Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Roasted Potatoes!

I feel that food is the most soul satisfying thing in the whole world.Nothing comes before tasty food,except few things here and there.However my idea of tasty food is that it also has to be simple to cook and less time taking with as little ingredients it can be.

Here is one item which I often cook just for myself and my daughter when I do not have to think about people judging my food.Some times my husband has dinner or lunch with friends and I do not have to cook for him ,I usually make this dish.But I never forget to save some for him because even though the food is simple ,the aroma stays inside the house till he comes home and will definitely ask for few bites.

Here is what you are going to need:-

5-6 potatoes
some salt
few tsp of mustard oil
one dry red chili

1)Turn on the oven to 350 degrees .Wash potatoes and put them on the bottom rack .Roast for 30 minutes turning upside down once.After 30 minutes turn the oven off and let them stay in the oven for another 30 minutes.I also roast one sweet potato for my daughter for later use.

2)Take the potatoes out and peel them.Roast the whole dry red chili on the stove.Add salt(according to your taste) and 2 teaspoons of mustard oil.Mash them with your hands.Roasted mashed potatoes are ready.Eat it with plain chapati or phulka , curd and cabbage vegetables (optional).

This food truly tickles my taste buds.When I crave for some thing spicy and simple this is what I eat.One more best thing about this food is that the day I make it I do not have to struggle to feed my daughter who has a very refined taste buds from this early age of 2.I just take out some mashed potatoes before I add red chili.She gets all the nutrition and satisfaction in the food.

You can also make this mashed potatoes by boiling potatoes and following the rest of the recipes as it is but I have always felt that roasting makes it more flavorful.Taste of potaoes have more concentrated taste as excess water evaporates while roasting.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Use less ingredients!

For few weeks I have been hooked on finding some good cooking ideas and recipes.I have to accept that on the one hand the Internet has made cooking very simple and on the hand it has made cooking equally difficult.Simple because you just have to recall the name of the item you had eaten some time ,some where which you liked it but do not know how to make it and you can get the recipe.Some times also videos of the recipe.Difficult because while searching for those recipes you will come across some recipes which need lots of effort and ingredients to cook.It is such an irony that most of the food bloggers post recipes which look very fancy and includes lots of ingredients,specialized utensils and what not.No one writes about recipes which are simple,less time consuming,less expensive yet tasty and filling.

I remember when T.V was a new item in our house we used to watch each and every program during vacation.One of them was Sanjeev Kapoor's cooking show.One day my brother commented "add lots of almonds and cashew in any dish and it will become very tasty".I did not follow then but that is what I see these days in every food blog.Add almond paste in chicken curry,in aloo dum and every thing.Cant people make simple masala chicken curry.
Dont take me wrong I am not writing all this to judge the food bloggers ,but it is really overwhelming to follow some of the recopies.The most funny thing is that several people will comment nice things such as "wow nice pictures","wow good description" ,however it is very rare to see when some one did some practical work,took some time to actually try it out first and then appreciate.That is really annoying to me.
All this motivated me to write some thing about food and the recipes I like.May be some one out there will love to try out some of them.The every day food,which is nice simple affordable and tasty.Why does food always have to be fancy and high class.