Staying mostly at home during the lockdown, revived my skill of cooking. As I had plenty of free time, cooked dishes of my choice and the way my mother taught us. Having no sisters, my mom has trained us (3 brothers) to be a skilled cook. Actually knowing cooking was good and bad at the same time, as you know what you like and can cook too, you will always have an argument with your spouse on how to cook. If you don’t know cooking then you will eat whatever is served on the table.
It’s a saying in India that those who can cook well have a very good heart too. I always have the conviction that if you love something you will excel in that and if you cook something with love then that will be delicious for sure.
When people were eating at home and what they like and gaining weight, I on the other hand was losing weight, all junk foods were stopped for me. Eating home-cooked meals is always healthy. Most Indian household still cooks at home and there is hardly anything consumed which is packaged and ready to eat in India.
I have cooked a lot and taken photos of those items. As summer starts from March and remains till October (in north India), what we cook during summer is very much different from the dishes of winters, grouping them posting here –
Tarkaries / Sabjies / Curries
Mix veg of cauliflower, new potato, peas, tomato, and coriander, It’s a bit juicy and cooked in winters. Cooked yesterday.
Jackfruit – Veg alternate of Mutton Rogan josh or Mutton-do-pyaza.
Baigan Bharta (egg plant) mash
Bhindi fry (ladies finger)
Egg-Curry and chapati
Daal-Makhani – I have also prepared yellow-dal fry as well but do not have photos 😀
Daal Paratha (Dalbhari) – Gram mash filled Paratha
Condiment / Supporting food items / Chutney / Bharta / Pickle
Green mango – Jaggery Chutney (cooked), also known as Talkha
Green mango – Jaggery – mint chutney (grinded)
Raita – Vegetable mixed with Curd (Yogurt)
Aloo Bharta – Mash Potato
Tahri- (it’s not Biryani) – preparation is very simple, you just need to light fry all seasonal vegetables and whole garam masala in ghee, put in a pressure cooker with water, and give one whistle.
Bread Pizza – There wasn’t any outside food during the lockdown, so I have experimented with this. The later wife prepared real pizza.
Roasted Rice Flakes with roasted peanuts – It’s a very common Indian household snack.
Potato wedges with mayo and tomato sauce – kids loved it
Noodles – We have very much Indianised it, frying onion, ginger, and green chilies first and then putting tomatoes makes it authentic Indian not Chinese.
Cold coffee – Homemade is better than many branded chains
Ripe Mango Panna (Aam Panna) – vanilla icecream topping makes it awesome
Green Mango Panna – Must try for those who did not taste it yet 🙂
Open Air Kitchen at Harsil, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand – Unlocking was just started when we traveled to Gangotri, we were avoiding eating outside, so carried our own groceries along with a gas stove. Used water of a stream flowing nearby to cook noodles, boil eggs, and prepared masala tea.