Posted by: sowmyas | July 14, 2008

Fast Food

I’d posted this at my company’s blog space some months back:

For those gentlemen and women who feel that cooking isn’t that easy and cleaning up after that is such a pain – here we go – very easy recipes for Kadi, rice and dry aloo sabji. I dedicate it to the population that wants to cook, has a kitchen set up but has just 30 minutes (max) on a day!

Serves 1

1. Take 1 or 11/2 cups of rice

2. Add 2.5 to 2.75 times as much water

3. Take 2/3 medium sized potatoes

4. Wash rice, potatoes and pressure cook them in 2 different bowls in the pressure cooker*

6. The rice and potatoes should be done in 15 minutes.

7. Peel the potatoes and hand-crumble them (no time to cut them to pieces you see)

8. In a pan, heat 1 tsp of oil and saute the potatoes with chillies/powdered pepper, salt and turmeric powder – 2-3 mins – its done.

9. Now for the easy kadi – take a cup of curd

10. Mix and beat 1 tbsp of besan (gram flour), a pinch of turmeric powder and salt with the curd (no heating yet)

11. In a pan, heat 2 tsps of oil, add 1 tsp methi (fenugreek) seeds, coriander leaves and the curd mixture.

12. When the curd develops a froth (2 mins on medium flame), remove from flame. Note – the curd should not be allowed to fully boil.

* A friend of mine cooked them together once – maybe okay – not for this spread though!

These recipes have been a life saver particularly for my husband, who had to survive without me (the official cook) for 3 months when I was back home for delivery of my child.

And a colleague had commented:

Try a simpler variation for your potato. Just crack a bit of jeera in the oil and mix the potato along with salt and pepper powder.

I had added:

Actually, if you can toss in a tomato and some kasuri methi leaves (available at stores) at the end, a minute before you remove from the pan, it makes a yummy side dish for rotis. And rotis are available from the stores too! Just heat and eat.

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