This is dedicated to a dear friend. She recently started to cook. And she has slowly started to enjoy it, but is still afraid of the “unknown” ingredients and “cooking techniques”.
And then I began to think what she would definitely need in her kitchen – its a clean slate as far as Indian cooking is concerned. What would one who was cooking everday Indian food, absolutely need in the kitchen? What are the spices? vegetables? grains?
I came up with this list:
Dals: Urad, Toor, Masoor and Moong
Is that a fair list? What is the bare minimum you have to have in your kitchen at all times?
And then I went to the recipes part of it. I found the 10 recipes that I took with me to the US, as a student, were invaluable. I’ve posted two of them before: Spicy Potatoes and Bell Pepper with Gram Flour. This is a 3rd recipe. It’s so easy that its almost a no-brainer, but the flavors blend so well together and everyone always enjoys it.
1 bunch Spinach, cleaned and chopped
1 cup Corn, cooked
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt, to taste
In a saucepan, heat a little bit of oil. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the cumin. Brown for a minute. Add the spinach and salt and cook until it begins to wilt. Now add the corn and mix well.
This is off to Shriya of Spicy Tasty’s Fortune Cooking Contest. This is my favorite way of eating greens.
So here we are at the end of the Recipe Marathon – it was one of the most fun events I’ve taken part in. Not only did we manage to cook up something everyday and post about it (which, you must admit, is a HUGE feat!), we also managed to find lovely friends in such a short time. If anyone has any doubt of whether to join this the next time around, I hope you won’t hesitate – it really was so much fun. Now onto the food!
DK made fantastic sabudana vadas – oh-so-delicious! Divya made mattar paneer – an all-time favorite. Swati professed her love for…eggs.
Check out Siri’s and Bhags’ contribution. Lakshmi made some great looking rice. Raaga posted tons and tons of recipes! Ranji made a refreshing watermelon juice. Valli used the entire ridgegourd!