Table For One.
So when I took upon the idea of writing my next blog titled ‘How can one get food poisoning by cooking at home’, there was no option but to sit down and cook. I somehow managed to capture moments during the process and I hope you enjoy them as much as my neighbour enjoyed the smell of burnt food floating into their homes.
First off kudos to Polimeraas (Veg store in Hyderabad) for doing such an amazing job of keeping the freshest of inventory and weeding out the stale/old ones every few hours. It’s my favorite hang out spot right now in the city!
Ok now that I’ve procured all the items the lady in Youtube asked me to, let me replicate the recipe while sounding like Sanjeev Kapoor himself. But first let me admire the view from the kitchen.
Step One : Chop the onions very finely. After a few minutes you will realise, the economy, the virus, the modi chacha and the onions all result in the same thing : they will make you cry.
Step two : Wash the Bhindi and sun dry them so that there is no moisture in the veggies. Who knew sun bathing veggies is a thing !
Step three : While the bhindi is having a sun bath I managed to celebrate the onset of the summer by getting some raw mangoes. Cut them up and top them up with some salt, chilli powder and savour in the tanginess of the fruit.
Step 4 : I like them fingers chopped up a little finer than usual, I mean it’s easier to swallow in the food without chewing it (#Protip1).
Step 5: Throw in the Cumin seeds, Methi seeds, Onions and lots of hope and prayers.
Step 6 : Add in those fingers into the bowl.
Step 7 : Stir well and add on the spices to bring alive the devil within you. (Protip 2)
Step 8 : Mix well and let it fry on the burner for a few minutes until you start noticing the food is getting burnt, thats when you will know the food is done (Pro tip 3)
Step 9 : Now log into youtube again and look for plating ideas from Masterchef AU and then proceed to plate like a blind person throwing things together (no offence to the blind if you’re reading this, all in good humor)
Step 10 — Confession time : Ok I wanted to make this about food but let me digress a little and take a few things off my chest. If you believe it’s Modis masterstroke to place the pan India curfew because of the life span of the virus or if you believe that vibrations from all the clapping will push the bacteria away into Pakistan then all I have to say is : Fuck You !