Macbeth and Makai Bhat

It don't matter if you're black or white


Just like the title to this post says, we (P & I), got treats from the juniors yesterday.  It was Parents’ day at school. I look forward with a certain degree of trepidation as we have to meet last minute demands like, ‘mummyI I forgot to tell you but I am supposed to put alta on my palms’, etc. – as if every house is equipped with a spare pot of alta.  Well, ours is after that incident. My son did not let me down this year. Just when I heaved a sigh of relief after tacking the golden tassels on the two ends of the dupatta (stole), put away the needle kit and sat down to sip my coffee, my son returned from school. They were disbursed early to rest and freshen up for the evening, and no one thought of the mommies!  One look at the dupatta and he says – “Mama, I meant sides – 4 sides!”  I pacified him telling it was quite alright and that nobody would miss the tassels on one dupatta with so many of them waving on the stage and left with a feeling of guilt. Turned out Jr. P got daddy to buy and staple the rest of the tassels. What a surprise!

It was a great evening. All the kids performed well, were applauded heartily and I was especially proud of Jr.P’s rendering of flawless Shakespearean dialogues being the voice over artiste for the lead character of Macbeth in the play.

My daughter had not accompanied us, and I guessed she had a reason for this as it is the first time she has missed Jr.P’s program. I was sure she was planning a surprise but did not expect anything like this…

The pictures are Jr.H’s ideas, not mine – and I was thrilled when I saw them. 🙂

A complete meal (Makai Bhaat) made from a magazine! This is not the first time that she is cooking – she has made dal before, but I have never allowed her to cook without supervision. I have made this too, but my version is rather different from this one.

Recipe: Makai Bhaat (Corn rice)
Recipe source – The recipe was featured Tarla Dalal’s magazine ‘Cooking and More’. It is a popular dish from the menu card of ‘Swati Snacks’, a small but well known eatery situated at Tardeo, Mumbai. Proprietor – Mrs.Ashaben Zaveri.
(Serves 6)


4 cups cooked basmati rice (She used kolam)
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels
1/2 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
1+1/2 tsp chilli powder (She reduced this)
2tbsp. oil
Salt to taste

The recipe did not mention but Jr.H used mustard seeds, and jeera.

2tbsp. chopped coriander

Heat the oil. Splutter mustard seeds, and cumin seeds.

Add tomatoes and salt and saute for a few minutes.

Add corn kernels and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook over a slow flame till the corn is tender and the water evaporates.

Add the turmeric and chilli powders and mix well.

Add the cooked and cooled rice and toss gently so that the masala coats the rice evenly without breaking the grains.

Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves and kadhi on the side.

I was so thrilled I called my mom to tell her all about the evening and she was shocked. “You never did such a thing for me at 12.” Oh ya, that’s public declaration now I said. Jr. H beamed.


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Aparna

    Aren’t you just proud of your children, Harini?
    Do tell your daughter that her bhaat looks perfect and I’m looking forward to see more of her cooking here. And your son that the picture looks good.
    You’ve got competition.:D

    And that manual, I would love a copy. I’m thinking there isn’t really one that can help us deal with everything that comes our way!!!

  • PG

    wow! You surely need to be proud od her. She has done a wonderful job! And great photos!

  • Jayashree

    That’s so sweet. What a lovely surpriise to come back home to!!!

  • Raaga

    very very nice 🙂 she’s taken after me… I’ve been baking since I was 10 and cooking since I was 12 😉

  • Uj

    very sweet of your daughter to make this for you and she is just 12!! You must have swelled with pride 🙂 Looks yummy. A Pat on her back from me :)Very sweet gesture

  • Uma

    Wow, what a helpful daughter you have! She has done a great job! Well done! Nice pics too!

  • Sunshinemom

    Alka, I think aapne to mere mann ki awaaz sun lee!! I too am the same and imagine – I used to go round telling people nothing can ever make me cry!!

    Deesha, thanks for telling me that:) I guess I will keep making these with the hindalium press!


    The murukku press is not mine .. I got the image from the net. i too have a hindalium thing N i think that works best than any other material

  • Alka

    Aah we mothers are so simple..first we keep on training abt good Manners to our kids ,then when they DO good, we feel threefold happiness…one tht they did good,2ndly feeling proud that we taught them so..thirdly when world praises them we go Sobbing(khushi ke aansoo ofcourse) and i wish every mother(ok ok fathers too) should be able to experience such wonderful moments when our kids make us proud.U know wht when my son wins any competition at school or tops in his class and comes home with a certificate or trophy with hyper excitement and that cute big grin….i just can’t control the gush of emotions flowing down from my eyes…nothing in the world could match that happiness ,which we feel when kids makes us feel lady keep enjoying and keep sharing such memorable incidences with us.

  • Sunshinemom

    Thanks all!! She read it and is glowing with pride!!

  • Arundathi

    thats amazing – the little chef! 🙂 it looks great!


    wow .. you must be one proud mom right now

  • Rachel

    this is a marvelous creation froma 12 year old!!!

  • jayasree

    So sweet of ur daughter. You can be really very proud of your kids. Warm hugs to Jr. H
    She has not onlly cooked a yummy dish but has presented it well too. Guess, soon this is going to be ur family blog.

  • Sharmila

    Wow!Your daughter cooked it!!Cho chweet. 🙂
    And junior’s idea on the snaps is awesome too. 🙂

  • Gita's Kitchen

    Wow, that is soo sweet, I am sure it must have tasted so delcious becos it was made with lots of love for her mummy 🙂

  • Cham

    Wow, Girls are amazing , how sweet is it? Big Hug for the Little chef 🙂

  • Curry Leaf

    oops,I forgot to post this ,Thanks for the alta info.It is not in childcare manual,but I will buy one thanks to you-staplers and tassels are also ready-only my daughter has to grow up thatsall.I am already panicking …

  • Curry Leaf

    Too nice of your daughter,hugs to her.I am waiting for mine to grow up and do that ;).The bhaat is perfect especially with the young loving hands that made this under the wide-open eyes of the worrisome mother.The pix are very well presented too.

  • Usha

    That is so sweet and she is only twelve, amazing…you really must be very proud of her. Give her a big Thumbs up from me 🙂

  • sunita

    Aww, that is so sweet of your li’l lady…give her a hug from me 🙂

  • Happy cook

    WOw your daughter mad ethis for you.
    You must be really proud of her.
    Say big cheers from me to you lovely daughter

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