Thursday, September 08, 2005

Umbido anyone?

You know you have arrived on the Global Gourmet scene if you can conjure up a typical African dish for an unsuspecting husband and make him go "Yummm". Now you lads can take your time to bring down those raised eyebrows coz i bet they'll stay so when you meet the secret ingredient of the dish - Beet Root Leaves :D

The last time i ever saw such lovely green & red leaves on a beetroot was in my niece's 1st grade science book. So you can imagine my childish glee in wanting to buy those 3 bunched beetroots, leaves et al to experiment with. The Mr, the jolly good sport that he is, reluctantly agreed provided i never forced him to eat it.

The next morning saw an eager beaver Mrs staring at her foolishness in all its vibrant colours. But staring hasn't cooked anything in the past so i went running to my saviour - Google :)
After browsing through million recipe sites asking me to cut the leaves and keep them aside for a rainy day with no inkling as to how to "keep" them, i finally stumbled here.

Now i had no idea if all those leaves weighed 500gm but then the route to great cooking (and greater goof ups) is your intuition and not measurement. Plus i had just two big onions and i had no clue how many of my recipes would need those big guys. So finally decided to just go with my own scales.

Half an onion, 2 tomatoes, the green leaves and red stalks,lotsa pepper and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt and 2 hard boiled eggs later, Umbido was ready for its maiden appearance!
It looked good and it tasted really wonderful and its extremely simple to cook. The Mr had to eat not just his words but the dish and his only response was "Is there some more?" :)
So what are you waiting for?

Background score: "umbak umbak umbak umbak umbak ummm" (The African Tribal beat)


Blogger Primalsoup said...

Some people are enjoying this marriage thing too much I am seeing! You cruel, cruel person! :)

3:28 AM  
Blogger Vignesh said...

You can say that again Soups !!

And what with this culinary expertise and all that.. sheesh...

3:36 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Soups @ Vignesh: Cruel? And here i was trying to spice up your lives with a new recipe. Che! nallathukku kalame illai :)

8:43 AM  
Blogger Ratna said...

Does the beat go with the recipe or while eating ;)

2:21 PM  
Blogger Swathi said...

n I thot gud luking veggies dun make a gud dish
-now all I need is to get hold of those beetroot leaves in Hyd :))

1:28 AM  
Blogger swar said...

google saved me with my palak though! i bought the leafy leaves in foodie nostalgia only to realise my fridge is no palak-making robot! thats when i googled palk recipe and dished out a yummy one for me and my guy :) happy, lucky lobster i was that evening.

3:49 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Ratna: Normally it is with cooking but if hubby fusses then that's the sound of the ladle connecting with his head :D

@Swathi: Do try. It does taste good :)

@Bem: I agree. Google is re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu :)

10:54 AM  
Blogger jax said...

Beatroot leaves!!! I'd try it. Did you learn the recipe from Mmmbopa!?? :)

5:58 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Jax: Mmmbopal? Am stumped :(

9:24 AM  
Blogger jax said...

Mmmbopa was the big Zulu warrior from King Solomon's mines! :)

1:43 AM  

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