Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Love, the Secret Ingredient - Food Fiction

Since the day she saw "Festive Food : His Cooking Event," she began to pester him to venture into making some dishes. But he was not much enthusiastic about the proposal. He was no novice to cooking, but he didn't want to waste his weekend over it. She had a dream the other day that he cooked a number of delicacies and served her. She woke up in the middle of the dream, but her joy and excitement didn't abate. She woke him up and narrated it to him. Although, it was mid-night, he didn't scold her, instead, with his usual smile he said, " Poor Girl, you are unduly obsessed with your blogging".

That Friday, they went for a movie and had dinner in a restaurant and came home very late. The next morning, she slept until it was almost noon. While asleep, she felt some masala smell, but just ignored it in her half sleepy mood. She woke up only when her belly god reminded her. She was very hungry that she rushed to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. But to her surprise, she saw a cup of hot coffee kept ready for her. She smiled to herself and told him "No, I'm not going to take the picture of it and send it to the event". He reciprocated her smile and turned towards his laptop. After she finished her coffee sip by sip, she asked him, "Shall we go to a restaurant for lunch?" "No, no . Not today". She just got provoked at his response: " I'm very tired and hungry. I cannot cook now" "No need dear, I have got bread for you," he said. Expressing her anger, she told in a subdued voice "No, I don't want to have bread. I want some rice and curry". "I have work now and we don't eat out," his voice sounded firm and she was obviously hurt by the curt reply. She was speechless for a moment. A sense of self pity and grief gripped her "If you want rice, go ahead and cook" She had no other way except to leave for the kitchen.

She washed the rice, and when she opened the rice cooker to put the rice... Oopp! what she saw inside was hot steaming rice. She couldn't believe her eyes, she ran towards him, and all that she could say was 1000s of thanks to him. "Ok, let me make a quick curry then," She thought and opened the refrigerator to take out the vegetables, and for the third time she was taken by surprise. There were 3 mini bowls sitting on the fridge rack. She opened one by one and found her wholesome lunch ready. "Oh My Dear!" She was moved by his love.

Beetroot Chutney/Thuvayal :

Ingredients :

1. Beetroot - 1 Cup (Peeles and cut in to small pieces)
2. Red Chilly - 2 or needed qty
3. Coriander Seeds - 1 tsp
4. Oil - 4 tsp
5. Tamarind pulp - 1/2 tsp
6. Salt - Needed Qty

Procedure :

1. Take 1 tsp of oil in a pan. Fry red chillies and coriander seeds. Keep aside.
2. In the same pan, add remaining oil. Then, add the cut beetroot pieces.
3. Fry till the raw smell is gone.
4. Now, grind the fried beetroot with red chillies, coriander seeds, tamarind pulp and salt to a fine paste.
5. Serve with rice or dosa.

Tomato Kuzhambu :

Ingredients :

1. Tomatoes - 4 (Chopped)
2. Onion - 1/2 Cup (Chopped)
3. Green Chillies - 1 (Chopped)
4. Sambar Powder - 1.5 tsp or adjust to your taste
5. Mustard - 1 tsp
6. Oil - 1/2 tbs
7. Salt - Needed qty
8. Coriander - For Garnishing

Procedure :

1. In a pan, add oil. Heat it.
2. Add mustard. Then add onion and green chillies. Fry till it turns transparent.
3. Now, add the chopped tomatoes. Fry well.
4. Add 1 Cup of water, sambar powder and salt. Allow the contents to boil well till they get thickened.
5. Garnish with coriander.
6. Serve hot with rice or dosa or chapathi.

Bhindi Fry

Ingredients :

1. Bhindi - 2 Cups (Cut in to pieces)
2. Onion - 1/2 Cup
3. Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp or adjust to your taste
4. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
5. Mustard - 1 tsp
6. Oil - 1/2 tbs or needed qty
7. Salt - Needed qty
8. Curry Leaf - Few

Procedure :

1. In a pan, add oil and heat it.
2. Add mustard, then onion. Fry till onion turns transparent.
3. Now add the bhindi, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt.
4. Mix well. Cook on medium flame.
5. Garnish with curry leaf.
6. Serve hot with rice or chapathi.

She enjoyed the meal completely and she felt every dish tasted so similar to her Mom's preparation. When he asked her how everything tasted, she said "Everything tasted so sweet, because you made them all with the ingredient of love". Her eyes welled up with tears.

Who tried this recipe?
1. Priya Satheesh
2. Sharanya


Suman Singh said...

WOW...what a beautiful post...very well written..enjoyed reading it...
All the dishes looks yummy!

Kiran said...

Well written and nicely presented dishes.

Suji said...

Nithu..Great write up dear, Kudos to your Hubby...

All 3 dishes looks lovely with that touch of secret ingredient 'LOVE'

Kairali sisters

Unknown said...

Nithu, beautiful story and delicious looking recipes. I have never had Tomato Kuzhambu before, so will try it out. Can I use it with plain rice instead of along with idli/dosa?

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

wow wonderful write up...felt like my dream came true....waiting when HE wil cook for me......amazing girl...

Indian Khana said...

Nithi sweety wonderful writeup ....half the story I believe but later realize it must be for the chalks n chopsticks event ;)...hey that's really sweet of your hubby...b'fast and super lunch..way to go...Thanks for the entry..convey regards to him too

Nitha said...

That was a real good write up.. All the dishes look awesome..

Aparna said...

well thats realy gr8, i shuld show this post to my hubby..hehe..i luv ur post nithu

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Yummy dishes, looks delicious.

GayathriRaj said...

Wow what a lovely post...really enjoyed reading it a lot....and lucky u got such a nice hubby with such nice dishes prepared by him specially for u with the ingredient Love... :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

That's so kind of your Husband, all dishes looks delicious, chutney looks lovely:-)

Menaga Sathia said...

wowww, super!! i love all recipes...nice presentation dear..

Priya Suresh said...

Woww wat a beautiful post,u r so lucky Nithu, look at those dishes..he did beautifully with loads of love...Lovely !

sonu said...

awww.. so cute and loving hubby yaar .nithu ..all the dishes looks perfect..beetroot chutney is really new to me..lovely dishes

SathyaSridhar said...

Hmm,,,Nithu nice post dear i like all the recipes u hv presented here dear esp beetroot thuvayal looks beautiful with attractive colour..Exactly what u hv said is right secret ingredient is true LOVE..

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

Oh what a sweet story Neethu. it must have felt great when you saw all these items cooked by him. sometimes my Hubby does the same.
lovely post and more of that I love your love story with food.

divya said...

WOW...what a beautiful post...very well written..enjoyed reading it...
All the dishes looks yummy!

Bharathi said...

Very interesting & enjoyed reading it dear... Hope u too have enjoyed the meal very much... ;-)...

Wonderful Narration... Colourful Presentation...

Suja Manoj said...

Cute and lovely post..all dishes looks delicious and beautifully presented.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Super write up Nithu..Enjoyed reading it..All three dishes would have been great for lunch !!!

Unknown said...

Lovely write-up Nithu..All the dishes look wonderful..

Rachana said...

Thats really very sweet of your hubby :-) Your post brought a big smile on my face :-) All the dishes look wonderfully delicious!

Jayashree said...

wow....nice meal.

Bong Mom said...

Thanks for such a lovely entry. That must have been quiet a surprise, no ?