.
How was your weekend? 🙂