Monday, May 02, 2005

Skirmishes with Kettles #89723

So you thought the ordeal was over?
Thank heavens, Appa did not nurture such optimistic notions. Amma will be back only on Friday :(

To make up for yday's debacle, i decided i will stick to a tried and tested recipe that has never failed me. I just made Dal & rice. Prestige Cooker works better under pressure than i do. Yet looking at just dal & rice, i felt something churn within me...hunger pangs!

Another STD call later, yours truly was found in the living room with grater, mango & coconut. Forget Mallika Bhadrinath. Please Welcome Kumari - The Naturopathookie [That's what you get when u cross a cookie (female cook as per Vitalstatistix) with Naturopathy!]

Here's the 2 minute recipe

Grate half a coconut.
Grate 1 Mango.
Mix them both.

Take 1/4 tsp Jeera
2 small onions (chopped if u have time, but who wants to be moist-eyed,have them as is)
1 clove of garlic (if u don't have it, ignore. I did just that!)
2 Red chillies (use 3 if you wanna make your guest weep tears of joy!)
Put all these in the mixie and grind(or should i use some other verb) well.

Add the above mixture to the grated coconut & mango. Add salt.Mix Well.
Ta-da your mangai-thengai salad is ready!

Appa's verdict - Superab !

Btw, one important ingredient to get the above compliment is -- Make sure Appa saunters in at 9pm, completely spent waiting for the Chennai bus, tired and too damn hungry to notice what is on plate :)

Now time to hit the bed.


Blogger littlecow said...

Its all quite simple - the critical step is getting the onions to become transparent. And then play around with jeera, thaEngai, kAdugu, manjal, mILAgai etc and by deftly manipilating the quantities of each, you can change the final taste. If you are a sugar lover, it helps to add jaggery/sugar into everything. thats a leaf from my book...
-little cow
ps: Dads always appreciate the girl's cooking right before marriage. Reasons are two-fold:
1. Keep the morale of their darling high...
2. Pleasure that the liability is getting transferred to another poor man soon... ;-D
(*interesting recipe though... shoudl try it...*)

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enakennavo, the most important ingredient was mentioned last nu thonudhu-the great hunger of ur dad!!


2:34 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Littlecow: hehehe dats how i cook. i have everything laid and juggle b/w the containers. Usually it is a success except for the sambhar on sunday :p
DO try it, it is really good!
I think in my case it was more of Point 2 than any other :)

@Mahesh: Bingo! 10 points to you from JK Tyres :)

11:30 PM  
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1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

orey the too much!-- sorry i cudnt resist after that convo!:D
But the "Kumari - The Naturopathookie" thing had me laughin my ass off!
Is this one of those simple-and-cant-help-but-taste-gud recipes?if it is,ill try that at home..after decent rasam i managed to make yest,ppl will b bloody impressed!Ive proven to be agud 16 yr old, pillaimar-veetu-ponnu material afterall!i mean..i cooked,people ate and survived n all man...

1:58 AM  
Blogger Sagnik Nandy said...

well waht say we start a TV show once you get here on Indin cuisine - we need an exotic name for the show - but we shall decide on that once you're hear - think abt it :)

1:49 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Ammai: So finally the girl knows what a kitchen looks like :) yea, keep day i will beat Sanjay Kapoor and you'll run to buy my recipe book :)

@Sagnik: YES! Dats the best idea!"East meets West" -- considering i would be in Nashua and you in SD :) But yea, we can work out the logistics later!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Vitalstatistix said...

Thanks for making me quotable material :)

4:00 AM  
Blogger jax said...

rotfl@naturopathookie!! hahaha

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope u added some salt - Some people consider it an essential ingredient :P -Divya

6:49 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Vital: You're always welcome Dude!
@Jax: :-D
@Divya: I did! i did! :)

7:04 AM  
Blogger Rajesh J Advani said...

Thanks for the recipe :) And ROTFL for the Naturopathookie :D

Me been struggling in the kitchen too recently. My mom was here for a month, and in that month I forgot what I had painstakingly (read as by trial and error) learnt in 4 months - how to cook! :)

11:33 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Rajesh: Thanks...more recipes would follow as Amma is planning another trip away from home :-D
I learnt by trial n error too - i try, the error is on the kindred soul who offers to eat :)

2:20 AM  

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