Tuesday, July 21, 2009

~*Man proposes but God disposes*~ a Foodie's Experience

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock

Any comment on the quote????
Well, I don’t know bout you guys, but I can tell you that I am not courageous in that way. I am a big foodie who loves to eat each and everything that is edible. But when it comes to cooking, I am the worst person on the whole planet.

A month before, all I knew to cook is Maggie, Omelet, Allu-Bhujiya, Rice and Dall, that’s all.
But wo kehte hain na, life teaches us lessons which we never wished to learn. Khushi always tried to pull me in kitchen to help her out while cooking but I use to say , “Well, if you are here, then why should I worry about food and all??? I will help you with other chores as chopping Onions (Subak Subak), chilies and washing dishes between cooking”.

She tried her best, but at last he gave a DUHHHH to me and keeps on cooking. But when she went to my In laws place, then the problem started..

Now what to do???

But within a minute, I found a solution. Let me visit friends for dinner (wicked me!!!! Hai na). Well, they knew my condition and happily accepted that too and I enjoyed food at their places for a week. (I took full precaution of visiting one friends only once in a week so that they will not throw me out… Heheheheheh wicked me again).

But Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit oppps… I mean to say man proposes but god disposes. All my plans come to an end yesterday, when it started raining heavily at 7.0 pm. I was ready in my new shorts and T and all set to move but god have some other plans, it rained, rained and rained. Finally at 9’O clock, I gave up hope and call my friends “Sorry guys will not be able to make it up, So you guys carry on” They felt sorry for me and a bit anxious too that what I am going to have for my dinner. I told them not to worry and that I will order something from HYDERABAD HOUSE (a famous Biryani shop) and then we hang up.

I looked for HH number from internet and called them up. “Hey I want to place order for One Chicken Biryani and 2 mutton Lukhmi” and I was shocked by their reply “Sorry sir, we are out of stock”. I was shocked that its 9.30 only and they are out of stock, Grrrrrrrrrr now what to do???

Then I checked my kitchen, what is available in their. Maggie!!! Nahhh Don’t want to eat that, Soups-It’s not going to solve any purpose. Now what to do??

Till that time, even the rain stopped. I cursed me, myself and weather that why this is happening to me @#$%&*@##$$# and decided to go out to get something to eat.

I went to the vegetable shop near my place and all she had was Lauki (Gourd) and onions with explanation that "saab, itta baris me aur kuch nahin hota" . Well I took that and decided to call Khushi to get some help to cook something.

When I called her, she laughed for almost a minute and said “You deserve this” but finally she was ready to help me out with available materials and told me to try for “Lauki Do Pyaza” and rice.
I was a bit perplexed but she helped me out on phone. I tried it and the results were awesome.

Here is the recipe for spicy Lauki Do Pyaza

Lauki (Gourd): 1/2 kg (Chopped in pieces of 2sq cm)
Fine chopped onions: 100 gms
Garlic: 8 cloves
Zeera: 1 tea spoonful
Dalchini: 4-5 pieces
Pepper: 10 pieces
Black Cardamom: 5 pieces
Oil: 2 table spoonful
Salt, lal Mirch, Coriander powder andTejpatta: as required.

How to cook:
1. Crush pepper, dalchini and badi elaichi in a mortar.
2. In a pressure cooker, oil and mix the crushed content along with zeera and tejpatta and sauté it at low temp, add lal mirch and sute again until it changes it color to brown, then add chopped onion and sauté gain until it turns to brown.
3. Add lauki to it and keep on stirring it at low temp for 10-15 min until it becomes soft, then add Haldi and a teaspoon full coriander powder and mix it well.
4. Add some water to it and close the cooker for two whistles.
5. Open cooker, check for water; keep it to boil on low temp until you get thick gravy.
6. Garnish with green coriander leaf and serve hot with Roti or Rice

Well according to Henry IV of France Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great but I tried and was happy with the out come.

And now I am ready to start cooking at my home until Khushi is back, because Hunger: One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution.

This is every cook's opinion
no savory dish without an onion,
but lest your kissing should be spoiled
your onions must be fully boiled.
~Jonathan Swift