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.
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)
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.