Update 2017: While going through my old posts, I stumbled across this post. This was my first solo attempt at cooking, without any support from anyone and I made mistakes, but I learnt. Today, I can claim to have made some absolutely lip-licking dishes in the past. But, I have also made some objectionable stuff – especially the last couple of times when I cooked for my friends. That didn’t turn out too well, and I felt like an idiot sandwich after that. But, hopefully, I’ll practice more and learn.
Today afternoon, after coming back home from a 15 hour journey, I wanted to get myself something to eat. But, a trip in the hot sun rendered all restaurants usless and overpriced. Besides, I was sick of eating restaurant food every day. Also, I can use that money to buy beer!
So, I decided, like an evolved human being to take on the challenge of cooking rice and gravy. Just to add flavour to the whole thing, I picked up two eggs to fry and put in the gravy. And make Anda Curry!.
I also picked up a bread in case the curry fails.
I have cooked rice and chapatis before, but never a gravy. (Maybe once, but with mother’s running commentary) I didn’t know how much oil, vegetables or water to put. But, why fear when internet is there. I thought I’d look it up online and try. I did look up, but with limited vegetables – I thought I’d just read the beginning few steps and take it from there. (If I was going to learn, it was important to pay attention to the process.)
Here is a timeline of what I did:
1. I chop some Onions. No tomato. Oh no! Nevermind, I’ll just use onions.
2. I heat oil in a pan.
3. I pour a bit too much, I think.
4. I put the onions in the oil. Carefully. (I don’t want to burn my face.)
5. I add jeera, turmeric, salt, and some other similar looking stuff to it.
6. ‘Ah! This is looking good. Not a bad start my boy!’, I tell myself.
7. Now what? How to make gravy?
8. Water? Maybe. How else do you make liquid?
9. But water if I put in burning oil, won’t it come to my face?
10. I can only experiment and learn! (*shivers*)
11. I cover my face with cloth, and put two three spoons of water.
12. Nothing happens.
13. I pour an entire cup.
15. This doesn’t look good.
(15 1/2). It didn’t strike me that I could have tried putting a combination of masalas to it.
16. I put peas and capsicum. They are the only ones left besides pumpkin which looked like it had to be boiled before being cooked.
17. The capsicum occupies space and soaks up a lot of water and oil, making the broth look less hideous.
18. Also, the capsicum seeds makes the dish look Chinese.
19. I feel proud again.
20. Maybe, I can cook an omelette and put this broth in between two sandwiches with a lot of mayonnaise?
21. Sounds like a good idea.
22. I crush two eggs and have a brainwave.
23. What if I put these eggs into the gravy?
24. It’ll make an amazing omelette if I can turn the whole thing down too.
25. From gravy to omelette, classic improvisation Sameer! What a job well done! I congratulate myself.
26. The appearence of the whole dish changes, and I can’t wait to gobble it up.
27. I try to turn it upside down but screw it up.
28. No problem. Anda Bhurjee is made like this only.
29. I crush everything. Mix, twist and swing the whole thing in the pan.
30. The dish is ready. I add coriander and mayonnaise for seasoning. I can’t believe this. OMG I AM SO HAPPY!!
Not that I had any doubt, it tasted great too! And the eggs, peas and capsicum make it healthy too.
Now I am having a beer. Cheers!